Earth2Tech Week In Review


Earth2Tech’s Top 15 Smart Grid Influencers: By some accounts, the build-out of the smart grid could be the biggest driver of wealth in the next decade. Thousands of companies are now racing to sell software, hardware, and consulting services to utilities that are trying to design smart grid networks and tap into stimulus funds. Here’s our list of the top 15 most influential people in the smart grid space.

5 Lessons from Cash for Clunkers for the Green Car Market: Congress moved hastily when it implemented the original cash for clunkers legislation, and again when it tripled the budget by carving funds out of a clean energy program. But we can still learn from how the program played out. Here are five lessons we see for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, cleaning up the national vehicle fleet and helping boost the market for greener cars.

Why an Electromagnetic Threat Shouldn’t Be a Smart Grid Issue: A lot of ink has been dedicated to how an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) from a disaster could have dire effects on a digital power grid. Make no mistake — if a large enough EMP event occurred it could be a “doom and gloom” scenario. But if there were a smaller EMP event a smart grid could be more effective at intelligently healing itself than a traditional power grid.

Tesla Founder Marc Tarpenning on How to Start a Car Company: Compared with Tesla Motors co-founder Martin Eberhard, the startup’s other founder — Marc Tarpenning — has kept a relatively low profile. But on Thursday Tarpenning shared his version of the Tesla creation story that Eberhard and CEO Elon Musk have been fighting over this summer.

Energy Harvesting Smackdown: ZigBee vs. EnOcean: Read between the lines of the ZigBee Alliance’s plans to draft a standard for energy-harvesting devices (which can capture and store energy from external sources like the sun and movement), and you’ll find that the market for such devices is rapidly heating up, and that the group needs to move quickly if it wants to be part of it.

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