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FarmedHere Composting

Urban Vertical Farm Becomes Zero Organic Waste Facility

FarmedHere, a Chicagoland-based vertical farm, says it has become a zero organic waste facility by converting all of its organic waste into compost. The compost is then used in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture at other urban farms across Chicago. The urban farming company — FarmedHere says it’s the largest vertical … Read more »

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Tesla Debuts EV Battery Swap System

Tesla Motors has debuted a system that swaps battery packs in electric cars in about 90 seconds. At an event yesterday, the electric car maker’s CEO Elon Musk said the system offers an alternative to charging EVs and should help convince consumers that EVs are “more convenient than a gasoline … Read more »

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How Battery Technology Killed Better Place

With EV battery swapping company Better Place filing for bankruptcy over the weekend, don’t expect to see other startups pursing battery swapping infrastructure, says Dallas Kachan, managing partner of cleantech research firm Kachan & Co. “When Better Place was founded, the jury was still somewhat out regarding battery swapping and … Read more »

Cleantech to ‘Backtrack’ in 2013, Kachan Predicts

Global cleantech will “backtrack” in 2013, with venture capital investments declining even further than it did in 2012 and long-term risks emerging in the solar, wind and electric vehicle market, forecasts consulting and analysis firm Kachan & Co. The company’s latest annual predictions say cleantech venture capital investment won’t ever … Read more »

How the Mining Industry Is Cleaning Up Its Act

When one thinks of the mining industry, in most cases the idea of a “dirty” industry comes to mind. Historically the mining industry has had a poor reputation with its relationship to the environment, and has had to learn from its mistakes the hard way. But as we continue to … Read more »

EIA Outlook: US Energy Use to Slow While Crude Production Rises

EIA Outlook: US Energy Use to Slow While Crude Production Rises

Energy consumption in the United States is expected to increase 0.3 percent a year between 2010 and 2035, a slower rate of growth than the two decades prior to the 2008 recession, while domestic oil production is forecast to rise, according to a recent government forecast. The US Energy Information Administration … Read more »