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While we’ve been busy compiling the cleantech trends of 2007 and predicting those of 2008, we’ve been admiring some of the end of the year lists compiled by our ecoblogging peers. Here’s a list of our favorites we’ve been mulling over so far: The Year in […] Read more »

Test Driving Aptera’s Typ-1: Popular Mechanics takes Aptera’s 3-wheeler for a ride and interviews founder and CEO Steve Fambro (our interview with Fambro and Aptera coverage here) – Popular Mechanics. Greenflation?: The International Herald Tribune Blog raises questions about using environmental arguments to back unrelated goals. […] Read more »

As the end of the year creeps closer, another well-known cleantech startup has parted ways with its CEO. The Friday before Christmas, biodiesel producer Imperium Renewables said its CEO Martin Tobias is being transitioned from his roles as CEO and chairman of its Board of Directors. […] Read more »

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As the population rapidly grows in places like the American Southwest and the Middle East, the demand for clean water is spurring additional investments in water technologies. Earlier this year Orange County brought online a reverse osmosis water reclamation plant to clean sewage water, and the […] Read more »

Here’s a brief note to digest during your Xmas cheer-induced hangover. Nanosolar’s landmark “#2″ thin-film solar panel, which was put up on eBay last week, has yet to find a home with an adoring fan. The thin-film solar startup that just started shipping its solar panels […] Read more »

Two announcements came out this week about wind power purchases for large urban utilities. In the northeast, The Ripley Wind Power Project will now be sending power to Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator. The wind project is a joint venture between Acciona Energy and Suncor Energy […] Read more »

Chances are good that if you’re reading this, there’s a consumer electronic gadget topping your holiday wish list. We love that — we do have “tech” in our name. But we also have “earth” in there, so we’re obliged to remind you to recycle those old […] Read more »

The days of cheap, incandescents are coming to an end. While many green-holiday gift givers are handing compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to their unenlightened friends and family, the real future is in light-emitting diodes (LEDs), despite some of fluorescents recent successes. LEDs are even more […] Read more »

It seems FutureGen’s clean coal announcement last week was a bit premature. The Department of Energy (DoE), the main financier of the $1.8 billion clean coal project, has released a statement questioning the cost of the project. FutureGen plant is coal powered, but it would emit […] Read more »

Can the world trade its way out of the climate change mess? That depends on who you ask. But listen to most carbon emission hawks, including former Vice President Al Gore, and you’re likely to hear about the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), a sort of stock […] Read more »

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While it has been exciting to see alternative energy benefit from the recent surge in oil prices, we’ve got to keep an eye on these supposedly green and benevolent corporations. High oil prices mean they will go to new lengths — or in this case, depths […] Read more »

In case the trivialities of the holiday season had you preoccupied, we’ve rounded up this week’s important tech news for you. So grab some eggnog, put on some sunglasses, and get excited for a potential set of Tesla keys under the tree. Meanwhile, the never-ending story […] Read more »

A $6 million lawsuit has been filed against Chevron Technology Ventures, the oil giant’s technology investment and commercialization arm, over what was proposed to be one of the largest biodiesel plants in North America. Houston-based Standard Renewable Energy is alleging that Chevron breached their limited partnership […] Read more »

In 2007, 60 percent of all cellphones purchased worldwide will be replacement phones, according to a new report from ABI Research. The report, entitled “Handset Recycling and Refurbishment,” makes clear that this huge turnover is also a huge economic opportunity — it forecasts that by 2012, […] Read more »

Tired of the same old ethanol and solar-panel stocks? The word in some quarters, including a recent appraisal from Investors Business Daily, is that an up-and-coming trend is…fluorescent light bulbs. Snicker if you must, but that notion is receiving some validation this week on Wall Street […] Read more »

Annual Energy Outlook 2008 Released: The Energy Information Administration’s released the report on the future of America’s energy and projects oil prices to fall to $58 per barrel by 2016 but rise again to $72 per barrel by 2030 (in 2006 U.S.$) – Clean Edge News. […] Read more »

In what many are calling an appeasement to the auto industry, the EPA today rejected California’s attempt to implement its own greenhouse gas emissions standards on cars, trucks and SUVs. California applied for a waiver from the federal government two years ago; if granted, 16 other […] Read more »

Holiday cheer, eggnog, and investment capital for all! Here’s a quick roundup of recent cleantech funding news: Purfresh, formerly Novazone, has announced $25 million in Series C funding for its ozone-based chemicals, which are used to disinfect food and water. The funding was led by a […] Read more »

We learned about the future plans of a couple of thin film solar startups this week — Nanosolar and HelioVolt. Wondering what’s up with six-year-old Miasolé? We just read a report from Venture Wire that says the thin-film solar startup, which has raised over $100 million […] Read more »

Second Wind, a 27-year-old company based in Somerville, Mass., that’s cornered the market on “wind profiling” (thanks, CNet), has just secured $4 million in second-round funding from Good Energies. When site developers are planning a wind farm, the most important factor to check for is a […] Read more »

We guess solar thin-film startup HelioVolt was feeling a bit outshined this week with Nanosolar’s big announcement that it was shipping its first panels. The Austin, Texas-based company has revealed plans to build its first manufacturing facility, in the Expo Business Park in its hometown. Our […] Read more »

Gushan Sets IPO Price: China’s largest biodiesel producer will offer 18 million ADS at $9.60 each, below estimates – Cleantech. The Price of Biofuels: Part II: This is the second part of an essay we “sprouted” yesterday, so if you’re looking for some biofuel closure this […] Read more »

The thin-film solar business is a lot like the business of printing money. Well, sort of. Thin-film solar is produced using a roll-to-roll manufacturing process that is similar to the one used to print paper — and by, extension, money. Nanosolar started to roll the panels […] Read more »

The 2007 Energy Bill is now law. After the House of Representatives passed the Senate-approved version yesterday, it left the Hill and, through the powers and wonders of our checks and balances, has now received the presidential signature. The new energy policy’s biggest achievements are an […] Read more »

Wikipedia is at once a revered stead of all the world’s knowledge and a reviled depository of the trite and trivial — great for procrastinating, good for background, and terrible for specific numbers. But can the wonders of wiki software allow for a collaboration that could […] Read more »

After a lengthy red-tape runaround, the Canadian government has finally approved Canadian-made Zenn electric cars. But you still can’t drive them in their home country. Although there’s been a lot of coverage of Tesla and other high-profile electric vehicles, a different class of cars — dubbed […] Read more »

Global Investment in Alternative Energy Hits $74B: New Energy Finance analysts report that investment hit an all time high as energy prices rise, concerns about climate change mount, and countries are seeking diversified energy sources – Financial Times. Greenwashing Bottled Water Reaches New Absurdities: Joel Makower […] Read more »

Najafi Companies, a Phoenix-based private investment firm, said this week that it will invest $100 million in a new portfolio company with a cleantech focus. The company, Energy Capital Investments (ECI), will act as an investor to both create and acquire renewable energy technologies, specifically in […] Read more »

Utility PG&E Corp. said today it has entered into a power purchase agreement with Finavera Renewables for two megawatts of ocean energy. The energy will come from an installation located roughly two-and-a-half miles off the Northern California coast that is expected to be completed by 2012. […] Read more »

We recently wrote about the rise of solar services companies, those that will come to your house and install an entire solar system, kind of like DirecTV dish installers (e.g. Ironwood Communications). The rise of these companies is a major signal that renewable energy, at the […] Read more »

Update: The FutureGen Alliance, the industry group behind the “clean coal” project just named Mattoon, Ill. as the site for the plant. The release says that the group used “over 120 different factors in the general areas of cost, risks to cost and schedule, and benefits […] Read more »

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change came to a miraculous conclusion this weekend, albeit amid boos aimed at the U.S. delegation. While the U.S. was successful in removing specific numbers and dates, the agreed-upon framework provides for developed nations to help get clean technologies to […] Read more »

We brought you word last week that thin-film solar company Nanosolar had recently started producing solar panels at its plant in San Jose, Calif., meeting its goal of beginning manufacturing before the end of 2007. Now Nanosolar CEO Martin Roscheisen writes on the company blog that […] Read more »

USDA Reports Biofuels Fueled Record Farm Income: A report released today from the USDA’s Economic Research Service says that biofuels have helped push net U.S. farm incomes to an all-time high, bumping up $28.5 billion dollars to $87.5 billion – Bioact. Daimler Gets 1,000 Orders For […] Read more »

Folks, it’s getting to be that time again, when the New Year’s predictions start to roll in. An early, and unsurprisingly bullish one for the cleantech industry was released this morning, from the National Venture Capital Association. It says that the majority of NVCA venture capitalists […] Read more »

The McKinsey Quarterly is circulating a chart-filled newsletter this morning, highlighting four sticking points that will determine the future success or failure of the biofuel industry. The data is from a report the research firm released earlier this year, but it’s still timely, and we thought […] Read more »

Solar and defense have a long history, as alternative energy sources can help out in remote locations. (Ironic when you think about securing nations with rich oil reserves.) And this morning a well-known Air Force Base, Nellis, in Nevada, is switching on what the Air Force […] Read more »

If granted patents are an indication of innovation in a sector, clean technology breakthroughs are up significantly over the past five years, but down slightly from 2006. In 2007 a little less than 900 patent applications were granted. That’s compared to 2002, when less than 750 […] Read more »

Our own Alexis Madrigal makes an interesting point in Wired from the recently released Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) from the Germanwatch policy group. He notes that while the ranking of developed countries has stayed relatively static, Mexico, with its infamously polluted capital city, has jumped […] Read more »

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