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Google (GOOG), the search giant turned green energy disruptor, has announced the winner in their fatalistically named “Innovate or Die Pedal-Powered Machine Challenge,” which we wrote about back in September. Co-sponsored with bicycle-maker Specialized, the contest asked cycling grease monkeys to make “clean” pedal power work […] Read more »

Raser Technologies, a technology licensing company working in geothermal and electric motor efficiency, has inked an agreement with Merrill Lynch that will see the investment bank finance up to 155 megawatts of Raser’s geothermal power plants. Merrill Lynch has committed $44 million to fund the construction […] Read more »

With its purportedly aggressive plans for the Volt and the Coskata biofuels deal, these days we find ourselves in the somewhat awkward position of rooting for GM. The company has yet to return to profitability, but sees new signs of hope on the horizon amidst its […] Read more »

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During Wednesday night’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas, John Edwards took his strongest stand yet against dirty coal power. In a moment of political transcendence, Edwards took a question about Yucca Mountain NIMBYism and turned it into a talking point about national energy and climate policy, […] Read more »

Nanoptek Gets $4.7M For Solar Hydrogen Generator: Nanoptek Corporation has closed a Series A round of funding for its work using sunlight and its proprietary photocatalyst to create hydrogen from water – Nanoptek. Norway Aiming For Carbon Neutrality by 2030: Norway has announced a new carbon […] Read more »

The cleantech investor that’s been spreading his chips across a dozen or so biofuel startups over the past year, Vinod Khosla, has lately been focused on those aimed at making traditional engines more efficient — with or without alternative fuels. Earlier this week it was efficient […] Read more »

Back in November, the Google guys said they planned to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on renewable energy projects, but offered few details as to where the funds would go. Then today, Google’s philanthropic arm, which will put 1 percent of the company’s equity […] Read more »

The annual cleantech investing numbers are out from the good folks at the Cleantech Group, and gosh darnit they’re just as high as you’d expect. For 2007 cleantech investment in North America and Europe rose to $5.18 billion. Geez — that’s up from $3.6 billion in […] Read more »

Zap (ZAAP) rolled into the MacWorld exhibitor’s hall with a souped up version of its all-electric three-wheeled Xebra, complete with helicopter rotor, flux capacitor, and iPod dock. Zap has announced that they will soon be making all of their electric cars iPod and iPhone compatible. This […] Read more »

It’s not enough to focus only on those creating cleantech startups; equally important are the buyers of all these clean technologies. So I decided to talk to one right here in my hometown of Austin, Texas: John Baker, chief of strategy at Austin Energy. Baker’s been […] Read more »

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German Biodiesel Production Collapses: Output has dropped to 10 percent of capacity from 20 percent after a tax increase on January 1. Europe is trying to increase the use of biofuels but Germany says it can’t give up the revenue from fuel taxes – Reuters. Xethanol […] Read more »

Here’s an investing thesis that’s conceptually easy to grasp: India needs to spend $500 billion by 2012 building power plants and infrastructure to deliver power to its citizens, so invest in Indian power plant builders. On the strength and clarity of this seemingly sure winner, investors […] Read more »

You can thank this blog post for even more carbon emissions in the atmosphere. That’s because web hosting is largely powered by fossil fuel power plants and computers run on electricity. To help bring a little carbon transparency to web sites, including those in our good […] Read more »

We’ve seen solar stocks take a hit so far this year. SunPower’s shares have slumped 20 percent since the first trading day of 2008, and Chinese solar companies Trina Solar, Yingli Green Energy and Solarfun Power Holdings have all seen their stocks fall as well. But […] Read more »

Demand management, the business of intelligently managing power use, especially during peak energy-use hours, can pay for itself in a matter of months. But now with some utilities offering incentives to commercial and industrial power users, demand management systems can give a return on investment almost […] Read more »

The EPA said on Tuesday that the number of Energy Star qualified compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) sold in 2007 was more than twice the amount sold in 2006. The Energy Star qualified CFL share of the lighting market rose to 20 percent in 2007, according […] Read more »

VeraSun as a Commodity Lesson in Crush Spread: The profitability of ethanol production should be a simple result of the crush spread – “the difference between the value of the ethanol (2.8 gallons worth) that can be extracted from a bushel of corn and the cost […] Read more »

After a delay and ongoing controversy, the Minerals Management Service, part of the Department of the Interior, has released a draft environmental impact statement that gives a green light to the Cape Wind project, pending public comment. Sited for the Nantucket Sound, 4.7 miles off the […] Read more »

Investment bank Morgan Stanley apparently doesn’t just see profits in solar technology installations or electric vehicle infrastructure startups; the firm has also decided to take a minority stake in cleantech venture firm NGEN Partners. Morgan Stanley calls its investment “the first by a major Wall Street […] Read more »

There’s been days of rumors about the MacBook Air, Apple’s big announcement at MacWorld in San Francisco on Tuesday. But we just heard from the show floor, where NewTeeVee editor Liz is representing the GigaOM crew, that not only is Apple claiming that MacBook Air is […] Read more »

The funds of massive power companies and the minds of academia have been collaborating on the world’s energy problems for years. Here’s an impressive collaboration centered on solar and clean energy R&D that was announced on Tuesday: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Italian oil and […] Read more »

There are huge volumes of product data in the affiliate marketing data on the Internet. Now eco-rating site Evo wants to use this information to do for green what Zillow did for real estate. When sellers want to promote their product on the Internet, they often […] Read more »

Tesla Raising Millions Amid Bloodbath: Once Tesla Motors wraps this $40 million internal round of funding it will be seeking even more – CNET. GE to Raise $6B for Renewable Energy by 2010: GE Energy Financial Services has raised its renewable energy investing target by 50 […] Read more »

Many shades of green can be found at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, more commonly known as the Detroit Auto Show. From GM’s oxymoronic “green” Hummer to Toyota’s eco plug-in hybrid to small startups helping to build the backbone of clean vehicle tech, everyone’s […] Read more »

As Silicon Valley’s original eco sports car company, Tesla, leaves customers twiddling their thumbs, another venture-backed green sports car startup is rising to the occasion, backed by venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. KPCB partner Al Gore even gave some advice on the deal, according […] Read more »

We just wrote about a Khosla-backed alternative vehicle company making noise at the Detroit Auto Show (Coskata). And now here’s another one: Khosla Ventures announced it has invested in EcoMotors, a startup building more efficient engines, in particular a diesel engine that can do 100 mpg […] Read more »

This year, the Consumer Electronics Show occupied a record 1.85 million square feet and included over 2,700 exhibitors. That’s a lot of people and resources moving through the Las Vegas area. CES had a much-publicized green agenda this year, working with to make the show […] Read more »

The National Ignition Facility (NIF) in Livermore, Calif., is experimenting in elusive fusion energy with a laser. A big laser. “The world’s most energetic laser,” Ed Moses, the NIF Director, recently told local NPR station KQED. And it’s already cost taxpayers $4 billion. The laser is […] Read more »

CES yielded yet another spread of gadget goodies last week, this time trying to be a little greener than last year. If all of those shiny gizmos had you distracted, we’ve rounded up the top news from the week on Earth2Tech. CES Green Guide & Green […] Read more »

In addition to electric sports car company Tesla’s production delays, CEO trade-in, recent internal funding and an interim transmission in its first vehicles, the company has also cut a significant amount of staff recently, according to various reports. Former Tesla CEO Martin Eberhard, who left Tesla […] Read more »

ZAP, the electric car and scooter maker, is sweetening the fuel-saving deal of its vehicles. The company is offering a free year of electric juice for new orders of its three-wheeled Xebra between now and Valentine’s Day. With each purchase, the Santa Rosa, Calif.-based company will […] Read more »

Shai Agassi’s well-funded electric vehicle infrastructure startup, Project Better Place, produced this video clip for the YouTube Davos video contest in answer to the question posed: “What one thing do you think that countries, companies or individuals must do to make the world a better place […] Read more »

CES 2008 is wrapping up, and with it the Consumer Electronics Association maiden’s attempt to “green” their conference. Katie already hashed out some of the ironic pitfalls of a green consumer electronics show, including noting the particularly small “Sustainable Technologies TechZone.” Still, CES has definitely yielded […] Read more »

POET Opens First Buckeye Ethanol Plant: POET Biorefining opened its 22nd ethanol facility in Leipsic, Ohio, the first for the state. POET says the plant cost $105 million and will produce 65 million gallons a year – Renewable Energy Access. Tata Motors Debuts Two-Cylinder Nano: The […] Read more »

There’s a lot of new startups, as well as big companies, making software tools, network hardware, smart meters and web sites that enable consumers to manage their energy consumption — Lucid Design Group, IBM, SmartSynch, eMeter, and Invensys Controls, to name just a few. And we’ve […] Read more »

EEStor, the much-talked about ceramic battery maker, has signed an exclusive international rights agreement with military-industrial giant Lockheed Martin to integrate EEStor’s Electric Energy Storage Units (EESUs) into military applications. This is a big win for the stealthy Cedar Park, Texas-based battery maker founded in 2001. […] Read more »

Venture capitalists have said they expect there to be more money invested in cleantech in 2008 than even the $2.6 billion invested in the first three quarters of 2007. And we’ve only just put away our holiday decorations and already there’s news of two funds that […] Read more »

Just nine days into the new year, SunPower has already come out with what should be viewed as positive news — so why has its stock stumbled? The company has unveiled construction plans and a financing deal with GE Energy Financial Services, yet its shares have […] Read more »

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