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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 »

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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 carbonfund.org 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 »

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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 »

James Hansen, one of the world’s best-known global warming researchers and a recent vocal advocate of proposed coal plants, says clean coal technology used on a full-scale coal-fired plant could be at least a decade away. He expressed the sentiment in a media briefing organized by […] Read more »

The Federal Trade Commission has opened hearings on green marketing, looking into the credibility of the increasingly eco-chic business of carbon offsetting. Poorly understood and with little verification, carbon offsetting became a hot ticket item in 2007. Everyone from the Academy Awards to Google is trying […] Read more »

Canada to Get Tidal Power: A $12 million project is looking to install three tidal turbines in the Bay of Fundy, famous for its huge tides. This would be the first tidal power in North America – media.cleantech.com. ADM, Bayer, Daimler Explore Jatropha Biodiesel: In a […] Read more »

The Chinese government says it is banning shops from handing out the ultra-thin plastic bags that have become a global mainstay in grocery stores. The ban includes supermarkets, department stores and shops from giving the bags away for free. The bags may be sold to customers […] Read more »

BlueFire Ethanol has closed $15.5 million in financing from Quercus Trust via a securities purchase agreement. The Irvine, Calif.-based ethanol producer is one of numerous companies in the race to master and scale cellulosic ethanol, specifically from municipal and green waste. BlueFire wants to build ethanol […] Read more »

A speech from General Motor’s Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner at the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday night was the first keynote from a car maker at CES in 41 years. We chatted with GM’s VP of R&D, Lawrence D. Burns, on Monday, and we just […] Read more »

V2Green, a startup that bridges the broadband, energy and automotive industries, needs a leader that can seal the necessary business deals — with utilities, car companies, and even telecom providers. To succeed at that tech intersection the Seattle-based company, which makes software and hardware to help […] Read more »

Biofuel plants have been put on hold faster than your phone company’s tech support line. With corn and soy prices hitting record high prices and an ethanol glut flooding the market, ethanol’s profit margin per gallon has dropped to a meager 25 cents from $2. That’s […] Read more »

Even though the U.S. has taken a more capitalist approach to e-cycling, that doesn’t stop the Environmental Protection Agency from trying. Today the EPA announced a new recycling awareness campaign aimed at reclaiming retired cell phones. The news follow two other e-cycling announcements at CES, the […] Read more »

Top 10 To-Dos For You Electric Car Company: Go overseas, give it three wheels, make it sexy, or just buy someone else’s – Autoblog Green. Better BioDiesel to Acquire GeoAlgae: The biodiesel processor intends to buy the energy technology company which makes biodiesel feedstock from from […] Read more »

Waste to energy company EnerTech Environmental has closed a second round of financing, for $42 million, that was co-led by Citi’s Sustainable Development Investments unit and Masdar Clean Tech Fund. Atlanta-based EnerTech will use the funds to develop its sludge-slurping technology, “SlurryCarb,” which takes watery biosolid […] Read more »

While Europeans are using the legal system to enforce e-cycling of consumer electronics, the U.S. has taken a decidedly more capitalist approach. This week at CES, the largest extended-warranty provider in the country, National Electronics Warranty (NEW), said that it will try and solve the problem […] Read more »

On the eve of General Motors Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner’s keynote address at CES, we got a chance to talk about the car company’s plans for green vehicle technology with Lawrence D. Burns, VP of R&D for GM’s research and development center. Burns has worked […] Read more »

Portable fuel cells capture the imagination of just about all laptop warriors with their promise of unending off-grid power on the go. But they remain just a dream. As part of the new eco-focus at CES, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, headquartered in Singapore, is showing off […] Read more »

GE Funds Commercial SunPower Installations: GE is acquiring a majority interest in 8 MW worth of solar installations, including a 2.3 MW system for Toyota Motor Sales’ Parts Center in Ontario, Calif., which is said will be the largest single-roof solar installation in the U.S. – […] Read more »

Oil recently touched that cleantech milestone of $100 a barrel, sending pundits to speculate if the price would go up or down in 2008. Apparently the speculation among those with the most to win (or lose) is to the upside. According to Bloomberg, traders are starting […] Read more »

Green Plug wants to smarten up your devices’ power consumption. Nearly every gizmo you buy comes with its own power cord and AC adapter, but the San Ramon, Calif.-based startup is offering a way to make your electricity thirsty gadgets sip power more efficiently by using […] Read more »

While we’re really excited to see the greener gadgets coming out of a supposedly greener CES, it’s good to see big electronic makers making sure their old products get a green post-consumer life as well. The North American divisions of Panasonic and Toshiba, along with Sharp […] Read more »

Carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) is the great hope of the fossil fuel industry. What if, instead of figuring out more efficient wind or solar energy we could just cleanup our existing addiction to coal? The problem is that capturing carbon coming out of coal plants […] Read more »

There are reasons to both love and hate the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas — it showcases practically every gadget due to come out in the year ahead (nice!), it has a football stadium’s worth of corporate And booths (yuck), and media events are […] Read more »

The confetti’s been swept up, and we are now officially in the midst of the 2008 primary season. While 2007 was a great year for the emerging cleantech world. Let’s relook at what the beginning of 2008 had in store: Earth2Tech’s Predictions for 2008: Want to […] Read more »

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