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Breakthrough Energy Ventures backs 7 companies

Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the $1 billion energy innovation fund spearheaded by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has revealed seven more companies in which it’s investing, including startups that aim to build fusion reactors, produce biofuels with microbes, and pull drinking water … Continue reading

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TAE fusion venture rearranges its leadership

TAE Technologies, the fusion energy venture backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and other heavy-hitters, is elevating Michl Binderbauer to CEO and bringing former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt onto its board of directors. The California-based company’s former CEO, Steven … Continue reading

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Northwest nuclear projects win fresh federal funds

Oregon-based NuScale Power is the big winner in today’s round of grants from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy for innovations in nuclear reactor technology. NuScale is receiving $7 million from the Energy Department and $7.1 million from other … Continue reading

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Microsoft and Toyota rev up interest in fuel-cell tech

Grid battery storage projects like Tesla’s 100-megawatt installation in Australia may be getting lots of press, but behind the scenes, hydrogen fuel-cell systems are carving out a niche in applications ranging from non-polluting motor vehicles to power-gobbling data centers. “It’s not either-or,” … Continue reading

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Breakthrough Energy invests in power storage

Eighteen months after its founding, the $1 billion Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund’s first investments have been revealed, and they both have to do with energy storage systems. Quartz reports today that millions of dollars are going to Form Energy, which is working on … Continue reading

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Project tests nuclear reactor that’s made for space

That’s one small step for nuclear reactors on the moon and Mars, and several giant leaps to go. Eventually, the technology pioneered by NASA’s Kilopower project could provide the electricity required to keep the lights on at off-Earth outposts, and … Continue reading

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MIT and a startup join the commercial fusion race

A new entrant in the race to commercialize fusion energy, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, aims to capitalize on superconductor technology from MIT and $50 million from the Italian energy company Eni. The collaboration between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Commonwealth Fusion, an … Continue reading

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