Weekly Newsflash: A Focus on Manufacturing in Energy and Cleantech

This week, our Manufacturing Initiative received national recognition in the development of a manufacturing training program for energy entrepreneurs; MassChallenge announced the top 26 companies of their 2016 cohort; and solar is having major success! What cleantech news have you been reading? Share them with us @GreentownLabs!

Newswise : Department of Energy Selects LLNL to Lead Development of Manufacturing Training Program for Energy Entrepreneurs
In helping develop Build4Scale, Somerville, Mass.-based Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech hardware incubator in the country, expects to leverage the experience gained from its Manufacturing Initiative, which has successfully connected hardware startups with local manufacturers and educated entrepreneurs on how to build their products faster. Once the training materials are ready, Greentown Labs will be one of a few testing grounds for the program.


BostInno : Here Are MassChallenge’s Top 26 Startups for 2016
MassChallenge on Thursday unveiled the 26 startups that will compete for a share of $1.5 million in equity-free cash at this year’s awards ceremony in November. The 26 startups were chosen by a panel of judges from MassChallenge’s 2016 cohort of 128 startups that have been working in the startup accelerator’s space in Boston’s Seaport since May. Of the top 26 chosen, 35 percent are women-founded, and they represent a broad range of industries, including high-tech, healthcare and social impact.

The Guardian : DOE Charts Show Why Climate Change Doom and Gloom Isn’t Needed
Clean tech costs have fallen 41–94% over the past 7 years. Wind and solar accounted for two-thirds of new energy installations in the US in 2015.


Morning Consult : Clean Manufacturing Leadership Will Power Economic Growth
As we celebrate manufacturing as a source of strength, the pressing challenges of climate change present a new opportunity for the United States to take the lead in manufacturing fuel-efficient transportation and clean power sources.


Investing News Network : Solar Energy Investing On the Rise
The sun is shining on North America’s solar energy sector. New data reveals that this is one of the hottest subsectors of the cleantech industry.

Greentech Media : Massachusetts New Rate-Case Ruling Is Good News for Distributed Energy
In the battle between utilities and clean energy advocates over cost-shifting, Massachusetts regulators have handed the clean energy side a victory.

Cleantechnia : How the Electricity Grid Works (Infographic)
Every day, we flip switches, plug into outlets, and maybe even charge our electric cars. But how does electricity get from power plants to powering our lives? This infographic makes it simple.