While batteries for the power grid might not be all that sexy of a topic, Aquion Energy is using water and salt, it’s backed by Bill Gates, and it’s aiming to commercialize its battery this year. Read more »
Kleiner Perkins has been restructuring itself, and part of that plan has been to emphasize the importance of product design, and work with up and coming young designers. Kleiner’s new Design Partner, the former President of RISD John Maeda, announced on Tuesday that Kleiner’s 2014 design fellows program is now open for applications. Design-minded Kleiner companies include Nest, Flipboard, Jawbone, Spotify and Square.
Two of venture firm Venrock’s energy investors, Matt Trevithick and Matthew Nordan, have left the firm. Trevithick is an accomplished investor who was one of my first interviews after I launched the cleantech site. We’ve published many pieces from Nordan on the state of cleantech venture capital on this site, and Nordan has launched a clean energy project development company focused on China called MNL Partners (which is keeping a low profile). Both investors worked on Venrock’s Nest deal.
Startup View raises a whopper of a round from the private equity firm associated with the Walmart heirs. Can another $100 million deliver on-demand tinting windows across the country? Read more »
Apple plans to continue building and owning solar panel farms near its data centers, following its first in North Carolina, and another reported in Reno, Nevada. Now it’s planning one in Oregon. Read more »
Amprius’ lithium ion batteries can deliver gadgets that last 25 percent longer between charges. The company is now working on commercializing those batteries and even looking at using them for electric cars. Read more »
60 Minutes just aired one of the more mainstream looks yet at the Silicon Valley cleantech rise and fall. While they got some things right they also got some wrong. My take here. Read more »
Now that Airbnb has grown up, has a huge valuation, and is causing fear in the hotel lobby in cities across the world, can the traveler experience get a little better, please? Read more »
A report says Nest is raising another whopper of a funding round. Here’s why it needs such a large chunk of change now. Read more »
Here’s the 13 biggest things I paid attention to this year around next-generation energy, sustainability, and resource management. Oh heck, let’s just keep calling it cleantech. Read more »
As the world’s cities get ever more crowded, the web sharing economy emerged into the mainstream this year. Next stop, booming cities in developing nations. Read more »
The New York Times profiles a growing ecosystem for entrepreneurs and startups in Japan. Though, all of these “where’s the next Silicon Valley” articles always make the inevitable comparison to the Valley:
The 20-somethings in jeans sipping espresso and tapping on laptops at this Tokyo business incubator would look more at home in Silicon Valley than in Japan, where for years the surest signs of success were the gray suits of its corporate salarymen.
What was one of the hottest solar states in 2013 in the U.S.? Would you expect it was North Carolina? Read more »
More efficient power electronics might not be all that sexy. But a startup is scaling up the process to make next-generation power conversion a reality. Read more »
Tesla plans to boost Model S production by 35,000 cars, and it’ll be using tax breaks from California to do it. Read more »
Ridejoy, the ride sharing startup, will soon be no more. It’s the latest startup to try its hand at this difficult market (in the U.S.) and fall short. The same market is growing quickly in Europe. Read more »
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 »