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Using Helium Isotopes as a Geothermal Divining Rod: Detecting helium isotopes on the surface using mass spectrometry could be the key to easily finding sites for geothermal power plants – MIT Technology Review and Renewable Energy Access. Toshiba’s New Battery Charges in Five Minutes: Toshiba is […] Read more »

Energy & Power Solutions, which helps manufacturing businesses reduce their energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions, said it has raised $20 million in a Series A funding. The Costa Mesa, Calif.-based company’s funding was provided by NGEN and Robeco Group. Investment bank Windstone Capital Partners put […] Read more »

The world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters are waiting for the other one to back down first. Breaching the standoff, the U.S. and China have come together to renew two biofuels cooperation pacts. The Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and China’s National […] Read more »

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Nanosolar CEO Martin Roscheisen tells us this morning that the company has already started production of its thin-film solar panels. The company had set a goal to start production and shipping by the end of this year, and in our post “10 Questions for Nanosolar CEO […] Read more »

IBM today released greenhouse gas emissions-metering software called GreenCert. Made in collaboration with Enterprise Information Management Inc. and Evergreen Energy Inc., GreenCert takes data from a variety of emissions-monitoring sources and synthesizes it into Certified Carbon Emissions Reduction Credits (CCERC) that can be sold on the […] Read more »

Solar thermal power plants are a good candidate for everyone’s favorite clean technology of 2007. The technology to build massive solar installations in the desert that use sunlight to heat liquid that in turn power steam turbines has piqued the interest of such high profile investors […] Read more »

First BP quietly demoted its renewables division and decided to invest in dirty tar sands oil production. Now Shell has sold off the majority of its solar business. It’s almost like Big Oil, which has invested hundreds of billions of dollars in its infrastructure, doesn’t really […] Read more »

Dems Report on White House Climate Change Manipulation: The House Oversight and Reform Committee issued a report, which Republicans call a “partisan diatribe,” stating that the White House interference in climate change science was systematic – Yahoo. SUVs Gobble Corn: According to the Economist filling “up […] Read more »

Bioplastics manufacturer Cereplast said this week it will start operations at a facility in Seymour, Ind., that will produce half a billion pounds of bio-based plastics a year at full capacity. Founded in 2001, Cereplast is based in Hawthorne, Calif., where it already has a manufacturing […] Read more »

It looks like Citizenrē, the pie-in-sky solar-as-service provider that aspires to “silicon to service” vertical integration, now has some competition in the world of residential solar renters. Out of Minnesota comes another solar-as-service residential provider — Freener-g, which was just awarded $1.49 million from Xcel Energy […] Read more »

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Although we’ll have to wait and see if consumers are willing to pay extra to put more eco-friendly consumer electronics under the tree this year, analysts are predicting it’ll be a growing trend. We agree, and in the new year — Feb. 1 — we’ll be […] Read more »

The construction wrap just went up around the future site of Silicon Valley-based electric sports car maker Tesla’s Los Angeles store. The LA site is on Santa Monica Blvd., just east of the 405, and a tipster sent in this nice photo. While no Tesla stores […] Read more »

Britain today unveiled plans to massively expand their offshore wind power generation capacity, with hopes for an installed capacity of 33 gigawatts by 2020, or enough to power all the homes in the UK. British Energy Secretary John Hutton made the announcement in Berlin, following the […] Read more »

Nanostellar is Golden: The Redwood City, Calif.-based developer of engineered nano-materials for emissions control, raised an undisclosed amount of funding from the World Gold Council, which says it invested in the company to “facilitate the commercialization and marketing of the gold-based technology that could increase industrial […] Read more »

Recurrent Energy of San Francisco announced today that Morgan Stanley has committed to provide $200 million to Recurrent’s fund that invests in solar projects. The funds will be split into two $100-million dollar chunks over the next two years as Recurrent works to get panels on […] Read more »

As an old high school teacher of mine always used to say, “Three trees make a row,” meaning it only takes three occurrences to equal a trend. Ethanol producer Pacific Ethanol said today it has suspended construction of its Imperial Valley plant near Calipatria, Calif. “until […] Read more »

We’ve been hearing bits and pieces about Draths Corp., a bio-chemical engineering startup, in various speeches from venture investor Vinod Khosla. He hasn’t divulged too much information about the company, only that it was in his portfolio and that it has applications for green materials. Well, […] Read more »

Solar stocks have been volatile, but mostly hot throughout 2007. Jefferies Company put out a notably positive note on a number of solar plays last week, including Suntech and Sunpower. But Day4 Energy’s Toronto Stock Exchange debut last Thursday received a somewhat chilly reception from investors. […] Read more »

The Earth2Tech crew spent last week chatting with VCs and cleantech execs at the ThinkGreen conference here in San Francisco. Perhaps you were busy at a conference, or shopping for the holidays, or just caught up in the Energy Bill brouhaha this week. Don’t worry, we’ve […] Read more »

Fun time quote of the week comes from the LA Times coverage of the House passing the Energy Bill: “The static electricity created by my shoes rubbing across this carpet creates more energy than the Democrats’ energy bill,” said Rep. George P. Radanovich (R-Mariposa) — LA […] Read more »

Minneapolis-based utility Xcel Energy said today it will distribute nearly $23 million from its Renewable Development Fund to 22 separate projects. As decided by an advisory board consisting of representatives from the company, its customers, environmental groups and the Prairie Island Indian Community, more than $8 […] Read more »

Over A Billion and Counting: Ernst & Young and Dow Jones VentureOne rehash some cleantech investing data that they put out in September: that global venture capital investments in clean technology companies grew to just over $1 billion in the first six months of 2007 – […] Read more »

We love cleantech investors who blog. Andrew Chung, a senior associate at Lightspeed Venture Partners, pens an interesting post today on five predictions for the solar market in 2008. Chung says the Lightspeed team has evaluated over 400 cleantech startups to date and has made investments […] Read more »

China plus biodiesel. Rarely has such delectable chocolate been caught inside such irresistible peanut butter. Or at least such may be the feeling of investors hungry for an IPO. You can forgive them the craving, having savored this summer’s meaty morsels as VMWare — up 212 […] Read more »

Dubai Investor Invests $40M in Phoenix, too: Dubai-based investor Al Yousuf has put $40 million invested an undisclosed amount of convertible debt financing in Phoenix Motorcars, after investing in lithium-ion battery maker Altair Nanotechnologies — GreenCarCongress. Barclays Capital Kicks off Carbon Index: Barclays Capital has launched […] Read more »

The House of Representatives, after a long and arduous battle, have voted to approve the Energy Bill. The bill, which the Senate will hopefully pass soon, includes the first increase in the corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE) in decades, raising the bar to 35 MPG […] Read more »

While U.S. policy might be getting left behind in the global race toward carbon capping, U.S. companies are working hard to keep pace. For U.S. carbon traders and offsetters, this creates a divided market: the sheltered domestic market of voluntary offsets, and the international market of […] Read more »

Although Tesla’s flashy red electric sports car was parked outside of the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco on Thursday, former CEO Michael Marks, who was supposed to give a presentation at the ThinkGreen conference being held inside, was MIA. Marks, who took over the reins […] Read more »

Steve Fambro, founder and CEO of the three-wheeled electric vehicle startup Aptera, started building the first designs for what he envisioned as an electric highway-ready vehicle “with zero drag” in his garage five years ago. He reasoned: “Cars are not designed to be aerodynamic, they are […] Read more »

The ever-quotable cleantech venture investor Vinod Khosla gave a speech on Wednesday that managed to hit all of his controversial bullet points in the first 10 minutes. Here’s a video clip of the beginning of the speech, with his statements on replacing oil and coal in […] Read more »

The last mile in the residential solar market is actually sticking those panels on your rooftop. Sounds simple enough, but as the CEO of SunPower, Tom Werner, noted at a cleantech conference this morning, “50 percent of the cost of a residential system is in the […] Read more »

Chrysalix and Robeco From Joint Clean Tech Venture: Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital and asset management firm Robeco have formed Sustainable Energy Technology Venture Partners with €50 million in startup capital for European cleantech – BusinessWire. Gushan Files for $250M Biodiesel IPO: Said to be the largest […] Read more »

Apparently we’re not the only ones who see the potential of the emerging eco-pest control market. AgraQuest, a maker of environmentally-friendly pesticides (or biopesticides, as the company calls them) based in Davis, Calif., said it’s raised $20 million in a mezzanine round. The funds come from […] Read more »

It’s easy to get distracted by the micro moves of companies across the different cleantech sectors, from biofuels to solar to water, so it can be refreshing to step back and remember the planetary picture. Solar expert Yogi Goswami, director of the Solar Energy & Conversion […] Read more »

The fragility of the nascent carbon offset economy is front and center this week. As the U.N. was kicking off its Framework Convention for Climate Change in Bali yesterday, on the other side of the world Irish certified emission reduction (CER) credit provider AgCert saw its […] Read more »

Google’s announcement last week that it will work to produce “Renewable Energy Cheaper than Coal” will prove to be the foundation of the massively vertically integrated Google of tomorrow. Om’s post today explains how “it makes perfect sense for Google to build their own servers, storage […] Read more »

Does the future of clean fuel rest on genomics? Craig Venter isn’t the only one that thinks so. OPX Biotechnologies, a Boulder, Colo.-based startup just a few months old, is also working on genetically modifying microbes for biofuel production. And this morning the company said that […] Read more »

East Bay Announces “Green Wave” of Research and Manufacturing: Leaders from Oakland, Berkley, Emeryville, and Richmond said “The Silicon Valley of the green economy is going to be here in the East Bay” – San Francisco Chronicle. Senate Minority Leader Calls Energy Bill “Troublesome:” Mitch McConnell, […] Read more »

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