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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is looking to join the ranks of local leaders who are working to implement a carbon tax. At the Cleantech Forum in downtown San Francisco Tuesday morning, Newsom said he hopes to get authorization by the end of the year for […] Read more »

Right on the heels of The New York Times’ gushing piece on the Texas wind bonanza, a video started circulating on the Internet showing a far more dramatic portrait of wind power. The clip, which has already racked up hundreds of thousands of views, shows a […] Read more »

We all know that corn-based ethanol isn’t the route of choice to a sustainable future, but what if corn wasn’t really corn at all? Researchers at Iowa State have pieced together the genome of maize and will announce it Thursday at the oh-so thrilling-sounding Annual Maize […] Read more »

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Lotus Creates EV/Hybrid Research Group: Following the buzz around the Tesla Roadster and a new deal with ZAP, Lotus has seen the signs and has created a research and development group dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles – Green Car Congress. GM Vice Chair Doesn’t Believe […] Read more »

The New York Times got all excited about Texas wind power this weekend. The piece stood in stark contrast to a Wall Street Journal article last year that noted some of the contentious issues and rampant speculation surrounding the building of 20-story turbines in the middle […] Read more »

Recent research into capturing and storing carbon, that elusive silver bullet that could cure our coal-powered woes, is inching closer to reality. On the carbon capture side, researchers at UCLA have developed a new material that can replace the toxic substances used to filter CO2 out […] Read more »

Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic conducted the first flight of a commercial aircraft with some jet biofuel in the 747′s tank. You can basically call it ‘J05′ as the biofuel represented a mere 5 percent of the total fuel mix — three of the plane’s four tanks […] Read more »

If you’re wondering where the cleantech hot spots are around the globe, then we have the ultimate map for you: Earth2Tech’s 101 Cleantech Startups, where you can see how cleantech companies are sprouting up all over the place. The different sectors — like solar, energy storage, […] Read more »

It was a short week with President’s Day, and with all of those car dealership sales that are a requisite part of President’s Day you might have missed some of the news this week. Not to worry, we gathered all of the pertinent headlines here for […] Read more »

When we heard that the seventh annual Ecocity World Summit was being held in our own San Francisco, we knew we had to get involved somehow. The 5-day event, which has previously taken place in in India, China, Brazil and Australia, takes a sweeping look at […] Read more »

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Nature creates the most efficient designs, which is why a whole industry has been spawned around biomimicry, or using nature as a model for innovation. PAX Streamline, a San Rafael, Calif.-based startup funded by Khosla Ventures and spun out of PAX Scientific, has been creating mechanical […] Read more »

Just last week ocean seeding company Planktos was found dead in the water, a victim of what it claimed was a band of “anti-offset crusaders” with a “highly effective disinformation campaign” that it said had curbed its ability to raise funding. Hmmm, the offset-haters don’t seem […] Read more »

While venture capital has shone on solar panels, the components that make up solar systems, like inverters that convert DC to AC, have received notably less attention from the Valley. But inverter designer 1-Solar has been getting a warmer response, as founder Tranh Nguyen told the […] Read more »

“Sort of a Regulated e-Bay for…Emissions Permits”: World Green Exchange launched on Wednesday and will be selling greenhouse-gas emissions via auction, the hope being that by cutting out hte middleman will provide a more efficient result – WSJ Environmental Capital. DOE Juices Grid With Superconducting Wire: […] Read more »

With so much controversy surrounding the environmental efficacy of food crop-based biofuels, what can a cellulosic biofuel producer do to distinguish itself? Branding, of course! Coskata, the biofuel maker that uses such sundry feedstocks as switchgrass, municipal waste and old tires, has trademarked “C85″ and hopes […] Read more »

Ausra, that flashy solar thermal startup that’s got Kleiner and Khosla as investors, outlined its future funding plans this week in New York at the Piper Jaffray Clean Technology and Renewables Conference. And whoa, does it entail a lot of cash! While Ausra said it had […] Read more »

KLA-Tencor, the No. 4 player in the semiconductor equipment market, on Thursday offered to buy ICOS Vision Systems Corp., a supplier of solar photovoltaic manufacturing equipment. ICOS has a lead in selling equipment that inspects solar cells and LED lights, and has recently signed several multimillion […] Read more »

While the New York Times discovers solar in Silicon Valley, new solar research from just across the Bay at UC Berkeley finds that solar panels are currently just too expensive to be beneficial. That adds a cloud to the sky of California’s growing solar industry. UC […] Read more »

Even though a carbon tax could offer more benefits than a carbon cap and trade system, taxes are just plain politically unpalatable. But that hasn’t stopped some leaders from trying — now there are two policy makers heading for political martyrdom via carbon taxation. To the […] Read more »

Oil Prices Set New High: So it’s official, oil has crossed the $100 mark and Reuters reports that gasoline has jumped to over $3 a gallon – CNBC. Nanotubes Yield Blackest Material, But Potential for Solar?: Researchers at RPI and Rice have developed a nanotube material […] Read more »

Albeo Technologies describes itself as the Dell of the light-emitting diode (LED) world — integrating LEDs and hardware into products for industrial and commercial lighting. Investors apparently see the need for a little Dell-ification of the LED world; Albeo said today it has raised $1.5 million […] Read more »

While many genetic scientists working in biofuels are trying to engineer a “super bug” to chomp through cellulosic feedstocks, scientists at DuPont are taking a different route. Researchers from Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a unit of DuPont, are trying to charge up corn’s oil output. And this […] Read more »

There were murmurs that Suntech Power’s earnings for its most recent quarter would disappoint on supply hiccups, and now it seems that was indeed the case. Suntech Power’s shares are getting slammed this morning, reportedly the biggest loser on the NYSE. The stock fell as much […] Read more »

Silicon Valley’s electric car maker Tesla tells us they have already decided on a new name for their next-generation electric sedan, currently code-named White Star. Alas, they aren’t telling us what it is, though White Star is indeed a project name and will get the boot […] Read more »

Geoengineering Isn’t So Easy: Ocean iron fertilization, the plan to dump iron into the ocean so that plankton grow and take CO2 with them down to the murky depths, may or may not work. At least that’s what the leading scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic […] Read more »

While the New York Times doesn’t do so well with Silicon Valley’s solar industry, we’re feeling refreshed after reading ten pages of an excellently written and researched investigative journalism article into carbon footprinting, via New Yorker writer Michael Specter titled “Big Foot: In measuring carbon emissions, […] Read more »

After reading the New York Times article, “Silicon Valley Starts to Turn Its Face to the Sun” this weekend, you’d think that solar was some new stealthy phenomenon that’s just beginning to emerge from underground labs in Northern California and venture capital meeting rooms down in […] Read more »

We’re big fans of building our own cleantech maps (see ours on lost ethanol and coal power). But we also love it when researchers like those at Woods Hole Research Center put together a whole lot of data that can be really useful to those running […] Read more »

Stick your hand behind a car exhaust. OK, don’t: It’s really hot. The burning sensation you feel is wasted energy. Most car engines have a mechanical efficiency of around 20 percent, climbing to 40 percent or so at optimum efficiency. That means a lot of waste: […] Read more »

Israel’s growing solar industry, early moves on electric vehicles (the home to Shai Agassi’s first electric vehicle infrastructure project) and recently funded water startups is making the state one of the front-runners of the cleantech revolution. And Israel keeps churning out new solar startups; on Monday […] Read more »

With Tesla’s first Roadsters finally landing stateside, (first production Roadster pics here), Silicon Valley’s electric car company is starting to get serious about its second line of cars: an electric sedan with the code name of White Star. The company tells the Financial Times that it […] Read more »

The U.S. electrical grid is one of the most regulated and least sophisticated networks out there. Of course buying power off of the grid is easy enough, but what if you want to try to sell electricity back to the grid? It might not be too […] Read more »

Another week, another set of primaries. In addition to the political goings-on this week you hopefully enjoyed a green Valentine’s Day with organic flowers and sustainably harvested chocolate. If not, redeem yourself by catching up on this week’s cleantech happenings which included helpings of startup funding […] Read more »

Controversial cleantech investor Vinod Khosla chats with us about the future of energy innovation, biofuels, hybrid cars, and what’s really going to make a difference for climate change. Download it here. Read more »

The company that topped our list of the top 10 most controversial ways to save the planet, “ocean seeding” company Planktos, says it has now suspended its project to fertilize our oceans with iron. The company has put up a note on its web site stating […] Read more »

Cool Earth Solar’s photovoltaic (CPV) balloons look a bit like those cheesy mylar balloons that you might have bought for your honey this Valentine’s Day. But they’re a lot more useful. In fact, Livermore, Calif.-based Cool Earth yesterday closed a $21 million Series A round to […] Read more »

On the heels of PG&E losing its geothermal power contract with Western GeoPower, the California utility said on Friday that it’s trying again with a geothermal power purchase agreement. This time it’s a 175 MW contract with Calpine Corporation, for the very same geyser field in […] Read more »

While the vast majority of U.S. wind generation comes from massive utility wind farms planted across stretches of our nation’s wind-blessed land, a few startups are beginning to offer smaller scale, lower-cost turbines that can fit into more compact spaces and are geared at a less […] Read more »

Nanowires Could Harvest Power From Power Walking: Georgia Tech researchers have developed a fabric made of flexible fibers coated with zinc oxide nanowires that can convert mechanical energy into electricity, harvesting power from the wearer’s walking, breathing, and heartbeats – MIT Technology Review. Shell Bets Americans […] Read more »

A cap-and-trade system to regulate carbon has the support from the presidential candidates and seven bills chilling on Capitol Hill. But what would the carbon market for the country that is one of the world leaders in CO2 emissions be worth? Researchers at New Carbon Finance, […] Read more »

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