Struggling next-gen biofuel company Kior now has funding commitments from Bill Gates for its plant expansion. Read more »
The sharing economy can take advantage of mobile, always-on connections and data analysis to help optimize our consumption. But there are still obstacles to overcome. Read more »
Instead of sending radio signals like Wi-Fi, LED lights can send pulses of light that deliver information in a similar way. Read more »
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 »
Uber, Palantir, and Pure Storage scored the most money in the third quarter. Software was hot; life sciences, not so much. Read more »
As everything becomes connected, there’s a huge opportunity for farmers to apply more data to their growing strategies with smart sensors, according to OnFarm Systems. Read more »
California regulators approved an ambitious plan to install a large amount of energy storage projects by 2020 to help the state meet its renewable energy mandate. The decision should be a boon for battery and other technology developers. Read more »
At Mobilize 2013, AT&T announced a crucial partnership with Tesla that brings the mobile company into the driver’s dashboard. Read more »
Audience members awarded the people’s choice award to Lively, which helps seniors live independently. Read more »
Lisa Jackson, the former chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, joined Apple four months ago to give a bigger boost to the tech giant’s energy efficiency and clean power efforts. Read more »
The connected home may not need sensors everywhere. Instead they’ll probably sit at strategic points and convey information generated by an algorithm. Neurio is a Kickstarter project that has this philosophy. Read more »
How important is the industrial internet to the world’s economy? According to GE’s Bill Ruh, even small improvements in some areas could save billions of dollars per year and significantly reduce problems like flight delays. Read more »
The European Space Agency is entering into the design phase for a fleet of solar electric telecommunication satellites after signing a $16 million one-year contract with satellite operator SES and manufacturer OHB AG. Solar electric propulsion is an established, more efficient alternative to chemical or nuclear fission-powered propulsion that can move a satellite to a specific location above Earth and then hold it there. The satellites will require up to 90 percent less chemical propellant by weight, making them lighter and less expensive to carry into space. NASA is considering using solar electric propulsion to send a spacecraft to Mars.
Instead of flashing notifications across your vision, the glasses flash a small light to indicate different types of messages have arrived. 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 European Space Agency (ESA) is to start using 3D printing methods to create metal parts for rockets, jets and potentially even nuclear fusion reactors. According to the ESA, the parts will be able to withstand heat of up to 3,000° Celsius (5,432° Fahrenheit) and will cut down on materials waste. “Our ultimate aim is to print a satellite in a single piece,” said ESA new materials and energy research chief David Jarvis.
The solar biz is no place for shrinking violets. In fact, SunPower seems to have survived despite all odds. Read more »
Premise Data wants to change the way decision makers think about macroeconomic indicators by changing the way they consume that data. Thanks to a glut of e-commerce data and a network of smartphone-equipped price watchers worldwide, it’s making information a real-time affair. Read more »
Robots are great at repetitive, large-scale work. The installation and cleaning of large-scale solar farms happens to be a repetitive job. The New York Times took an interesting look at a startup that is betting robots are a great fit for the solar industry.
Electrifying secretaries the world over. Read more »
Phone Halo, one of GigaOM’s Mobilize Product Showcase finalists, is set to launch its Button TrackR tag this month, letting you track your valuables on a smartphone. Next year its tags will come embedded in luggage. 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.
Where to begin? A silk construction using silk worms and advanced machinery; VR codes that embed video info in displays and — of course — robots! All courtesy of MIT Media Lab. Read more »
On this week’s GigaOM Show, Twitter in the news in advance of its IPO, a smarter smoke detector and will it be Android of Chrome on your TV? Read more »
Graphene is nearly impermeable, so adding it to plastic could lead to lighter and more efficient natural gas tanks. Read more »
American Graphite Technologies doesn’t provide much detail about its plans for the incredible material, but it hopes developments will lead to new products. 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 »
A new research project from Carnegie Mellon University, funded by a $2.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation, aims to make microchips smarter and more efficient by analyzing the data they collect about themselves. The Statistical Learning in Chip project is focused on developing an integrated machine learning engine that can help chips dynamically manage their resource consumption and keep it at optimum levels. This would make the chips, and the devices running on them, more energy-efficient, resulting in longer battery life and cooler operating temperatures.
If Nest is the modern answer to the thermostat, Rachio is the answer to the lawn sprinkler. GigaOM Mobilize Showcase finalist has a smart sprinkler that knows when, and when not, to water the grass. 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 »
Ahead of our Mobilize event Oct. 16 and 17, we asked experts how 50 billion connected devices and 6 billion people change their industries. In this essay, Arrayent’s Shane Dyer talks about reducing complexity in our products. 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?
Ahead of our Mobilize event Oct. 16 and 17, we asked experts how 50 billion connected devices and 6 billion people change their industries. In this essay SmartThings’ Alex Hawkinson details the programmable home of the future. Read more »
So far this year GE has made $290 million in revenue from its industrial internet products. The two-year effort gets new partners Wednesday, and we learn how it plans to stay open and still build a barrier to entry. Read more »
Ford is testing two new autonomous driving technologies. One will let a car park itself even if the driver is outside the vehicle. The other will assume control over the car at highway speeds to avoid collisions. Read more »
The long strings of plastic 3D printers print with are expensive. A machine coming onto the market would allow users to print with recycled plastic. Read more »