Solar-powered weather station startup getting $4.1M funding boost


  • Madison, Wisconsin-based weather tech company¬†Understory¬†is raising $4.1 million in private investments in addition to the $3.5 million it secured so far from private investors,¬†reports Wisconsin Inno. The startup makes solar-powered weather stations that collect data to make better business decisions, such as for agriculture or risk mitigation.
  • An¬†Argonne National Laboratory¬†scientist is receiving recognition for her work to develop longer lasting, more efficient solar cells during her previous position at¬†Florida State University. Her research team investigated how to¬†improve the performance and stability of perovskites, crystalline materials considered the future of solar cells.

ūüŹ≠ COAL:¬†The¬†U.S. Department of Energy¬†is providing¬†funding for two Midwest projects¬†as part of its Coal FIRST initiative to develop advanced coal-based power plants that achieve net-zero carbon emissions.¬†Wabash Valley Resources¬†in West Terre Haute, Indiana, and the¬†University of Illinois¬†will receive a¬†portion of the $80 million¬†to support their development work.

ūüďĖ EDUCATION:¬†The state of Illinois is investing $15 million to support advanced manufacturing training at two downstate community colleges. David Boulay of the¬†Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center¬†tells Capital News Illinois that rapidly evolving technology makes education even more important: ‚ÄúAutomation, artificial intelligence, collaborative robots¬†are creating massive change in the workplace. And even during this pandemic, we are seeing the signs of that massive change accelerated.‚ÄĚ

ūüöô TRANSPORTATION:¬†Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley confirmed today that the company¬†will produce a Ram electric pickup truck¬†to compete with Ford, GM, Tesla, Rivian and Lordstown Motors. Meanwhile Ohio-based¬†Lordstown Motors¬†CEO Steve Burns tells Fox News the company‚Äôs Endurance pickup will be ‚Äúthe most economical, the greenest and the safest vehicle” in the increasingly competitive segment.

ūüĆ°ÔłŹ CLIMATE:¬†The Trump administration is hiding dozens of studies produced by a variety of research institutions that show renewable energy innovations aid the transition away from fossil fuels and mitigate climate change,¬†according to a Grist investigation.

ūü§Ě PARTNERSHIP:¬†Des Moines, Iowa-based¬†Igor¬†(previously in Centered) is partnering with¬†Somfy¬†on smart building technologies that will help buildings to achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability.

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