In late 2013, E.ON UK (one of Europe’s leading energy suppliers) was getting about 250,000 hits per week on its consumer-facing website. Three weeks later, it was getting 500,000 hits per week. Why the spike in web traffic? Two words: customer engagement. Read more »
The Dutch tech giant has come up with a way to use connected lighting as the basis for in-store location-based services, such as finding items and offering highly targeted coupons. Read more »
The co-founders of Opower tell us about the top 5 trends they’re watching when it comes to utilities. Read more »
Apple’s supplier responsibility report reveals an increased focus on a number of important issues last year, notably that it doesn’t use the metal tantalum, which is often procured from war-torn areas. Read more »
The revolutionary solar farm in the Mojave desert is finally live. Here’s the story behind the tech, and an inside look at the launch. Read more »
SunPower had a break out year in 2013 and now is looking to see significant growth this year, including expansion of its home solar leasing program. Read more »
Gigaom got a look at the newly revamped MyLink infotainment system and LTE connectivity in new Chevy models. It’s still a work in progress, and needs a heck of lot more apps, but there’s a lot of promise. Read more »
The work out of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is promising, but researchers still have a long road ahead of them before the technology comes anywhere near to commercial viability. Read more »
It seemed like only yesterday when electric car company Tesla Motors hit $100 per share (well, a year ago). Now Tesla has bumped up over $200 per share this week, and is hovering around $196 in recent trading. Tesla will announce its latest earnings next week.
After much speculation Opower is planning on finally going public, according to a report. Read more »
Inexpensive, simple water cleaning tech could enable industries to reuse water over and over for manufacturing, mining and chemical creation. Startup Axine says it has something new. Read more »
Steve Vassallo and Trae Vassallo are among some of the more well-known cleantech and digital energy investors. Thing is, they’re married, are raising three kids, and also work at two different venture capital firms that sometimes compete on deals. Trae works for Kleiner Perkins and Steve for Foundation Capital. This is what it’s like to compete on a deal with your spouse:
“[W]e still laugh about competing over Opower; we had a sneaking suspicion that we were both engaged, based on the mystery trips back East.”
Robots are delivering the next generation of assembly lines and manufacturing, and it’s coming out of Silicon Valley. Read more »
Two major wireless charging groups, the Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance, are banding together with their standards, which will make life easier for consumers who want to charge a tablet or smartphone without wires. Read more »
Brave man: Bill Gates showed up on Reddit’s Ask Me Anything Monday morning. Here are some takeaways. Read more »
Superconductors have some pretty amazing characteristics — one of them is that they repel magnets. In this demo at Google Solves for X this weekend, a scientists shows off this levitation trick, which could be used in many applications. Read more »
India has an ambitious goal to implement a massive amount of solar-powered water pumps. The project could reduce load on the neglected power grid, reduce costs for farmers, and lower carbon emissions. Read more »
Venture capital firm Khosla Ventures already has a long list of startups that it’s backed that are looking to make food more sustainable — like plant-based egg maker Hampton Creek Foods, organic candy company Unreal Candy, salt replacement product Nu-Tek Salt, and plant-based meat replacement startup Sand Hill Foods. But Fasto.co Exist has the details on the Khosla-backed vegan cheese startup Kite Hill, which uses nut milk instead of dairy to make artisanal cheeses.
Tesla boss Elon Musk says that Spotify didn’t want to work with his company, so he sealed a deal with Rdio instead. Read more »
DFJ was actually better than most at cleantech investing. Alas, even the solid ones have moved on. Read more »
Biofuel startup LS9 has been sold for $40 million to biodiesel maker Renewable Energy Group, reports MIT Tech Review. But before you congratulate them, note that LS9 raised $81 million over nine years, and still hadn’t reached a point where it was selling its green diesel to refiners. Last year the company brought in a new CEO, following restructuring and layoffs. Such are the long roads and harsh conditions facing biofuel startups. LS9 was backed by Khosla Ventures, Flagship Ventures, Lightspeed Ventures, and Chevron Technology Ventures.
Turns out cyber security might not be the biggest threat to the power grid after all. Read more »
Flow batteries are funky large batteries that use liquid tanks and pumps. There’s a new one being commercialized by a Silicon Valley startup. Read more »
The U.S, government is moving on new rules requiring future vehicles come with Wi-Fi technology necessary for cars to communicate with one another. The goal is to prevent accidents, but networked cars could become much more. Read more »
Battery innovation might be the rage — and much needed — but it’s super hard for Silicon Valley and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Read more »
Some of the largest solar farms in the world that use the sun’s rays to make heat are just now coming online in California — at the same time that the state is suffering one of the worst droughts in five hundred years. MIT Tech Review takes a look at why solar thermal farms are so water intensive, what’s to be done about it, and checks out some of the newer “dry cooling” technologies that are being used to reduce the water needed.
Little is known about Apple’s rumored smartwatch, but new reports suggest the device could feature wireless charging and track health in a number of ways. Read more »
Drought and fears of water shortages are drumming up interest in new water technology. Just don’t count on venture capitalists to chase these new water tech deals. Read more »
Facebook might have launched the Open Compute Project to force server vendors to build higher-effiency gear, but it’s having a much greater impact than even Facebook anticipated. Read more »
The long road from development to market for Twin Creek’s materials slicing machines shows the complexities of cleantech. Read more »
Seven out of 11 of the hardware incubator’s inaugural class of hardware startups presented their work. Highway1 is now selecting companies for its second class, which will commence in March. Read more »
Sprint is taking its fuel cell trials up multiple flights, installing them on rooftops. These cells will replace backup generators in dense cities, making them not only greener but also less of a logistical nightmare. Read more »
By publicizing the server specs for its data center workloads, Microsoft could reap some rewards in its own supply chain, and be assured that it has a hand in the data center designs of the future. Read more »
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is so bullish on the Chinese market that he tells Bloomberg that Tesla might eventually build a local plant in the country. Whether that would be a production factory like its one in Fremont, California, or an assembly plant like its new one in Tilburg in the Netherlands, remains to be seen. Tesla priced its Model S in China last week at $121,000, including shipping and taxes.
Young up and coming startup AutoGrid now has new funding, new products and new customers for its big data energy prediction engine. Read more »
The Westly Group has backed energy software startup Simple Energy, leading a $6M round. Read more »
The solar industry was one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. last year, and grew 10 times faster than the average adding 24K new jobs. Read more »
Seeking Alpha analyst Matt Margolis connects the dots to show why this might be happening. Read more »
Google’s purchase of Nest shines a spot light on the crossroads ahead for utilities. Read more »
The education center and accelerator, which focuses on exponential technologies with big potential, will begin raising capital in the second quarter of 2014. Read more »