How do you build a big market for batteries and other forms of energy storage? Here’s a look at the key challenges. Read more »
Once promising battery startup Envia is facing two lawsuits that allege not only does its tech belong to other companies, but its lost its GM deal and hasn’t been able to turn its battery into a product. Read more »
Like to ride your bike but need a little boost on those steep hills? Check out this new “Copenhagen” wheel that snaps onto the real wheel of most bikes to convert them into human-electric-powered hybrids. The wheel, born out the MIT SENSEable City Lab initiative with help from the mayor of bike-friendly Copenhagen, goes on sale Tuesday for $699 from Cambridge, Mass.-startup superpedestrian.com. The goal, according to Assaf Biderman, associate director of SENSEable, is to get people to cycle more than they already do.
Some day the power grid will be as smart as the Internet. Until then startups like Stem, with its data analytics and smart battery systems, will work on making it so. Read more »
Introducing a drop dead simple way to see if solar panels would work — and be economical — on your rooftop. Read more »
Facebook’s wind power utility deal in Iowa is gaining praise from the data center industry as a model worth replicating. Read more »
The number of devices that remain on when you’re not using them is astounding: from printers and desk phones ATMs, vending machines and light posts. The bright side? Technology can help us conserve energy and save big. Read more »
After 12 months and 15,000 miles, was the Chevy Volt the right car for us? With our prior home solar panel investment and driving habits: yes. But it’s not a good car for everyone and there’s one thing I’d change. Read more »
Making the power grid as smart as the Internet will take a lot of digital tools and software. Particularly digital solid state transformers, if Gridco has its way. Read more »
Five-year-old Spanish startup Optimitive has raised a $1.9 million Series A round from European venture capital fund GGM Venture Capital to boost sales of its artificial intelligence software. The company, which came out of the Surge Accelerator in Houston, can help refineries, manufacturers, power generators and industries that are heavy energy users, make their processes more efficient in real time.
Many months after it was expected, Fisker Automotive finally filed for bankruptcy, and in doing so revealed some more unusual names on its creditor list. Read more »
Following a milestone of installing 100 MW of its fuel cells in the U.S., Bloom Energy makes headway in Japan. Read more »
Wireless charging add-ons tend to bring added bulk to an otherwise thin iPhone. That’s what makes iQi so interesting; it’s only 0.5 millimeters thick save for the lightning port. A review unit is on the way for testing. Read more »
On this week’s podcast: Is the Xbox One worth it as a media center? And why is Apple building a big solar farm in North Carolina? Read more »
George Blankenship, Tesla’s head of sales strategy and the creative force behind its stores, has left the company, according to his LinkedIn page and a San Jose Mercury News report. Read more »
Sensors are everywhere, but if we can build a generation of more efficient energy-harvesting chips, sensors could go in even more places. Here’s how researchers are trying to make that happen. Read more »
Researchers took individual strands of yarn and covered them with batteries that can be folded without losing their effectiveness. Read more »
A startup that’s recently been spun off from MIT — SolidEnergy — is making materials for lithium ion batteries for electric cars that could make them cheaper, less flammable in the event of an accident, and capable of holding more energy, according to MIT Tech Review. The company, which has developed a lithium-metal electrode (instead of graphite) and combined that with a safer electrolyte, plans to sell its materials to battery makers. It has raised a round of venture funding and is working with battery maker A123 Systems.
Silicon Valley startup Kateeva is showing off its first equipment to produce large-format OLED panels, which it hopes will help make OLED TVs cheaper and popular one day. Read more »
Applied Graphene Materials hopes to scale up its production of the super strong and conductive material. But no one knows what kind of market will greet it in the coming years. Read more »
Want a cargo-carrying electric scooter with a retro feel? There’s one on Kickstarter right now via Lit Motors, but it’ll cost you. Read more »
While Nest is looking to start shipping its new smoke detector soon, it’s hit with a second patent infringement lawsuit from BRK, which makes the First Alert smoke detector. Read more »
Tesla says it’s taking a few actions, following the three accident-related fires for its cars, including increasing clearance on highways through air suspension and tweaking car warranties. Meanwhile the government watchdog has opened an investigation. Read more »
A futuristic sci-fi computer may be just one crystal — and plenty of light — away. Read more »
Apple’s two solar farms and one fuel cell farm near its data center in North Carolina are now all live and generating power. The projects are unprecedented in the industry and have helped usher in real change. Read more »
The Internet of things (IoT) will enable profound improvements in productivity. To see it in action, let’s use a farmer and food production as an example. Read more »
Duke Energy has taken an important step forward to enable large companies to buy clean power from it if they’re willing to pay for it. Read more »
Finnish researchers have devised an algorithm that accurately determines mobile phone users’ modes of transportation by analyzing data from their phones’ accelerometers. Useful? Absolutely! Annoying? Possibly … Read more »
Amazon Web Services VP and Distinguished Engineer James Hamilton explained during a session at the AWS re:Invent conference how the cloud provider keeps costs as low as possible and innovation as high as possible. It’s all about being the master of your infrastructure. Read more »
Researchers were able to store information at 77 degrees fahrenheit for 39 minutes, which is a huge improvement over the previous record of 2 seconds. Read more »
Six more solar panel farms in the deserts of California and Arizona are getting Google as a backer. Read more »
Researchers genetically engineered viruses to build nanowires the batteries rely on when they charge and recharge. The process is safer and more green than traditional techniques. Read more »
Wind power is an increasingly realistic option for the next-generation of data centers built by Internet giants that want to move away from fossil fuel power. Read more »
Quirky has raised $79 million in funding with $30 million coming from GE. The two companies are expanding their partnership to bring connected devices into the home and now selling them at Home Depot. Read more »
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 »