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Big nuclear could get hung up on one small snag — ingots. Well, maybe not so small, given that the hardened steel nuclear reactor cores that house fuel rods cost $350 million and weigh around 600 tons. The problem, as Bloomberg reports, is that there’s only […] Read more »

Some of the most important cleantech innovations can be created by tweaking traditional carbon-emitting sources to make them more efficient. Startup Advanced Power Projects is doing just that with traditional power plants, and has raised a Series A round of funding from Sequoia Capital, Redpoint and […] Read more », an online clearinghouse for energy providers and customers, has secured $2.4 million in funding from an unlikely source: Texas oil and gas executives (specific investors were not disclosed). Dallas-based plans to use the money to grow its market share in Texas and expand into […] Read more »

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Former Vice President-turned-Kleiner-Perkins-green-VC Al Gore and Cisco’s charismatic CEO John Chambers will be giving a virtual talk on how tech innovation can fight climate change this morning. It’s not just a means to educate the world on cleantech opps, the two will be stumping Cisco’s “TelePresence,” […] Read more »

If you’ve found yourself on the ocean anywhere between Germany and Venezuela recently, you might have spotted something out of the ordinary on the horizon–a giant cargo ship towing a 1,700-square-foot kite propulsion system. It was the maiden voyage of the Beluga SkySails, a multi-purpose cargo […] Read more »

One of the most well-funded cleantech startups in 2007, GreatPoint Energy, is using its more than $115 million in funding to tread a path toward commercializing its clean-coal technology. This week the company, which converts coal and other fossil fuels into pipeline-quality natural gas and then […] Read more »

Wind Powered Computing: The UK estimates that business computing is responsible for 2.8 million tons of CO2 emissions a year. A Cambridge computer expert is now calling for remote data centers to be located next to viable wind farms to increase efficiency – The Guardian. GE […] Read more »

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today rattled off an impressive number of initiatives the city is undertaking to become a world leader in sustainability, including his plans to generate electricity from the waves off the San Franciscan coast. The Public Utilities Commission has recently commissioned URS, […] Read more »

With the federal investment and production tax credits in limbo, the move to push solar technology toward grid parity is going into overdrive. Investors are getting antsy about the December 2008 expiration dates and the lengthy development period that the hard material science of solar requires. […] Read more »

The sun is shining on India’s Tata BP Solar, which recently signed an agreement to raise $78 million in financing to expand its photovoltaic manufacturing plant to 128MW. Currently, the pilot line produces 50MW of solar panels, with 60 percent of those sent outside of India […] Read more »

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Note to all those Tesla customers — Gavin Newsom, Flea, George Clooney — that have been waiting patiently for their electric sports cars: The Silicon Valley green carmaker has started “regular” production of the Roadster. Woot-woot! That means customers who managed to get in line for […] Read more »

The Department of Energy and venture capital firms have something in common — they’re both looking for entrepreneurs to help commercialize early stage clean technology. And last month Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander Karsner named three venture capital firms that were selected […] Read more »

True Value of Solar: UC Berkeley Haas School professor and director of the UC Energy Institute, Severin Borenstein — the one who said that people who install solar panels today are “throwing money away” — gave a thorough talk on Monday defending his calculations. — UC […] Read more »

The most low-tech of clean technologies, recycling, got a boost today. RecycleBank, a Philadelphia-based startup that runs incentive-based recycling programs, has raised $30 million in Series B funding led by the high-profile VCs at Kleiner Perkins, PEHub reports via VentureWire. RecycleBank’s round also included existing investors […] Read more »

Screens, from your massive HDTV to your iPhone, are increasingly filling our lives with an omnipresent glow. There’s new technology in the pipeline that’s not only helping screens get better and brighter but more energy efficient. And venture capitalists are throwing lots of money into this […] Read more »

When we interviewed Sanjiv Malhotra, CEO of fuel startup Oorja Protonics, last month, the company was still in stealth mode. Guess they decided St. Paddy’s Day should also be their coming out party — they just put out a press release declaring their public launch. Um, […] Read more »

High oil prices have driven investments into biofuels and alternatives to petroleum-based product options. Even though some of the efforts appear misguided from an environmental perspective, the influx of cash has allowed a variety of new ideas to receive funding. But dirty solutions to the price […] Read more »

Phoning into the conference call from Iqaluit, Nunavut, the northernmost Canadian territory, arctic explorer Will Steger stressed that we have the answer to global warming. “One of the most promising solutions is really in the transportation sector — and that’s the development of ethanol,” Steger said. […] Read more »

Is Nanosolar worth a whopping $2 billion? Nanosolar seems to think so, at least according to a rumor being reported by CNet. The article quotes sources saying Nanosolar is valuing itself in the $2 billion-range as they shop for more funding. We contacted the company and […] Read more »

The ides of March have brought a bounty of venture funding and conferences to the cleantech world. However, there was some news to beware of this week as the Washington Post exposed the dark side of solar. So, in case you missed the good and the […] Read more »

The world’s largest natural gas producer — and Russia’s biggest firm — is getting into the smart metering business. The UK subsidiary of natural gas giant Gazprom says it has taken an equity stake in UK smart metering company TruRead. TruRead’s technology enables the remote reading […] Read more »

Now we have a better idea of why Suntech Power, with half a billion dollars in convertible notes on its books, wanted to make it an even billion. The Chinese solar company is buying a minority stake in Nitol Solar, a Russian polysilicon producer, for “up […] Read more »

It takes a lot of cash to build a next-generation ethanol plant. Range Fuels, the startup that is racing to be the first cellulosic ethanol producer in the U.S., has just raised a massive round of $100 million in funding, according to Venture Wire and […] Read more »

The Wall Street Journal is the midst of hosting their inaugural ECO:nomics conference down in sunny Santa Barbara. And while conference goers have already heard from Walmart CEO and president Lee Scott Jr., GE CEO Jeff Immelt and Duke Energy president and CEO Jim Rogers, there’s […] Read more »

The War on Terror is dirty business, but the Army is trying to turn some of that military excess into reclaimed power by deploying two trash-chomping biorefineries to Iraq, the AP reports. Called “tactical biorefineries” — because regular biorefineries clearly aren’t tactical enough — each unit […] Read more »

Boulder Getting Smart Grid: Power company Xcel Energy says it will turn Boulder, Colorado into the first “Smart Grid City” including advanced meters, substations, in home control devices, and infrastructure to support distributed energy generation — Clean Edge. Virgin Not the Only One with Biofuel Flight […] Read more »

New England-based demand-response company EnerNOC is heading into the Wild West of Texas! It has inked a deal with the state’s Electric Reliability Council to participate in a blackout prevention program that goes beyond large industrial users. As a Texas resident, I’m all for blackout reductions […] Read more »

The folks behind last months Greener Gadgets conference have put together an edited video clip of the panel Earth2Tech organized, which included execs of several startups that are selling mobile devices powered by alternative sources of energy. The panel included kinetic power startup M2E Power, hand-held […] Read more »

While the invisible carbon emissions coming from our tailpipes are a global concern, it’s the smoggy stuff that affects our health closer to home. To combat smog, the EPA announced new regulations last night that lower the allowable levels of ground-level ozone to 75 parts per […] Read more »

Now that Shai Agassi’s electric vehicle network startup Project Better Place has started to charge ahead in its first market, Israel, the company has begun to put the pieces in place to actually build the 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations. First off, the company has named […] Read more »

Following British Columbia’s novel carbon-tax, an imperfect but positive step in regulating carbon, Canada’s national environment minister, John Baird, unveiled a far less impressive attempt to clean up the nation’s most polluting industries, namely coal-fired power plants and the growing tar sand refineries of Western Canada. […] Read more »

Wall Street was expecting a net loss from VeraSun on Wednesday, but the ethanol company surprised with a profit of 4 cents. That was good enough news to lift its shares up 4 percent to close at $6.96. But that was about as good as the […] Read more »

Siemens and eMeter Partner to Smarten the Grid: Using eMeter’s EnergyIP meter data management software, Siemens will provide a distribution and support channel. A smarter grid will need a data management standard and EnergyIP could fit the bill – The Earth Times. Petrobras Signs Up with […] Read more »

When Google launched an online carbon footprint calculator in the UK back in October, we overlooked how interesting theopen platform behind the Google product was. It’s called AMEE — which stands for the unsubtle Avoiding Mass Extinctions Engine, and its an API that aggregates the information […] Read more »

At the start of the 20th century, two German scientists revolutionized agriculture by making nitrogen cheaply available in fertilizers. Now two American companies are trying to make crops that don’t need as much nitrogen. Chemical giant DuPont and agricultural biotech company Arcadia Biosciences announced a partnership […] Read more »

If your cleantech company relies on green policies and is even remotely well-funded, chances are there’s a cleantech lobbyist on your payroll. Case in point: biofuel startup Virent Energy Systems, which as Forbes notes in a company profile has been regularly visiting the Hill to generally […] Read more »

Saving the world can be a messy business, and brewing biofuels is far from a waste-free endeavor, as Cargill learned today. A lawsuit filed Monday claims that Cargill failed to pre-treat sludge from its Iowa Falls biodiesel plant before sending it to the municipal water treatment […] Read more »

New Transmission Lines Coming for Renewables: Southern California Edison has started work on a $1.8 billion expansion of its transmission lines geared specifically to accommodate renewable energy projects – Cleantech Media. 100 Ways to Improve Your Mileage: For those of you unfamiliar with the competitive sport […] Read more »

Suntech Power is dipping its bucket into the credit markets, hoping to raise between $425 million and $500 million to buy polysilicon and fund the expansion of its capacity. This would normally be seen as a positive move, but the news led to a nearly 5 […] Read more »

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