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John Doerr, the prominent cleantech venture capitalist for Kleiner Perkins, gave his standard earnest speech before a Senate Committee hearing on how greentech investing can spur the economy on Wednesday morning. As per usual, he first chided the U.S. for not doing enough to cut carbon […] Read more »

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is making an effort to be greener in 2009, officially kicks off this morning — and already the eco-announcements are piling up. Electronics makers are claiming their hardware is more energy efficient than the next, manufacturers are launching recycling programs, […] Read more »

Cellulosic ethanol startup ZeaChem is one of the firms that has been racing to build a next-generation biofuel plant in the United States. On Wednesday, the company announced that it has raised a sizable round of funding — $34 million — to help implement that goal, […] Read more »

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Electric vehicle startup Aptera and its novel three-wheeled vehicle, the 2e, missed its deadline to show off its first production vehicle, and now the company says in a letter to its customers that the vehicles won’t be delivered in volume until closer to October 2009. Aptera, […] Read more »

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES)— at which every new gadget debuting in the year ahead is trotted out for display in a football-sized stadium in Las Vegas — is upon us again. After spending days walking amidst rows of 82-inch flat screen TVs and pocketing […] Read more »

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES)— at which every new gadget debuting in the year ahead is trotted out for display in a football-sized stadium in Las Vegas — is upon us again. After spending days walking amidst rows of 82-inch flat screen TVs and pocketing […] Read more »

Despite a significant drop cleantech startups investments in the fourth quarter, 2008 still delivered a record level of investment for the cleantech industry, according to two reports out recently. According to the Cleantech Group’s preliminary results for the fourth quarter of 2008, $1.7 billion was put […] Read more »

A future in which you can charge an electric vehicle during a downtown shopping trip is getting a little bit closer today. Electric vehicle charging station startup Coulomb Technologies is having a media event this afternoon in San Jose, Calif., at which the company plans to […] Read more »

Like many other chip companies, consumer electronics makers and investors, Japanese manufacturer Toshiba is wading into the bright but unfamiliar waters of the growing solar market. Today, Toshiba said it has officially jumped into the solar photovoltaic business by launching a “Photovoltaic Systems Division” that will […] Read more »

It’s about time Indian electric car company Reva, which has one of the best-selling electric vehicles in the world, opted for a few higher-end, better-performance options. According to a press release posted on the G-Wiz Owners Club forums (hat tip Autoblog Green) Reva is launching a […] Read more »

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We know there’s been an end-of-the-year rush of top 10 green stories across the blogosphere, including ours — victories, disappointments, and most popular stories. But what better time than the last day of the year to look back at 2008 and make some predictions for 2009, […] Read more »

We’ve brought you the victories and the disappointments of the year in cleantech, and now here’s a top 10 list that’s a little more personal: The top 10 Earth2Tech stories of 2008. The list is a combo of reader favorites — page views and number of […] Read more »

Positive Energy, a startup that makes software and analytics systems used by utilities to provide better smart meter services, has raised a $14 million round from New Enterprise Associates. The funding was reported by the Washington Business Journal and by VentureWire. (Update: The company confirmed the […] Read more »

Add another log to the rumors igniting around energy storage startup EEStor. According to a patent application with World Intellectual Property Organization that was recently published online (via bariumtitanate.blogspot.com), military-industrial giant Lockheed Martin is researching developing body armor and utility garments that could include using EEStor’s […] Read more »

Last week we brought you the 10 Biggest Cleantech Disappointments of 2008 — such as electric car maker Tesla hitting a wall, and T. Boone Pickens putting his massive wind power project on ice. But nascent industry also saw a lot of significant milestones in 2008. […] Read more »

There was a lot to cheer about in the cleantech sector in 2008: record investment levels, a U.S. president-elect that supports clean power, and the extension of tax credits for renewables. But there were a lot of missed opportunities this year, too, as markets crashed, fundings […] Read more »

It’s looking pretty official that EEStor won’t be able to reach two important milestones for its automaker partner ZENN Motors by the end of 2008: delivering a prototype energy storage device and a having a third-party verify the high level of permittivity of the powders it’s […] Read more »

During the hectic holiday season and its multitude of inconveniences, like delayed flights, icy roads and traffic jams, it’s easy for travelers to forget about the impact their travel has on the environment. But some early-adopter airlines have started to offer carbon offsets for travelers concerned […] Read more »

We know what would be on our X-mas list if we lived in the U.K, Ireland or Sweden: Wattson, a sleek smart energy home product from design shop DIY Kyoto. Wattson and it’s software component, Holmes, can wirelessly monitor your home’s energy consumption and enable you […] Read more »

Looks like EEStor, the high-profile Texas energy storage startup, finally got its patent. According to the U.S. patent office it was issued on Dec. 16 (hat tip GM-Volt.com). A lot of the details of the patent, which was filed Aug. 13, 2004, have been online for […] Read more »

Electric vehicle infrastructure startup Better Place has been raking in headlines for the past several weeks with its announcements of partnerships with Hawaii, the California Bay Area, and Japan. But there’s a considerably more speculative report out recently from the Jerusalem Post, quoting Better Place Chairman […] Read more »

Greening product lines and reducing carbon footprints is clearly a point of pride for tech companies — so much so that it’s got Dell’s competitive juices flowing. In the wake of Apple’s claims that its latest Macbook is the world’s greenest notebook, Dell decided to do […] Read more »

Celebrity venture capitalists aren’t unheard of: U2′s Bono joined Elevation Partners, and Al Gore became a Kleiner Perkins partner. But Iceland rock singer Bjork? Yep. Reykjavik, Iceland-based Audur Capital says it’s teamed up with Bjork to create a venture fund called, what else, BJORK (hat tip […] Read more »

Tis the season for a cozy home and flickering lights strung across rooftops — but as we all know by now, heating and lighting our homes can often be a very inefficient practice. To meet that challenge, startups like 1-year-old EnergyHub are emerging with slick hardware, […] Read more »

An engine designed almost 200 years ago could be the future of solar energy. At least that’s what San Diego county is banking on, along with Phoenix-based Stirling Energy Systems, which will be building a 1,000-MW solar plant run off of Stirling engines in the county’s […] Read more »

Electric vehicle makers in the U.S. have often complained that Asian firms are dominating the battery market, making it difficult to find battery options domestically — heck, even chip-maker Intel has been advised to look into the market partly because it’s so sparse. This morning, a […] Read more »

We’ve heard very little about the early-stage vehicle battery startup Sakti3, only that the company had been backed by Vinod Khosa’s firm Khosla Ventures. The Detroit Free Press has an interesting article this week that reveals a few significant details about the tiny Ann Arbor, Mich.-based […] Read more »

Chip companies are starting to offer lower power chips in an effort to help their customers reduce their electricity bills, but further down the pipeline, chip companies are examining how to incorporate energy-harvesting technology into new devices. This morning there’s news that Peregrine Semiconductor is working […] Read more »

Researchers at Portugal’s Technical University of Lisbon and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on a device to tap the power of waves, which was designed using millions of calculations in order to capture the maximum amount of energy possible in a specific location. The […] Read more »

Like any emerging industry, the cleantech world tends to accuse newcomers of being interlopers, and that’s probably the initial thought many had when news hit that former Intel chairman Andy Grove is advising the company to move into the electric vehicle battery market. Realistically, what could […] Read more »

New Mexico might have lost out on the chance to have a Tesla electric car manufacturing plant built in the state, but it’s wooed solar startup Signet Solar. The company, which makes thin-film solar modules, says it will begin constructing a 600,000-square-foot solar module manufacturing facility […] Read more »

Does the notion of using the tools of computing and the Internet to fight climate change capture the essence of your new business plan? We hope so — it’s a hot area right now, especially after the credit crunch whacked certain other more capital-intensive cleantech projects […] Read more »

Does the notion of using the tools of computing and the Internet to fight climate change capture the essence of your new business plan? We hope so — it’s a hot area right now, especially after the credit crunch whacked certain other more capital-intensive cleantech projects […] Read more »

Helping to produce more coal to run turbines and power plants sure doesn’t sound like a clean aim, but a startup called Laurus Energy says its coal gasification technology can produce a gas that releases less carbon when burned than natural gas and costs between $2 […] Read more »

Calling a new energy frontier a “leading priority of my presidency,” President-elect Barack Obama, as expected, on Monday afternoon in Chicago named the four key members of his cabinet that will make up America’s next green team: Steven Chu as Energy Secretary, Carol Browner as Climate […] Read more »

Thin-film solar startup Konarka said this morning that the massive French oil and gas company Total has become its largest shareholder, investing $45 million for a stake of slightly less than 20 percent. Total says it aims to boost its crystalline silicon-based solar cell production, and […] Read more »

The New York Times put out its annual Year In Ideas issue, looking back at the best ideas of 2008. Changing the energy landscape and fighting climate change inspired at least eight interesting of the innovations from scientists, inventors, artists and researchers. The list is strong […] Read more »

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