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If you’re a tech geek and you’ve spent all morning pulling up your jaw, we bet you’re recovering from today’s news that Tilera Corp. is shipping a Linux-capable 64-core processor. Developed at MIT, the processor is more energy-efficient than one would expect for a chip with […] Read more »

Orion Energy Systems, a Plymouth, Wis.-based maker of energy-efficient lighting systems for the large commercial and industrial market, has filed for an IPO, which could raise up to $100 million according to a regulatory filing Monday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Orion has raised VC […] Read more »

Innovation in drywall isn’t necessarily something that springs to mind when you think about clean tech. But Sunnyvale, Calif. based green building material startup Serious Materials is in the process of raising a whopping $50 million series B round to deliver more earth-friendly drywall. The company’s […] Read more »

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California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer suggested a proposal this weekend for what he says could be the largest investment in renewable energy technology in California state history — a $5 billion bond measure to make state government buildings more green. He proposes the funds will be […] Read more »

Here’s a lesson for companies developing clean technology solutions: if you’re advertising how green you are, make sure your business is eco-friendly across the board. Someone should have told that to BP, which gets the smack down from Advertising Age this morning for pushing a green […] Read more »

Is it Sunday already? Yep, and another week in front of us. Here’s the best of the week behind: Google disses Blackle, the so-called energy-saving black Google, big time. Google’s note to Blackle: Making the Google homepage black will not reduce energy consumption and may actually […] Read more »

Fujitsu’s Sunnyvale, Calif. campus looked a bit greener than usual yesterday morning, at the company’s public unveiling of its new 200 kilowatt hydrogen fuel cell generator made by UTC Power (UTX). The fuel cell is expected to power 7 percent of total power consumption at the […] Read more »

Update: Venture Vehicles Founder and EVP of Design & Engineering, Ian Bruce, just confirmed the company’s funding with us via email. While green car startups like Tesla are already going through growing pains, other eco-vehicle startups are raising their Series A rounds. Venture Vehicles, a Los […] Read more »

The NYSE IPO of Brazilian ethanol and sugar maker Cosan (CZZ) had us wondering if the future is bleak for other biofuel IPOs. The company raised about half of the originally planned $2 billion, notes Reuters. The reduced offering, according to Bloomberg, was a result of […] Read more »

There’s been a lot of speculation about why Martin Eberhard, the founder and former-CEO of high-profile electric car company Tesla Motors, recently stepped down from his CEO position. Eberhard gives his own take on what happened in this lengthy blog post ‘The Next Leg of the […] Read more »

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Khosla Ventures-backed biofuel startup Range Fuels is in fundraising mode right now. The Broomfield, Colo.-based company hired Dan Hannon as its CFO this week, while CEO Mitch Mandich told us that Range Fuels will likely raise a lot of capital this year and next, and potentially […] Read more »

Ethanol IPO Not So Sweet: Brazilian sugar and ethanol company raises $1 billion less than planned in IPO – Forbes; Reuters. Toyko Thin Film: Showa Shell, Japan’s fifth-biggest oil refiner plans to invest $127 million in non-silicon thin-film “solar batteries” – Reuters. Fuel Cell Speed Demon: […] Read more »

Paper Battery Researchers at Rensslaer Polytechnic Institute have developed an ultra-thin, flexible energy storage device that looks a bit like a small sheet of black paper. Looks aren’t too deceiving in this case, since more than 90 percent of the tiny battery is made out of […] Read more »

Wells Fargo (WFC) said this morning that it has invested in Nevada Solar One, a 64-megawatt solar plant southeast of Las Vegas. A Wells Fargo spokesperson declined to disclose the size of the investment. JPMorgan Capital led the equity investors, which also included an affiliate of […] Read more »

Written by James Brentano, Vice President of Sales for Intraware According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), every month in the United States some 100,000 pounds of CDs become outdated, useless or unwanted. Every year, more than 5.5 million software packages go to landfills and incinerators. […] Read more »

HelioVolt is the latest thin-film solar startup to rake in a multi-million dollar funding round. As we reported yesterday, The Austin, Texas-based company just snagged $77 million in Series B funding in a round led by the Paladin Capital Group and the Masdar Clean Tech Fund. […] Read more »

Sorry, couldn’t resist this one. The first of hundreds of new wind turbines were being erected in Michigan when it faced a fierce opponent. Yeah, that would be wind. It was a little too breezy to get the 380-feet-high turbine and its three 125-foot-long blades up. […] Read more »

Utilities Need Tech Investment To Save $$$: The Electric Power Research Institute put out a report that says without investment in new technology utilities could spend up to $1.8 trillion to reduce emissions significantly by 2050 — GreenBiz. Japan Sees Solar, Pollution Up: Japanese solar cell […] Read more »

Thin-film solar startup HelioVolt, based in Austin, Texas, has raised $78 $77 million in Series B funding. The funding was first reported by TechConfidential earlier today. Update: We spoke to HelioVolt [read our Q&A with the CEO here] and they confirmed that they’ve raised their Series […] Read more »

Richard Branson’s Virgin Fuels has led an investment of $9 million in lighting startup Metrolight. This is the third round of funding for the Brentwood, Tenn.-based company, bringing its total funds raised to $23 million. Other investors in the round include Gemini Israel Funds, Israel Cleantech […] Read more »

Rive Technology, a Cambridge, Mass.-based start-up and developer of a technology that makes the oil-to-gasoline conversion process more efficient, has raised roughly $3.15 million in additional Series A funding from Advanced Technology Ventures, Andrew Dougherty, Rive’s VP of operations tells us. The round was first reported […] Read more »

Biodiesel company Imperium Renewables opened a plant today that it says is the largest biodiesel production facility in the U.S., with an annual capacity of 100 million gallons per year. The Seattle-based company has raised over $200 million and, earlier this year, filed for an IPO. […] Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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