Investor Vinod Khosla continues to pledge support for next-gen biofuel maker Kior. Despite the company missing its production targets, Khosla and his firm are pledging another $50M to help Kior double its production. Read more »
The world’s first data center powered primarily with fuel cells has finally been switched on in Utah by its owner, eBay. Its an unusual test bed which will give eBay insight into cleaner power and distributed energy. Read more »
Learning thermostat startup Nest Labs launched a developer program and a web API on Wednesday. The company made the comments at the CEDIA Expo 2013, and the news follows the reports earlier this week that Nest plans to launch a smoke detector.
The largest test site in the world for trialing technologies that capture, recycle and store carbon emissions is the $1 billion, 350-MW Technology Centre Mongstad plant in Norway. The Norwegian government and a group of energy companies launched the site last year (behind schedule and over budget), but its ten times as big as the largest carbon capture pilots around the world.
Ivanpah, the huge solar farm in the California desert, has now delivered its first power to the grid. Read more »
You probably heard about the metal air battery recently because Tesla was granted around it. But what exactly is it and what does Tesla want with it? Read more »
If you were wondering what type of tech could get a boost from Obama’s efforts to limit power plant emissions, see Skyonic. The startup’s new plant will soon go under construction. Read more »
In a move that could be a major trigger for the market for emissions reductions technologies for power plants, the Obama administration plans to announce initial limits for new natural gas and coal plants. Read more »
Is Microsoft a missing brand when it comes to cloud? Perhaps in perception only, says Microsoft CTO of cloud, who says the company is all in on the cloud. Read more »
Here’s five attributes for you to remember that make up the cloud — and an acronym to boot! Read more »
The DOE is auctioning off the rest of Fisker’s loan commitment. Anyone want it? Bids are due October 7th. Read more »
BMW will grow its connected cars from around 3 million to 10 million over the next 5 years. Read more »
One of the more hidden ways that Hadoop will change data storage and processing, is how it will change the economics, says Pivotal’s David Menninger at Structure:Europe. Read more »
Google plans to buy more wind power to indirectly power a data center in Oklahoma and to help it reach its goal of increasing the amount of clean power used by its data centers. Read more »
By the end of the decade almost all of British homes are supposed to get smart, digital, connected utility meters installed. And the plan is seeing some large contracts handed out to vendors like Landis+Gyr and Telefonica. Read more »
A new way to compress air and use it as a form of energy storage is getting ever closer to the mainstream with startup SustainX. The tech could be important to pair with solar and wind farms. Read more »
Re:char’s new venture Soil IQ has teamed up with Yves Behar to make a connected soil fertilizer gadget to stream data about dirt and weather conditions. Read more »
Startup Hampton Creek Foods is now selling its first plant-based egg product at Whole Foods in California. Read more »
Industrial designer Robert Brunner, one of our RoadMap conference speakers, tells us about lessons for first time hardware makers and what he thinks about Apple’s flat design and future plans. Read more »
The founder of electric car company Aptera is back with a new company and a new plan to disrupt urban organic farming. Read more »
Tado and its location-based heating control app have gotten a refresh and a financial refueling. Read more »
The classic cross country road trip is getting electrified Tesla-style. Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to drive across the U.S. in a Model S using the company’s charging infrastructure. Read more »
Bam! The Summer holidays are over. And the East London tech startup scene is back to work, making deals, raising money and throwing parties. Read more »
Chip tech startup SuVolta has scored its first licensing deal for volume production with Fujitsu of an image processing chip. Read more »
Green Car Reports says that in just 12 months of production, Tesla will have deployed more than 1.6 million kWh worth of batteries. If Tesla hits its goals, the Model S alone will soak up almost 40 percent of global cylindrical battery production. And if the third-gen car reaches the goal of 100,000 a year or more, “the batteries it requires will run well into the billions–dwarfing the capacity of the entire current battery industry.”
Are connected water ATMs the future of clean water distribution in the slums of urban India? Startup Sarvajal thinks so. Read more »
Eventbrite scoops up London startup Lanyrd and Argentinian startup Eventioz, in a bid for international expansion. These are the events giant’s first acquisitions. Read more »
High tech, hipster design shop Berg has been transitioning into a full-fledged product maker. We sat down with Berg’s CEO to talk transition and what to expect from the quirky brains behind Little Printer. Read more »
For the third year in a row, tech is the sector that’s been demanding the most office space in London, reports Tech City News. Research firm Knight Frank predicts that “tech firms will acquire 1.6 million square feet of office space in 2013. That’s a 23% increase in demand for commercial space from 2012.” The GigaOM crew will descend on London for our Structure:Europe event next month.
Norway is getting at least 6 Tesla Superchargers, enabling 90 percent of the country’s inhabitants to live within a 200-mile driving range of the Superchargers. Read more »
Leaning thermostat maker Nest is opening up a customer care and technical service center that will have 125 workers in Austin. Previously Nest has worked with Austin’s Pecan Street Project and the company is also working with Austin Energy.
Cloudbase.io wants to unleash the world’s mobile app creatives. Will low cost, speedy backend-as-a-service be the answer? Read more »
After pivoting from building electric cars to building car sharing tech for companies, startup Local Motion raises a round from Andreessen Horowitz and brings Steven Sinofsky onto its board. Read more »
As Kior misses its production targets, sees its stock drop dramatically, and lists doubts in a filing about its ability to continue as a going concern, an investor hits the company with a potential class action lawsuit. Read more »
The energy fund of private equity group Silver Lake has managed to raise $650 million for later stage energy and resource management companies. It’s been a difficult road for cleantech funding in recent years. Read more »
Tesla is just starting to be seen as a threat by many in the auto industry — a decade after Tesla was founded. So now what do they do? Read more »
A year-old startup aiming to be the Zipcar of India — Zoom — now has 50 cars in Bangalore being rented by the hour and day. Read more »
If you believe the coal industry (or reports sponsored by the coal industry), coal power is the only way to fuel the growth of the Internet and the cloud. Read more »
Electric car company Tesla has quietly released the latest over-the-air firmware (5.0) update for the Model S, reports Autoblog Green, and it comes with a better sleep mode, as well as other enhancements like the ability for the car to connect with Wi-Fi networks.
There’s a high demand for designer entrepreneurs and not enough supply of them, says Wired. One of the problems? Just plain awareness and lack of exposure. Designers haven’t traditionally seen entrepreneurialism as an option. We’ll highlight designer founders at our RoadMap conference in November in San Francisco.