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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

The controversial energy bill, which we wrote about on Friday, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday. The bill says that most utilities could be required to generate 15% of their electricity from renewable energy sources. The bill also would repeal almost $16 […] Read more »

Even if you weren’t a daily reader of ours last week, it’s OK. Earth2Tech still cares about you. And we want you to check out our posts, even if it’s a little belated. So here’s the week in review — some of the more popular and […] Read more »

A crucial bill, soon to be debated by the House, has the entire clean tech industry on tenterhooks. The 786-page energy bill is one of the top things on the House’s agenda before they go into four-week recess Monday. The energy legislation is controversial because it […] Read more »

Clean water startups in Washington state are getting more investment. Last week it was water purification startup HaloSource, which raised $15 million. Today water treatment company Clear Water Compliance Services says it has raised $25 million from Plainfield Asset Management. The startup based in Lynwood, Washington, […] Read more »

The tech industry is waking up to the need for greener data centers, but how much money can be saved through better energy-saving practices? A report out today from the Environmental Protection Agency says that $4 billion in annual electricity costs could be saved through more […] Read more »

The Bay Area bus agency AC Transit showed off a brand new 621-kilowatt solar power system at its Oakland and Hayward facilities yesterday. Nice. The solar photovoltaic system is expected to generate roughly 767,000 kilowatt hours of power each year and save the company $5 million […] Read more »

This morning we wrote about silicon lighting startup Group IV Semiconductor raising a round. Now here’s more venture money for lighting: VentureWire (via VentureBeat) reports that Sunnyvale, Calif. based BridgeLux has raised $23 million in a series C round funding from lead investor Chrysalix Energy Venture […] Read more »

Sanyo considers solar expansion: The solar maker could beef up its investment in solar cell capacity to “100 billion yen ($844.1 million) from 40 billion yen over the next three years” — WSJ. Segway inventor goes stirling: An interview about Dean Kamen’s plans to install a […] Read more »

Driving around San Francisco, there can be a Prius sighting per city block. Well, today, J.D. Power and Associates put out its ‘2007 U.S. Hybrid Vehicle Forecast Second Quarter Update’ that gives us some hard numbers to confirm what we already knew. The report says 187,000 […] Read more »

With data center energy costs on course to outweigh the cost of the gear inside them, tech industry executives are beginning to realize the magnitude of the problem. At the “Building the Green Data Center” panel at the Always On Conference in Palo Alto, Calif., Dave […] Read more »

Group IV Semiconductor, a startup that develops silicon-based lighting technology said yesterday that it has raised a second round of funding. The CEO of Group IV, Stephen Naor, told us that the funds will be used to commercialize the company’s technology within two years. The Ottawa, […] Read more »

We’ve written a lot about the massive outages that occurred last week at some of Web 2.0’s brand name companies – Technorati, Yelp, Craigslist. (Om, Kevin and Adena’s thoughts). Well, here’s the latest update, 365 Main now says that three of its ten back-up generators, manufactured […] Read more »

District Heating: Olivier Barbaroux poses that “district energy”–systems of heating and cooling networks–is a realistic solution to many of today’s environmental concerns—Forbes.com. IBM’s Server Savings: Big Blue will transfer its current computing load, now on 3,900 servers, onto about 30 System z mainframes running Linux. The […] Read more »

University researchers are tinkering over hydrogen and clean cooking fuel this week. Here’s three examples of the latest green research taking place on campus labs around the world: Hydrogen Storage: An international team of researchers working out of the University of the Basque Country in northern […] Read more »

There are countless startups like Zondu and Verdiem that are devoted to selling energy saving technology for the office. But saving power doesn’t always need high-tech intervention — why not just turn off lights and computers at the office? According to a new survey, though, that’s […] Read more »

Everyone’s favorite eco website TreeHugger is being sold to Discovery Communications, the companies announced this morning. The New York Post, which first wrote about the deal, puts the acquisition at $10 million, and the release says that the site will become part of Discovery’s ‘Planet Green’ […] Read more »

Prius-owner ‘Dave’ recently had his car converted to a plug-in and is documenting his mileage and gas usage (pointed out by Calcars). He drives over 60 miles a day, and just drove 1,307 miles on his last tank of gas. Whoa! And he only needs 9.578 […] Read more »

We just got a heads up on an announcement that the X Prize Foundation plans to put out a release tomorrow about its Automotive X Prize, which will award cash to a team that has developed a super-efficient vehicle. The non-profit prize institute is planning to […] Read more »

SolFocus, a Mountain View, Calif. based startup that develops solar concentrator technology will announce tomorrow that it has acquired Madrid-based solar tracking company InSpira. The companies wouldn’t release the financial details of the deal, but said that Inspira will continue to market its trackers under its […] Read more »

Crude close to $78: “Prices have risen more than 20% in the past two months” — Wall Street Journal. Solar cell record: Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed hardware that can convert 42.8 percent of light that hits it into electricity — CNET. Chat […] Read more »

Green development projects in China will get a boost from a new partnership with U.S. organizations. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and non-profit U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” to work together on eco-friendly development projects in China. The U.S. agencies […] Read more »

Clean tech business competitions are actually a great way for startups to find funding, industry interest and media attention. So we are excited to see that the California Clean Tech Open competition has announced its 50 finalists that will be vying for $600,000 worth of prizes. […] Read more »

The site Localcooling.com says its downloadable power-saving software has helped its users save over a million KWh. How so? It’s an application created by Malta-based software company Uniblue Systems, which optimizes your PC’s power consumption through what it says is a “more effective” power saving mode. […] Read more »

Mo money for the clean tech venture world. Palo Alto-based Technology Partners says it has formed ‘Fund VIII’ with $300 million for cleantech and life science investments. The VC partnership, in a press release says it has already used the fund for several investments including Tesla […] Read more »

Solar One’s $$$: Acciona Energy has closed on a $266 million project for Nevada Solar Ones’ 64 megawatt Concentrated Solar Power Plant—United Press International. Virtualization’s Hot: Desktone gets $17M in first-round funding as VMWare’s IPO looms—The Alarm Clock. Driving Fjord: Norwegian electric-car maker Think Nordic gives […] Read more »

Another thin film solar startup is giving it a go. Sierra Solar Power, a 5-month-old Sunnyvale-based solar startup, recently raised $6.86 million in a series A round led by GSR Ventures according to PE HUB. Sierra founder and CEO Zhang Xu told us in a phone […] Read more »

While we can ponder whether “clean coal” is an oxymoron, the carbon capture technologies that some power companies are starting to consider are very expensive. The Oil Drum quotes an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change carbon capture and storage report that says carbon capture technology can […] Read more »

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