The request is open to both national labs and private firms, and NASA plans to choose roughly four proposals. Read more »
Have some compassion for the displaced coal workers, says Michael Bloomberg. They can’t just all go out and learn to code. Read more »
A Mankato, Minn.-based company called Farm Intelligence is helping farmers get a sense of what’s happening in their fields so they can act fast to maximize yields. It’s already managing a million acres and nearly a petabyte of data, but it expects to amass much more. Read more »
The Formula E race is cool, fun and focused on clean energy transportation tech, but it could also help deliver technology breakthroughs. Read more »
Fast Company published a lengthy and detailed article on the downfall of electric car infrastructure startup Better Place. The piece is filled with insights like “Shai math,” which employees and investors called the funky math that founder and former CEO Shai Agassi employed in running the business and in interviews with the media (like us!). It’s a tale of supremely chugging one’s own Kool-Aid. I did one of the last public interviews with Agassi in early 2013 on Better Place.
Thin is in, as always, but recent breakthroughs in printed and flexible electronics herald a whole new age of gadgets, imaging devices and user interfaces. Read more »
Optimizing the combos of little organisms that live on plants could help feed the booming population of the future. Read more »
Philips has a been a steady innovator when it comes to connected devices, so I try to discover how the consumer products giant is thinking about the opportunity connectivity presents. Read more »
Opower started trading at $25 per share Friday morning, giving it a big pop from its $19 per share price last night. Read more »
Opower has priced its IPO at $19 per share in the late hours before trading on Friday morning. Read more »
Nest is halting the sales of its smoke detector product while it tries to fix a flaw that could delay the alarm notifying the homeowner of a fire. A solution could take months. Read more »
Here’s to hoping Opower’s IPO will kick off a wave of meaningful startups from passionate entrepreneurs. Read more »
Following Opower’s IPO, the energy software company will need to grow its products to current utility customers. And bring in new utilities, too. Read more »
Do you love the connected home and Samsung? then the consumer electronics giant has a home automation story you’ll love. Everyone else will have to wait. Read more »
Turns out Fisker didn’t kill the DOE’s green car loan program after all — it’s getting a makeover. Read more »
As a new power-saving technology called envelope tracking makes its ways into smartphones, interest in Nujira, a company specializes in the technology, is growing. Read more »
Nest has had fans in the U.K. since it launched, but on Wednesday the thermostat-maker (recently bought by Google), started selling a U.K.-specific version of its home temperature device. The U.K. Nest thermostat solves different problems than the U.S. and Canadian versions (home heating works differently across the pond) and the U.K. version is also much more likely to need an installer.
While Google, Facebook, Apple and others made major strides for clean energy and Internet infrastructure, Amazon and AWS are lagging far behind. Read more »
In a step toward post-silicon electronics, a Stanford team has created stable carbon nanotube transistors that are as small as the best silicon transistors. Read more »
Beleaguered biofuel maker Kior has managed to close the financing it was hoping from investor Vinod Khosla, which will keep the company from temporarily defaulting on its loans and filing for bankruptcy. In a filing, Kior says it will be getting monthly installments of $5 million (via a note purchase agreement) for up to $25 million. This could keep Kior afloat for a few months, but the company will need to raise much more project financing to move toward commercialization again. Kior’s stock is up over 50 percent on the news to $0.90 per share in morning trading. Check out my recent piece on the story of Kior.
Risk-taking is in Tesla and Elon Musk’s DNA and in the next couple of years the company will enter another high-risk period. Why? It needs to in order to pave the market for electric cars. Read more »
Innovation is alive and well around energy data, thanks to a series of initiatives and programs. Meet Ohmconnect, a bootstrapped startup that couldn’t have existed a couple years ago. Read more »
Responding to the car fires, Tesla tweaks its car design. Read more »
Samsung already has a big home presence in sales of TVs, Blu-Ray media players, phones and tablets. Now it wants to light up the rest of your life with new connected LED bulbs. Read more »
NRG Energy is kicking off its home rooftop solar plans by acquiring Roof Diagnostics Solar. Read more »
Using LEDs powered over Ethernet, the system gives building owners and facility managers loads of useful data about their properties, and office workers new ways to negotiate their environment. Read more »
Startup OneRoof Energy has closed another funding round of $31.5 million, according to a filing. Launched in 2011 and based in San Diego, Calif., OneRoof teams up with roofers and electricians to sell rooftop solar systems and financing products (like leases). The company has also raised funding from Morgan Stanley, Black Coral Capital’s energy fund and Korean power company Hanwha. The market for solar panel systems is growing dramatically in the U.S.
This $31.5 million is a subset of OneRoof Energy’s recent reverse merger with Carlaw Capital IV, a Canadian capital pool company, with total proceeds of around 50 million Canadian dollars. The $31.5 million is the portion of shares purchased by U.S. investors.
Updated on March 31, 11:04 AM PST to clarify the funding.
Nest’s base and faceplate heat up, distorting the device’s temperature readings, according to a class action lawsuit. Read more »
Now that Opower is going public, its market value is out there — and it’s worth less than a third of another smart energy company, Nest. Read more »
Using genetically modified organisms, LanzaTech is looking to turn the world’s industrial waste gases into fuels and chemicals. Read more »
IBM is putting its data analytics to work on information collected from Peugeot’s in-car sensors, ostensibly combining it with data from traffic infrastructure and smartphones to create better car apps and more network-aware vehicles. Read more »
KiOR is a mess and provides yet another cautionary tale to energy entrepreneurs and investors. Read more »
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Opower has set the price range on its planned IPO, and it could raise $110 million in the offering. Read more »
Researchers recently found that solar cells made from perovskite can both absorb and emit light. They could be integrated into windows, which could then double as lights or displays. Read more »
Wind way up in the skies. Startup Altaeros is starting to deliver on its idea. Read more »
As Rakuten attempts to become a worldwide player in e-commerce, an environmental group is calling on it to stop selling and advertising whale meat and ivory on its Japanese website. Read more »
Are the combination of solar panels and grid batteries so powerful that they’re causing utilities to block them? Or are the utilities just moving slowly? Read more »
Finally an easier way to leverage all that disparate climate change data out there. Thanks Obama! Now its time for the tech community to respond. Read more »
Food and water shortages can lead to violence and civil unrest. Tracking data about food availability at the local level can help predict problems before they happen. Read more »