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While Silicon Valley semiconductor manufacturers have been offshoring their fabrication lines, Kovio, a startup in the silicon circuit printing business, has just moved into a 95,000-square-foot facility in Milpitas, Calif., and says it’s now set to start printing, with products due to be delivered later this […] Read more »

Wonks are in a tizzy today in preparation for the debate of the Lierberman-Warner bill, which will bring climate change and carbon cap-and-trade to the Senate floor. But while the debate will highlight the obstacles to climate legislation, it’s unlikely that this bill will get out […] Read more »

While analysts are busy haggling over First Solar’s price — is it heading up or down? — the company got a potentially nasty sign that it could soon be heading south. Bloomberg reports that First Solar CEO Michael Ahearn, the company’s second largest shareholder, sold half […] Read more »

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British Telecom (BT) said today it plans to reduce its carbon emissions 80 percent by 2020. The UK-based incumbent telecom operator is already on its way to meeting that aggressive target, and last October said it would invest close to half a billion dollars in wind […] Read more »

Leave it to San Francisco to decide that the city is not only going to recycle grease from its restaurants to be used for biodiesel, but that the city will build its own grease-to-biodiesel plant. On Friday San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom said that the city […] Read more »

Here comes a potential hiccup for companies in the business of ocean seeding like startup Climos, which just last week we reported was looking to raise more funding. Delegates at a U.N. biodiversity convention on Friday decided to call for a temporary ban on the practice […] Read more »

It was a short week with the holiday but that didn’t stop VCs from dolling out the dough and entrepreneurs from making new laboratory proclamations. If you were too busy cleaning out the barbecue we’ve got all the important headlines here from this week in cleantech. […] Read more »

How do you convince home-owners to pay you to install solar panels on their roof tops? Even though solar is one of the biggest buzz words this year, it’s still tough. While we often discuss the market dynamics of silicon supplies, panel manufacturing and installation costs, […] Read more »

Woe to the ethanol makers out there, because higher corn prices this summer will mean even more shrinking profits for ethanol producers says a report from Texas A&M University. There’s also the potential for more variability in the price of corn this summer, because supply is […] Read more »

While it’s not cold fusion, the latest claimed breakthrough from the laboratories of the nefariously named Blacklight Power does defy some laws of physics. The startup announced this week that they have created a 50,000-watt prototype of a new fuel source by lowering the energy level […] Read more »

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Canada’s first emissions trading market, the Montreal Climate Exchange, opened for business this morning, becoming part of the $64 billion global carbon-credit market. The exchange is a joint venture between the Montréal Exchange (MX) and the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), and participating companies can buy and […] Read more »

With the biofuel industry reeling from global outcries of humanitarian and environmental havoc, individual companies are trying desperately to make it clear that their biofuels are, in fact, green. To that end, Swedish ethanol producer and distributor Sekab claims to be the world’s first maker of […] Read more »

Floatavoltaics in Napa Valley: In a Dionysian cleantech maneuver, Napa Valley winery Far Niente has installed 1,000 floating solar panels on its irrigation pond and has enough solar power to run the entire winery – SFGate. Governmental Cleantech Grant Roundup: The folks over at Cleantech have […] Read more »

In Silicon Valley, creating a thin-film solar startup requires a thorough business plan, years of testing and countless meetings to raise a few million dollars for your venture. But if you’re the oil-rich emirate of Abu Dhabi it just takes a couple billion and you can […] Read more »

The small-scale solar thermal startup Sopogy that we reported was in the process of raising a $9 million round last October, has closed that round from investors including the investment vehicle of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, Ohana Holdings. The folks at New Energy Finance reported the […] Read more »

San Diego-based startup Sapphire Energy said yesterday that it has squeezed ASTM-certifiable 91 octane gasoline — the premium stuff at the pump — from algae. That is to say, high-octane gasoline from pond scum. Founded a year ago this month, Sapphire has already raised $50 million […] Read more »

For a few days there, things were starting to look up for Pacific Ethanol (PEIX). Corn costs are surging. Demand is slack. And biofuels are being blamed for everything from toxic sludge to movie-ticket inflation. Pacific Ethanol, which recently suspended plans to build a new California […] Read more »

Car makers are facing newer and stricter emissions regulations all over the world. In Europe, the debate over proposals to curb carbon dioxide emissions for new cars is getting fiercer. This week six Greenpeace activist dressed up as Flintstones characters were arrested in Brussels, Belgium, as […] Read more »

Q-Cells Going South of the Border: The German thin film solar company is expanding into the 10,000 acre Silicon Border Science Park, in Mexicali, Baja California; it’s a two-hour drive from San Diego, and a three-hour to both Los Angeles and Phoenix — release. GE Dives […] Read more »

“Plug and play” is a term often used in the infotech world to describe a technology that a consumer can purchase and easily use out of the box — like that new mouse you bought at Best Buy, the one with little setup and software installation. […] Read more »

Ever since the Department of Energy cut its support of the FutureGen project, the fossil fuel-based energy industry, so dependent on effective carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology for the future of their business, has been rather directionless in its approach to CCS. The latest attempt […] Read more »

The ever-evolving saga of the electric car company ZAP Motors has added a new chapter today. The maker of the three-wheeled, all-electric Xebra, has appointed Eqbal Al Yousuf as Chairman of the Board. Al Yousuf is President of Dubai’s Al Yousuf Group, a business conglomerate based […] Read more »

There’s a quiet race going on to be the first in the U.S. to turn the country’s waste and biomass into next-generation ethanol at a large scale; as companies make progress it’s getting louder. Ethanol producer Verenium said today it has officially opened a demonstration facility […] Read more »

We told you a few weeks ago that Google.org was looking for video submissions of you all telling Google how much you wanted a plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV). Google has now officially sent out their call for videos and unveiled they’re grander PHEV scheme. Google.org and […] Read more »

First we had Texas utility Oncor sign a $690 million deal for smart meters and now North Carolina-based Duke Energy has announced ambitious plans to build a statewide smart grid network. Starting in Indiana, the proposal would include more than 800,000 new digital “smart meters” — […] Read more »

World Bank to Put Up $5.5B for Cleantech: The World Bank plans to set up funds this July — both a $5 billion cleantech fund and a $500 million R&D fund — and hope to start raising cash by the end of the year – VentureBeat. […] Read more »

After being named to the Department of Energy’s list of Solar America Cities last summer, Austin today unveiled some of its plans to make good on its local utility’s goal of getting 30 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2020. About 100 megawatts will […] Read more »

The UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), a system whereby developed nations can earn certified carbon offset credits (CERs) by funding clean energy projects in the developing world, has come under fire again, this time from two separate reports. Both accuse the CDM of not adequately verifying […] Read more »

Following SunEdison’s announcement last week that it will build what it claims will be, at the time of construction, the largest photovoltaic farm in the U.S., the company now says it’s getting more cash to fuel its ambitious plans. The Beltsville, Md.-headquartered solar service operator says […] Read more »

Sometimes we get wrapped up in detailing bleeding-edge innovations that startups are developing to help monitor home energy use. But, first and foremost, cutting home power requires a huge investment from your utility, and usually a well-established company to sell and install all those necessary smart […] Read more »

A few startups are just beginning to sell solar-powered backup chargers for our gadgets and cell phones, but none of the big consumer electronics makers has yet embraced embedded solar power as a viable option for mainstream devices. Well, according to a patent application picked up […] Read more »

America’s favorite pastime has got to stay current with the times, especially going into a summer with projections of record-high gas prices. Major League Baseball is working to green its image. The Seattle Mariners opened their season with the first fully carbon offset baseball game. The […] Read more »

Another week, another set of big cleantech deals. Mucho dinero could be moving soon from Spanish Iberdrola to American renewable energy projects to the tune of $8 billion. On a smaller scale, a number of cleantech startups have gotten funds and been making deals too. In […] Read more »

With over 70 percent of the earth’s surface covered in water, a number that is likely to only increase in the coming years, it makes sense for cleantech entrepreneurs to head out to sea to collect energy in and on our oceans. Putting expensive energy generation […] Read more »

Startup Transonic Combustion has been quietly working on its efficient fuel-injection technology, which the company says can deliver 100 mpg for an internal combustion engine vehicle. At the FiRe conference this week, Transonic Combustion’s VP of business development, Mike Rocke, showed us this image of Transonic’s […] Read more »

We’re knee-deep in the summer movie season, but your blockbusters could cost you a bit more this year. Nikki Finke over at Deadline Hollywood Daily had an interesting tid-bit about how the price of corn connects to the price of your ticket. In an article predicting […] Read more »

Looks like the Wall Street Journal is going have to write a flaming op-ed about the research firm New Energy Finance now, too. While earlier this week the WSJ lambasted Vinod Khosla for down-playing the role of ethanol in the food crisis (we reprinted Khosla’s rebuttal […] Read more »

A lot of people have been wondering what Martin Tobias has been up to since he left Imperium Renewables, a startup he led to become one of the largest biodiesel producers in the U.S., last December. Well, surfing, for one; he runs a surf camp in […] Read more »

For those of you who already own your own hybrid, and weren’t tempted by these 6 electric cars you can buy right now, we’ve gotta tip for you. Give your old hybrid a plug. While getting 50 miles per gallon in your Toyota Prius surely feels […] Read more »

Last August SmarthSynch CEO Stephen Johnston told us the company would likely be looking to raise more funds in 6-12 months. Right on schedule, his smart metering startup has raised $20 million in a round of funding led by a new huge investor, Credit Suisse. This […] Read more »

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