Here’s the latest action we’re following today on the GreenBeat:
Nissan admits to Leaf delays – VentureBeat first reported on expected delays of the all-electric Nissan Leaf last year. Now the automaker has formally acknowledged Leaf delivery delays due to bottlenecks in the quality assurance and distribution process, the Financial Times reports. The company delivered 19 cars to customers in December and 87 last month, and expects delivery issues to ease by April for the 20,000 customers on the Leaf waiting list.
A123 nabs energy storage deal in Chile – The battery maker has won a deal worth 20 megawatts of its advanced energy storage solutions from AES Gener, one of the top electricity generators in Chile. A123′s batteries will be used to store reserve energy at one of AES Gener’s plants. The two companies also have a reserve capacity project in New York, slated for completion this year.
LS9 inks Procter & Gamble partnership — The biofuels company announced today its second partnership with consumer goods giant Procter and Gamble, which will focus on expanding on renewable chemicals made by LS9 for use in P&G products. The project expands on the renewable chemicals partnership announced between the two companies in 2009.
Wind offset Super Bowl energy use – Energy consumed at yesterday’s Super Bowl was offset by the purchase of wind credits in Texas, which is the top producer of wind energy in the country. A Texas grid official also highlighted wind power contributing to the state’s peak electricity generation in last week’s statewide rolling blackouts, which were mandated by officials to reduce strain on the grid after several power plants unexpectedly shut down in the cold weather.
Control4 raises $15 million — The home energy management module-maker has raised the cash out of a planned $25 million round. Control4 recently teamed with smart grid company Silver Spring Networks to roll out several home smart grid applications.
McPhy grabs hydrogen storage deal – The company has signed a deal to supply a solid hydrogen storage solution to Enel Group, Italy’s largest power company. The system can hold 2 kilograms of solid hydrogen, stored in the form of magnesium hydrides, and results in a reversible hydrogen storage system.