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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.

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

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