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For cost-related reasons, developing countries have mostly skipped traditional telephone infrastructure and got their first communications via cellular. Similarly, countries that have not built out the power grid to much of their population completely skip the traditional power infrastructure and turn to distributed solar for power. Read more »

Here’s the latest indicator that home energy management devices are going mainstream fast this year: Canadian Blue Line Innovations has started selling a $99 energy management device called the PowerCost Monitor at big box retailer Fry’s Electronics this week (check it out here). The news comes on […] Read more »

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2010 year will be a major year for the wireless standard WiMAX and the smart grid, says Sprint’s national program manager for utilities Robert Gustin. Sprint, the third largest phone company in the U.S., owns a joint venture with carrier Clearwire focused on WiMAX, a nascent, […] Read more »

Updated: Looks like this is the weekend for some unusual firms to dabble in the increasingly hot home energy management (my take on how Apple could jolt the energy management space here). Minnesota-based manufacturer 3M, which makes such disparate products as post-it notes and medical supplies, […] Read more »

Apple, like Google, has a habit of causing major waves throughout the markets it enters. Could the master designers behind the iPhone, iPod, iTunes and Mac, one day revolutionize the way consumers manage the energy consumption of their gadgets and even homes? In effect, can Apple […] Read more »

Smart meter maker Itron looks set to clean up in 2010. Being the leader of the U.S. smart meter market during a period that saw the largest investment in U.S. history (via the $4 billion in smart grid stimulus funds) will do that for a company. […] Read more »

As solar thermal firms like eSolar have started flipping switches on their first projects in U.S. deserts, I’ve been eagerly waiting the stirling engine solar folks to officially enter the game. Looks like we’re getting one project at the end of this month: Stirling Energy Systems […] Read more »

On the morning of January 28, we’re holding an exclusive event at our office in San Francisco that will take a close look at the next generation of smart grid applications. Here’s the idea: Now that smart grid infrastructure is being built out, what new applications […] Read more »

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When I first started covering greentech, I paid close attention to the Cape Wind saga — the proposed first U.S. offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts that has been in limbo for nine long years due to concerns over turbines disturbing local sea views. But […] Read more »

Every week it seems like California’s utilities announce a new clean power contract — solar PV, solar thermal, geothermal, wind power, even space solar. But according to a report from researchers at Black & Veatch, California utilities won’t be able to meet the state renewable portfolio […] Read more »

Lasers have performed wonders over the years but can they push display technology into an era of super-efficient screens? One San Jose, Calif.-based startup is betting on it. Founded in 2005, Prysm exited stealth mode this week with the introduction of its Laser Phosphor Display (LPD) […] Read more »

When it comes to smart grid deployments the need for “open” architecture using Internet Protocol has become resounding (IP is one of our Winners of 2009 on GigaOM Pro). Hey, even the phone companies — who have long built closed, proprietary networks — want to offer something […] Read more »

A startup based in Bangalore, India, is selling an off-the-shelf device for less than the cost of a one-night stay in an average hotel in downtown San Francisco that can offer rural Indians a way to generate and store solar power, charge cell phones and other […] Read more »

Can a venture-backed startup do for lighting what Silicon Valley has done for communications and entertainment: Make it digital? That’s the aim of LED chip and array maker Bridgelux. This evening the startup announced that it’s raised $50 million and brought on former Seagate CEO Bill […] Read more »

Individual biofuels — algae fuel, cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, corn ethanol — have all had their day in the sun over the past few years. Is it time for everyone to cheer for the alternative version of butanol, biobutanol? This morning Mountain View, Calif.-based startup Cobalt Biofuels, […] Read more »

It looks like, at least for the gubernatorial set, the bloom didn’t fall off the promise of green jobs as the calender year turned over to 2010. This morning dueling press conferences will be held by the governors of California and New Mexico touting how clean […] Read more »

The team behind EGG-energy has a statistic they cite often: In Tanzania 80 percent of the population lives within 5 kilometers of a transmission line but only 10 percent has access to electricity. To help solve that “last mile” problem, the team, which hails from MIT […] Read more »

Father of Energy Efficiency: The LA Times has an awesome profile of the 80-year-old Arthur Rosenfeld, who is retiring from the California Energy Commission, and which many call the father of energy efficiency — LA Times. 3i Going Fund Raising: London-based investors 3i, which have invested […] Read more »

Updated: China isn’t just going gangbusters on solar photovoltaic systems (like this 2 GW deal with thin film solar firm First Solar). Over the weekend solar thermal startup eSolar said it has won a licensing deal with Chinese power equipment maker Penglai Electric to build 2 […] Read more »

Over the past nine years, solar plastic maker Konarka has been creeping toward commercialization, raising close to $200 million in private equity and government grants. When will it teeter over that brink of pilot production and move into full-scale commercialization? Well, for now some more funding: […] Read more »

Boeing is hardly a high-profile name in the world of solar thermal power development — firms like BrightSource Energy or Abengoa spring to mind a lot quicker. But Boeing, as it turns out, is the lord of solar thermal technology patents, according to a cleantech law […] Read more »

I’m thrilled to announce that we’re holding our second annual Green:Net conference on April 29, at San Francisco’s Mission Bay conference center. Similar to our sold out Green:Net 2009 event, this year’s conference will focus on how information technology — software, computing, the web and communication […] Read more »

Will Google be selling you electricity? There are reports that the search engine giant has created a subsidiary called “Google Energy,” which is looking to buy and sell electricity on federally regulated wholesale markets, and the company has asked for permission to do so. Read more »

On Monday we noted four greentech firms that had filed fund-raising documents or had made announcements about new financing rounds. But by golly, I’m counting at least five more in my in-box and on my radar screen on Wednesday. Today solar web firm Clean Power Finance […] Read more »

While it’s only $47 million, the 14 data center efficiency projects that won grants from the DOE and the stimulus package this morning, hold the keys to some real computing power innovation. The projects tackle bleeding-edge technology like liquid-cooled servers, ambient air cooling, modular data centers, […] Read more »

When the Department of Energy announced that it was awarding 14 data center efficiency projects $47 million this morning, one name piqued my interest: SeaMicro. The stealthy server maker has remained under the radar despite raising at least $10 million from backers like Khosla Ventures, Draper […] Read more »

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski did an hour-long Q&A at GigaOM HQ with GigaOM founder Om Malik and senior writer Stacey Higginbotham, in which they tackled issues like the lack of telecom competition and how to foster innovation in the broadband ecosystem. While Genachowski […] Read more »

Now here’s a truly smart way to spend some of the stimulus: This morning Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that the Department of Energy will spend $47 million of its stimulus funds on 14 projects that will make information and communication technology more efficient, with […] Read more »

On a first glance you might think the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has very little to do with greentech. But the FCC is not just focused on wardrobe malfunctions and expanding broadband access — in recent months the FCC has also started looking at how to […] Read more »

A decade-old software firm called Ecologic Analytics has been quietly cleaning up when it comes to the software link that connects smart meter data to a utilities’ back office (commonly called meter data management systems, or MDMS). This morning the company, which has meter maker Landis […] Read more »

If the first day back to work in 2010 is an indicator of how greentech investing will look this year, there’s a reason to be bullish. By Monday afternoon we saw three greentech startups file fund raising documents with the SEC, and on Tuesday another greentech […] Read more »

A weak economy is a solid time to sell a product that can save companies 30-60 percent on their energy bills. Computer energy software maker Verdiem, which passed the 1 million mark back in August for the number of government and business PCs that are running […] Read more »

Here’s another hurdle for the carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) market (where carbon emitted during power generation is collected and stored): Research firm ABI says that the price of carbon on emissions trading markets needs to hit $40 per ton of CO2 for CCS to “attain […] Read more »

The gadget-frenzy that is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kicks off this week, and like in recent years past (2009, 2008), we’re keeping an eye out on the energy efficient and “greener” gadgets on display at the show. Like in 2008 and 2009, expect to see […] Read more »

As we’ve all heard before, it’s often “who you know,” instead of “what you know,” when it comes to the world of business. And that’s even more true for the greentech industry, which became the leading venture capital investment sector in the third quarter of 2009 […] Read more »

One more look back at 2009 — the $371 million IPO of lithium battery maker A123Systems back in late September, was the largest of last year, according to a report from Dow Jones VentureSource. Investors definitely had confidence in the company on September 24, 2009, and […] Read more »

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