You’ve probably heard it before, but the amount of VC funding for cleantech startups has steadily dwindled and now it’s back below pre-2006 levels. Read more »
There’s a design-centric shift happening in the tech sector. Find out what’s it all about at our experience design conference RoadMap Nov. 5th and 6th in San Francisco. Read more »
There’s a million and one applications for the Internet of Things and some huge sectors that will deliver new apps. And probably some ridiculous apps, too. Read more »
Innovation in energy and transportation is still emerging from the startup world, it’s just quieter and mostly not coming from the VC community. Read more »
The promise of data, algorithms and energy efficiency has convinced energy innovator NRG Energy to back startup EcoFactor. Read more »
The solar biz is no place for shrinking violets. In fact, SunPower seems to have survived despite all odds. Read more »
Electrifying secretaries the world over. Read more »
Announcing the designers of Tesla’s cars and Microsoft’s next-gen gaming console Xbox One to our experience design conference RoadMap. Read more »
The Department of Energy — which loaned now-faltered electric car maker Fisker $192 million to build cars and a factory — will start looking at bids on Friday to sell off the remainder of its loan to Fisker. Reuters reports that bidders have to offer at least $30 million, with 10 percent down, to be in the auction. At one point Fisker was valued at over $2 billion.
We’ve got a fun new section of our experience design conference RoadMap that we wanted to share with you: The Product Lab! Read more »
The planet has a massive capacity to produce algae oil, which could one day be turned into fuel. And some areas are more fertile than others. Read more »
Emotional design-centric e-commerce is emerging from startups like True & Co, which just closed on a new venture funding round. Read more »
Google continues to lead when it comes to Internet companies supporting clean power. It’s latest investment is in a solar panel project in Southern California. Read more »
SolarCity has scooped up rooftop solar equipment provider Zep Solar for $158 million. The public company is looking to cut costs and solar system installation times and the news is the second acquisition after SolarCity announced back in August that it plans to buy a direct marketing company.
The massive solar farms that are planned for the deserts of the west are now coming online. Introducing Solana, which is the first in the U.S. to commercially use molten salt energy storage tech. Read more »
Tesla’s CTO is a visionary when it comes to auto tech, making an early bet on small format batteries to drive electric cars. He’s just as bullish on autonomous vehicle technology. Read more »
Energy software startup Opower says it’s now collectively saved 3 terawatt hours of energy — or enough to power the homes in Las Vegas for a year — across its 22 million utility customers and 90 utility clients. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next for Opower . . .IPO? More work with its thermostat software?
Stealthy Clover comes out swinging after a pivot, an exit (yes they got bought) and a brand new point of sale device for merchants. Read more »
From the startup that reimagined the thermostat, comes a reinvented . . . smoke detector. And of course design, smart sensors, innovative UI and wireless connections are behind the new Nest device. Read more »
The power sources for data centers are becoming both cleaner and less dependent on the power grid. Read more »
Come join us on November 5th and 6th in San Francisco and hear from the creative minds behind the future of experience design. Read more »
Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially responds to the Model S fire this week. Read more »
The viral video showing one of Tesla’s cars on fire, might not be a major safety problem for the car maker. But it could be a significant issue for the company’s brand. Read more »
Biogas from decomposing waste at landfills, farms and water waste treatment facilities could be powering a bus or car near you. The clean fuel is going on sale at natural gas fueling stations in California. Read more »
There will be a wealth of innovations that will emerge out of the intersection of resource management and data/software over the coming years. And this is actually something Silicon Valley can do right. Read more »
Designers are the new tech rockstars. Former Frog Design President joins Quirky. Read more »
A new type of low cost power grid battery, backed by Bill Gates and VCs like Kleiner Perkins, uses basic materials and has an important deal with power grid giant Siemens. Read more »
In the run up to GigaOM’s experience design conference RoadMap, we sat down with Autodesk’s CEO Carl Bass to chat connected creators, cloud-based design and digital manufacturing. Read more »
A startup building smart networking tech for the power grid has gotten an investment from Bill Gates. Read more »
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 »