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An increased use of food crops and farm land for biofuel production is already pushing up the prices of certain foods, and they’re expected to keep rising. How much? According to the International Food Policy Research Institute [via AFP] food prices could rise by some 40 […] Read more »

PG&E was showing off this hybrid diesel-electric utility service truck in downtown San Francisco this afternoon. The company is one of 14 utilities testing hybrid trucks as part of the Hybrid Truck Users Forum. Trucks like these can save utilities fuel costs — potentially $4,500 to […] Read more »

While we can dream about ultra-green cars like the Tesla populating the roads one day, a lot can be done to make more conventional cars more fuel efficient. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says it plans to invest up to $21.5 million to do just […] Read more »

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GigaOM Chief Blogger Om took a second away from liveblogging this morning’s Apple event — where Steve Jobs announced the new iMac — to note Jobs’ emphasis on the computer’s recycling characteristics. “It has been thought through from a recycling perspective. High-quality aluminum and glass,” Jobs […] Read more »

Do you have staff, equipment, offices, datacenters in various water-scarce areas? As companies get decentralized across the globe, water management can become a concern. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) wants to help with your water issues, and has launched its Global Water Tool. […] Read more »

Sun Microsystems is announcing a new chip this morning that offers more computing performance per power consumption. Known as Niagra 2, or officially ‘UltraSparc T2,’ Sun says the chip conserves electricity by being able to do more simultaneous computing tasks per power consumed — for you […] Read more »

Federal Funding for Solar: United Solar Ovonic received a three-year agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund the development of its low-cost photovoltaics — release. More States Get Renewable Energy Standards: “Illinois and North Carolina recently joined 23 other states in enacting renewable energy […] Read more »

After reading “The Rush to Ethanol” report, we gave ethanol, particularly corn-based ethanol, a pretty hard time. But celluosic ethanol, which uses plant waste and non-food crops like switch grass, has received a lot of research and media attention in the U.S. recently. It’s able to […] Read more »

Some data just put out by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (based on Thomson Financial info) says yet again that cleantech venture investment is growing. The report says that in the second quarter of 2007 the cleantech sector saw $451 million going into 44 […] Read more »

Happy plug-in Prius Monday. Both the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle give the converted plug-in Prius glowing reviews in this morning’s papers. The Wall Street Journal tests a plug-in Prius with a battery pack from A123 Systems. Ric Fulop, co-founder of A123 Systems […] Read more »

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Even if you weren’t a daily reader of ours last week, it’s OK. Earth2Tech still cares about you. And we want you to check out our posts, even if it’s a little belated. So here’s the week in review — some of the more popular and […] Read more »

Clean water startups in Washington state are getting more investment. Last week it was water purification startup HaloSource, which raised $15 million. Today water treatment company Clear Water Compliance Services says it has raised $25 million from Plainfield Asset Management. The startup based in Lynwood, Washington, […] Read more »

The tech industry is waking up to the need for greener data centers, but how much money can be saved through better energy-saving practices? A report out today from the Environmental Protection Agency says that $4 billion in annual electricity costs could be saved through more […] Read more »

The Bay Area bus agency AC Transit showed off a brand new 621-kilowatt solar power system at its Oakland and Hayward facilities yesterday. Nice. The solar photovoltaic system is expected to generate roughly 767,000 kilowatt hours of power each year and save the company $5 million […] Read more »

This morning we wrote about silicon lighting startup Group IV Semiconductor raising a round. Now here’s more venture money for lighting: VentureWire (via VentureBeat) reports that Sunnyvale, Calif. based BridgeLux has raised $23 million in a series C round funding from lead investor Chrysalix Energy Venture […] Read more »

Sanyo considers solar expansion: The solar maker could beef up its investment in solar cell capacity to “100 billion yen ($844.1 million) from 40 billion yen over the next three years” — WSJ. Segway inventor goes stirling: An interview about Dean Kamen’s plans to install a […] Read more »

Driving around San Francisco, there can be a Prius sighting per city block. Well, today, J.D. Power and Associates put out its ‘2007 U.S. Hybrid Vehicle Forecast Second Quarter Update’ that gives us some hard numbers to confirm what we already knew. The report says 187,000 […] Read more »

We’ve written a lot about the massive outages that occurred last week at some of Web 2.0’s brand name companies – Technorati, Yelp, Craigslist. (Om, Kevin and Adena’s thoughts). Well, here’s the latest update, 365 Main now says that three of its ten back-up generators, manufactured […] Read more »

Everyone’s favorite eco website TreeHugger is being sold to Discovery Communications, the companies announced this morning. The New York Post, which first wrote about the deal, puts the acquisition at $10 million, and the release says that the site will become part of Discovery’s ‘Planet Green’ […] Read more »

Prius-owner ‘Dave’ recently had his car converted to a plug-in and is documenting his mileage and gas usage (pointed out by Calcars). He drives over 60 miles a day, and just drove 1,307 miles on his last tank of gas. Whoa! And he only needs 9.578 […] Read more »

SolFocus, a Mountain View, Calif. based startup that develops solar concentrator technology will announce tomorrow that it has acquired Madrid-based solar tracking company InSpira. The companies wouldn’t release the financial details of the deal, but said that Inspira will continue to market its trackers under its […] Read more »

Crude close to $78: “Prices have risen more than 20% in the past two months” — Wall Street Journal. Solar cell record: Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed hardware that can convert 42.8 percent of light that hits it into electricity — CNET. Chat […] Read more »

Clean tech business competitions are actually a great way for startups to find funding, industry interest and media attention. So we are excited to see that the California Clean Tech Open competition has announced its 50 finalists that will be vying for $600,000 worth of prizes. […] Read more »

Mo money for the clean tech venture world. Palo Alto-based Technology Partners says it has formed ‘Fund VIII’ with $300 million for cleantech and life science investments. The VC partnership, in a press release says it has already used the fund for several investments including Tesla […] Read more »

The Khosla-backed biofuel company LS9 is opening up the kimono a bit today. Grist and the Wall Street Journal say the company has developed a biofuel that use traditional feedstocks used for ethanol, but will contain “50% more energetic content and is made via a process […] Read more »

Martin Roscheisen, CEO of thin film solar company Nanosolar, founded the startup five years ago when solar was nowhere near the hot topic it is today. He managed to fund the company with at least $100 million from venture firms like Benchmark Capital and Mohr Davidow […] Read more »

Making power hungry data centers more energy efficient is a big business and Cisco knows it. On Friday Cisco said it will purchase $150 million of the virtualization company VMware’s Class A common shares from VMware’s parent company EMC. Cisco says it will work on developing […] Read more »

Magnetically Levitated Wind Turbine: The company Maglev Wind Turbine Technologies just started operating and already writes that its strategic vision is to “generate 25% of the U.S. and world’s power needs by 2020.” Whoa there — TreeHugger, release. Barometer of EU Biofuels: A report says that […] Read more »

Website hosting is a power hungry business, and is often responsible for carbon emissions, depending on how your data center is powered. Yep, we’re guilty too and our hosting company says its local power is mainly coal. Solar-powered web hosting startup Greenest Host, launching next Wednesday, […] Read more »

Written by John Hornig, who helped start a biodiesel outlet in the U.K, and currently works for Blooming Futures, a non-profit COOP that converts diesel cars so they can use plant oil for fuel. The big news in the UK at the moment (at least for […] Read more »

Israeli solar thermal company Solel just scored a deal with PG&E to build an estimated $2 billion massive solar thermal plant in California’s Mohave Desert. Not a lot of people have heard of the 250-person company, or even really solar thermal technology for that matter. So […] Read more »

Last night we got an alert from PG&E telling us that they were going to make a “solar energy announcement of international significance,” Wednesday morning in downtown San Francisco. No explanation from them yet on the blackouts that plagued San Francisco yesterday, but they always seem […] Read more »

How long till your Prius is sold with a plug? Toyota says that it has developed a plug-in hybrid car, which it will test on roads in Japan. Like the Prius, the “Toyota Plug-in HV” has a gas-powered engine and an electric motor, but can also […] Read more »

Voluntary carbon markets – no standards but growing: A report says that the voluntary carbon market grew by 200 percent last year and will keep growing in 2007, but also urged for standards and certification processes — GreenBiz. HP’s thin client buy an eco-move?: “It will […] Read more »

The “fuel vs food” debate over corn-based ethanol has been heating up over the past months as presidential candidates have been backing the biofuel (John Stossel alert.) One thing’s for sure, some popcorn makers aren’t happy about a rise in the price of corn and the […] Read more »

Lumbering conglomerate General Electric might have critics pressing it to sell off pieces and boost its stock, but it’s eco products are bringing in pretty significant revenues according to the New York Times. The article focuses on a kindler, gentler GE era led by CEO Jeffrey […] Read more »

We’ve been checking out the 5th annual Dow Jones VentureOne report and we thought it was interesting to see that it attributes emerging sectors like cleantech as one of the factors that made venture investment in 2006 the highest level since 2001. OK, so it’s still […] Read more »

Solar startups are working on a variety of ways to drive down the cost of silicon-based solar power. Fremont, Calif. based startup Solaria’s technology is one that just got a sizable boost from German solar giant Q-Cells. Solaria just announced Monday that it has raised a […] Read more »

Energy Star energy-efficient computer performance guidelines officially got a little stricter today. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy just upgraded the new Energy Star labeling program for computers to version 4, which requires even greater efficiency for compliant computers. The EPA announced the […] Read more »

NanoDynamics sets IPO: 6.6 million shares, with an offering price between $12 and $14 — Forbes Yep, air quality likes plugin hybrids and electric vehicles: The EPRI, NRDC studies say that PHEVs will vastly reduce greenhouse gases for the next 40 years — Calcars-news, release Flexi, […] Read more »

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