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Heetch Reboots Ridesharing Service With $12 Million Backing

October 9th, 2017 | by The Beam

Ridesharing service Heetch was founded some time ago, but the French startup hasn’t had an easy time of it. A March 2017 ruling by a Parisian court stated that the company had been illegally operating a transportation outfit


Michael Bloomberg Comes Out Fighting For The Climate On Colbert Show

October 9th, 2017 | by The Beam

It seems like Stephen Colbert’s late show is becoming the forum of choice for heavyweight public figures to voice their concerns about climate change. Recently we had Bernie Sanders using an appearance on the show to urge a transformation from fossil fuel to clean energy, and now former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has used his airtime on the show to raise the issue of global warming


Little Sun: The Power Of Art

October 9th, 2017 | by The Beam

Little Sun is a story about passion, art and power, the power of the sun that people harvest themselves with the solar lamp. We met with Olafur Eliasson, the artist behind the project.


Does Rome Have Any Interest In Sustainability?

October 5th, 2017 | by The Beam

Last week I decided to go to Rome for a getaway weekend. I needed to escape from the Berlin autumn (yes, it’s already there, although the summer never showed up!), and I was interested to see what was happening in the city in terms of sustainability.


9 Electric Supercars Racing To Be The Best

October 2nd, 2017 | by The Beam

Electric supercar concept vehicles show that the electric engine is going mainstream. They herald a new era of electric vehicles and present some exciting prospects of what that future might be. Here's a rundown of some new electric supercars that have some astonishing specs.


Winning People’s Hearts To EVs & Renewables

October 2nd, 2017 | by The Beam

When regular people know I am working in the plug-in car business, their first reaction is: “Oh yeah, that’s the future…” Some connect that with fighting climate change and give me the thumbs up. Others, possibly more tech-savvy, mention autonomous cars and Tesla, a brand that has a following even outside the electric vehicle bubble. I suspect a portion of Tesla owners buy them because they are sexy, fast and tech laden, with the autopilot being its most important feature, and the fact that they are electric is just an added bonus


Why Do We Need Grids Today To Further Grow Renewables?

September 25th, 2017 | by The Beam

I would like to make the case that grids are needed to further increase the share of renewable energy sources (RES) in the system. Due to time pressure, we must find a way to integrate RES much faster. This requires the utilization of renewable resources where they are most abundant, where large generation sites can be developed


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.



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