Miles Electric Vehicle is a fairly well-known maker of low-speed electric vehicles, which are only good for short distances in small towns or inner city environments. However, the company plans on releasing a model that can reach highway speeds in late 2009.
If you were following the breathless headlines a few days ago, you now know that new biofuel production (i.e. more farms) from some feedstocks, including corn, likely causes more global warming than if we continued to use fossil fuels.
Pythagoras Solar is an Israel-based maker of solar photovoltaics that was started within Precede Technologies, an incubator that also has offices in Silicon Valley.
Tesla Motors is planning to raise $250 million between a public offering and debt raise, according to a Financial Times interview with the company’s chairman, Elon Musk.
If solar power is expensive in part because the materials come dearly, then use cheaper materials. That’s the design principle behind thin film solar cells, and now also behind a form of concentrated solar using plastic balloons, designed by a firm called Cool Earth Solar.
Fluorescent lighting is more energy efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs, but there’s one area in which they can’t compare. Unlike a standard light bulb, a fluorescent light can’t easily be dimmed by simply reducing the power to it.
Although it’s over two decades old, Infinia is a relative newcomer to the solar market, having only been working on its solar thermal generator for a few years.
Regulators in the Bay Area are considering taxing carbon, methane and other greenhouse gas emissions by businesses at the rate of 4.2 cents per metric ton of CO2 emitted, and could pass the rule before the middle of the year, in effect creating a new tax for doing business in the area.
Coskata, a next-generation ethanol startup, has come back up in the news again with an announcement that it’s partnering with ICM to design and build a commercial-scale ethanol plant.
A stealthy Georgia-based startup with plans to manufacture silicon-based solar cells unveiled itself this morning, announcing a hefty $50 million financing that will help it start production.
When people replace their home electronics, the old equipment is often still working, but difficult to sell. Second Rotation is attempting to create a marketplace for used electronics that will slow the pace of new additions to the landfill.
Luxim, a Sunnyvale, Calif. company that boats it produces one of the most efficient light sources on the globe — 144 lumens per watt — or almost twice as efficient as other sources, has raised $21 million more in financing, we’ve learned.
Another company has emerged claiming it has a better way to tracking and manage the power that solar cells produce, just a few days after we reported the investment received by competing measurement company Fat Spaniel.
This story has climbed beyond the realms of venture capital, but is a good example of a solar thermal company gaining significant traction: Solel, a manufacturer and installer of solar thermal energy generators, has taken in $105 million from London-based investment firm Ecofin.
In less than a year, cellulosic ethanol startup ZeaChem has raced through preliminary pilot testing in a tiny Silicon Valley pilot plant, and now plans to build a larger facility in Oregon.
A Union City, Calif. company that makes high-efficiency power-management systems for the marine and trucking market has raised $18 million in a round that could reach almost $30 million, VentureBeat has learned.
Most wind turbine manufacturers stick with giant, commercial-scale turbines, but Marquiss Wind Power is trying to popularize a roof-top turbine suitable for use by ordinary businesses.
Investments in clean-burning combustion engines are picking up, as VCs bet that batteries and exotic fuels like hydrogen won’t be the end of the story for powering automobiles.
CellEra is an Israeli stealth-mode startup that is planning to bring affordable fuel cells to market, although it has given little detail on the specifics of its technology.
Along with alternative energy generation comes a host of attendant technologies, from storage and transmission, to grid management, and measurement and analysis. Fat Spaniel is in that final category, with a set of tools used to measure power output of installations like solar cells.
Continuing the trend of major oil companies taking interest in producing biofuels from algae that Royal Dutch Shell started last December, Chevron has opened a deal with Solazyme, a San Francisco biotech startup.
Another example of a niche startup opportunity in the generally mature wind power industry, Knight & Carver performs inspections, maintenance and repairs on wind turbine blades.
Large auto makers Nissan Motor Co. and Renault SA have entered a partnership to develop an all-electric car to be distributed first in Israel, then in other countries, working in collaboration with Shai Agassi’s Palo Alto-based startup Project Better Place.
Well-known Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla has never been shy expressing his opinion. Khosla once dissed plug-in hybrid vehicles — supported by environmentalists because of their partial reliance on batteries versus oil — as “nice toys …not material to climate change.”
Google’s philanthropy arm, Google.org, today provided an update on its five core initiatives.
It’s hard to tell, at first glance, whether Zerofootprint is a serious business or a feel-good environmental action group. The answer, easily discovered before long, is that it is likely both.
With a fresh $32 million funding going to nanotechnoloy firm NanoGram, mainly for development of next-generation solar cells, it’s a good time to point out some up-and-coming technologies that work on very small scales to make photovoltaic cells more efficient.
American automakers have finally learned that fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness count, turning the yearly Detroit Auto Show, which started Sunday, into a lineup of cleantech exhibitions.
Draths is an Okemos, Michigan company using technology license from Michigan State University. It is working with bioengineered microbes, though the company has been secretive as to specific applications or targets of its technology.
A new initiative spearheaded by IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes and Sony will give companies a way to “donate” patents relating to cleantech or environmental science for use by entrepreneurs, governments and researchers, starting with a seed fund of some 30 patents shared by the four companies.
Yellowstone Capital Partners, a Houston, Texas venture capital firm, is in the process of raising a new $50 million fund for early-stage cleantech investments, to be called Yellowstone Energy Ventures II.
Ze-Gen is an energy company that converts municipal waste to a synthesized gas good for electricity generation.
Following its ouster of founder Martin Eberhard and appointment of new chief executive Ze’ev Drori late last year, electric car maker Tesla Motors is going through a fresh round of layoffs, including several execs and members of its engineering team.
updatedAsk proponents of EEStor about the energy storage product the company is building, and they’ll tell you it’s superior to batteries in almost every way: Able to store far more power, infinitely rechargeable, (mostly) safe, and even cost-competitive.
It’s official: Green car madness has taken over. After seeing more electric and hybrid vehicle startups than we could keep track of, we finally decided to start keeping count.
Freight Pipeline Company, a company in Columbia, Missouri, is manufacturer of the “green bricks” that were named one of 2007′s best inventions by both Time Magazine and Popular Science, says it’s seeking $1 million in venture funding. To date the company’s been funded primary by government research grants.
Enertech Environmental is one of a new generation companies that promises to use waste matter and byproducts from municipalities to help create renewable fuel.
Deeya Energy, a developer of energy storage devices using environmentally friendly materials, has secured a second-round investment of $15 million, continuing the trend we’ve seen lately in energy storage device investments (see our coverage of A123 Systems, Lilliputian Systems, M2E Power, and Boston Power Inc here, here, here, and here).
Money has been pouring into battery and fuel cell startups of late, with companies like A123 Systems, Lilliputian Systems, and M2E Power (coverage here, here and here) raising funding ranging from single- to triple-digit millions.
Predicting a three-fold growth in the solar industry in the next four years, analyst firm BCC Research has released a report with detailed predictions for some specific sectors of the solar market.