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July 19, 2024 | ImpactAlpha

TGIF, Agents of Impact!  In today’s Brief: 🗣 Pragmatic populism. Manufacturing in the heartland. Energy independence. Onshoring supply chains. And standing up for

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The Week’s Podcast

🎧 This Week in Impact. Host Brian Walsh takes up ImpactAlpha’s top stories with Jessica Pothering. Up this week: the strategies being used by the International Rescue Committee to bring private capital into refugee communities and by community lenders to ensure Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds are flowing well in advance of the November election.

The Week’s Deal Spotlight

Peak Energy scores $55 million for up-and-coming sodium-ion battery storage. Move over lithium-ion. Sodium-ion batteries are catching on as an energy storage alternative to the lithium-ion batteries that dominate today. While lightweight and energy dense, lithium-ion batteries rely on environmentally damaging mining for rare elements, mostly outside the US. Soda ash, the main ingredient in sodium-ion batteries, is cheap and abundant. Peak Energy, a utility-scale storage startup that launched last fall, raised $55 million in a Series A equity round for its sodium-ion solution. Xora Innovation, Temasek’s early-stage “deep tech” investing unit, led the round. "The need for a new utility-scale storage standard is not a decade away, it's right now," said Xora’s Phil Inagaki. Peak’s solution is an example of what TDK Ventures, which re-upped its investment, calls “challenger technologies” that don’t rely on global supply chains. 

The Week's Short Signals

🌍 Climate adaptation. Digital technologies such as weather forecasting, resource monitoring and climate data insights can build climate resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. A report by AVPN and Dalberg identifies ways to improve forecasting models with local data and argues for engagement with women and smallholder farmers. (AVPN)

The Week’s Talent and Jobs

💼 See and share more than a dozen new impact jobs posted this week on ImpactAlpha’s Career Hub and view hundreds of more jobs in impact investing and sustainable finance. Have a job listing to post? Submit it here.

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