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Aptera‘s three-wheeled vehicle — you know, the one that looks like it should be driven by Barbarella — is supposed to go into initial production before the end of the year and larger scale production in 2009. To meet those goals, the startup, which is backed […] Read more »

In the year and a half since we launched Earth2Tech, it’s become really clear to me that the technologies that were created in the Internet, computing and IT industries will be at the forefront of the fight against climate change. Think I’m drinking my own Kool-Aid […] Read more »

The Sunshine State this week moved one step closer toward capitalizing on its namesake and becoming one of the largest producers of solar energy in the country. Florida utility Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) said yesterday that it has broken ground on a 75-megawatt solar […] Read more »

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Sweden’s Chemrec, which is working on gasification technology to turn the byproduct from paper and pulp mills into biofuels and biochemicals, says it has raised $20 million to bring its technology to commercialization. The Series C round was led by Environmental Technologies Fund and included existing […] Read more »

On the heels of announcing its first U.S. electric-vehicle charging network planned for California’s Bay Area, Better Place says this afternoon that Hawaii has signed on for the second U.S. network. The governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, and Better Place CEO Shai Agassi plan to make […] Read more »

We’ve always wondered why, if high-profile Texas energy storage startup EEstor has such disruptive technology, it did an exclusive deal with small Toronto-based electric automaker Zenn Motor Co. for small- and mid-sized cars. EEstor’s energy storage technology can supposedly provide 10 times the energy of lead-acid […] Read more »

We’re all very aware of how cell phone companies are claiming to make “greener” phones — less toxic parts, more recyclable, using less energy. But according to a report out from ABI Research this morning, aside from the efforts of a couple large companies, most attempts […] Read more »

The Toronto Star’s Tyler Hamilton has a profile of VantagePoint Venture Partners co-founder and CEO Alan Salzman (who was born and raised in Toronto) out this morning, which briefly mentions VantagePoint’s investment in the stealth startup SuperBulbs. And while the Redwood City, Calif.-based company that’s developing […] Read more »

Last week, we took a quick look at Matthew Simmon’s Ocean Energy Institute and its proposal to build a 5 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind farm in the Gulf of Maine. This evening we chatted with the Ocean Energy Institute’s George Hart, who explained a few more […] Read more »

If T. Boone Pickens has decided the capital markets can’t fund his plan for a 4 GW wind farm right now, we’re wondering how a group called the Ocean Energy Institute plans to build one of the world’s largest wind farm — made up of 5GW […] Read more »

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Black Friday –- the day after Thanksgiving, and one of the busiest shopping days of the year — might be a bit darker this year. Consumer spending is expected to drop slightly with 128 million shoppers planning to head to the malls Friday, Saturday or Sunday, […] Read more »

Black Friday –- the day after Thanksgiving, and one of the busiest shopping days of the year — might be a bit darker this year. Consumer spending is expected to drop slightly with 128 million shoppers planning to head to the malls Friday, Saturday or Sunday, […] Read more »

On the heels of IBM announcing it’s working with French electric utility EDF on smart grid research, the computing giant says today that it is also working with utilities American Electric Power (AEP), and Consumers Energy to deploy and test smart grid technology. For Consumers Energy, […] Read more »

The power grid has seen little innovation in the past few decades, but lately battery companies have started to develop energy storage technologies meant to sit on the grid and help prepare the network for a buildout of renewable energy. Last week, lithium ion battery startup […] Read more »

What could you do with a credit-card-sized flat, highly-efficient light bulb? Israeli startup Oree recently raised funds that will help it figure out all the applications of its LED lighting product, like LCD displays, or office environments that need discrete flat lighting sources. The company says […] Read more »

One of the world’s largest solar farms that uses “power tower” technology — Abengoa’s “PS20″ solar farm just outside of Seville Spain — will start generating clean power in January, and the company is making the final adjustments on the solar farm’s massive mirrors over the […] Read more »

President-elect Barack Obama continues to signal his commitment to clean power and the green economy. This weekend Obama said he is working on an Economic Recovery Plan that will create 2.5 million more jobs by January 2011, including jobs in alternative energy industries like wind, solar […] Read more »

The CEO of electric vehicle startup Better Place, Shai Agassi, declared last week at San Francisco’s City Hall that we’re on the verge of delivering the era of “Car 2.0.” Before you cringe over the overuse of the Silicon Valley lingo used to describe the next […] Read more »

Thin-film solar companies are tired of being asked about their conversion efficiency, which is basically the amount of sunlight a panel can convert into electricity. Part of that is because the thin-film manufacturers say the efficiency standard is flawed. And increasingly some thin-film companies are pushing […] Read more »

The Los Angeles Auto Show is here, and the theme this year is shaping up to be: its all about the electric vehicle infrastructure. There are three announcements out already about initiatives to build out charging infrastructure in cities and states on the West Coast from […] Read more »

SunRun, a startup that finances solar power for homeowners, says it has secured a tax equity commitment of around $105 million from an affiliate of US Bancorp to buy about 2,000 residential solar facilities. SunRun is one of the first companies to attempt to create a […] Read more »

Here’s a pop quiz: Biofuels were A) largely responsible for the jump in food prices earlier this year, B) had very little to do with the food price sticker shock, or C) the effects of biofuels are unclear and complex. If you picked ‘C’ then you’re […] Read more »

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is holding a press conference Thursday afternoon where he will discuss “the latest news” from electric vehicle infrastructure startup Better Place. Does this mean San Francisco, or even California, is going to make a deal with Shai Agassi’s company, which has […] Read more »

Electric Mini at the LA Auto Show: BMW has sent about 200 electric minis to the U.S., and they’re showing one off at the LA Auto Show. Someone snap a photo and send it to us! — MIT Tech Review. China’s AutoMakers Want Bailout, too: The […] Read more »

By now Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt has said several times that he’s not interested in the position of Chief Technology Officer in the next administration, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped giving politically tinged speeches on the topic of energy. Schmidt gave a talk yesterday for […] Read more »

Sun Shining In India: Azure Power, a solar developer in India said it has raised its first round of financing from Helion Venture Partners and Foundation Capital — peHub. Extreme Makeover, Nuclear to Green Data Center: “Web-host company 1&1 this week announced plans to build one […] Read more »

There’s at least one good outcome of the current power grid being inefficient, wasteful and unintelligent: The market opportunity for a smarter power grid will create a $65 billion industry by 2013, according to a new report out from Lux Research. Lux’s definition of the “power […] Read more »

Could Detroit be the first region in the U.S. to sign on with Shai Agassi’s electric vehicle infrastructure startup Better Place? Michigan’s governor Jennifer Granholm is certainly giving appearances that she’s looking into the idea of how the electric charging and battery swap stations would work […] Read more »

Schwarzenegger Executive Order to Boost Clean Power: California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order today calling for an increase in the state’s Renewable Energy Standard to 33 percent renewable power by 2020; up from 20 percent in 2010 — release. Greenhouse Gas Reductions Are Slow […] Read more »

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say a shorter-term solution, with cheaper start-up costs, could help spread the use of carbon capture and storage at coal plants and still clean up a large amount of carbon dioxide. Read more »

Coskata and sugar producer US Sugar are in formal negotiations to build a 100 million gallon per year, $400 to $450 million ethanol plant that can turn sugar cane material into ethanol. The announcement was spurred by US Sugar and the state of Florida coming to an agreement over the sale of US Sugar’s land for $1.34 billion. Read more »

Ethanol producer Aventine is putting one of its planned ethanol plants on hold and extending the timeline of the construction of another. It’s the latest sign that the financial crisis is battering the already troubled ethanol industry. Read more »

Coal mines are the last thing that come to mind when thinking about renewable energy, but a new partnership between UK Coal and Peel Group, a UK power company, plans to turn more than a dozen former coal mine sites into renewable power plants, putting up […] Read more »

NanoMas Technologies, a startup that is developing inks containing silver nanoparticles for solar and other applications, has caught the attention of Germany’s BASF, one of the world’s largest chemical companies. BASF’s venture capital arm led a $3.2 million round of funding, contributing $1.5 million (hat tip […] Read more »

Clean Energy Fuels, the natural gas vehicle distribution company of which T. Boone Pickens is a director and largest shareholder, finished raising $32.5 million in a combination of sold shares and warrants, Andrew Littlefair, CEO and President of Clean Energy Fuels, told us this week. The […] Read more »

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