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We often cover semiconductors that require less energy, but we rarely talk to the companies behind those chips to find out what else they might be doing to reduce their power consumption. However, Norm Fjeldheim, chief information officer for Qualcomm, recently shared a few tidbits about […] Read more »

This week saw a number of partnerships as big oil reached out to biofuels and solar installers started to team up. In case you missed any of the important headlines, we’ve gathered the top news from the week here for you. So, after you go out […] Read more »

While the voluntary carbon trading economy is booming (it tripled in 2007 to $331 million) the power of free-market economics has yet to directly connect our own personal actions with carbon emissions. This week, the UK nixed plans to get people to reduce their emissions via […] Read more »

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We talk a lot about new energy opportunities and technology breakthroughs here on Earth2Tech, and less about the high risks involved in developing new cleantech markets and commercializing unproven technologies. But at the Berkeley-Stanford CleanTech Conference this week, there was a lot of discussion over the […] Read more »

Although a public offering from a solar installer met a chilly response on the Street this week, one of cleantech’s most mature industries, wind energy, might have an IPO of its own soon. Riding high on record wind installations, Noble Environmental Power, a developer and operator […] Read more »

Following yesterday’s cloudy performance by solar stocks, this morning some solar players announced a deal that could help them weather the storm. Residential solar designer and installer Akeena is teaming up with residential solar financier Sun Run. The partnership will connect Akeena’s “LEGO-like” Andalay panel system […] Read more »

As the debate over whether countries should mandate more or less biofuels rages on, Finland’s diesel car drivers — at least in the Helsinki area — now have a chance to fill up their tanks with a new diesel fuel blend whose biodiesel content is at […] Read more »

“Another Sunny Year for Solar Power”: A new report from the Worldwatch Institute estimates that global production of PV cells grew by 51 percent last year to 3,733 megawatts – Worldwatch Institute. Beijing Olympics “Basically” Carbon Neutral: China’s Technology Minister Wan Gang said the country will […] Read more »

The economic slowdown continued to cloud the solar stock market today. Akeena Solar (AKNS) released its first-quarter results, reporting a widened loss of $4.6 million, or 16 cents a share, and warned that it sees softening demand for the remainder of the year. Meanwhile shares of […] Read more »

It’s time to see how our favorite gadget makers and Internet search engines fare when it comes to their commitment to fighting climate change. While Greenpeace has its green electronics guide, the non-profit Climate Counts released a new scorecard on companies this week, which includes a […] Read more »

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While many cleantech startups are working on making cleaner burning fuels for our cars, a biotech firm Down Under is engineering cleaner digesting grasses for our cows. Gramina, a joint venture between Australian Molecular Plant Breeding and Kiwi PGG Wrightson Genomics, is genetically engineering pasture grass […] Read more »

If you’ve got a YouTube account, a camera, and a deep-seated yearning to get behind the wheel of a plug-in hybrid, Google wants to hear about it. Google.org’s RechargeIT program is hosting a contest soliciting videos from wannabe plug-in drivers, as well as testimonials from proud […] Read more »

Utilities plan to use solar power from both the massive solar plants that are being built in the California Mojave desert, as well as large scale distributed rooftop solar projects, like the one Southern California Edison is planning. So which technology is better? Centralized solar systems […] Read more »

EnerNOC delivered first-quarter earnings Wednesday that were a mixed bag. The company beat Wall Street estimates, which is always nice; but its operating loss nearly tripled from the previous year to $11.7 million, which is not so nice. The net loss of 57 cents a share […] Read more »

Record Windy Year: The American Wind Energy Association says the if the pace of wind installations keeps going like it did in the first quarter of 2008, there will be a record 5,600 megawatts of power installed this year — MarketWatch. Poulsen Hybrid an Auto X-Prize […] Read more »

As global food prices rise and food riots rock the developing world, grain-based biofuels are coming under heavy fire. But a new grain-based ethanol startup has just secured $300 million for barley-based fuel and it claims its methods won’t impact food supplies — one, because the […] Read more »

It’s a bit of an oxymoron, but hunters can actually be outspoken environmental stewards. And now those green Elmer Fudds can zip about the wilderness in search of game in all-electric style. Electric vehicle startup RTEV officially launched yesterday and is marketing its Ruff & Tuff […] Read more »

Those still hoping clean coal will become a reality can take comfort in the knowledge that tax dollars are still funding carbon capture and sequestration endeavors. Making good on its promise to fund a number of smaller, distributed projects to test the capture and storage of […] Read more »

The Energy Biosciences Institute, a first-of-its-kind, half-a-billion-dollar partnership between energy giant BP and the labs of UC Berkeley, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Lawrence Berkeley National, has published its list of the first 49 projects it will fund to the tune of $20 million. […] Read more »

While U.S. ethanol producers are like teenagers in the global biofuels market, Brazil is like a mature adult, approaching middle age. The Brazilian government began investing heavily in ethanol infrastructure and R&D more than 30 years ago. Now the country, which produces 45 percent of its […] Read more »

HelioVolt Building Deals: Austin-based thin film solar startup HelioVolt announced a deal with Architectural Glass & Aluminum Co. to work on building-integrated photovoltaic products. We can’t wait for solar-embedded walls! — release. Food Prices Up, Washington Ethanol Support Down: McCain and Republican senators are calling for […] Read more »

Gordon Murray, former Formula One race car designer, is working on a city car based on lightweight materials that could come in hybrid, all-electric and gas versions. While the Surrey, UK-based venture, Gordon Murray Designs, has been pretty stealthy over the past year, the Wall Street […] Read more »

While young cellulosic startups like Mascoma and Coskata are pulling in funding this year, in 2007, investments into alternative fuels were down significantly, according to a new report out this morning from PricewaterhouseCoopers. The difficult economics and increasing public backlash against corn-based ethanol, combined with the […] Read more »

Record high oil prices aren’t enough to keep ethanol plants from getting the ax. POET Energy, an ethanol plant developer, has canceled plans for a plant in Glenville, Minn. (hat tip Greentech Media) POET says it pulled the plug on the plant due to permitting problems. […] Read more »

On the heels of the news of its partnership with auto giant General Motors, cellulosic-biofuel startup Mascoma has added Big Oil to its growing list of investors. The Boston-headquartered company says this week that it has raised $61 million in a third round of financing that […] Read more »

Demand management firm EnerNOC, following its successful IPO last year, has been buying up firms to help its growth. The Boston-headquartered company said Monday that it has acquired Baltimore-based energy procurement services provider South River Consulting, which serves as a clearinghouse for the increasingly complex and […] Read more »

Exxon Plays the Waiting Game: Green business guru Joel Makower writes a smart post on how Exxon is mistakenly waiting for a breakthrough in renewable energy technology before investing more in the sector. — Two Steps Forward. Triodos Plans to Raise Public Fund: A so-called “ethical […] Read more »

Hey Israel’s green-leaning innovators, Israel Cleantech Ventures, a firm focused on funding green technology innovations in Israel, said this morning that it’s closed $75 million for its debut fund. The firm has been around since 2006 and has already made seven investments, many of which we’ve […] Read more »

Being an Internet millionaire doesn’t mean you’re only interested in creating businesses that make huge profits — though our list of 25 that ditched infotech for cleantech are certainly still trying. Estonian entrepreneurs Ahti Heinla, a Skype guru, and Rainer Nolvak, founder of MicroLink and Delfi, […] Read more »

Although plants and bacteria get most of the biofuel research dollars and media column inches, fungus, a kingdom of organisms that excels at breaking down fibrous cellulose, could provide some innovation for cheap and easy cellulosic biofuel production. Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the […] Read more »

Firefly Energy, a company developing cutting-edge lead-acid battery technology that we profiled last week, has raised $15 million in new venture funding. The financing was part of a Series C round that brought on Khosla Ventures and Infield Capital as new investors, PEHub reports. The Peoria, […] Read more »

With their dotcom and broadband-based winnings in tow, serial entrepreneurs of the information technology age have been taking the plunge into the energy and cleantech markets, looking to recreate their e-successes. Some are finding more success than others, and some are, frankly, finding no success at […] Read more »

It was an exciting week with lots of Q1 reports coming out and a late week partnership between auto giant GM and biofuel startup Mascoma. In case you missed some of the ups and downs in the cleantech world this week we’ve gathered the top news […] Read more »

Oil giant Shell’s decision to pull out of the world’s biggest planned offshore wind farm to be built in Britain resulted in a storm of criticism last week. Politicians and environmentalists accused Shell of being “greedy” and “irresponsible” in the British media. Many also believe that […] Read more »

There’s a massive 2.5GW of solar thermal projects planned for the California and Arizona deserts, and with construction starting to get underway on a good number of them, there’s bound to be a variety of hurdles. But what are some of the lesser-known obstacles when you […] Read more »

Fuel cell maker MTI Micro is showing off a prototype of a GPS system with an embedded fuel cell at a fuel cell conference in Atlanta this morning. The company, which is based in Albany, New York, says its fuel cell-connected GPS system can provide 60 […] Read more »

Most solar companies use silicon to turn solar energy into electrical energy, but researchers at the University of Tel Aviv have recently moved to go green in more of a literal sense. Rather than silicon, they’re using bio-engineered plant proteins to build their PV base. This […] Read more »

The CEO of General Motors, Rick Wagoner, says that, when it comes to the large-scale manufacture of electric vehicles, GM will ultimately beat out the dozens of electric-vehicle startups that have recently started racing to sell green cars. This is a high-volume, tough game to compete […] Read more »

Is First Solar headed higher, or lower? Judging from the volatility of the stock, there is no clear consensus among investors. Even the analysts who spend their days scrutinizing solar companies can’t agree. Yesterday, Craig Rubens wrote about the 8 percent rise in First Solar’s stock […] Read more »

DOE to Put $60 Million into Solar Thermal: The U.S. Department of Energy plans to invest the money over five years in 10 to 25 low-cost solar concentrating projects. The DOE is interested in thermal storage and heat transfer fluids – Cleantech. Waste Management and Linde […] Read more »

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