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Will noise from ocean installations influence migratory marine animals? How should ocean power proposals be evaluated? A round of grants totaling over $4.2 million announced on Tuesday will support a crop of research projects seeking answers to these questions and more over the next three years. Read more »

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Renewables rule the day when it comes to investments in the energy and utilities industry. A Dow Jones VentureSource report shows the renewable energy sector accounted for $221 million of the $359 million raised by the energy and utilities industry during the third quarter of 2010. Read more »

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As part of a record-setting environmental settlement package, the bankruptcy estate of General Motors will set aside more than $11.7 million for the cleanup of an old factory site in Delaware where plug-in hybrid car startup Fisker Automotive plans to manufacture its Fisker Nina sedan. Read more »

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The UK government unveiled major spending cuts today, taking bites out of welfare benefits and other public programs while pledging to provide £2.2 billion pounds (about $3.5 billion USD) for renewable energy and carbon capture projects and preserving a feed-in tariff for solar power. Read more »

V-Vehicle: DOE Decides Against Loan for Stealthy Car Startup

It’s a new day for V-Vehicle, an auto startup with ambitions to produce low-cost efficient cars. The company has just taken two steps common among startups whose investors are unhappy and pushing for a restart: a new name — Next Autoworks Co. — and a new CEO. Read more »

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In order to lower business risk associated with generating power from winds hundreds of meters up in the sky, Makani Power needs to accomplish at least one goal: launch, land and fly its kite-like wind turbines via computers. Good thing it recently scored a DOE grant. Read more »

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In order to lower business risk associated with generating power from winds hundreds of meters up in the sky, Makani Power needs to accomplish at least one goal: launch, land and fly its kite-like wind turbines via computers. Good thing it recently scored a DOE grant. Read more »

Think Revs to Launch Electric City Car in U.S. by 2010

For Scandinavian electric car maker Think, the moment of truth for its U.S. ambitions could be a mere months away. When it comes to financing a planned factory in Indiana, Think’s CMO Michael Lock told us that everything rides on federal support. Read more »

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Battery startup Contour Energy Systems says it has developed a new battery technology based on the volatile material fluorine, which can deliver longer lasting, higher power batteries for devices spanning from smart meters to pacemakers, and — potentially years down the road — electric vehicles and laptops. Read more »

OnStar Leverages Google Technology for New Mobile App Features

General Motors’ OnStar subsidiary is going in for a giant swing at boosting the automaker’s image as an innovator. GM announced that it is “relaunching” the OnStar brand is now putting the system center stage in a massive new marketing push. Read more »

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Lithium-ion battery developer Sakti3 and General Motors announced the latest step in their ongoing dance today, and it’s a big one for the 3-year-old startup: GM plans to invest $3.2 million in Sakti3 through its new venture capital arm, GM Ventures. Read more »

Chevy Volt Eye Candy: GM's Great Green Hope Strikes a Pose (or 9)

If you’re sold on the idea of a plug-in car, one of the next questions to answer is whether to lease or buy your chosen model. Here are five things to consider as you hunt for a plug-in car deal that fits your budget, driving habits and preferences. Read more »

Chevy Volt Eye Candy: GM's Great Green Hope Strikes a Pose (or 9)

If you’re sold on a plug-in car, one of the next questions to answer is whether to lease or buy your chosen model. Here are five things to consider as you hunt for a plug-in car deal that fits your budget, driving habits and preferences. Read more »

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What’s a German car company doing getting into social networking and tech-enabled carpooling? Trying to figure out new business models for an era of accelerating urbanization, declining car ownership and expanding access to the mobile web. Read more »

Networked lighting startup Digital Lumens pulled back the curtain for the first time on one of its installations, announcing a project in Conklin, N.Y. that the company says has slashed lighting-related energy use at the facility by as much as 87 percent. Read more »

Smith Electric Vehicles U.S., an electric truck and van maker based in Kansas City, Mo. and backed by $32 million in stimulus grants, has become the great green hope for its loss-making parent company, the United Kingdom’s Tanfield Group. Read more »

General Motors’ long-awaited S-1 filing spotlights work on the Chevy Volt, OnStar communication system and Google partnership as evidence of GM’s commitment to next-generation technologies. Here’s 12 things to know from the S-1 related to greener vehicles and Car 2.0:. Read more »

General Motors filed today for an IPO in which the government will begin to shrink its stake in the company. GM’s filing spotlights its work on the Chevy Volt and Google deal as signs of commitment to launching competitive new technologies. Read more »

Tesla’s IPO was all about expectations and innovations from a Silicon Valley startup that fancies itself a technology developer on the scale of Apple or Google. GM’s IPO will be about overcoming its recently-tumultous and century-old past, and about delivering as a manufacturing company. Read more »

ALTe, a startup founded by former Tesla Motors executives and managers, takes the goal of converting vehicle fleets to run on electricity literally. The company aims to take used models and give them new guts to run as extended range electric vehicles. Read more »

Lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems let loose a few tidbits in its earnings call: that it quietly cultivated a new energy storage venture and set it loose, that it has been chosen for a yet-to-be announced auto project, and that it’s pulled out of its Chrysler deal. Read more »

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