Factorli will open in early 2015 and be aimed at startups that want to manufacture up to 10,000 units of a product. It challenges the model that companies need to go big and move manufacturing to Asia. Read more »
Dell is working with partners to make packaging for its devices out of more sustainable materials like bamboo, wheat straw and even mushrooms, said Michael Dell at the Fortune Brainstorm Green conference on Tuesday. To prove his point, he and Fortune Managing Editor Andy Serwer ate small pieces of edible packaging made from mushrooms (see around minute 13) — of course, dipping them in soy sauce first. Michael Dell said he is enjoying the fact that the company is now private because it allows the company to be more bold, and think more long term. Looks like it!
Only 36 percent of the total cost of installing solar systems on home roofs comes from the cost of the hardware. The good news is there’s a lot we can do about that. Read more »
Sigfox’s dedicated wireless network for the internet of things will debut in the U.S. in the next few months. The low-power, low-bandwidth network is optimized for the expected explosion of smart sensors, appliances and wearables. Read more »
Energy software company Opower has built a business off of encouraging utility customers to curb their energy consumption through detailed energy bills. But will this method work as well when it’s around time-sensitive peak grid events (like a hot Summer afternoon)? This Summer Opower says it is expanding its behavioral demand response program, where Opower’s software nudges residential customers to lower their energy consumption during peak grid events, to 1 million homes. Unlike other competitors like Nest, Opower doesn’t use a device in the home like a thermostat. Baltimore Gas and Electric, Efficiency Vermont, Consumers Energy and Glendale Water & Power are all participating.
China has long been thought to be a prime source of hackery in the name of intellectual property theft, but the Snowden revelations mean many will see deep irony in the American accusations. Read more »
Sometimes disruption comes from something so simple in hind sight. Read more »
In its first earnings report as a public company, energy software player Opower said it’s grown its revenue for the first quarter of 2014 substantially, compared to a year ago, but also widened its quarterly loss. In Q1 Opower generated revenue of $28.57 million (up from $19.02 million in ’13), and reported a loss of $6.98 million (from a loss of $2.71 million last year). The company’s stock is down 3.41 percent today.
A hot startup just emerged around data and urban mobility. Meet Urban Engines. Read more »
The robot solar startup has found friends in two huge power companies. Read more »
You can control your lights and appliances based on time of day, but a Kickstarter that launched Wednesday wants to add daylight to the mix via a connected sensor and closed system. Read more »
Remember the Roadster? Tesla CEO Elon Musk looks back and says he would do it a bit differently. Read more »
Wearable tech could unleash a lot of social good. If we design them right. Read more »
Introducing the dual-carbon battery from a brand new startup out of Japan. Read more »
Exclusive: Hawaii’s Energy Excelerator is looking for its second class of innovative energy startups, both seed and growth stage. Read more »
The system, for which a Kickstarter campaign was launched on Monday, should work with 4 out of 5 existing AC units. Read more »
Bulbs that can change color when a spouse calls? Retail lighting that tracks you while you shop? Philips is using LEDS to make lighting perform new functions, including a project to increase indoor crop production. Read more »
President Obama will tout a wide-sweeping series of commitments and pledges from federal agencies and companies to help get more solar on the grid in the U.S. Read more »
Tesla says the auto dealer lobby in Missouri has launched a legislative “sneak attack” against it that could bar sales of Tesla cars directly to consumers. To learn more about the jujitsu maneuver, which involves a bill that will soon move to the House floor for a final vote, check out Tesla’s blog post.
If Tesla doesn’t have its battery factory ramped up when its third-gen electric car is ramping up, Tesla will be in trouble. Read more »
While Tesla has ambitions plans on the horizon it’s still working on the nuts and bolts of Model S manufacturing ramp up this year. Read more »
Greenpeace has been trying to persuade Amazon to commit to more clean power for its cloud computing service AWS, but to little avail. Now the environmentalists are turning to AWS’ big customers, like Pinterest. On Tuesday morning, Greenpeace protested outside of Pinterest’s headquarters handing out green cupcakes and calling to “make our pins green.” Other big consumer Internet users of AWS include Netflix, Spotify, Vine, Yelp, AirBnB and Reddit.
The cleantech crowd was right, at least when it comes to the impact that climate change is having on our planet. Here are some tech trends to watch while the planet is warming. Read more »
Startup Flux is emerging from stealth — and also the labs of Google X — to make designing buildings more sustainable with software and data. Read more »
They sound like science fiction, but these energy technologies are getting closer to reality. Check ‘em out. Read more »
A University of California, San Diego lab took a look at materials that can be both stretchy and electronically impressive, and found there are a few options that could benefit electronics an solar cells. Read more »
Now that Nokia has parted from its handset division, it’s looking to invest in the next big connected device: the car. Its new $100 million fund closely tracks the work its Here division is doing in automotive. Read more »
A startup called The Finally Light Bulb Company has launched with a new light bulb made from induction technology. It’s energy efficient and will retail for about $8. Read more »
Apple has acquired LuxVue Technology, a secretive firm working on micro-LEDs, according to a report. Read more »
Groundwater makes up a large source of the nation’s drinking and irrigation water supply, but its fluctuating levels aren’t usually well monitored or understood, making it a challenge to manage the resource well. A Wisconsin startup aims to change that. Read more »
One-way driving is coming soon for the largest car sharing company, Zipcar. Read more »
Ambri’s low cost power grid battery is getting ready for commercialization, which could pair economic energy storage with wind and solar farms. Read more »
A study found that graphene oxide moves easily through bodies of water at Earth’s surface. That’s a worrisome finding in light of studies showing it could be bad for the human body. Read more »
These guys are making ultra-efficient insulation from 97 percent air, and oil refiners and power plant builders are loving it. Read more »
The massive solar panel farm Agua Caliente in Arizona is finally finished. The project shows how much power solar panels can contribute and how cheap they’ve become. Read more »
Could an iPhone case actually light up with notifications when you get a call or text? Probably. Could it do so without a battery or without the iPhone’s battery? Actually: yes! The Lunacase uses electromagnetic waves from your iPhone for power. Read more »
The rumors were true: Rajeev Suri now heads up the old/new Nokia. His track record in turning around the NSN networking business points to a focus on that field, but the company has other important weapons in its arsenal too. Read more »
Here comes a $250 million fund to back leases for home solar roofs in the U.S., courtesy of SunPower and Google. Read more »
The humble lithium ion battery could be a lot better, according to Qnovo. Read more »
A research team mixed carbon nanotubes and graphene together to boost performance and lower cost in an ultracapacitor. Read more »