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After reading Wired writer Alexis Madrigal’s post on receiving his smart meter, and checking out the various smart meter photos on Flickr (here and here), it’s clear that the excitement over smart meters among enviro-tech nerds out there is growing as an increasing amount of the […] Read more »

Ausra, the posterchild for the next generation of utility-scale solar thermal plants, has turned on its first solar project dubbed the Kimberlina Solar Thermal Energy Plant in Bakersfield, Calif. The 5 MW plant will provide the equivalent power for 3,500 homes, and the company describes it […] Read more »

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Energy storage and batteries are constantly named as the pressure points of the power grid, our gadgets and the next-generation of electric vehicles — which is why many young startups are hard at work on new innovations. Planar Energy Devices, which was spun out of the […] Read more »

The good ol’ kite is making a comeback for clean power’s sake. While Earth2Tech readers might be familiar with Makani, the high-altitude wind startup backed by Google, another group of kite enthusiasts based in North Carolina is looking to fly kites to produce power: WindLift. Founders […] Read more »

“Today Tesla is in pretty good shape, actually,” says Tesla Chairman and CEO Elon Musk this morning to an audience at the Dow Jones Alternative Energy Conference in Redwood City, Calif., less than one week after announcing layoffs, a delay of the company’s next-generation vehicle, and […] Read more »

GreenFuel, a startup that uses recycled CO2 to grow algae, which can be turned into biofuels and feed, says tonight that it is in the process of building 100-hectares of algae greenhouses — at the cost of $92 million — that can produce 25,000 tons of […] Read more »

[qi:_earth2tech] Google was the second most active cleantech investor last quarter, has unveiled a $4.4 trillion U.S. energy plan, and could one day actually make revenues off energy management tools. But Google CEO Eric Schmidt has his own plans when it comes to energy and politics. […] Read more »

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Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt, who recently unveiled a sweeping $4.4 trillion energy plan, will join Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s campaign trail this week to publicly back the Illinois Senator, according to the Wall Street Journal. What a good way to start off a week! I recently […] Read more »

The mantra “if you measure it, you can manage it” is key to reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions, and using open web tools seems to be one of the best ways to do it. That’s why we were encouraged to hear that AMEE, one of […] Read more »

Despite the winds of green job creation starting to blow across the U.S., the UK’s ambitious goal of supplying a third of its electricity from wind by 2020 is starting to look like it could be unachievable. Read more »

While OptiSolar, the solar photovoltaic startup that scored that massive deal with California utility PG&E, is remaining mum on the details of its technology, the company did confirm with us that it expects its solar power plant in Sarnia, Ontario, to start producing power before the […] Read more »

Clean Energy Fuels, the natural-gas vehicle distribution company of which former oil barron T. Boone Pickens is a director and largest shareholder, said last month it planned to buy FuelMaker from Honda and the FuelMaker Trust for $17 million. Well, late yesterday the companies announced that […] Read more »

Tesla chairman and investor Elon Musk explained in a blog post this afternoon that, in an attempt to become cash-flow positive within 6 to 9 months, he has taken over as CEO of the electric vehicle startup and will soon be conducting layoffs. While the moves […] Read more »

Robotics are making a move in the world of solar. Earth2Tech has video and pictures of cleantech robotics from Solar Power International in San Diego. Read more »

Most of the talk about solar being integrated with vehicles focuses on solar rooftops that can charge features like air conditioning — the solar roof of the next generation Prius will reportedly power just part of the 2- to 5-kilowatt air conditioning system. But what if […] Read more »

A private equity firm that was trying to raise a $300 million fund to invest in biofuel startups has apparently ditched its fundraising plans, according to PE Week’s Alex Haislip. The firm, Biofuels Capital Partners, had been trying to raise its first fund for 18 months […] Read more »

Too bad the convention hall in San Diego housing the Solar Power International convention this week has hardly any sun light. If so we’d be able to watch the innovative solar systems that are crowded into the building in action. Interspersed between giant solar panels from […] Read more »

There could have been a drinking game for the opening night of the Solar Power International convention: Take a shot when you hear “credit crunch” or “tax credits.” The current financial turmoil and the renewal of the tax credits for solar permeated both media events — […] Read more »

Solyndra, a startup which just came out of the woodwork with its rooftop solar system and $600 million in funding, showed off its solar technology at the Solar Power International conference on Monday night. The company says the design, which uses a series of tubes and […] Read more »

You gotta admit “black silicon” has to be near the top of the most fun cleantech terms of the year. The material, which reportedly is between 100 and 500 times more sensitive to light than standard silicon, has been licensed by Massachusetts-based venture-backed startup SiOnyx from […] Read more »

A startup out of MIT called 1366 Technologies, which is developing new ways to manufacture and design silicon-based solar cells, has moved out of the lab and into a pilot facility and plans to show off next week its work on a solar cell architecture that […] Read more »

Bob Metcalfe, the father of Ethernet and founder of 3Com, has been mining the “rich vein” of Internet history to inform the next generation of energy technology — or “enertech” (energy technology), as he likes to call it. In an article in Scientific American this month, […] Read more »

SkyFuel officially launched its low cost trough-shaped solar concentrators, dubbed SkyTrough, at an event in Colorado today. Parabolic troughs are an older solar technology, and while most are made out of glass, SkyFuel’s are made from the company’s own ReflecTech film material — sort of like […] Read more »

Credit Crunch Crunching Wind: Solar projects aren’t the only renewable energy plans that could be effected by the credit crunch, wind could get the squeeze, too — via Dow Jones Clean Tech Insight reports and WSJ. Cleantech In Canada, Eh?: They might be underappreciated and underfunded, […] Read more »

Ausra has been one of the most high-profile solar startups to get backing from Silicon Valley, but being funded by cleantech heavyweights Khosla, Kleiner and most recently Al Gore’s investment group doesn’t necessarily shield it from the uncertainty of the financial markets. Like many of its […] Read more »

California Arnold Schwarzenegger plans to officially dedicate a 2 MW solar system at Applied Material’s Sunnyvale, Calif., office. He’s also set to address investors and companies with a talk on how they can partner with California to boost cleantech in the state. Read more »

A technology developed at Ohio University to grow algae in efficient bioreactors has been licensed by Atlanta-based startup Green Bios Technology, the university said this morning. The developer of the algae bioreactor, Ohio University Professor of Mechanical Engineering David Bayless, told us that the reactor and […] Read more »

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information — be it via search, email, online maps or mobile apps — but it could someday help you manage your daily energy consumption, too. At a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco last week, Google CEO […] Read more »

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information — be it via search, email, online maps or mobile apps — but it could someday help you manage your daily energy consumption, too. At a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco last week, Google CEO […] Read more »

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