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Written by John Hornig, who helped start a biodiesel outlet in the U.K, and currently works for Blooming Futures, a non-profit COOP that converts diesel cars so they can use plant oil for fuel. The big news in the UK at the moment (at least for […] Read more »

The Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies just released a 58-page report posing the question “Where Does the Nano Go?” The report, sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, urges the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to make regulations specifically for the […] Read more »

The Internet may be bringing us all closer together, but the companies powering it are as fractured as ever. There are hundreds of utilities in the U.S., both public and privately owned, overseeing an aging power grid. And each is run differently, even in data hungry […] Read more »

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What does a virtual world have to do with making a real world businesses more eco-friendly? Potentially a lot. Here’s a cheat sheet on noteworthy green development projects in Second Life, the user-created world I’ve been writing about over the last four years on my blog […] Read more »

Nuclear Power Debates: R-Squared blogger Robert Rapier talks about the democratic candidates’ views on nuclear power and discusses why he thinks nuclear will be needed in the long run — R-Squared Blog. “Green” UFO: Researchers at the Deift University of Technology in the Netherlands have started […] Read more »

After yesterday’s power outage in San Francisco’s SOMA District shut down data center 365 Main, we weren’t the only ones wondering what sent the operations of the data center screeching to a halt. (We doubt it was caused by a drunk employee.) 365 Main, the data […] Read more »

Israeli solar thermal company Solel just scored a deal with PG&E to build an estimated $2 billion massive solar thermal plant in California’s Mohave Desert. Not a lot of people have heard of the 250-person company, or even really solar thermal technology for that matter. So […] Read more »

Last night we got an alert from PG&E telling us that they were going to make a “solar energy announcement of international significance,” Wednesday morning in downtown San Francisco. No explanation from them yet on the blackouts that plagued San Francisco yesterday, but they always seem […] Read more »

How long till your Prius is sold with a plug? Toyota says that it has developed a plug-in hybrid car, which it will test on roads in Japan. Like the Prius, the “Toyota Plug-in HV” has a gas-powered engine and an electric motor, but can also […] Read more »

Voluntary carbon markets – no standards but growing: A report says that the voluntary carbon market grew by 200 percent last year and will keep growing in 2007, but also urged for standards and certification processes — GreenBiz. HP’s thin client buy an eco-move?: “It will […] Read more »

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Finding a carpool commuting buddy is easier today than it was a decade ago thanks to the web. There’s no small amount of web sites hoping to match up local commuters and help reduce the number of cars on the road. And that’s a good thing […] Read more »

Plato Networks, a fabless semiconductor company that designs chips for energy-efficient datacenters, snagged $20 million from Granite Ventures, STIC International, and Crosslink Capital. The Santa Clara-based company says it will use the funds to “accelerate development of its ultra low-power 10Gbps Ethernet products”. Founded in 2004, […] Read more »

The “fuel vs food” debate over corn-based ethanol has been heating up over the past months as presidential candidates have been backing the biofuel (John Stossel alert.) One thing’s for sure, some popcorn makers aren’t happy about a rise in the price of corn and the […] Read more »

AMD released its seventh annual “Global Climate Protection Plan” today, highlighting the chip maker’s latest work to reduce the amount of energy required to run its processors, as well as its other energy-saving initiatives. The company’s concentration on energy-saving has been a PR boon for the […] Read more »

Lumbering conglomerate General Electric might have critics pressing it to sell off pieces and boost its stock, but it’s eco products are bringing in pretty significant revenues according to the New York Times. The article focuses on a kindler, gentler GE era led by CEO Jeffrey […] Read more »

VeraSun’s $725M ethanol purchase: Rising corn prices didn’t deter VeraSun Energy Corp from buying three ethanol plants, in route to to produce one billion gallons by the end of 2008 — Reuters. Oil prices, no relief in sight: Oil will keep rising throughout 2007, according to […] Read more »

Venture capitalists are pouring money into alternative fuels and new sources of energy to power our gasoline-guzzling automobiles. But what about a technology that could remake the good old internal combustion engine? Inventor Nik Shkolnik and his son, MIT grad student Alexander Shkolnik, are developing technology […] Read more »

We’ve been checking out the 5th annual Dow Jones VentureOne report and we thought it was interesting to see that it attributes emerging sectors like cleantech as one of the factors that made venture investment in 2006 the highest level since 2001. OK, so it’s still […] Read more »

Solar startups are working on a variety of ways to drive down the cost of silicon-based solar power. Fremont, Calif. based startup Solaria’s technology is one that just got a sizable boost from German solar giant Q-Cells. Solaria just announced Monday that it has raised a […] Read more »

Cleantech might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Winston-Salem, North Carolina. But the city will actually be the home of two recently launched startups that have been funded by Wake Forest University and Connecticut-based incubator NanoHoldings. The two companies […] Read more »

Let’s face it, the grid is in need of a makeover. That’s why we’re not surprised about the latest round of funding raised for wireless mesh advanced metering startup Eka Systems. While the company didn’t announce how much cash they’ve taken in, we’re betting it’s not […] Read more »

Energy Star energy-efficient computer performance guidelines officially got a little stricter today. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy just upgraded the new Energy Star labeling program for computers to version 4, which requires even greater efficiency for compliant computers. The EPA announced the […] Read more »

NanoDynamics sets IPO: 6.6 million shares, with an offering price between $12 and $14 — Forbes Yep, air quality likes plugin hybrids and electric vehicles: The EPRI, NRDC studies say that PHEVs will vastly reduce greenhouse gases for the next 40 years — Calcars-news, release Flexi, […] Read more »

Drew Clark, IBM’s Director of Strategy for its Venture Capital Group, knows his team isn’t dominating the venture world – and that’s the point. They don’t actually have a fund, but are a group of two dozen IBM execs that work with startups and venture capitalists […] Read more »

China’s economy is booming, why shouldn’t the country’s cleantech sector follow suit. According to a new report by The Cleantech Group, cleantech venture funding in China is on the up and up and will surpass $720 million in 2008. The China Cleantech Venture Capital Report (which […] Read more »

Solar cell and panel maker SunPower released its second quarter earnings this morning, reporting a net loss of $5.3 million, regardless of a boost in revenues to $173.8 million. The previous year’s revenues were $54.7 million — that’s pretty good growth. The company has been spending […] Read more »

Patrick Gruber, the new CEO of Gevo, can talk at length about how biofuel butanol could one day replace gasoline and jet fuel. But when it comes to disclosing the size of the series B round the biofuel startup announced this morning from new investor Virgin […] Read more »

FuelCell Energy Gets Federal Contract and $1.225M: The government will back FuelCell Energy’s plans to scale up manufacturing on its technology that separates hydrogen from a gas mixture while generating electricity — SunPower’s Silicon Supply Solar manufacturer signs 10-year silicon supply aggreement with Hemlock Semiconductor […] Read more »

Update: GreenDimes founder Pankaj Shah just emailed us to confirm that the company did raise its funding. Most people hate junk mail — how many are willing to pay to stop it? Palo Alto-based startup GreenDimes is betting a lot will, and according to PEHub has […] Read more »

Even if you’re not fond of mushrooms on your pizza or in your salad, you might grow an affinity for their eco-friendly potential. Researchers at the University of Warwick are working together to sequence the genome (in simpler terms: figure out the DNA makeup) of what […] Read more »

Ethanol will not come close to solving climate concerns, energy security issues or dependency on oil, says a new report just released by a group of non profits including The Network for New Energy Choices, Food and Water Watch, and the Vermont Law School. The report, […] Read more »

About a year ago the environmental news site TreeHugger launched, its green answer to social news sites like Digg. We’re big fans of Hugg. A lot of people have tried to create Digg-type sites focused on niche content. There’s a bunch of them out there […] Read more »

Nanosolar loses chief scientist, Chris Eberspacher Nanosolar lost a good one to Applied Materials, Kedrosky wonders if they’re in trouble — Paul Kedrosky and release. VeraSun and Enterprise push ethanol Ethanol-maker VeraSun Energy and rental car company Enterprise Rent-A-Car partner to push E85 — release. Oil […] Read more »

High-tech tweaks on building features such as windows can make a big impact on their energy-efficiency. One company working on such windows, SAGE Electrochromics, says they’ve just raised $16 million in a second round funding from Good Energies, Applied Materials’ venture arm Applied Ventures, and Bekaert. […] Read more »

Non profit Green Electronics Council (GEC) put out a report today that suggests its eco-computing initiatives are starting to work. Yeah, it’s a their way to justify their program and budget ($800,000 for 2007), but we appreciate them getting us some numbers to check out. (EPA […] Read more »

As the cost of soy rises, biodiesel producers betting on soy are struggling to make a buck. But that isn’t preventing biodiesel startups from tapping the public markets to fund their costly, and seemingly unprofitable expansion. Take Renewable Energy Group as an example. The Ralston, Iowa-based […] Read more »

Thermostats are nowhere near as energy efficient as they could be. They could do a lot better, given residential heating and cooling make up roughly half of residential energy consumption according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Maybe Nathan Ota can help. He’s a 28-old recent […] Read more »

Solar power, loved but neglected: Solar is hot in popular culture but not so much when it comes to research funding — New York Times. Waste to electricity startup Ze-gen confirmed its $4.5 million venture round: The news was out that the Boston-based company was in […] Read more »

So we’re all aware that green-focused web sites are getting about as trendy as celebutante DUIs. There’s been more than enough great new reads launched in the last few months, most of them focused on helping consumers live more ecofriendly lives – something we could all […] Read more »

We’re not sure why a bid for energy efficiency is going to make consumers want to accept the unappreciated subscription PC model — but startup Zonbu thinks they will. The New York Times profiles the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company that will start selling a $99 low […] Read more »

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