A Chicago-based clean tech accelerator is giving eight student-led startups the chance to win tens of thousands of dollars in early-stage funding and to compete in a national competition later this year.
From coal to carbon capture: Vintage Illinois power plant highlights challenges of energy transition
When the Abbott Power Plant began operation in September 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was running for a historic third term, the Battle of Britain raged over London’s skies, and the cartoon character Bugs Bunny had only recently made his official debut. Seventy-six years later, the heat and power generation plant in Champaign, Il. still supplies the majority of the energy for the University of Illinois’ flagship campus. Over the decades, Abbott has seen its share of history. Its development has been shaped by fickle market forces, geopolitical turmoil and rising environmental concern that stretch well beyond Illinois and the Midwest.
A new initiative at Argonne National Laboratory seeks to accelerate energy innovation by embedding promising young entrepreneurs in one of the nation’s foremost national laboratories.
The recent passage of a sweeping energy bill in Illinois positions the state to be a leader nationally on energy and climate, says Anne Evens, CEO of Elevate Energy.
A new report by a team of engineers, scientists and researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a roadmap for the redesign of one of history’s most critical inventions.
Utilities are increasingly turning to e-commerce, or allowing customers to shop for energy products online, as a way to boost energy efficiency program participation.
The electrical grid is looking more and more like a supercomputer. Just as Internet-enabled technology has transformed cars, phones and other everyday devices, big data and code are only beginning to reshape the megastructure that keeps the lights on.
Galesburg, Illinois is a long way from Silicon Valley. There are no Google or Apple offices in the west-central Illinois city, population 32,000, but it is home to at least one scrappy tech firm reinventing how we use an everyday product.
Energy auditors across the U.S. are looking beyond leaky windows and outdated appliances in pursuit of a more holistic approach toward assessing building performance.
The digital divide presents both a problem and an opportunity for the rural electric cooperatives that serve much of downstate Illinois.