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Lithium-silicon batteries get vote of confidence with Sila’s Mercedes deal

Sila's deal to produce automotive-scale battery materials suggests that the startup has solved lithium-silicon's Achilles' heel.

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Ballooning US EV registrations raise opportunities for startups

Surging EV adoption is certain to drive even more opportunities for startups to capitalize on the sector's growth.

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Can carbon capture startup Carbon Clean deliver on its cost claims?

If it can hit its promised targets, Carbon Clean could offer hard-to-decarbonize industries a pathway to net zero.

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Investors reward battery startup SES for losing money (but not too much)

While R&D work continues on its lithium-metal technology, an increasing amount of SES' cash is going toward building facilities in the ramp...

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Battery startups are working to disrupt more than just cars and trucks

Startups no longer have to pretend that they’re going to be the Next Big Thing in electrified mobility -- they can acknowledge that they have far...

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Batteries have become VC and PE’s most electric investment opportunity

Five years ago, battery startups attracted important but not transformative investments. But money began pouring in toward the end of 2020. What...

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Exclusive look at patent filings reveals Our Next Energy’s plans for a no-compromise EV battery pack

TechCrunch reviewed ONE’s patent applications and has an exclusive look at how the company plans to merge different battery types into a pack...

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Mayfield’s Arvind Gupta discusses startup fundraising during a downturn

"It's important as an investor to be extremely humble, because we're going to be wrong a lot. I have this phrase that I use all the...

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The answers to real estate’s climate tech questions may be all around us

For those who do care, there is no shortage of confusion on how to best tackle the looming threat of climate change. But what if an answer was lying...

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Our favorite startups from YC’s Winter 2022 Demo Day, part 2

And that’s day two in the books! TechCrunch once again spent much of the day watching a parade of startups present as part of Y...

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IT can play a major role in driving sustainability

With data centers alone consuming around 1% of global electricity demand, IT departments have substantial influence on their organization's...

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14 climate tech investors share their H1 2022 strategies

To examine the market forces and psychology driving climate tech, we surveyed 14 international investors to learn about how they evaluate new...

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Why you shouldn’t ignore Europe’s deep tech boom

We’re curious if Europe can form a third, independent center or group of hubs for deep tech investment, IP and company creation that's...

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5 areas where VCs can play an outsized role in addressing climate change

Many climate unicorns are on the way, but current VC levels are dwarfed by the mind-boggling funding amounts that are needed to give humanity a...

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Is cell-cultured meat ready for prime time?

Cell-cultured meat is a hot topic, yet the process for producing meat in this manner remains slow and costly.

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Is that weed you’re smoking green enough?

For most industries, sustainability is an exercise in correcting the mistakes of the past — from changing mindsets to the machinery used. But for...

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Einride founder Robert Falck on his moral obligation to electrify autonomous trucking

Einride CEO and founder Robert Falck talks about his strategy for scaling revenue, why autonomous vehicles should be built on electric platforms and...

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The voracious fight for your salad bowl

The size, the scope, the potential impact — the mind reels. Vertical farming may be a nascent space, but it is growing rapidly, and the greenfield...

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Can LEDs ultimately replace the sun?

For Bowery Farming, no technology is too small to optimize, and no data is too insignificant to track. Combined together, the startup hopes to...

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Hacking lettuce for taste and profit

"The first thing you notice is just the smell," chief science officer of Bowery Farming Henry Sztul says excitedly. "It's got...

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Bowery Farming is forcing us all to look up at the future of vertical agriculture

Food is the very nourishment of life, but it’s becoming increasingly challenging to grow at scale. A combination of explosive population growth,...

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The Bowery Farming TC-1

While dozens of vertical farms have sprouted in the past decade, few have attracted the amount of attention that New Jersey-based Bowery Farming...

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ESG and shareholder activism: A tsunami is coming to Silicon Valley

With the increase in attention on ESG issues over the past few years, it’s easy for companies to assume that we’ve reached the crest of the ESG...

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Rich and worried about the world? Put your money where your concern is

Too much bullshit that is bad for the planet gets shrugged off under the protective armor of preserving shareholder value.

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The enormous challenges and abundant opportunities in climate tech

The decarbonization of the planet will be the next major disruption of the century, according to SOSV managing general partner Sean O'Sullivan...

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The whole package: How plastics and sustainability startups achieve success

As people around the world become more aware and look to minimize the waste they produce, tech startups are coming up with solutions to help people...

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Fintech is transforming the world’s oldest asset class: Farmland

While farmland is among the oldest investment classes around, the average investor hasn’t had access to farmland the way that billionaires and...

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Meet retail’s new sustainability strategy: Personalization

Reducing waste is key to meeting environmental milestones, and some retail firms have narrowed in on a unique approach to minimize what their...

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