Facebook might have launched the Open Compute Project to force server vendors to build higher-effiency gear, but it’s having a much greater impact than even Facebook anticipated. Read more »
The long road from development to market for Twin Creek’s materials slicing machines shows the complexities of cleantech. Read more »
Seven out of 11 of the hardware incubator’s inaugural class of hardware startups presented their work. Highway1 is now selecting companies for its second class, which will commence in March. Read more »
Sprint is taking its fuel cell trials up multiple flights, installing them on rooftops. These cells will replace backup generators in dense cities, making them not only greener but also less of a logistical nightmare. Read more »
By publicizing the server specs for its data center workloads, Microsoft could reap some rewards in its own supply chain, and be assured that it has a hand in the data center designs of the future. Read more »
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is so bullish on the Chinese market that he tells Bloomberg that Tesla might eventually build a local plant in the country. Whether that would be a production factory like its one in Fremont, California, or an assembly plant like its new one in Tilburg in the Netherlands, remains to be seen. Tesla priced its Model S in China last week at $121,000, including shipping and taxes.
Young up and coming startup AutoGrid now has new funding, new products and new customers for its big data energy prediction engine. Read more »
The Westly Group has backed energy software startup Simple Energy, leading a $6M round. Read more »
The solar industry was one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. last year, and grew 10 times faster than the average adding 24K new jobs. Read more »
Seeking Alpha analyst Matt Margolis connects the dots to show why this might be happening. Read more »
Google’s purchase of Nest shines a spot light on the crossroads ahead for utilities. Read more »
The education center and accelerator, which focuses on exponential technologies with big potential, will begin raising capital in the second quarter of 2014. Read more »
Following some extreme plans, Xtreme Power files for Chapter 11. Read more »
Cable giant Comcast is exploring selling electricity as the fourth leg of an experimental “quadruple play” in Pennsylvania. According to the head of the state’s energy regulator, the cable giant is looking at partnering up with a retail electric supplier in the state to offer the product, possible in the fourth quarter of this year.
Tesla is opening up sales in the world’s largest auto market: China. It’s a bit of a risk, but the company thinks it’s worth it. Read more »
Automakers are building research vehicles that can take in vast amounts of data about their surroundings in a split second. Now it’s up to data scientists to figure how cars can use that information. Read more »
Google continues to invest in wind power for its data centers — this time in Finland. Read more »
Tesla road-trippers, time to take a spin across Europe with Tesla’s new fast chargers on the continent. Read more »
Is there a new dawn of smarter power grid tools emerging? Finally? Read more »
New York City and Chicago are reportedly holding back money from Bixi after the bike-sharing provider failed to meet commitments. Bixi filed for bankruptcy in Montreal on Monday. Read more »
Former politicians usually don’t have good odds when it comes to picking the best startups to join. But with Steven Chu’s long scientific career in his pocket, he’ll probably do better than most. Read more »
MIT researchers have developed another interesting way to boost the efficiency of the typical silicon solar cell. Read more »
A lawsuit against battery startup Envia — from its former CEO and two other former employees — looks headed for dismissal. Read more »
Chip startup Adapteva raised a $3.6 million Series B round today, but the interesting story is how long it took to get here and how it almost didn’t get the funds. Read more »
I’m all for a revolution in energy and cars, but it can happen faster if we understand the dynamics of how these sectors work. Read more »
Individuals will soon be able to invest in SolarCity’s solar panel projects, following its acquisition of a small startup called Common Assets. Read more »
Plastics and chemicals that have ditched crude oil, could be the result of a new partnership between a startup and a Brazilian petrochemical giant. Read more »
Google’s acquisition of Nest is about energy, the smart home and expanding it’s expertise and interest in robots. Why? Because the smart home will be comprised of many robots working together. Read more »
Venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has written a 2,000-word open letter to 60 Minutes and CBS in response to their recent “Cleantech Crash” report, which featured lengthy interviews with Khosla and a tour of one of Khosla’s portfolio companies. He asserts that there are numerous errors in the piece, that the journalists who made it were practicing “agenda-driven bastardization of news reporting,” and that the story “grossly misrepresented the state of the sustainable energy industry.”
You can read the entire letter here. He also says in the letter that Khosla Venture’s “cleantech portfolio is profitable.” Here’s my take on the 60 Minutes piece; here’s NRG CEO David Crane’s response; and here’s clean power entrepreneur and investor Jigar Shah’s take.
Google keeps on keepin’ on with its latest support of a wind farm near its Oklahoma data center. Read more »
Tesla sent many more cars than expected to customers last quarter, but is meanwhile dealing with a recall over charging overheating. Read more »
The Galaxy S5 is rumored to feature a larger, higher-res display than its predecessor, so why not a higher-capacity, fast-charging battery to go with it? Read more »
After Google said it would acquire Nest, we scrapped our post CES round up to talk about the deal’s implications. Check out the podcast to see if Kevin is keeping his Nest. Read more »
Here’s my take on who wins and who loses in Google’s planned $3.2 billion purchase of Nest, from investors to competitors to industries. Read more »
Despite the impression audiences may have gotten from a recent 60 Minutes segment, cleantech will make a return on investment to consumers, the environment and government loan programs. Read more »
Electric car company Tesla Motors announced on Friday that it’s pushed an over-the-air software update to its Model S cars that will stop overheating while charging in the event that the electrical outlet has faulty wiring, corrosion or physical damage. Tesla also sent its customers a new charger wall adapter that will address the same overheating issues. The move follows an incident where a garage caught on fire in Irvine, Calif., which may or may not have been caused by charging a Tesla Model S, and Jalopnik and Bloomberg note that there have been several issues with overheating while charging last year.
Android in the automobile would spur two things the connected car sorely lacks: A unified app platform in the infotainment system and a vibrant developer community. Read more »
Tesla’s Model X is supposed to launch to its first customers at the end of this year and in early 2015, but already the car is starting to be seen driving around the streets near Tesla’s design shop in Los Angeles. InsideEVs posted these pics, and says it seems to be the only fully operational Model X yet in existence. We took these pics of the Model X prototype in early 2012.
Look for the next generation of batteries, particularly for the power grid, to come out this year from some interesting startups. Read more »
A funky battery that’s made of natural materials and uses liquid tanks is being developed in a lab at Harvard. If the breakthrough makes it to market it could be a low cost energy storage option for clean power. Read more »