Cracking the case of recycled gadgets--Science DailyRather than manually disassemble electronics for recycling, a special material would allow them to disassemble by themselves under high heat. New Deal approach needed for climate change: U.N.--ReutersThe opposite view to stalling energy initiatives because of … Read more
National Grid: Dream or Reality? Greentech MediaA common topic at this week's solar power conference: the thorny problem of how to upgrade the U.S.' electricity distribution grid and whether the federal government should take a stronger role. SunPower net income almost triples as sales advance - San Jose Mercury NewsSign of strong demand from a company that does both residential and large-scale solar installs. Masdar to invest in London Array offshore wind farm as first step of a global renewable energy partnership with E.ON - Press release… Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
U.N.: Financial chills are ill wind for climate--Associated PressThe Kyoto Protocol is structured around investing in projects that clean up pollution, often in developing countries. Without active financing, that could slow dramatically, says a U.N. negotiator. What to expect from cleantech in the downturn--VentureBeatFurther parsing the economic downturn from a start-up/VC perspective. Biofuels are here to stay: What to do about food supply?--Gas 2.0The beginning of a difficult but important discussion on how to make more food for a growing population and to continue … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Konarka opens world's largest roll-to-roll thin-film solar manufacturing facility with 1 gigawatt nameplate capacity - Press releaseAfter many years of development, Konarka boosts production of plastic solar cells it wants to embed in everything from cell phone chargers to more solid clothing. Blowing offshore power into Oregon - Greentech MediaSeems like a wind company to watch. Principle Power makes, among other things, off-shore wind turbines using three-legged supports. Mascoma announces $49.5 million in DOE and state of Michigan funding for cellulosic fuel facility - Press releaseHere's … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Capitalism to the Rescue--NYTimes.comThe NYT Magazine follows the brainiacs of storied VC firm Kleiner Perkins for a few months and concludes...green tech is real but the financial pay-off has yet to roll in. Six products, six carbon footprints--WSJ.comPart of an environmental package, the WSJ digs into the tricky business of determining product carbon footprints, with shipping and supply chain playing a surprisingly small role.
Credit crunch creates Catch-22 on energy--Newsday.comEven with boosted incentives, solar energy could be a tough purchase for home-owners without access to … Read more
Small actions add up to big impact on climate change - Wall Street JournalAmerican consumers contribute 65 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to McKinsey & Co. The report suggests that individuals making small changes in driving habits and energy use could slow climate change. Imitating electric eels to power medical implants - ZDNetResearchers say artificial energy-producing cells could mimic those of electric eels, and would be ideal for firing up tiny medical devices. It's an example of biomimicry, which patterns technologies after structures found in nature. … Read more
Carbon is building up in atmosphere faster than predicted - Washingtonpost.comData shows that emissions growth is at the high end of IPCC scenarios. Cleantech urged to embrace "policy wonks" - Business GreenUnlike IT, clean tech industry growth will largely be shaped by policy. Vinod Khosla: Venture capital will survive Wall Street woes - Beet.TVBefore his Technology Review EmTech speech, Khosla says the financial crisis may cause a pause in investment but over the long term, he is optimistic. At Clinton powwow, McCain, Obama echo each other on energy - Environmental Capital - WSJ.com… Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.RWE NPower tests carbon capture in the U.K.--SmartPlanet.comCarbon storage next to coal plant plan moving ahead in the U.K. A report suggests this could be done at large scale by 2030. Hydrogen as automotive fuel--NYTimes.comAnother reality check on hydrogen transportation. Worth noting that during a panel at EmTech on green transportation Wednesday, the word "hydrogen" was never said. First U.S. carbon auction results to come out Monday--ReutersThe U.S dips its toes into carbon emissions trading with the Northeast RGGI regime. … Read more
Here's a sampling of green-tech news, with quick commentary.
With all eyes on Volt's debut, GM turns 100 - Detroit Free PressOn the business importance of the plug-in hybrid Volt to General Motors. Financial slump to hit late-stage clean-tech firms - BusinessGreenThe so-called Valley of Death--the stage in which start-ups try to scale to commercial production--may get longer for clean-tech companies. Clean-tech insiders weigh Wall Street turmoil - Cleantech GroupAt an industry conference, investors say Wall Street's woes could impact clean-tech firms, despite positive long-term trends. Obama and McCain: No climate doubt - The New York Times… Read more