Energy

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not too hot not too cold
This self-powered boiler can help you survive New England winters
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When the next cold snap cuts downs power lines and leaves New Englanders disconnected from the grid, a quarter-sized device could help them tap their boilers for electricity. The same technology—a precise combination of materials sandwiched together—is poised to impact larger markets, and make cars and heavy industries more energy-efficient.  Read More
Changing the VC model
How can we make the ‘hard stuff’ cool again?
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Last week I met with Leslie Dewan, a young entrepreneur in Cambridge. She’s not working on a mobile app or on software to improve business efficiency. She has a big idea. And it’ll take years to find out whether or not it is even economically viable.

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State support
Cleantech startups eCurv and Powerhouse Dynamics attract funding from Mass. Clean Energy Center
John Stahl, Edison Almeida, and John Lawton of eCurv, which helps companies curb peak energy demand.
The state-backed Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has just made its first new investments in roughly a year, putting a total of $900,000 into cleantech startups eCurv and Powerhouse Dynamics. Both investments are part of larger funding rounds led by private venture capital firms. Read More
embue's debut
Embue launched a Kickstarter campaign – Here's what else you should know about them
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They’ve raised over a million dollars in government grants, worked with City Hall to make Boston homes more sustainable, and helped found what has since become the city’s coolest startup incubator. And now, after five years under the radar, Embue is finally making its public debut – with a Kickstarter campaign. Here’s what you should know about this dark horse of the "connected home" space. Read More