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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

It’s fitting that San Francisco decided to announce a major boost in solar power capacity during a week in which the sun is blazing down on the city with an unseasonable intensity. San Francisco has approved plans for solar startup Recurrent Energy to build and operate […] Read more »

The November race is off to a green start. McCain gave a speech earlier this week in Oregon in which he laid out his energy and climate plan, and Obama on Wednesday spoke in Michigan about reviving and strengthening American manufacturing with clean energy jobs. After […] Read more »

T. Boone Pickens, our favorite Texas-oil-baron-turned-wind-wildcatter, has placed an order for 667 wind turbines from GE for a total cost of $2 billion. The turbines will have a generating capacity of 1,000 megawatts, enough to power 300,000 homes. The order was made through Pickens’ Mesa Power […] Read more »

Sick and tired of all these electric vehicle production delays? Need an electric car now? Got at least $10,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Well, don’t worry, there are several models available for purchase right this instant! But while all of these electric options have […] Read more »

Climate-Ready Crops Being Engineered, Patented: Three huge agro-tech firms – BASF of Germany, Syngenta of Switzerland and Monsanto of St. Louis – have filed for patents on nearly two-thirds of the climate-related gene families, according to the ETC Group, a farmer activist group – The Washington […] Read more »

GreenFuel Technologies, a startup that uses recycled CO2 to grow algae, which can be turned into biofuel, says it is weeks away from completing the goals of its “7-step” turnaround plan. The company had hit a few speed bumps over the past year, resulting in layoffs, […] Read more »

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has recruited a new entrepreneur-in-residence to work in its Department of Energy program, which aims to commercialize clean energy technologies coming out of national labs. Kleiner’s representative for the program will be Joel Serface, the current director of the Austin Clean […] Read more »

Turns out Dell showing off an ultra-small bamboo-encased PC at a conference in April (pictured below) was just one step toward the company offering “greener” computers. This morning, the Round Rock, Texas-based company said it will design its laptops and desktops to consume up to 25 […] Read more »

If the market opportunity for non-food cellulosic biofuels is really in the tens of billions it’s no surprise that increasingly bigger companies are coming to play where the startups have been working. Today, DuPont and Genencor, a division of Danisco A/S, have announced the formation of […] Read more »

BrightSource Energy, the solar thermal startup that scored one of the industry’s biggest solar power plant deals in April, has just raised a massive $115 million in Series C funding and has added some big new names to its list of investors including, BP Alternative […] Read more »

With the presumptive Republican nominee stumping at a wind turbine facility on climate change policy, we think it’s time to better acquaint ourselves with Sen. John McCain’s energy plan. McCain is trying to use a stance of “slightly to the right of center in the environmental […] Read more »

Electrovaya Says Electric Car to Be Available in 5 Months: The Toronto-based lithium-ion battery startup says they could begin sales of their neighborhood electric vehicle, the Maya-300, as soon as July – Greentech Media. Israeli Startups Locked Out of Israeli Solar Bid: The Israeli Ministry of […] Read more »

This morning, Hoku Scientific posted its results for the March quarter and then saw its stock tumble. It followed a pattern set by shares of JA Solar on Monday and LDK today, as well as other solar companies in recent weeks. Each company’s stock slid for […] Read more »

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is in talks with electric vehicle startup Project Better Place about building the infrastructure for a fleet of plug-in cars in the city, including parking meter charging stations and battery replacement stations. Newsom traveled to Israel last week to meet with […] Read more »

Silicon Valley’s green car fisticuffs is going into round two this week. According to CNET, electric vehicle company Fisker Automotive, maker of the Karma, plans to file for arbitration today in an attempt to derail the suit filed by competitor Tesla, which accuses Fisker of stealing […] Read more »

While wind power has been growing by leaps and bounds — a record 45 percent last year — and is on track to set a new record this year with 1,400 megawatts of capacity installed in the first quarter, the Department of Energy thinks we can […] Read more »

The future of biofuels belongs to biology, and startups are getting more and more funding to engineer alternative fuels. Synthetic biofuel startup Gevo has raised another $17 million in a Series C funding according to Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Virgin Green Fund participated, as […] Read more »

Chinese solar cell wafer maker LDK Solar posted what appeared to be a pretty strong first quarter earnings report on Monday: a net income of $49.8 million, compared with $21.6 million from a year ago reports Reuters, and a raised revenue outlook for the year. But […] Read more »

SF Green Cleantech Meeting Tonight: If you’re in the San Francisco area this evening you should swing by the SF Green event where the big shot cleantech entrepreneurs and VCs will be on hand, showing off their companies, their wares and their thoughts – VentureBeat. The […] Read more »

The Silicon Valley electric car startup Project Better Place showed off a prototype for its electric vehicle in Israel this weekend, and said partner Renault-Nissan (Renault is building the cars while Nissan, via an agreement with NEC Corp., is supplying the swappable batteries) would likely spend […] Read more »

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