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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 »

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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 »

Air Force Takes Synthetic Fuel Super Sonic: In a flight test, a B-1 stealth bomber, code-named Dark 33, successfully broke the sound barrier flying on synthetic jet fuel, the first time such fuel had gone Mach 1. Do you feel the need for speed? – Wall […] Read more »

The Wall Street Journal published an editorial this week in which it took offense to comments made by Vinod Khosla that have downplayed ethanol’s contribution to the food crisis. The WSJ said: “As long as he’s on the federal dole, perhaps Mr. Khosla should take a […] Read more »

It should come as no surprise that the Bay Area, a national hub of cleantech enterprise and environmental policy, has become the first in the country to pass a tax on carbon emissions. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District‘s board of directors voted 15-1 yesterday […] Read more »

The PayPal-founder-turned-green-entrepreneur, Elon Musk predicts that in 30 years solar will be the single largest source of power in the U.S., and possibly the world. Musk made the prediction at the Future in Review (FiRe) conference in Coronado, Calif., this week, where thought leaders met to […] Read more »

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A deal between solar producer SunEdison and power company Duke Energy could produce the largest solar photovoltaic farm in the United States. Built and operated by SunEdison, the farm will be located in Davidson County, N.C., and, at 21.5 megawatts, is likely to be the largest […] Read more »

Startups looking to sell the next generation of batteries for our electric and hybrid vehicles will have to grow big fast to grab lucrative deals with the automakers. While A123 Systems is preparing an IPO to bring in funds for growth, a startup called International Battery, […] Read more »

It’s a green marketing blitz from Hewlett Packard today. Amid announcements of greener packaging, labeling, manufacturing and energy managment there are some interesting bits — and some disappointing things. Among the interesting is HP’s goal of greening its printers, both improving the overall energy efficiency of […] Read more »

Vinod Khosla vs. WSJ – Biofuel Battle: In an interview last week Vinod Khosla said Big Oil was helping run a smear campaign against biofuels. WSJ took offense, calling Khosla on the claim. Strong words were exchanged – VentureBeat. NorCal Signs on for $520M of Geothermal […] Read more »

Today, scientists working at the French equivalent of the Atomic Energy Commission said they have created a backup hydrogen fuel cell for powering cell phones. According to Agence France-Presse, the device is being developed by Bic, the French company more familiar as a maker of pens […] Read more »

“Don’t let invasive biofuel crops attack your country” was the warning delivered by concerned scientists yesterday at a UN meeting in Germany. Scientists from the Global Invasive Species Program (GISP), the Nature Conservancy and the International Union for Conservation of Nature all warned that bioenergy crops […] Read more »

After a rocky start, Solarfun may finally be winning the respect of investors. Its stock is up 8 percent in Wednesday trading after delivering earnings that showed revenue in the first quarter of 2008 had grown six-fold from the same period a year ago. Net profit […] Read more »

Venture firms have made partners out of the rich, the famous and now the spooky. VantagePoint Partners has added R. James Woolsey, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, as a Venture Partner. Woolsey joins as part of VantagePoint’s cleantech team expansion, which also included the […] Read more »

Ocean seeding startup Climos said back in March that it had become the world’s first venture capital-backed startup planning to attempt the controversial technique of fertilizing the oceans with iron to fight climate change; Climos was able to convince Tesla Chairman Elon Musk and Braemar Energy […] Read more »

Investment Up in Wind-Power Transmission Lines: Last week Boone Pickens vowed to build his own transmission lines for his giant wind farm and this week OGE says it will build 140 miles of transmission lines for 700 MW of wind power – Environmental Capital. Ener1 Raises […] Read more »

How does a company like Dow Chemical, with a reputation attached to chemicals like napalm and DBCP (which made workers sterile), find itself in the green biz? Well according to Neil Hawkins, the company’s VP of sustainability, it’s by no means an act of philanthropy. Hawkins, […] Read more »

Supercomputers have long been used to predict how climate change will affect the Earth, but they use a lot of energy and generate a lot of heat in the process. I suppose it seemed a bit hypocritical to the guys at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence […] Read more »

While Solel is still working to deliver 553 megawatts of solar thermal power to PG&E in the American Southwest, the Israeli startup is expanding its sales in Spain. Solel today announced its single largest sale of solar receivers — 190,000 thermal receiver systems capable of producing […] Read more »

An energy-efficient gadget needs to be green at its very core: the chip. CamSemi is a six-year-old fabless semiconductor startup based in Cambridge, England, which is designing energy-saving integrated circuits for the power supply consumer electronics market. On Monday the startup said it had added $8 […] Read more »

Optimal Technologies CEO Roland Schoettle likens the country’s current power grid to a person with Alzheimer’s: As time goes on, the brain gets worse and the problems just keep on growing. The eight-year-old company said today that it’s started to sell its first commercial product that […] Read more »

EnLink Geoenergy Pumps Up With $30M: The Houston-based company has raised $30 million in private equity to reorient its business model around its geothermal heat pumps which it has installed for residential, commercial and institutional customers – VentureBeat. EoPlex Raises $4 Million for Printing Cleantech: Redwood […] Read more »

How do you visualize the colossal amount of data surrounding climate change? Al Gore squeezed a lot of info into 100 minutes and a PowerPoint presentation, but the next step needs to be dynamic, interactive and malleable. That’s where Google Earth has been doing a lot […] Read more »

Elon Musk, chairman of electric car startup Tesla Motors, plans to take the firm public by the end of the year, CNET reports. Musk, who estimated Tesla would raise some $100 million via the IPO, made the remarks on-stage at the TiECon conference in Santa Clara, […] Read more »

We reported in April that the CEO of ethanol startup AltraBiofuels, Larry Gross, had left the company and planned to head up a spin-off firm called Edeniq, which will focus on cellulosic ethanol. This morning AltraBiofuels put out an announcement officially naming former Exxon Mobil exec […] Read more »

Iberdrola Renewables, one of the largest owners and operators of renewable energy facilities in the world, announced yesterday its plans to invest $8 billion in American renewable energy by 2010. A large part of the money will go to expanding Iberdrola’s wind energy capacity, but the […] Read more »

The 81 million buildings in the U.S. consume more energy than any other sector of the U.S. economy, including transportation and industry, says the U.S. government. Here’s five startups that are building software and hardware to help consumers and businesses cut down on power consumption. The […] Read more »

It was an exciting week at the Earth2Tech offices with big news coming in most everyday. There were some big reports about the potential of wind, some big funding for solar thermal, and discussion of electric cars coming in force to the Bay Area. In case […] Read more »

The race to develop and market environmentally friendly cars is getting fiercer. As the price of gasoline hits record heights and people are becoming more concerned about global warming, car companies are increasingly investing in ‘greener’ cars. One car manufacturer showing a massive commitment to alternative […] Read more »

Spire Corp. has spent the last year successfully pushing its solar equipment manufacturing products. Thanks to that success, the Bedford, Mass. company has gained some wiggle room with its bankers. Earlier this week Spire said it had broken the loan covenants on a line of credit […] Read more »

IBM Makes Concentrated Solar Breakthrough: Like a kid with a big magnifying glass, IBM has magnified the sun’s rays more than 2,000 times in a concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system to produce 230 watts off a square centimeter PV chip. The trick is to keep the silicon […] Read more »

According to enthusiastic blog reports (here and here), startup Widetronix, maker of silicon-carbide based wafers for electronics, just won the Draper Fisher Jurvetson East Coast Venture Challenge, which will see it be awarded $250,000 in seed money from the venture firm. Widetronix is using technology from […] Read more »

Congress has finally passed the 2007 Farm Bill, complete with energy provisions that gently steer America’s burgeoning biofuel industry away from corn and soy fuels towards more sustainable energy crops, a much-needed boost for celluosic biofuel brewers. Congress added a new $1.01 per gallon production tax […] Read more »

San Francisco Mayor Newsom’s Solar Incentive Program (which we’ve covered here, here and here) is on the skids again this week following a budget committee meeting. The original legislation, which is entirely separate from the newly announced 5 MW installations, proposed using $3 million for a […] Read more »

MIT Researchers Boost Fuel Cell Power: MIT engineers are using a new material that boosts the power output of direct methanol fuel cells by 50 percent and reduces material costs. The applications for such technology include mobile electronics – Press release. Farm Bill, with Energy Provisions, […] Read more »

Even though Silicon Valley electric vehicle startup Tesla started “regular” production of its first vehicle, the Roadster, in March, it won’t be producing cars with the permanent transmission until September, the company said Thursday afternoon. Tesla also says that initial production of the Roadster has been […] Read more »

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