Apple’s Reno data center is already underway, but not surprisingly it’s a bit controversial: Apple has a deal for an 85 percent reduction on its property taxes. Read more »
The ghost of Google’s PowerMeter is back! Maybe. In the form of a reported smart thermostat and energy data trial from Google. Read more »
The smart heating devices in the U.K. score resoundingly poor on usability, and user satisfaction. Time to step up design in the energy field. Read more »
Kleiner tried to get you jetpacks. It was called cleantech, and it cleaned their clock. Read more »
Can a startup making tech for energy efficient refrigerators and window-mounted coolers get its products to market in China? Read more »
This startup’s data analytics can quickly and cheaply determine the energy information of a big building without anyone stepping in the place. Read more »
Who’s buying the most next-gen light bulbs — both LEDs and CFLs? Home Depot knows. It’s collected that sales data and created this heat-map-style graphic. Read more »
Solar panels had another rockin’ quarter in the U.S., breaking records left and right, according to a new report. Read more »
In 2012 beleaguered Fisker actually had $170 million in income from sales of its electric cars. That makes the fall of Fisker just that more painful. Read more »
Digital currency was used to buy an electric car. Wired notes that someone bought a Tesla Model S with bitcoins, via an independent dealer (not directly from Tesla). We’re livin’ in the future folks.
Check out these hot next-gen space suits designed by a rocket scientist from MIT. Read more »
From a prosthetic knee to a baby warmer to a jump rope to a space suit, these four women are using design to disrupt. Read more »
A jump rope that harvests the energy of each jump, from the makers of the energy-generating soccer ball. Read more »
Conversation just might be the future of entertainment. ToyTalk is using its interactive talking software to make even more immersive, and hilarious shows for kids. Can the adults have some too? Read more »
VC firms are embracing design as the value of web and mobile apps becomes all about the design of the experience. Read more »
Once promising battery startup Envia is facing two lawsuits that allege not only does its tech belong to other companies, but its lost its GM deal and hasn’t been able to turn its battery into a product. Read more »
Some day the power grid will be as smart as the Internet. Until then startups like Stem, with its data analytics and smart battery systems, will work on making it so. Read more »
Introducing a drop dead simple way to see if solar panels would work — and be economical — on your rooftop. Read more »
Facebook’s wind power utility deal in Iowa is gaining praise from the data center industry as a model worth replicating. Read more »
Making the power grid as smart as the Internet will take a lot of digital tools and software. Particularly digital solid state transformers, if Gridco has its way. Read more »
Five-year-old Spanish startup Optimitive has raised a $1.9 million Series A round from European venture capital fund GGM Venture Capital to boost sales of its artificial intelligence software. The company, which came out of the Surge Accelerator in Houston, can help refineries, manufacturers, power generators and industries that are heavy energy users, make their processes more efficient in real time.
Many months after it was expected, Fisker Automotive finally filed for bankruptcy, and in doing so revealed some more unusual names on its creditor list. Read more »
Following a milestone of installing 100 MW of its fuel cells in the U.S., Bloom Energy makes headway in Japan. Read more »
George Blankenship, Tesla’s head of sales strategy and the creative force behind its stores, has left the company, according to his LinkedIn page and a San Jose Mercury News report. Read more »
A startup that’s recently been spun off from MIT — SolidEnergy — is making materials for lithium ion batteries for electric cars that could make them cheaper, less flammable in the event of an accident, and capable of holding more energy, according to MIT Tech Review. The company, which has developed a lithium-metal electrode (instead of graphite) and combined that with a safer electrolyte, plans to sell its materials to battery makers. It has raised a round of venture funding and is working with battery maker A123 Systems.
Space travel is being reinvented by Silicon Valley — a movement people are calling New Space — and it’s not just SpaceX. Other startups include Moon Express, Virgin Galatic, XCOR Aerospace, Masten Space Systems, Skybox Imaging, and Orbital Sciences.
Want a cargo-carrying electric scooter with a retro feel? There’s one on Kickstarter right now via Lit Motors, but it’ll cost you. Read more »
Meet a mobile app series that’s like Rosetta Stone meets LOLcats: CatAcademy. Read more »
While Nest is looking to start shipping its new smoke detector soon, it’s hit with a second patent infringement lawsuit from BRK, which makes the First Alert smoke detector. Read more »
Tesla says it’s taking a few actions, following the three accident-related fires for its cars, including increasing clearance on highways through air suspension and tweaking car warranties. Meanwhile the government watchdog has opened an investigation. Read more »
Apple’s two solar farms and one fuel cell farm near its data center in North Carolina are now all live and generating power. The projects are unprecedented in the industry and have helped usher in real change. Read more »
Duke Energy has taken an important step forward to enable large companies to buy clean power from it if they’re willing to pay for it. Read more »
Six more solar panel farms in the deserts of California and Arizona are getting Google as a backer. Read more »
Wind power is an increasingly realistic option for the next-generation of data centers built by Internet giants that want to move away from fossil fuel power. Read more »
Next-gen, low cost power grid batteries are emerging to help make the power grid more efficient, cleaner and more resilient. Eos Energy is the latest startup to begin the move to crank up manufacturing. Read more »
Airbnb unveiled a variety of important upgrades to its service that makes the experience of hosting a guest on Airbnb better. Read more »
Microsoft is doing something super interesting and experimental: using fuel cells to create self-powered racks in data centers. Microsoft, which is now testing the tech, says such a set up could make data centers more efficient, minimizing energy distribution losses and reducing dependence on the power grid.
While everyone’s narrowly focused on earnings, accidents and stock prices for Tesla, the bigger picture is much larger. Read more »
Tesla went from a high of over $180 per share earlier this week to, at one point, under $135 per share on Friday. The company’s shares have been over valued for awhile, and a modest earnings report sent the stock falling this week. Will it head back up or even more down next week?
Using clean energy — from solar to wind farms — to power Internet infrastructure is a complex issue. Next Wednesday in partnership with Greenpeace and some of the leading companies, we’ll unbox this topic. Read more »