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Seizing The Initiative To Create Better Cleantech Policies In Germany

November 9th, 2017 | by The Beam

With their disruptive ideas and unconventional approaches, startups and young companies can make a decisive contribution to turning around the energy, mobility, and resource (recycling) sector, as well as ecological modernization worldwide. However, they are often hampered by regulatory hurdles that can provide protection for conventional business models and technologies for many decades.

Powering Up Puerto Rico: Rebuilding A Broken Island

November 6th, 2017 | by The Beam

Puerto Rico stands at a very interesting juncture. Does it rebuild its power infrastructure according to traditional, centralized models, where in this case most of the power was generated in the south of the island and most of the demand came from the north, or does it embrace a wholly new model?

Italy To Phase Out Coal By 2025

October 30th, 2017 | by The Beam

In an announcement widely celebrated as great news for the climate, Italy’s economic development minister confirmed that his country is committed to phasing out coal and will end all use by 2025. However, the strategy of how the country expects to meet this commitment has yet to be revealed.

World’s 8th Largest Bank Ceases Funding For Tar Sands Pipelines

October 30th, 2017 | by The Beam

On Wednesday October 11th, banking giant BNP Paribas announced that it is cutting ties with companies whose main business is connected with shale and/or oil from tar sands. The move has been lauded by climate activists around the world, who are calling for other banks to follow BNP Paribas’ example

Nissan Is The Latest Big Name To Join Formula E

October 27th, 2017 | by The Beam

Nissan will be the first Japanese automotive brand to take part in Formula E, showing the growing global appeal of the series and mirroring the expansion of the electric vehicle market in general.

Solar-Powered Sion Completes Successful Test-Drive Tour

October 26th, 2017 | by The Beam

Sono Motors is approaching the end of a successful test drive tour of its new Sion all-electric vehicle. The tour has stopped off at 12 cities in six countries throughout Europe, and it will make its final stop in Zurich from the 24th to the 27th of October

Amazon Wants To Charge Electric Cars With Drones

October 23rd, 2017 | by The Beam

Step in Amazon, with an alternative and potentially revolutionary solution -- charging by drones, on the move. Earlier this month the company was granted a patent for this very thing

Take A Close-Up Peek At The Secret Apple Self-Driving Car

October 23rd, 2017 | by The Beam

While the concept of a full-blown Apple vehicle might have bit the dust last year, we knew it didn’t mean the company was ruling itself out of the self-driving car market completely. Instead, it pledged that it was going to be focusing energy on building autonomous software for existing carmakers.

Fraunhofer Breaks World Record For Multicrystalline Silicon Cells

October 9th, 2017 | by The Beam

With its newest solar cell, German research organization Fraunhofer has managed to exceed the world record for multicrystalline silicon cells. The new cells convert an impressive 22.3% of incident solar energy into electricity, and the researchers think that the limits have not yet been reached.

TerraLoupe & Hawa Dawa Win NMW Lab17 Startup Competition

October 9th, 2017 | by The Beam

The winners of the the first startup competition of the incubation hub New Mobility World Lab17 have been announced at Frankfurt's IAA 2017. TerraLoupe and Hawa Dawa were awarded prizes of €50,000 each after rising to the top of more than 150 participating startups from 24 countries who participated.

Notable Tech Investors Say Flying Cars Are The Future

October 9th, 2017 | by The Beam

While some people may have their doubts as to whether or not flying cars will ever truly get off the ground, at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 some big names have thrown their weight behind the concept as the future of transportation

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.

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