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Africa’s Bright Prospects For 2018

January 25th, 2018 | by The Beam

As we start 2018, there is good news and bad news. First, the bad news. There is a lot to do. An estimated 600 million Africans do not have access to electricity that would allow them to be productive contributors to the economy. Roughly the same number of Africans also lack access to clean cooking fuels. The good news is that the solutions are not beyond our reach

Cleantech: Reaching A Zero Carbon Economy

December 13th, 2017 | by The Beam

Major cities all around the world will play an increasingly important role in addressing the challenges of climate change in the near future, and Berlin is at the forefront of this race to reach a zero carbon economy. The German capital wants to be seen as a pioneer, and is the ideal example to illustrate that even large urban areas can achieve climate neutrality.

The Impacts Of Bringing Electricity To Rural & Vulnerable Populations

December 9th, 2017 | by The Beam

Today we’re able to build self-driving trucks, to communicate with smart humanoids, and to play video games with virtual reality technologies. Yet there are 1.06 billion people living without access to electricity across the world (IEA and World Bank, 2017). That’s one in every five people, most of them living in rural Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, they rely on kerosene, candles, and battery torches for essential lighting.

Bertrand Piccard’s New Idea To Drive The Energy Transition Forward

December 7th, 2017 | by The Beam

Following the success of the first ever solar flight around the world, the famous pilot Bertrand Piccard has officially launched the second phase of its action  -- the World Alliance for Efficient Solutions  --  with the goal of selecting 1000 solutions that can protect the environment in a profitable way, and bring them to decision makers at COP24 to encourage them to adopt more ambitious environmental targets and energy policies.

Protecting People Living In Small Island Developing States From The Health Impacts Of Climate Change

December 5th, 2017 | by The Beam

“People living in Small Island Developing States are on the frontline of extreme weather events, rising sea levels and increased risk of infectious disease,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. “We owe it to these people to do everything we can to help them prepare for the future that is already washing up on their shores.”

Photo Essay From COP23 In Bonn

November 29th, 2017 | by The Beam

“As a journalist and a writer, I can’t stop thinking that sometimes, pictures are at least as powerful as words.” Anne-Sophie Garrigou, Editor-In-Chief of The Beam, brought back some pictures from her visit to COP23 in Bonn.

Dressing Down Dirty Fashion

November 27th, 2017 | by The Beam

We’ve been inspired by organizations that base their entire business model on ethical and sustainable practices, from addressing the origin of materials, to providing safe and fair working conditions, and focusing on minimal environmental impact. As their initiatives inspire more and more people and companies, we can hopefully one day see dirty fashion as a thing of the past

Future Of Food: Reinventing The Burger

November 24th, 2017 | by The Beam

In a world where agriculture is still not economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable enough, the future of food depends on a lot of factors. Some companies are reinventing the way we eat and are working on innovations that could save the world from its biggest challenges: feeding its growing population

5 Of Tomorrow’s Best Sustainable Innovations

November 21st, 2017 | by The Beam

In this list, the innovations of tomorrow are reaping the sun’s power, reusing raw materials and reinventing new technology. The innovative minds behind all of these sustainable solutions have spent years trying find ways to make things a little bit better.

Electric Mobility & Decentralized Purchasing Of Electricity With Ubitricity

November 18th, 2017 | by The Beam

Frank Pawlitschek and Knut Hechtfischer co-founded ubitricity in 2008 with the vision of smart and sustainable charging of electric vehicles (EVs) everywhere EV-users go. Both attorneys at trade, the two founders decided to joined forces and combine Knut’s passion for renewables and Frank’s experience in the startup industry to build something together.

New Ridesharing App Less Raises $19 Million In First Funding Round

November 16th, 2017 | by The Beam

Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, the founder and former CEO of French commerce marketing startup Criteo, has just launched a new startup called Less, along with Romain Niccoli, Francis Cohen, and Florent Bouteiller. The fledgling startup has already managed to raise $19 million in a funding round, with the investment coming from two sources -- Daphni and Index Ventures.

How To Save Electricity Costs With Microgrids In Commercial & Industrial Applications (Upcoming Webinar)

November 13th, 2017 | by The Beam

Commercial and industrial facilities depend on reliable and affordable electricity for efficient operations. Instabilities in the grid, like power outages and unexpected voltage fluctuations force commercial and industrial businesses to rely on backup power solutions (usually fossil fuel based, increasing their costs and harming the environment). But now the advent of modern microgrids offers businesses improved options with real potential

Waymo Teams Up With AutoNation To Service Fleet Of Autonomous Vehicles

November 13th, 2017 | by The Beam

In another move that hints at how close self-driving cars may be to reality, Google/Alphabet-owned Waymo has announced a deal with AutoNation, the largest auto dealer in the US, to service its fleet of vehicles. The multiyear arrangement means that AutoNation will now be responsible for the maintenance and repair of the increasing number of Waymo’s Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans that are on the roads

5 Steps To Close The Electricity & Clean Cooking Access Gap

November 12th, 2017 | by The Beam

A new report analyzes finance flows for electricity and clean cooking access in 20 countries across Africa and Asia, demonstrates the significant access gaps, and shows how finance strategies could be scaled and refined to reach more people, more affordably, with sustainable energy

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