Batteries

The Global 100 progress report

Sustainability is increasingly a mainstream business concern, with mounting pressure to tackle the climate crisis coming from the top down and the bottom up. This past year saw the publication of two startling reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), warning of the worseni ...

IEA: Energy Transition Possible, But More Expensive, Without Oil and Gas Buy-In

The energy transition will be cheaper and faster with the full support of the oil and gas sector, but national oil companies, in particular, are falling behind, the IEA warned in a report compiled in tandem with the World Economic Forum and presented at Davos 2020. For all the talk of the energ ...

America’s Concentrated Solar Power Companies Have All but Disappeared

There are fears for one of America’s last two remaining concentrated solar power developers as the embattled sector attempts to pivot to a new business model abroad. SolarReserve, which developed the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Nevada, is thought to have ...

Natural gas (and the hydrogen economy) is a bridge to nowhere

Everybody is hopping on the hydrogen train, but it's being driven by natural gas. ...

The EV revolution will take batteries, but are they ethical?

Two thousand nineteen may go down as the year the auto industry started putting some muscle into electric vehicle sales. Amidst a steady stream of pledges to deliver more EVs than ever over the next five years, Ford filmed an electric prototype of its F-150 pickup truck (a favourite gas guzzler amo ...

Trump Administration Lowers Import Tariffs on Chinese Batteries

The White House halved import tariffs on batteries manufactured in China as part of the larger trade deal signed this week. The tariff on batteries, just part of $300 billion in Chinese goods targeted by the White House last year, will fall from 15 percent to 7.5 percent, effective February 14. T ...

Oil and Gas Sector Told to Step Up Climate Game or Lose Investment

The oil and gas industry is on the verge of losing its “social license” — the goodwill required for companies to attract investors and avoid public backlash — as a result of its inadequate response to climate change.   Tim Eggar, the chairman of the sector’s U.K. watchdog, the O ...

BlackRock CEO Says Climate Is Reshaping Finance. What Does That Mean?

BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, is suddenly putting sustainability and climate risk at the center of its investment strategy.  “Investors are increasingly...recognizing that climate risk is investment risk. These questions are driving a profound reassessment of risk and asset v ...

Leap Lands Investment to Grow Behind-the-Meter Load Flexibility Business

San Francisco-based startup Leap has raised $8.2 million in equity and debt, aimed at expanding its business of linking megawatts of flexible behind-the-meter load to grid market opportunities in California.  Thursday’s equity investment was led by Union Square Partners, the first energy inv ...

Canada’s e-Zn Raises Millions to Commercialize Long-Duration Zinc Energy Storage

Canadian startup e-Zn has raised money to store clean energy far longer than currently available batteries allow, using cheap and abundant zinc. On Wednesday, the company received CAD $2 million ($1.5 million) in non-dilutive grant funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a federal ...