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Toyota CEO Katsuaki Watanabe, in a speech ringing in the New Year, unveiled the auto giant’s plans for a greener global automotive fleet: in a word, hybrids, and lots of them. Each Toyota model will have a hybrid powertrain available, according to AutoblogGreen. The moves are […] Read more »

Shares of GreenHunter Energy, the Grapevine, Texas-based owner of the world’s largest biodiesel refinery, debuted on the AMEX this week to a warm reception from investors, who pushed the company’s stock up from its $12 opening level to $15.10. What started as a wind farm company, […] Read more »

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Akeena and Suntech Make a Deal: Solar installer Akeena Solar (AKNS) says some of its solar panel technology will be distributed in Europe, Japan and Australia under a license agreement with Suntech Power Holdings — release. LDK Gives Guidance: Chinese Solar manufacturer LDK Solar (LDK) gives […] Read more »

Happy New Year. As you may have noticed, my byline hasn’t been up for a few days. That’s because the holidays weren’t exactly my most jolly. I had a heart attack on Dec. 28. I was able to walk into the hospital for treatment that night […] Read more »

General Motor’s Bob Lutz, the exec that helped lead GM while it was being vilified in “Who Killed the Electric Car,” is now being lauded for leading production of GM’s Chevy Volt, a plug-in electric car due out in 2010. Newsweek writes a standard turn-around story […] Read more »

After word got out a couple weeks ago that the CEO of biodiesel producer Imperium Renewables, Martin Tobias, had left the company, we were wondering about the status of the company’s planned IPO. While a company spokesperson refused, at that point, to comment, Imperium has now […] Read more »

Venture capitalists have plugged a massive $45 million into a Westborough, Mass.-based battery maker Boston-Power. The three-year-old startup’s rechargeable lithium ion batteries for laptops take an energy-efficient, traditional stance on being greener — the company says that compared to traditional batteries, which keep their full power […] Read more »

Aerospace company Hamilton Sundstrand, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., today announced the formation of a new solar thermal venture, SolarReserve. Hamilton Sundstrand is working with private equity management company U.S. Renewables Group to use a molten salt heat storage technology developed by Rocketdyne, which United […] Read more »

The news broke earlier this week that Khosla Ventures had placed another chip on the biofuels roulette table, this time betting on the Cambridge startup Ethos, which aims to become a player in Latin American ethanol production. The investment follows more than 10 other bets that […] Read more »

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Clean Energy Investing Rose by a Third: The team at New Energy Finance says that investment in global clean energy rose by a third in 2007 to $117 billion. Giggity, giggity — Reuters. Cali Sues EPA Over Vehicle Emissions: Guess the Governator’s threat to sue over […] Read more »

Well, it finally happened. The price of crude oil touched $100 a barrel in New York Mercantile Exchange trading today. And while there is a lot of debate as to what extent cleantech and oil prices are linked, the spike will likely bring even more interest […] Read more »

Given the amount of time immigration, Iraq, and national security have been getting on the political punditry airwaves, there has been precious little left over for devilish details like energy. As Iowa gets its caucus on, let’s revisit our coverage of the candidates and see where […] Read more »

Japan is often a few years ahead of much of the world when it comes to implementing advanced technology — mobile, computing, robotics, etc. The same can be said for Japan’s solar initiatives, and according to Kyodo News, the country is aiming for 30 percent of […] Read more »

The editors of Scientific American, in the January issue, lay out an ambitious solar scheme that any cleantech fan would love. According to the magazine’s solar manifesto, for a cost of $420 billion, we could cover 46,000 square miles of land in the U.S. Southwest with […] Read more »

We’ve spent some time looking back to 2007, so now it’s time to look ahead to 2008. Below are our predictions for the new year. (Also check out some excellent predictions from Clean Break). Greentech Investment to Rise in 2008 — But So Will Valuations: Even […] Read more »

After posting our coal plant deathwatch map last week, several readers have emailed us about various climate change maps that they’ve seen around the web. A comprehensive one comes from several University of Kansas professors along with the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), called NatCarb: A […] Read more »

Solar panel production is the “world’s fastest-growing energy source,” according to the Earth Policy Institute. Now that’s a bright thought. Kick-started by climate change concerns, electricity price worries, the hip-to-be-green consensus, and pro-solar regulations, solar PV production has been doubling every two years, growing to 3,800 […] Read more »

The presents are unwrapped, the roast beast has been served, and any extra lumps of coal you’ve got have been liquefied and burned cleanly. Well, maybe not that last one. To find out why check out our round up of the best of this week’s Earth2Tech […] Read more »

We were lucky enough to sit down with Tesla’s new CEO Ze’ev Drori last week, and we updated you folks on the status of Silicon Valley’s high profile electric vehicle startup. This week Drori, who is a man of a few carefully selected words, blogged an […] Read more »

While a federal renewable portfolio standard (RPS) was ultimately trimmed out of the 2007 Energy Bill, states and local communities are picking up the slack. About half of the states have some sort of RPS, sometimes called renewable electricity standards, which requires a certain percentage of […] Read more »

Series A Shines on Solar Startup: Pyron Solar, which makes concentrating photovoltaic systems on a utility scale, says it has closed a Series A round of investment from New Energies Invest (NEI). Other solar concentrating startups are GreenVolts, Energy Innovations, and Cool Earth Solar. — Renewable […] Read more »

When Shai Agassi launched his electric vehicle infrastructure venture, Project Better Place, he already had a whopping $200 million in commitments. According to media reports (via Globes, Reuters), Agassi just received another commitment for $30 million from Ofer Shipping Holdings. Ofer is owned by Sammy and […] Read more »

Powervation, Digital Energy Control Company, Gets $10M: Closing a Series A round, Powervation’s digital energy controllers are used for delivering power to microprocessors to increase efficiency in high end computing – Powervation. Sen. Boxer Wants to Chat With EPA on Calif. Wavier: Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) […] Read more »

We’ve been live for 6 months in one of the greenest years on record (yes, that would be 2007) and we loved every minute of it. We broke some news, took a look at some major trends, and wrote some fun lists. Here’s our favorites of […] Read more »

Earth2Tech has its ongoing “Ethanol Deathwatch” series but it seems that proposed coal power plants are seeing an equally bad mortality rate these days. Citizen action groups and U.S. regulatory committees have taken note and are compiling lists of withdrawn or blocked coal-fired proposals. In Texas […] Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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