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Not everyone is worrying over the effect of biofuels on the price of corn, tortillas, even gummy bears. A report from the Worldwatch Institute says that the rise in global agriculture prices from a biofuel boom could benefit many of the world’s rural poor. The Institute […] Read more »

The TR35, MIT Technology Review’s annual list that recognizes talented tech researchers and entrepreneurs under the age of 35, is slated to be announced later today. The group of top tech wunderkinds includes six up-and-coming young scientists who focus on developing energy-related technologies. They include: Dr. […] Read more »

Here’s the latest from the desk of the biofuels will threaten our food reports. German newspaper Spiegel Online is lamenting that “Germany’s beloved gummy bears,” are falling victim to rising prices as a result of biofuels. Poor lil buddies. The article says prices of one of […] Read more »

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Carbon Offsetting, More Harm than Good?: A scientist with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research says offsetting is leading to increased emissions. Uh-oh — BusinessGreen blog. U of Gas: University of New Hampshire says the campus will run on gas from Waste Management’s landfill — […] Read more »

Jadoo Power, the largest supplier of fuel cells for portable electronics and military power applications, just raised another round of funding, a spokesperson from Velocity Venture Capital told us. Investors in the round included Jadoo newcomer Velocity Venture Capital, based in Sacramento, Calif. The amount was […] Read more »

Everyone’s trying to crack the code of cellulosic ethanol, that is, figuring out an affordable and efficient way to turn plant waste and other non-food crops into fuel. One of these companies, Amherst Mass.-based SunEthanol, just raised its first round of funding from corn-based ethanol producer […] Read more »

A stealthy Seattle-based geothermal startup AltaRock Energy has raised $4 million in a Series A funding from high profile backers, according to PEWeek and VentureWire [via Cleantech Investing]. The list of investors includes Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, Khosla Ventures, Aaron Mandell of GreatPoint Energy, and […] Read more »

Clean energy is set to be the fastest-growing sector in Massachusetts, according to a recently released report: The Massachusetts Clean Energy Industry Census. Second only to California in clean energy industry development, the state is home to 116 cleantech startups founded there since 2001, employs some […] Read more »

Update: VMware rose as much as 90 percent in its first day of trading, valuing the company at over $20 billion. — via Bloomberg. Tuesday morning is a big moment for VMware and for virtualization technology in general. The company, a spin-off of EMC, will start […] Read more »

Sunny Grants: The Sun Grant Initiative will make $2.5 million available for clean energy research to universities in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico—Grainnet.com. Making Waves: Vancouver’s Finavera Renewables got a permit for a wave power project in British Columbia. The “Ucluelet […] Read more »

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There’s been a lot of hype about the energy-saving powers of Blackle, the all-black site based on Google’s (GOOG) search engine. The site is not, however, affiliated with Google and in fact Bill Weihl, Google’s so-called green energy czar basically shoots holes in Blackle’s raison d’etre: […] Read more »

Solid-state lighting, which uses semiconductor technology, has been a bright spot of venture funding recently. Earlier this month, startups Group IV Semiconductor and BridgeLux both raised money. This morning solid-state illumination startup Collinear confirmed with us that it has raised $3.1 million in a series B […] Read more »

High profile electric car company Tesla Motors is going through a changing of the guard. The company says in a press release this morning that Martin Eberhard, the founder and CEO has stepped down from his post. Eberhard will remain with the company as President of […] Read more »

Can the social network effect change energy consumption habits? That’s what Oakland, Calif.-based startup Lucid Design Group is looking to find out. The 5-person company, which was founded in 2004 out of research at Oberlin College, sells a software and sensor service that monitors the real-time […] Read more »

Written by Rick Adcock, a Senior Vice President of Environmental Markets for World Energy, which sells technology and consulting services for brokering electricity, natural gas, wholesale power, fuels and green credits. No matter where you go or who you talk to nowadays, the conversation always seems […] Read more »

Enjoying the weekend sunshine? Thinking of doing a little outdoor activities? Nah, come back inside, turn on the laptop and check out our week in review — some interesting stories from last week: Here’s six signs that cellulosic ethanol — made of plant waste and non-food […] Read more »

Last I heard, Plextronics, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based organic semiconductor startup, was knee-deep in developing energy-efficient organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) for the flexible display market. When I spoke to CEO Andrew Hannah earlier this year in an interview for Red Herring, he said that Plextronics’ first sales […] Read more »

It’s Friday, it’s been a long week, and really, who needs an excuse to watch a hilarious Daily Show clip on an uncomfortable renewable energy debate. Yep, it’s the Cape Wind clip. Remember it’s about the children. Read more »

Linux and open source fans are often a feel-good bunch, generally aiming for the betterment of the community. So it’s not so surprising to find a green contingent among them, at least when it comes to the energy saving, power management side of Linux. The Green […] Read more »

Spring for Chevy Volt: General Motors says it will begin testing its electric car, the Chevy Volt, in spring 2008. GM also announced another contract with battery-maker A123Systems for the Volt — CNET. Ask + Dell = Green: Ask.com is working with Dell to make its […] Read more »

Cars powered by sawdust might sound a bit bizarre, but researchers across the country are looking into ways to turn all kinds of cellulosic biomass into fuels. Over at The University of Minnesota, scientists have developed a new process that efficiently converts waste biomass into a […] Read more »

The CEO of Ford (F) is saying that in order to reduce climate change and American dependence on foreign oil, we should consider the implementation of a European-style gasoline tax. He further suggests that our current fuel economy policy is doing more harm than good. Ford […] Read more »

An increased use of food crops and farm land for biofuel production is already pushing up the prices of certain foods, and they’re expected to keep rising. How much? According to the International Food Policy Research Institute [via AFP] food prices could rise by some 40 […] Read more »

While the cleantech niche known as thin-film solar is experiencing a growth spurt, the well of private equity once available for the sector is drying up, that is, at least according to The Information Network, a research and consulting firm that covers the semiconductor market. We […] Read more »

Big Wind: In London, International Power agreed to acquire the 648 megawatt Triergy Wind Portfolio from private investors – Renewable Energy Access. Craptastic: Israeli scientists are using cow dung to generate electricity. The dung transforming factory converts the waste into methane gas which powers electricity-generating turbines. […] Read more »

PG&E was showing off this hybrid diesel-electric utility service truck in downtown San Francisco this afternoon. The company is one of 14 utilities testing hybrid trucks as part of the Hybrid Truck Users Forum. Trucks like these can save utilities fuel costs — potentially $4,500 to […] Read more »

Boric acid — the same stuff found in antiseptics, eye cleansers, and insecticides — might hold the key to reducing our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory are conducting microscopic experiments with boric acid that they say have […] Read more »

While we can dream about ultra-green cars like the Tesla populating the roads one day, a lot can be done to make more conventional cars more fuel efficient. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says it plans to invest up to $21.5 million to do just […] Read more »

Erik Straser, a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, has led his firm’s cleantech investments in companies such as Energy Innovations, Jadoo Power Sytems, Recurrent Energy, ZeaChem, and Nanosolar. He obtained his PhD in engineering at Stanford, went on to work at Inteval Research Corp., a technology […] Read more »

Sweet, Sweet Ethanol: Brazil invests $50 million to improve efficiency of transforming sugarcane to ethanol – Renewable Energy Access. $$$ for Early-Stage: Cleantech companies are invited to apply for the Keiretsu Forum. Accepted companies could receive capital in the range of $500K-$3 million – Seattle Post […] Read more »

This morning we listened in on “The Green Grid” webcast, where members Jon Haas, energy efficiency programs manager at Intel (INTC), and Dell (DELL) technology strategist John Pflueger led a presentation detailing the group’s plans to develop and promote energy efficiency standards for data centers over […] Read more »

GigaOM Chief Blogger Om took a second away from liveblogging this morning’s Apple event — where Steve Jobs announced the new iMac — to note Jobs’ emphasis on the computer’s recycling characteristics. “It has been thought through from a recycling perspective. High-quality aluminum and glass,” Jobs […] Read more »

Do you have staff, equipment, offices, datacenters in various water-scarce areas? As companies get decentralized across the globe, water management can become a concern. The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) wants to help with your water issues, and has launched its Global Water Tool. […] Read more »

Sun Microsystems is announcing a new chip this morning that offers more computing performance per power consumption. Known as Niagra 2, or officially ‘UltraSparc T2,’ Sun says the chip conserves electricity by being able to do more simultaneous computing tasks per power consumed — for you […] Read more »

Imagine a day when your laptop won’t need a recharge from dawn till dusk. That day could come by the end of the decade, if the companies working on fuel cell development for the portable electronics industry can prove their technology. MTI MicroFuel Cells just received […] Read more »

Federal Funding for Solar: United Solar Ovonic received a three-year agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy to fund the development of its low-cost photovoltaics — release. More States Get Renewable Energy Standards: “Illinois and North Carolina recently joined 23 other states in enacting renewable energy […] Read more »

After reading “The Rush to Ethanol” report, we gave ethanol, particularly corn-based ethanol, a pretty hard time. But celluosic ethanol, which uses plant waste and non-food crops like switch grass, has received a lot of research and media attention in the U.S. recently. It’s able to […] Read more »

If you’re in the market for an eco-friendly vehicle, sometimes the search can be daunting. Even though online searches for fuel-efficient vehicles tend to drop as gas prices begin to fall, according to the latest Cars.com Consumer Search Index [via GreenCarCongress.com], we know plenty of our […] Read more »

Some data just put out by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (based on Thomson Financial info) says yet again that cleantech venture investment is growing. The report says that in the second quarter of 2007 the cleantech sector saw $451 million going into 44 […] Read more »

Happy plug-in Prius Monday. Both the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle give the converted plug-in Prius glowing reviews in this morning’s papers. The Wall Street Journal tests a plug-in Prius with a battery pack from A123 Systems. Ric Fulop, co-founder of A123 Systems […] Read more »

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