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The Beam The Beam Magazine is a quarterly print publication that takes a modern perspective on the energy transition. From Berlin we report about the people, companies and organizations that shape our sustainable energy future around the world. The team is headed by journalist Anne-Sophie Garrigou and designer Dimitris Gkikas. The Beam works with a network of experts and contributors to cover topics from technology to art, from policy to sustainability, from VCs to cleantech start ups. Our language is energy transition and that's spoken everywhere. The Beam is already being distributed in most countries in Europe, but also in Niger, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Japan, Chile and the United States. And this is just the beginning. So stay tuned for future development and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Medium.



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Volocopter Receives €25 Million In Funding For Air Taxi

September 22nd, 2017 | by The Beam

German company Volocopter has recently received €25m in funding to develop its all-electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing vehicle (VTOL). The investment came from Stuttgart-based automobile company Daimler, Berlin-based technology investor Lukasz Gadowski, and a number of other additional investors.


The Future Of Germany’s Energy Transition Policy: An Interview With Patrick Graichen, Director Of Agora Energiewende

September 22nd, 2017 | by The Beam

We are on the eve of the German election. We thought this was a perfect time to interview one of the main actors of the Energiewende: Patrick Graichen, the Director of Agora Energiewende, a think tank and policy laboratory that develops scientifically based and politically feasible approaches for ensuring the success of the German energy transition


Thierry Lepercq On Making An Impact In The Energy Revolution

September 18th, 2017 | by The Beam

Possessed with an insight that recognized the true power of solar as a future tenet of energy, Thierry Lepercq founded Solairedirect in 2006. Armed with the knowledge that the cost of photovoltaic technology would decrease over time, he pushed the solar agenda to grow Solairedirect into a solar power company that operates across four continents


In Africa, Microgrids Are Changing People’s Lives

September 14th, 2017 | by The Beam

Renewable microgrids are cropping up all around the world as developing and developed countries alike turn to them for their increased resiliency and flexibility. The speed with which they can bring electricity to the unelectrified makes them decisive for countries with lower electrification rates


Mercedes-Benz Unveils Teaser For New Concept EQA

September 11th, 2017 | by The Beam

In a 13-second short video, Mercedes-Benz has managed to whet everyone’s appetite ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show on Tuesday. The German car manufacturer has confirmed that it will exhibit the Concept EQA at the show, and the teaser has already raised a few eyebrows.


Bernie Sanders Appears On Colbert And Talks Climate Change

September 11th, 2017 | by The Beam

It’s no secret that Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential nominee Bernie Sanders is a man that likes to fight the good fight. He built an incredible campaign and motivated a huge number of people to become politically engaged by pushing a mandate focused on addressing inequalities of many kinds.


Japan’s “Do It Ourselves” Model For Community Power

September 11th, 2017 | by The Beam

Often, community power innovation arises from adversity. Integrating numerous ideas, crafts and networks, a community solar startup in Tokyo leads the megacities’ community roof-top solar with an innovative participatory installation model.


Faraday Future Drops Branding of Formula E Team

September 5th, 2017 | by The Beam

In a move that runs contrary the trend of companies joining Formula E, electric vehicle company Faraday Future will be taking a reduced role in the upcoming series. When the list of official teams taking part in the fourth season was released, the Dragon Racing team appeared without the Faraday Future brand name attached


Intel Study Shows How To Help People Accept Self-Driving Vehicles

September 4th, 2017 | by The Beam

When it comes to giving control over to automation, there are quite a few things that we as humans have been happy to let go of. For example, a lot of factory work, farming, and other more menial tasks are now taken care of by robotic automation. But there is one area that the vast majority of people feel uncomfortable relinquishing control of, and that’s driving. According to one study by the AAA, 75% of Americans are afraid to travel in a self-driving car. Given that autonomous cars are an imminent part of our future, getting people to accept that fact and be willing to use them is a challenge to overcome


Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Breakthrough Achieved

September 4th, 2017 | by The Beam

One of the biggest issues facing electric cars is range. While EVs might be ideal for inner city commuting or short distances, anything over 200 miles and even an advanced car like the forthcoming Tesla Model 3 is going to need a recharge. This of course takes time, so it makes long distances a challenge for electric vehicles to overcome. Now scientists from Stanford University have made a significant step towards getting round this problem – by successfully transferring electricity wirelessly to a moving object


New Smart Concept Car Self-Drives Personalised Mobility To You

September 4th, 2017 | by The Beam

Daimler revealed a new electric concept car this past week by introducing the Smart vision EQ fortwo, a car that combines familiar Smart design elements with some forward-thinking technology. Unsurprisingly, self-driving is front and centre of this concept, demonstrating Daimler’s commitment to its own car2go service, and asserting its intention to be a key player in the future of urban mobility



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