09 Feb '18, 11am

Alaska's energy and arctic-tech startup scene is warming for global challenges

Alaska's unique take on innovation is driven by its vast geography and harsh climate. For a technology to be useful here, it must perform well in remote and harsh conditions, be easy to repair and solve a real problem. This unfussy approach to innovation is at the heart of the state's emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem, where entrepreneurs, researchers, policy wonks and technologists are tackling on some of the world’s most challenging problems in the energy sector. With the second highest cost of electricity and highest per-capita energy consumption in the United States , Alaska is hungry for energy innovation because of the outsized impact that energy costs have on our residents' pocketbooks. This is particularly true in rural parts of the state. And with 12 percent of the world’s islanded microgrids , the state offers a unique opportunity to deploy flexible energy solut...

Full article: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/alaskas-energy-and-arcti...

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