I was hoping to be able to attend the Tesla London store launch, but alas had to head back to the Bay Area at the end of the Summer before the official opening. But Green Car Reports attended the launch late last week and snapped these pics. As predicted it’s in the Westfield Mall near Notting Hill and Tesla CEO Elon Musk kicked off the event. Tesla will be selling right-hand-drive Model S cars for the first time in the U.K.
There’s money in those old phones, and a company is ramping up to bring that opportunity to cell phone carriers. Read more »
The awesome city that is Copenhagen is getting some next-gen smart street lighting tech. According to an announcement, smart grid company Silver Spring Networks and street lighting giant Citelum will network 20,000 street lights in Copenhagen in 2014.
Berg’s transition is complete. The London design shop is now a tech startup selling a connected devices platform, and it’s got VC money to boot. Read more »
There’s a new line of lingerie out based on the fit data of 200,000 women. Read more »
Bill Gates, along with the staff of nuclear startup TerraPower, visited the U.S. government-owned Idaho National Labs this week to check out the facilities in advance of reactor design work that TerraPower plans to do at the facility. Gates is chairman of, and investor, in TerraPower, which has been developing a traveling wave nuclear reactor that can run on waste uranium, and can make and consume its own fuel — theoretically it doesn’t need to be refueled for hundreds of years.
Tesla scores another influential Apple exec, this time to lead new vehicles. Read more »
Check out some of the very best in product experience design, according to these designers. Hear more from them at Roadmap on November 5th and 6th in San Francisco. Read more »
The U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program — which allocates small grants to early stage, high risk technologies — has launched a new project focused on efficient power grid electronics. Say wha? When electricity flows across, on and off the grid it has to go through a lot of inefficient conversion devices. This program, called SWITCH, will give funds to 14 projects working on more efficient power conversion technologies mostly at the transistor manufacturing level. More info and project winners here.
Pass the doobie brah. Energy storage technologies — from batteries to compressed air to flywheels — have hit 420 projects internationally, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Exchange Database. I didn’t even know this database existed, so that’s good to know! Now about that number . . .
For all the design-centric folks out there, mark off your calenders for November 5th and 6th — RoadMap is almost two weeks away. Read more »
After you tune into Apple’s event on Tuesday and learn about the latest in conspicuous consumption, why not check out the Al Gore-backed 24 Hours of Reality online broadcast? We chat with Gore about the project. Read more »
Struggling next-gen biofuel company Kior now has funding commitments from Bill Gates for its plant expansion. Read more »
You’ve probably heard it before, but the amount of VC funding for cleantech startups has steadily dwindled and now it’s back below pre-2006 levels. Read more »
There’s a design-centric shift happening in the tech sector. Find out what’s it all about at our experience design conference RoadMap Nov. 5th and 6th in San Francisco. Read more »
There’s a million and one applications for the Internet of Things and some huge sectors that will deliver new apps. And probably some ridiculous apps, too. Read more »
Innovation in energy and transportation is still emerging from the startup world, it’s just quieter and mostly not coming from the VC community. Read more »
The promise of data, algorithms and energy efficiency has convinced energy innovator NRG Energy to back startup EcoFactor. Read more »
The solar biz is no place for shrinking violets. In fact, SunPower seems to have survived despite all odds. Read more »
Electrifying secretaries the world over. Read more »
Announcing the designers of Tesla’s cars and Microsoft’s next-gen gaming console Xbox One to our experience design conference RoadMap. Read more »
The Department of Energy — which loaned now-faltered electric car maker Fisker $192 million to build cars and a factory — will start looking at bids on Friday to sell off the remainder of its loan to Fisker. Reuters reports that bidders have to offer at least $30 million, with 10 percent down, to be in the auction. At one point Fisker was valued at over $2 billion.
We’ve got a fun new section of our experience design conference RoadMap that we wanted to share with you: The Product Lab! Read more »
The planet has a massive capacity to produce algae oil, which could one day be turned into fuel. And some areas are more fertile than others. Read more »
Emotional design-centric e-commerce is emerging from startups like True & Co, which just closed on a new venture funding round. Read more »
Google continues to lead when it comes to Internet companies supporting clean power. It’s latest investment is in a solar panel project in Southern California. Read more »
SolarCity has scooped up rooftop solar equipment provider Zep Solar for $158 million. The public company is looking to cut costs and solar system installation times and the news is the second acquisition after SolarCity announced back in August that it plans to buy a direct marketing company.
The massive solar farms that are planned for the deserts of the west are now coming online. Introducing Solana, which is the first in the U.S. to commercially use molten salt energy storage tech. Read more »
Tesla’s CTO is a visionary when it comes to auto tech, making an early bet on small format batteries to drive electric cars. He’s just as bullish on autonomous vehicle technology. Read more »
Energy software startup Opower says it’s now collectively saved 3 terawatt hours of energy — or enough to power the homes in Las Vegas for a year — across its 22 million utility customers and 90 utility clients. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Opower . . .IPO? More work with its thermostat software?
Stealthy Clover comes out swinging after a pivot, an exit (yes they got bought) and a brand new point of sale device for merchants. Read more »
From the startup that reimagined the thermostat, comes a reinvented . . . smoke detector. And of course design, smart sensors, innovative UI and wireless connections are behind the new Nest device. Read more »
The power sources for data centers are becoming both cleaner and less dependent on the power grid. Read more »
Come join us on November 5th and 6th in San Francisco and hear from the creative minds behind the future of experience design. Read more »
Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially responds to the Model S fire this week. Read more »
The viral video showing one of Tesla’s cars on fire, might not be a major safety problem for the car maker. But it could be a significant issue for the company’s brand. Read more »
Biogas from decomposing waste at landfills, farms and water waste treatment facilities could be powering a bus or car near you. The clean fuel is going on sale at natural gas fueling stations in California. Read more »
There will be a wealth of innovations that will emerge out of the intersection of resource management and data/software over the coming years. And this is actually something Silicon Valley can do right. Read more »
Designers are the new tech rockstars. Former Frog Design President joins Quirky. Read more »
A new type of low cost power grid battery, backed by Bill Gates and VCs like Kleiner Perkins, uses basic materials and has an important deal with power grid giant Siemens. Read more »