Tesla CEO Elon Musk shared some insight about why his car is safe, the need to colonize Mars, and the shyness that made it too hard to ask for a job at Netscape. Read more »
Next-gen, low cost power grid batteries are emerging to help make the power grid more efficient, cleaner and more resilient. Eos Energy is the latest startup to begin the move to crank up manufacturing. Read more »
Microsoft is doing something super interesting and experimental: using fuel cells to create self-powered racks in data centers. Microsoft, which is now testing the tech, says such a set up could make data centers more efficient, minimizing energy distribution losses and reducing dependence on the power grid.
Amazon Web Services is now offering up free access to three NASA datasets from the NASA Earth Exchange project about the world’s weather, geology and vegetation. The cloud is a natural place to house large datasets that many people or institutions might want to analyze without requiring everyone to download, store and analyze the data locally. Scientific data has proven particularly appealing early, with numerous cloud providers already hosting various datasets, often in the fields of genomics and biology.
SmartThings, the connected hub and sensor company that wants to be the brains (and some of the brawn) behind your smart home, has raised $12.5 million. It will need it. Read more »
While everyone’s narrowly focused on earnings, accidents and stock prices for Tesla, the bigger picture is much larger. Read more »
I’ve been eager to see the Revolv home hub in action since meeting with the company several months ago. The good news is the hardware is awesome. But the software could use some work. Read more »
“MegaRun” cluster shatters the record for high-performance computing on Amazon Web Services, said Cycle Computing CEO Jason Stowe. Read more »
A Dallas-based startup called Servergy, which makes low-power servers about half the size of traditional servers, has raised a $20 million series C round of venture capital. The company’s servers run on 8-core 1.5 GHz Freescale Power Architecture processors and, although 1U high, are only 14 inches deep and 8.25 inches wide. Servergy appears to have raised just under $30 million so far, according to SEC filings, although its has not named its investors.
Correction: This post was corrected at 3:15 p.m. to correct the manufacturer of Servery’s processors, which is Freescale and not IBM.
Tesla went from a high of over $180 per share earlier this week to, at one point, under $135 per share on Friday. The company’s shares have been over valued for awhile, and a modest earnings report sent the stock falling this week. Will it head back up or even more down next week?
Using clean energy — from solar to wind farms — to power Internet infrastructure is a complex issue. Next Wednesday in partnership with Greenpeace and some of the leading companies, we’ll unbox this topic. Read more »
At Roadmap yesterday, Tesla’s chief designer gave us a hint at what the company’s third generation car — its least expensive yet — could look like. He’ll start the design process next year. Read more »
A California startup has raised a seed round to show that its energy management app could keep office workers happy and save energy for building owners. Read more »
A Bill Gates and Khosla-backed battery startup, Ambri, has reached an important milestone: it’s opened up its first small scale factory. Read more »
On the one hand, HPC applications are increasing your need for data center services. On the other, there are pressures to reduce data center expenditure and deliver sustainable business practices. The solution for these conflicting demands could be the green data center. Read more »
For established carmakers, design is a very iterative process with decades of work to build from. Tesla Motors had no such history to work with, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing said the company’s chief designer. Read more »
A Canadian startup has built its first European plant to retrieve phosphorous — a key ingredient in fertilizer — from sewage and wastewater and turn it into fertilizer to grow more crops. Read more »
Tesla narrows its quarterly net loss, and remains on track with the Model S production. Wall Street reacted and not so nicely. Read more »
Texas will get to build Mac Pro desktops for Apple and now a facility in Arizona will be used for Apple manufacturing as well. About 2,000 jobs will be created as a result and the facility will run entirely on a new solar power grid. Read more »
Robotics are the future of efficient solar panel cleaning. At least SunPower thinks so. The company bought a small startup called Greenbotics which makes solar panel robotic tech. Read more »
Microsoft gets into the game of buying clean power directly from a power company for a data center in Texas. Read more »
Building out a “smart” electrical grid is going to take more than just the right gear — that gear has to interoperate, and so utilities are searching for the right standard. Read more »
The Nexus 5 is the second phone we’ve seen that incorporates envelope tracking technology, which has nothing to do with mail delivery. The technology greatly reduces the power needed to transmit an LTE signal. Read more »
Startup Harvest Automation is using new financing to get its nursery and greenhouse robot to a farm near you. Read more »
Is the Tesla Model S cool enough to catch on with car lovers on both sides of the Atlantic? We’ll find out this spring. Read more »
According to PatentlyApple, Apple has filed yet another solar panel patent. While this is the eighth patent for the Cupertino, Calif.-based company in an effort to make proprietary solar technology, the “Power Management for a system having non-volatile memory” has eliminated the need for a power converter to turn the solar power into electronic energy. In practical applications, this means that a solar panel could be attached directly to the Magsafe port of a computer or onto the back of a phone. It’s just a concept now, but it could mean that solar power won’t come at the cost of slimness and style.
JumpStartFund, a crowdfunding site that has taken it upon itself to make Elon Musk’s ultrafast hyperloop transit system a reality, has formed a now-operating company around the project called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Inc. JumpStartFund released a timeline of planned milestones the company has set, including demoing hyperloop technology in early 2015. JumpStartFund announced last month that former SpaceX director of operations Marco Villa and former American Society of Civil Engineers president Patricia Galloway would lead the company.
SunPower plans to build a new solar cell factory, a move that reverses the trend of solar manufacturers shuttering factories to deal with an over supply of solar equipment worldwide that began in 2011. Read more »
A California startup has made its way into commercializing its super absorbent polymer that can store and release water in soil to cut water wastes and increase crop yield. Read more »
If we’re going to build out an easy-to-use internet of things, we’re going to have to figure out how to avoid constantly changing sensor batteries. Which is why Driblet has developed a water sensor that harvests its own energy. Read more »
As the internet of things gathers steam, Cisco creates a new business unit to tackle the opportunity. It plans to do so in traditional Cisco style. Read more »
An MIT professor has created an algorithm he says can work in conjunction with rangefinders and adaptive cruise control systems to keep cars moving at the ideal speeds to limit traffic jams. Read more »
I was hoping to be able to attend the Tesla London store launch, but alas had to head back to the Bay Area at the end of the Summer before the official opening. But Green Car Reports attended the launch late last week and snapped these pics. As predicted it’s in the Westfield Mall near Notting Hill and Tesla CEO Elon Musk kicked off the event. Tesla will be selling right-hand-drive Model S cars for the first time in the U.K.
There’s money in those old phones, and a company is ramping up to bring that opportunity to cell phone carriers. Read more »
The awesome city that is Copenhagen is getting some next-gen smart street lighting tech. According to an announcement, smart grid company Silver Spring Networks and street lighting giant Citelum will network 20,000 street lights in Copenhagen in 2014.
Bill Gates, along with the staff of nuclear startup TerraPower, visited the U.S. government-owned Idaho National Labs this week to check out the facilities in advance of reactor design work that TerraPower plans to do at the facility. Gates is chairman of, and investor, in TerraPower, which has been developing a traveling wave nuclear reactor that can run on waste uranium, and can make and consume its own fuel — theoretically it doesn’t need to be refueled for hundreds of years.
Neul will ship its first white space radio modules for $12 a pop to sensor and device makers in the first quarter and launch its first networks in the U.S. and U.K. in the second. Read more »
Tesla scores another influential Apple exec, this time to lead new vehicles. Read more »
The U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program — which allocates small grants to early stage, high risk technologies — has launched a new project focused on efficient power grid electronics. Say wha? When electricity flows across, on and off the grid it has to go through a lot of inefficient conversion devices. This program, called SWITCH, will give funds to 14 projects working on more efficient power conversion technologies mostly at the transistor manufacturing level. More info and project winners here.
Before today Automatic was selling its vehicle-data-gathering gadget solely on its website. Now it has the opportunity to put its quantified driving technology in front of millions of Apple customers. Read more »