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Canadian electric vehicle maker Zenn has been pretty clear in press interviews about its future plans with stealthy energy storage firm EEStor. Back in September Zenn said it planned to ditch its previous car manufacturing business in order to act as a supplier to the auto […] Read more »

All in all 2009 didn’t turn out to be such a bad year for the greentech industry. While companies across the board were hit by the economy, and the difficulty of raising financing this year, Uncle Sam stepped in with the stimulus package and helped turn […] Read more »

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That whole PG&E smart meter debacle — the one where customers complained about higher rates in Bakersfield after the California utility installed smart meters in their homes — is being sent out to third party independent contractors for testing. Interested in being the ones to test […] Read more »

The opening ceremony for the Copenhagen climate talks just kicked off with a video of a child’s nightmare of global destruction, followed by a Danish girls choir. Solving climate change for the next generation is clearly a big theme throughout the event. The intro music was […] Read more »

There’s some great coverage already coming out of the Copenhagen climate talks, and there’s going to be a lot more over the next 2 weeks. There’s also a lot of info that the UNFCCC is providing online. I’ll be doing a reoccurring roundup of some of […] Read more »

COP15, the largest conference about the environment and its challenges is being held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Earth2Tech editor Katie Fehrenbacher is on the ground covering the event for her and GigaOM readers. In her first report, she outlines the chaos she has encountered so far. Read more »

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Despite the crumbling of the first generation of biofuel projects (corn-based ethanol), the U.S. government is in full support of the next generation of biofuels, particularly cellulosic ethanol and algae fuel. This morning Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced more […] Read more »

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (Cop15) kicks off Monday in Copenhagen, and promises to be a hugely influential event. Entrepeneur Shai Agassi has weighed in on its importance for governments and public awareness. Read more »

Northern California utility PG&E already plans to own 250 MW of solar PV projects, and now it wants its first wind assets — and it’s willing to spend $900 million to get them. Today PG&E said it will purchase and operate a wind farm called the […] Read more »

Getting the standards worked out for smart appliances — dishwashers, microwaves and other devices embedded with communications technology — could be one of the biggest challenges facing the smart grid today. For the official in charge of coordinating the standards process at the National Institutes of […] Read more »

Is it “the Rosetta Stone of the smart grid?” Well, that’s a tall order, but smart grid network company SmartSynch says it’s launching a “universal” router for the smart grid, dubbed GridRouter, that can connect various networks, products and languages to help create an open ecosystem […] Read more »

Can making stealth bombers and radar systems translate into a successful clean energy and energy efficiency technology business? Defense contractor Lockheed Martin, like competitor Boeing, seems to think so. In a briefing on Wednesday Lockheed Martin executives described the defense firm’s overarching energy strategy, which includes […] Read more »

The Clean Development Mechanism — a market structure launched in early 2006 by the United Nations to help industrialized nations gain and trade credits from green projects created in developing nations — has been highly controversial. Many wonder if the projects are actually having positive effects […] Read more »

While there are a lot of varying reports on how many green jobs will or will not be created in the coming years, here’s an interesting statistic on the characteristics of a clean power job versus its fossil fuel equivalent: According to research from the Copenhagen […] Read more »

The leaders of several university energy departments were solidly optimistic about the prospects of the international climate talks that begin in Copenhagen next week at an event at Google’s San Francisco headquarters on Monday night. While Google grabbed our attention at the event by indicating the […] Read more »

About 37 percent of the carbon footprint of the entire information and communication technology sector (ICT) in 2007 was due to the energy consumption of telecom infrastructure and devices, according to the Climate Group (14 percent came from data centers, and 49 percent came from PCs […] Read more »

Rich Miller at Data Center Knowledge wonders if servers should come with batteries. At least two web giants — Google and Facebook — are answering with an emphatic “yes.” And if such a strategy catches on, it could spell good news for IT vendors. Google raised […] Read more »

The upcoming Cop15 international climate negotiations in Copenhagen will have a massive affect on the developing greentech industry. How close countries get to agreeing on legally binding greenhouse gas emissions could determine the size of the various international greentech markets, be a lever for how much […] Read more »

Despite all the attention on battery technology for energy storage for the power grid in the latest round of smart grid stimulus funds, current battery technology is just too expensive to be mass deployed right now, according to analysts at Black and Veatch. “Unless battery technology […] Read more »

Sometimes a week in the fickle world of international climate change politics can deliver a whole new ball game. Last week politicians and pundits were decrying that the Copenhagen climate talks, which are now 12 days away, would not include a formal pact given the U.S. […] Read more »

The second largest defense contractor Boeing was one of the few tech providers and the only defense firm that won grants in the $620 million round of smart grid stimulus funds announced yesterday (most of the winners, like in the $3.4 billion round of funding announced […] Read more »

In an interesting twist involving how the $4 billion in smart grid stimulus funds are being allocated, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu this morning announced that energy storage technology received 16 grants for a total of $185 million from the U.S. federal government. While the list […] Read more »

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu has just announced another $620 million in stimulus funds for 32 smart grid demonstration projects. As we explained this morning, this latest funding combined with the $3.4 billion in smart grid stimulus grants allocated last month, is delivering $4 billion to […] Read more »

So you think you’ve come up with the next game-changing greentech idea and now you just need to score some funding to get your new firm off the ground? Well, if you were eying the greentech bigwigs at Kleiner Perkins to back your fledgling startup, maybe […] Read more »

The cost of solar equipment has been steadily dropping over the last decade, but as the economy hit the skids over the past year, the cost to finance solar projects actually increased. In other words it became more expensive for a utility or company to raise […] Read more »

Sure, buying stuff isn’t exactly good for the environment — all products take energy to make and ship and, thus, contribute to carbon emissions — but Black Friday is upon us, and we’ve decided to put together an Earth2Tech slant on the annual holiday gift guide. […] Read more »

Back when I was a broadband reporter for Red Herring magazine, I took a trip to Seoul and did the classic story on how South Korea kick-started its economy with government investment into blazing-fast broadband pipes that created its world-leading mobile and web industries. South Korea’s […] Read more »

Now that large, established players — Silver Spring Networks and Cisco (CSCO) — are building out the smart grid network, the next area for innovation will be the applications, software and services designed to run on top of the network. That’s a trend we’ve covered, and […] Read more »

In a long speech on a variety of greentech subjects — ranging from renewable energy technology to prospects for the upcoming climate talks in Copenhagen to the U.S. Senate’s slow pace on the climate bill  — former Vice President and current Kleiner Perkins partner Al Gore […] Read more »

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