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Podcast: What’s Next for Green Energy?

Here’s why diversity is the best path forward for alternative fuels.

Click here to play podcast Today’s infrastructure, with its aging roads, bridges and ports, is arguably the largest hurdle for alternative fuels and the energy sources of tomorrow. Efficiency, technology and scale are also major barriers to the wider adoption of green energy. So what is the path forward? And how do we take an […]

The Future of Alternative Fuels

With pollution growing and natural resources dwindling, now is the time to expedite the development of alternative fuels.

As concerns grow over climate change, pollution and how much oil we actually have left, there’s clearly a need to develop alternative fuels. The good news is that researchers have proven that vehicles can run on natural gas, electricity, hydrogen, nitrogen, biofuels like elephant grass – and even biodiesels based on restaurant grease or chicken […]

Are Cities Ready for Electric Cars?

Electric cars can help the environment, but how will we keep up with their electrical demands?

Our research on megatrends has shown that more and more people are living in cities. For instance, roughly half of China’s population lives in cities and the government plans to push that to 70 percent by 2025. This is not only happening in emerging countries; cities in developed economies are also growing. London is a […]

Energy for All

Access to cheap, sustainable energy for developing countries is a critical global goal. Which stakeholders are on board?

In the past decade, renewable energy growth has broken records year after year, and 2015 was a remarkable one for developing countries. For the first time in history, according to the United Nations Environmental Program, total investment in renewables exceeded that in developed economies, driven in part by national policies and the improving cost-competitiveness of […]

Narrow Streets, Unlimited Innovation

Could an experiment in one European city become the template for urban delivery?

Home to the second largest port in Europe, Hamburg, Germany has been a transportation center for centuries, serving as a vital link to trade between the continent and the world beyond. Since early times, people have settled by great rivers to engage in trade. Ports are vibrant population centers in every continent. They are often […]

Light it Up!

What one entrepreneur learned when he turned the lights on for millions without electricity.

Ned Tozun is co-founder of d.light, a social enterprise that makes solar-powered products for people living without access to electricity in the developing world. In this interview, he talks about the patience required to meet the exacting demands of a market in which distribution is an even greater challenge than product design. Below is a full transcript […]

5 Powerful Ideas for Global Impact From Social Entrepreneurs

Social entrepreneurs combine compassion and business acumen to scale solutions that are needed.

All of us wish to feel a sense of purpose in our careers and make a meaningful contribution to society, but it can be hard to know where to start. Social entrepreneurs offer a fascinating model. They combine compassion and business acumen to scale solutions that are needed now more than ever. More than a […]

Video: Can Big Data Help Bring Power to Everyone?

How recent innovation can make power more affordable across the globe.

“There’s no better technological innovation than the electricity grid,” says Amit Narayan, CEO of Autogrid, “It works so well we haven’t made any changes for the last few decades.” Narayan tells how big data and cloud computing can make the grid smart, and bring affordable and sustainable power to everyone. This video first appeared on the World […]

Video: The Energy-Saving Breakthrough in Mobile Technology

How one company is making the mobile communications industry more sustainable.

Running out of battery on his smartphone led Mattias Åström to think about how to develop a more efficient power amplifier for the mobile communications industry. Åström set up Eta Devices, and says the breakthrough technology his team developed is bringing energy savings to people and the planet. This video first appeared on the World Economic […]

The Solar Price Revolution

The time to invest in large-scale solar energy production is now.

A silent revolution is under way. In November, Dubai announced the construction of a solar energy park that will produce electricity for less than $0.06 per kilowatt-hour – undercutting the cost of the alternative investment option, a gas or coal-fired power plant. The plant – which is expected to be operational in 2017 – is […]

The Future of Electricity

A look at the disruptive changes impacting the electricity sector.

The electricity sector in OECD markets is undergoing tremendous change as it evolves to reduce carbon output and dependence on distant sources of fuel. These changes are creating many new businesses, from new types of power generation based on renewable sources (solar, wind, biomass) to new energy services that help consumers reduce and monitor their […]

The Electrifying New Trend in Autos

For the future of electric vehicles, one size does not fit all

Republished from The Conversation In an effort to jumpstart adoption of fuel cell electric vehicles, Toyota Motors earlier this month made more than 5,600 patents available to other carmakers. A few days later, General Motors introduced the electric Bolt, an electric vehicle designed to run 200 miles on batteries. Automakers, meanwhile, continue to develop yet […]

Power Pools

How cross-border trade in electricity can help meet development goals.

For nearly three-fifths of the world population, the lack of access to energy is a major challenge to economic development and poverty reduction. Increasing cross-border trade in electricity can play a major role in helping overcome these challenges. Trade in electricity can: help bring down energy prices mitigate against power shocks relieve shortages facilitate decarbonization […]