BI Prime Strategy 2020-01-24T19:29:00Z
hemp plantation

Levi's found a way to make hemp feel like cotton, and it could have big implications for your wardrobe

Levi's debuted a soft cotton-hemp blend, and its head of innovation expects to have 100% cottonized-hemp garments in five years.
BI Prime Sustainability 2020-03-12T20:08:00Z
Wind turbinen ocean

Shuttered factories, tangled supply chains, and cratering demand: 8 experts told us how the coronavirus pandemic and oil price war are hitting clean energy

The pandemic has stunted demand for clean energy and stalled production, but overall it's unlikely to alter the course of the energy transition.
BI Prime Sustainability 2020-03-12T18:57:00Z
Lightning solar panels

The leading clean-energy research firm just slashed its outlook in response to the coronavirus pandemic, revealing that solar energy installations could decline for the first time in decades

A leading research firm has slashed its projections for solar and wind installations for 2020 as the novel coronavirus drives an economic slowdown.
BI Prime Sustainability 2020-03-12T13:43:00Z

The novel coronavirus cratered solar panel manufacturing. Now, China is ramping back up, but top analysts say there could still be month-long delays and price hikes.

Solar developers in Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East that buy from China could see the biggest effects from the slowdown.
Science 2020-03-06T18:53:00Z

Power Line: Inside the $6 billion market where people buy the right to call energy clean, and rooftop solar's new pitch

This week, we take you inside a bizarre $6 billion market for renewable energy "certificates," and reveal how solar firms ride the wave of survivalism
BI Prime Sustainability 2020-03-06T18:34:18Z

The head of Shell's incubator program reveals where the energy giant is looking for breakthrough startups

The head of Shell's incubator, GameChanger, explains how the company thinks about partnering with startups — and where it's placing its bets.
BI Prime Sustainability 2020-03-05T18:08:15Z

Inside the opaque $6 billion market for renewable-energy 'certificates,' where dozens of companies buy and sell the right to call your electricity clean

Renewable-energy certificates are traded like gold or silver and form the backbone of the clean-energy industry.
BI Prime Science 2020-03-05T15:26:00Z

These 3 little-known industries worth a combined $245 billion are quietly shaping the future global energy economy

Electric cars and renewable power get all the attention, but these three obscure industries are changing fast and yielding big emissions reductions.
BI Prime Sustainability 2020-03-04T13:34:00Z

Superstorms and blackouts are fueling an emerging $50 billion market for rooftop solar companies like Tesla and Sunrun

Going solar was once about getting clean energy. Now it's about resilience in the face of power outages and superstorms.
Transportation 2020-03-03T17:30:00Z

McDonald's is teaming up with Ford to recycle coffee residue into car parts

By heating the chaff to high temperatures under low oxygen, mixing it with plastic and other additives, the residue can be molded into various shapes.
BI Prime Strategy 2020-03-03T11:00:00Z

Danone is betting on sustainable dairy to bring back millennials and Gen Zers flocking to milk alternatives. Here's an inside look at their ambitious plan.

"We could say that younger consumers in particular really love the clarity of where food comes from," the CEO of Danone North America told us.
Science 2020-02-28T17:02:08Z

Power Line: Tesla's solar slide, the fastest growing battery industries, and Shell's big bet on hydrogen

This week, we reveal what Wall Street analysts are saying about Tesla's solar business, and break down the battery market's explosive growth.
BI Prime Sustainability 2020-02-28T15:15:00Z

Sunrun crushed Tesla in solar installations last year. A top executive reveals a key piece of the $2.2 billion company's strategy to widen its lead.

Sunrun's Audrey Lee reveals how the company positioned itself to become the nation's leading rooftop solar company, besting Tesla and other rivals.
BI Prime Science 2020-02-27T18:44:00Z
BI Prime Transportation 2020-02-26T17:07:00Z

How Tesla failed to maintain a huge lead in residential solar, and why Elon Musk is unlikely to win it back

Despite a recent bump in solar installations, analysts say Tesla's solar business — once the largest in the country — is unlikely to balloon.
Sustainability 2020-02-25T15:27:00Z
Science 2020-02-21T17:59:32Z

Power Line: The billion-dollar battery race, top wind companies, and seeking nominations for the rising stars of clean energy

This week in Power Line, we dive into a billion-dollar race to develop breakthrough batteries and open nominations for the rising stars of energy.
BI Prime Science 2020-02-21T15:21:00Z

Inside the $1 billion race to develop breakthrough batteries that could store up to 40% more energy and revolutionize our phones, cars, and planes

Startups have raised more than $1 billion to develop silicon-anode batteries, which store much more energy than traditional lithium-ion cells.
BI Prime Sustainability 2020-02-20T17:42:00Z

The engineer who pioneered speech recognition now wants to use AI to track your toaster. Meet Sense, the buzzy startup that's raised $50 million to monitor every appliance in your home.

Your toaster, microwave, and fridge all use power in your home differently. The startup Sense uses AI to tell them apart and then track them.
BI Prime Sustainability 2020-02-19T17:33:00Z

Meet the top 5 wind-energy giants fighting for a share of a market that just hit $62 billion and is set to double in the next decade

The US wind industry deployed over 9 gigawatts of wind power last year, and 2020 is set to be even bigger. These are the companies to watch.
BI Prime Sustainability 2020-02-19T14:56:00Z

Arcadia has raised $70 million on the promise it can take on 'a massive old monopoly industry' and slash your power bill

Arcadia wants to take over your utility bill. In return, it promises to save you money and provide you with renewable energy from the wind and sun.
Science 2020-02-14T18:02:00Z

Power Line: Tesla crushed by Sunrun in solar sales, battery breakthroughs, and a guide to the energy provider Arcadia

This week in Power Line, we dive into the business of rooftop solar, a holy grail for battery tech, and the digital clean-energy platform Arcadia.
Science 2020-02-07T17:02:00Z

Power Line: Disappointing facts about carbon capture, gender in energy, and the top companies riding the solar boom

This week, we explain some disappointing facts about carbon capture tech, share new stats on energy's gender gap, and list the week's top deals.
BI Prime Sustainability 2020-02-07T15:43:00Z

4 disappointing facts about carbon capture tech that explain why it's not about to save us from climate change

Technologies that suck CO2 out of the air have a long way to go before they'll make a dent in carbon emissions, and some green groups oppose them.
BI Prime Science 2020-02-06T16:32:00Z

An analysis of 870,000 LinkedIn profiles reveals just how male-dominated the energy industry really is. Four experts told us how to make it more inclusive.

Only a quarter of recent new-hires in the oil and gas industry identify as women, and that's a problem. Here are four things that might help.
BI Prime Science 2020-02-05T14:06:00Z

Meet the top 7 US companies dominating the $17 billion solar-energy industry

Solar energy is on track to become the largest renewable energy source by 2050. Meet the 7 US solar giants set to benefit from that trend.
Sustainability 2020-01-31T19:12:26Z

Wild pigs are a menace, causing over $1 billion in damages each year in the US alone. Here are 5 facts you probably didn't know about them.

Feral pigs are causing problems for American farmers, particularly in Texas. Here are some notable numbers when it comes to swine in the US.
BI Prime Science 2020-01-29T19:11:03Z

VCs poured $1.7 billion into batteries in 2019. Here are the 9 startups that scored the biggest deals.

Venture-capital investment in battery storage doubled in 2019. Here are the startups that came out on top.
BI Prime Markets 2020-01-28T16:01:15Z

The CEO of an impact fund ranks the 5 biggest challenges facing sustainable investing — and offers one big solution

"There still is a myth that you will underperform in investing if you invest sustainably," said Erika Karp, founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital.
Science 2020-01-24T17:46:00Z

Power Line: Investors bet on plasma hotter than the sun, and long-lasting batteries brought to you by Bill Gates

This week in Power Line we cover a big deal in fusion, the shortcomings of lithium-ion batteries, a buzzy battery startup, and the latest deals
BI Prime Science 2020-01-24T17:23:00Z

A startup run by a Tesla veteran and backed by Bill Gates is promising to build a long-duration battery that's 50 to 100 times cheaper than lithium-ion

The CEO of Form Energy says he's chasing a "trillion-dollar" market to replace dirty power plants with big batteries that last for hours.
Sustainability 2020-01-24T13:00:27Z

Big companies lack concrete plans for dealing with climate change despite their outcry about the problem, Davos panelists warn

According to one insurance CEO, companies talk about the problems 90% of the time and devote only 10% to real solutions.
Sustainability 2020-01-22T12:46:04Z

Sustainable capitalism requires 'outside-the-box' thinking and systemic change, panelists say at WEF in Davos

Legal frameworks prevent companies from prioritizing sustainability over profits, Columbia Law School professor Katharina Pistor said.
BI Prime Science 2020-01-21T19:04:00Z

This fusion startup just raised $87 million — and it's using the cash to superheat plasma six times hotter than the sun

Scientists have proven fusion technology works. But getting it on the grid will require far more than heating hydrogen plasma to millions of degrees.
BI Prime Transportation 2020-01-17T18:03:00Z

Microsoft just committed $1 billion to carbon capture and removal to fight climate change. These are the 5 buzziest startups working to bring that technology to market.

Software giant Microsoft has vowed to be "carbon negative" by 2030. These are the buzziest startups that stand to benefit from that pledge.
Science 2020-01-17T16:00:00Z

Power Line: Introducing a new clean-energy newsletter from Business Insider, and a look at the top clean-energy startups

In our first installment, we cover the top clean-energy startups and investors, new 2019 financing figures, 2020 trends, and this week's top deals.
BI Prime Science 2020-01-17T00:00:00Z

A top clean tech group reveals 4 major trends shaping the energy industry — and which startups are most likely to win big

Cleantech Group just released its flagship report that showcases the top 100 clean-tech startups. It reveals what the future of energy will look like.
Retail 2020-01-16T22:00:22Z

A plant-based seafood startup just got a big boost from one of America's biggest and oldest food companies

General Mills, the company behind brands like Cheerios and Yoplait, is part of a $32 million investment into a line of plant-based seafood products.
BI Prime Science 2020-01-16T12:00:00Z

Private investors poured $10.5 billion into clean energy in 2019. These are the top funds making bets on the industry.

Investors bet the most money on clean energy last year since 2010. These are the 10 most active investors, according to BloombergNEF.
BI Prime Science 2020-01-15T18:00:00Z

Solar is the world's fastest-growing source of renewable energy. Here's why one of Europe's largest hedge funds is betting on wind instead.

A partner at the hedge fund Lansdowne Partners told Business Insider that while he "should be more bullish on solar," he's betting big on wind.
Finance 2020-01-14T16:08:25Z

'A fundamental reshaping of finance': The CEO of $7 trillion BlackRock says climate change will be the focal point of the firm's investing strategy

"In the near future — and sooner than most anticipate — there will be a significant reallocation of capital," CEO Larry Fink said in an annual letter.
BI Prime Science 2020-01-14T14:50:00Z

A partner at a $1.2 billion fund told us a 'fundamental paradigm shift' is reshaping the way consumers think about energy. Here are 3 startups he's betting will benefit.

Sameer Reddy of Energy Impact Partners says consumers are starting to care about energy use. That's why he's betting big on these consumer tech startups.
BI Prime Science 2020-01-13T20:08:00Z

These are the top 21 clean-tech startups to watch that are set to transform the energy industry

Meet the 21 highest-valued clean tech startups, which are trying to disrupt one of the world's oldest and biggest industries.
BI Prime Science 2020-01-09T15:00:00Z

This hedge fund trounced the market in 2019 while most others fell way short. Here's how Lansdowne's big bets on clean energy paid off.

After a dismal 2018 marked by double-digit losses, Lansdowne Partner's clean energy fund surged last year, besting the broader stock market.
BI Prime Science 2020-01-08T14:42:00Z

A top clean energy investor who's backed 30 companies reveals why he won't bet on batteries

Tom Blum, a top clean energy investor, has simple advice when it comes to investing in batteries: "Run away."
BI Prime Transportation 2020-01-07T15:25:00Z

Meet Sierra Energy, a Bill Gates-backed startup that's raised $90 million to turn your trash into fuel

The technology to turn trash into fuel already exists. Now a startup backed by Gates' Breakthrough Energy Ventures is trying to bring it to market.
BI Prime Transportation 2020-01-06T21:37:00Z

A top investor who's backed 30 startups explains why energy storage and smart-building tech are the best bets in clean-energy

Clean tech is bouncing back, and thousands of startups are flooding the market. Angel investor Tom Blum told us what to watch for in the industry.
BI Prime Transportation 2020-01-04T14:07:00Z

The chief executive of oil and gas giant Repsol reveals why the company's first-of-its-kind commitment to net-zero emissions is smart for business

Repsol is the first oil and gas company in the world to commit to net-zero emissions. The CEO explains why it's about more than climate change.
Strategy 2019-12-31T19:50:53Z
Markets 2019-12-30T12:15:47Z

Warren Buffett is spending billions to make Iowa 'the Saudi Arabia of wind' — but climate change isn't the reason

Berkshire Hathaway's billionaire boss is going green because of his bottom line, not Greta Thunberg.
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