A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
To win the presidential race, it takes energy--USAToday.comA breakdown of the presidential candidates' positions on energy. Are cars powered by electricity and hydrogen really better for the planet than biofuels?--International Herald TribuneAs Europe looks to scale back biofuels targets, the biofuels industry fights back saying that hydrogen and electricity are flawed, too. What's needed is a holistic view of the options and a lot of data.
Video: Toyota and EDF on the plug-in Prius--SmartPlanet.comToyota says plug-in hybrid can go up to 60 mph on electric … Read more
Surpassing expectations: State of the U.S. wind power market --Renewable Energy AccessA data download from the Department of Engery on the booming wind industry. Solar panels becoming target for thieves--CBS5.comHot commodities: a school in Pleasanton, Calif., has its solar panels stolen. Hydrogen cars boosted by EU backing and home fuel station--SmartPlanet.comA U.K. company says it has come up with a more cost-effective way to make hydrogen from water using a refrigerator-size appliance. India's Tata to launch electric car in Norway in 1 year--ReutersA … Read more
Solazyme adds $45 million - Private Equity HubAlgae-grower Solazyme is taking a different path to algae production than most to make renewable diesel, specialty chemicals, and food oils. Google ups investment into wind start-up Makani - Cleantech GroupMakani Power makes kites designed to make electricity from high-altitude wind. Sunrise Solar introduces solar sunroof - press releaseFrom the company that does solar car parks is a solar sunroof for a car.
Solar plane makes record flight - BBC NewsA solar-power plane goes for three days using stored … Read more
2008 Innovator of the Year under 35: JB Straubel--Technology ReviewA profile of JB Straubel, 32-year-old chief technology officer of electric sports-car maker Tesla Motors. Southern California Edison signs contract for more than 900 megawatts of wind energy--press releaseUtility says that … Read more