Takei Takes on Tech in Boston

These days, technology is progressing at a pace like never before. People today are having a harder time than ever discerning science fiction from, you know, actual science.

George Takei can certainly relate – he’s been going to warp speed since 1966.

While we can’t bend space and time just yet, the city of Boston is playing host to companies developing technologies previously unimagined.

Learning on the Job in Lawrence

One of the more common critiques that we at MassCEC hear over and over again from employers is that students need to be receiving education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at a younger and younger age in order to prepare themselves for jobs in the rapidly expanding clean energy economy.

A Chilly Solution to the Dog Days of Summer

On a hot summer's day, one can't blame an office worker on Boston's waterfront from looking longingly out the Harbor, dreaming of getting out on the water to beat the heat.

But now, imagine using the chilly waters of the Harbor to actually cool those nearby office buildings through the dog days of summer.

The technology is already in use in Toronto, where a company called Enwave has partnered with the city to tap into Lake Ontario to cool municipal offices and other downtown buildings.

Investing in the Future of Massachusetts Cleantech

For the first time in nearly a year, there are some new names in MassCEC's investment portfolio.

We recently made equity investments to support two emerging Massachusetts energy efficiency companies as they market their promising technologies, which can make a big impact on energy consumption.

Both eCurv, of Cambridge, and Powerhouse Dynamics, of Newton, have developed economic solutions that can have a big impact on reducing energy consumption and realizing significant cost savings.

We are excited to help them leverage the opportunities provided by the cleantech ecosystem in Massachusetts to accelerate their growth and commercial success!

Read the full post to find out more about these truly innovative companies.

Honoring the Digest Founder

Every weekday, more than 1,000 people start their day with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Digest, a daily clean energy newsletter that compiles news articles, blog posts and opinion pieces from the cleantech sector across the nation and around the world.

But it wasn’t always this way.

Back in 2011, Sally Griffith, MassCEC's program manager for knowledge development, started the Digest as a way to keep a handful of MassCEC employees informed about local clean energy news.

A Sunny Day in Harvard

Last month, state and local officials joined Harvard residents and volunteers to celebrate the opening of the Harvard Solar Garden, which allows residents and small business owners whose properties are not well-suited for solar to ‘plug in’ to a community-owned solar project.

The project was a long time coming, and is a shining example of what can happen when partners come together to tackle an issue – in this case allowing all residents and business owners to access the benefits of solar energy.