Tag Archives: Renewable Energy

To Store the Wind and Sun, Energy Startups Look to Gravity

From giant earth towers to compressed-air plants, entrepreneurs are piloting systems to make renewable energy more reliable

by David Hodari and Ed Ballard February 14, 2020

In the Alpine town of Arbedo-Castione, Switzerland, an electric-blue, 400-foot-high crane with six heads lifts a block of compacted soil into the air and carefully adds it to the top of a stack.

Later, the crane will reverse that process, generating power as gravity lowers the block back toward the ground.

Energy Vault, the company that built the contraption, believes it could help the renewable-energy industry confront its most intractable problem: storing up energy against the surges and lulls that characterize renewables like wind and solar.

These options are gaining ground as alternatives to fossil fuels, but they can’t yet be relied on to generate power around the clock. Without cheap ways of getting power when it is cloudy or calm, there is a limit to how much the grid can rely on renewables.

“What you’d like to do is power the grid 100% with zero-carbon energy, and there aren’t very many ways to generate it,” says Eric Toone, an emeritus professor of chemistry at Duke University and executive managing director at Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a clean-tech venture fund that has invested in energy-storage startups.

To decarbonize the world’s power with solar and wind, storage capacity also has to grow, he says.

Researchers and entrepreneurs are attacking the challenge of storage from all angles.

Continue reading the rest of the article as WSJ.com

Hot Handshake SOCIAL IMPACT Internships & Jobs

There are lots of really cool internships and jobs in Handshake under the lens of SOCIAL IMPACT: environmental, non profit, social services, agriculture, utilities and renewable energy, international development and MORE. Take the time over break to check them out HERE.

Hot SOCIAL IMPACT Internship & Job – Handshake Opportunities

Don’t forget to check out all the opportunities in Handshake and use creative ways to search: by location, by keywords, and by industry and function. Hence, there are lots of ways to find opportunities and don’t forget to save the query into a Job Alert, if you liked the results.

For upcoming deadlines in NGOs, Nonprofits and International Affairs, click HERE.

For upcoming deadlines in Environmental Services, Agriculture, and Renewables, click HERE.

HOT Social Impact Info Session & Internship

Marathon Capital: Investment Banking for Global Energy and Infrastructure Markets

Wednesday, October 9th 2019
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in Coltrane Lounge

Meet recent grad Georgia Carroll ’18 working at Marathon Capital, which is a boutique investment bank that provides advisory services for M&A, capital raising, project financing, tax equity, and financial restructuring transactions. The firm is an industry leader in renewable energy asset M&A and was Power Finance & Risk’s M&A 2019 Advisor of the Year.
RSVP in Handshake HERE.

Winter Term Intern, Global Conservation Campaigns Team at The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Earn credit while working as the winter term intern with the Global Conservation Campaigns (GCC) team at TNC. This team serves as consultants to the state chapters to help create new conservation funding through legislative initiatives and ballot campaigns at the state and local level. GCC is also working on TNC’s five major initiatives both nationally and internationally: water, oceans and coasts, cities, land, and climate. Learn more about the opportunity to earn Winter Term credit as an intern for an environmental NGO in the Washington, DC area by checking out Handshake HERE. The deadline for applying is November 1, 2019.

SENIORS: Metrus Energy Asset Manager Job in SF!

Metrus Energy, a specialty finance company established by a Middlebury alum providing project development and financing services for energy efficiency retrofit projects, is growing and expanding their team. Their portfolio of energy efficiency assets span 23 states and save over a billion kWh of electricity. They are hiring for an entry-level Asset Manager, Energy Efficiency position committed to scaling energy and water efficiency retrofits in the built environment. Join five other Middlebury team members located in their San Francisco office.

To learn more details about the job and to submit an application on Handshake, please click on this link. Apply before the deadline!

ZEM (Zero Energy Modular) on Tour in Downtown Middlebury!

Model home located next to new park, on site of old town offices

Open Houses:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00 – 6:00p
Saturdays 10:00 – 12:00p

Ever wondered how healthy, comfortable, and resilient a new home could be? Visit an open house to learn about Efficiency Vermont’s Zero Energy Modular (ZEM) Program and see ZEM On Tour, a traveling model home. Tour a zero energy home that makes as much energy as it uses, see solar and battery storage in action, and learn about subsidies and financing options.

The house can be visited during the above Open House dates/times or a private tour can be scheduled for any interested classes, groups or individuals. For more information, contact Peter Schneider ’97 at 488-0916 or pschneider@veic.org.

Check out this report about ZEM homes created by Professor of History and ES Kathy Morse’s Spring 2017 ENVS 401 class: Storytelling for Zero-Energy Modular Homes: A Collaborative Initiative with Efficiency Vermont’s Mobile Home Replacement Program http://www.middlebury.edu/system/files/media/ZEM%20Homes%20Final%20Report.pdf

HOT Social Impact Opportunities Week of 10/29-11/6

Searching for a summer internship or job for after graduation? Check out these great opportunities posted in Handshake HERE. They include jobs & internships in the environment & renewable energy, not for profits/NGOs, sustainable food systems, international development, Govt. – state & local, and many more. Deadlines are fast approaching!