• Geothermal firm Dandelion closes a $30 million Collection B funding spherical led by Breakthrough Energy.
  • Scottish-made tidal turbine generates energy in Japan.
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Huge increase for geothermal

US geothermal firm Dandelion Energy yesterday introduced the shut of a $30 million Collection B spherical of funding, bringing the corporate’s whole funding to $65 million. The elevate was led by Invoice Gates’s Breakthrough Vitality Ventures with participation from current traders.

This new funding allows the corporate to broaden operations whereas persevering with to put money into analysis and improvement. 

The Dandelion group started engaged on creating cheaper geothermal options whereas working at Google guardian firm Alphabet’s X lab, and in Might 2017, Dandelion launched as an impartial firm. 

Greater than 70% of vitality utilization in properties comes from heating, cooling, and water heating. Putting in a geothermal heating and cooling system can cut back a house’s carbon emissions by as a lot as 80%, and remove the necessity to purchase heating gasoline.

Dandelion’s enterprise mannequin aligns federal, state, and utility incentives in order that owners can improve to geothermal for lower than they’re at present paying to warmth and funky their house. In 2020, Dandelion noticed a $12 million Collection A-1 in January 2020, developed a totally digital gross sales and design course of, and surpassed 100,000 tons of carbon emissions averted.

Michael Sachse, CEO of Dandelion, advised Electrek:

We can’t attain our local weather targets and obtain what science calls for with out cleansing up residential heating and cooling — and geothermal is the perfect, best resolution.

Our improvements in expertise, set up, and the enterprise mannequin have lower prices and improved the product. Now, we’re positioned to make residential geothermal take off over the following decade — and attain a market that the Division of Vitality says is greater than 26 million properties. We’re excited to companion with [Breakthrough Energy] and all our traders to deliver sustainable heating and cooling to the mass market.

Oh, and should you reside in New York or Connecticut and desire a inexperienced vitality job, Dandelion is hiring.

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Scottish tidal energy in Japan

Japan has put in a Scottish-built tidal turbine that has generated its first 10MWh of inexperienced electrical energy after 10 days in use.

Photograph: Simec Atlantis Vitality

Simec Atlantis Energy (SAE) designed and manufactured the tidal turbine, after which assembled and examined it in 9 weeks, at its base at Nigg Vitality Park north of Inverness, Scotland. SAE additionally offered offshore development providers to put in the turbine. It took SAE 5 days to put the cable, sink the turbine’s basis mount and ballast to the ocean flooring, and affix the turbine. 

Kyuden Mirai Energy (KME) leased the AR500 tidal turbine for a pilot undertaking within the straits of Naru Island within the southern Japanese Goto island chain.

SAE chief government Graham Reid mentioned [via Global Construction Review]:

This can be a big milestone for the deployment of fresh, renewable vitality from tidal stream and we hope it will likely be the primary of many tidal generators put in in Japan.

Photograph: Dandelion Vitality

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