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Startup Sunday: Al Gore vehicle arms Octopus with $600m

Also starting up: SolaBlock tapped for sustainability challenge prize, and BlueDot Photonics closes a $1 million funding round.

Watch: ABB launches fast electric vehicle charger

The company said its Terra 360 charger can charge any electric car in 15 minutes or less at a maximum output of 360kW.

Solar-powered delivery van with 400 km range

Swedish start-up Clean Motion hopes to commercialize an electric delivery van that is also powered by IBC solar modules placed on its roof.

Solar in uncommon spaces

With land use concerns on the rise, large-scale solar projects increasingly are being sited on everything from landfills to water reservoirs. Here’s an overview of the state of the art.

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Flexible solar panels for vehicle-integrated applications

The frameless panel is based on 22% efficient solar cells and is designed for high, one-sided heat load.

Startup Sunday: EightTwenty shines light on Oklahoma solar

Also starting up: Watts Battery joins accelerator program, and an autonomous solar plane with a wingspan larger than a 747 takes flight.

Sunverge, Simply Energy, Nissan and Wallbox partner on vehicle-to-home and EV-to-grid services

By combining Sunverge’s advanced intelligent energy management platform, Wallbox’s bi-directional EV charging stations, and Nissan’s compact EV, the companies plan to enhance distributed energy resource control and load management.

Startup Sunday: Ample raises $160m from Shell and others for EV battery-swap stations

Also starting up: ROSI recycles at multiple stages of PV lifecycle, and Comcast Ventures leads a funding round for a provider of AI-powered home energy improvements.

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Perovskite-silicon tandems could rapidly scale solar

Halide perovskites combined with conventional silicon could help solar break the 26% efficiency barrier, disrupting the technology without disrupting business systems.

Solar on a parking structure adds a Scandinavian design flair

Soltech Energy has installed a 646 kW solar facade on a parking garage in Sweden that hosts 300 EV-charging posts.

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