First Solar nears U.S. DOE loan guarantees, but is it enough?

First Solar is getting closer to securing loan guarantees for three solar panel plants that would add 1,300 megawatts of power worth of clean energy to the United States — a critical step in shoring up the potentially threatened American solar panel manufacturing industry.

GE to pick up power management pro Converteam for $3.2B

General Electric will acquire Converteam, a company that specializes in technology that converts electricity to mechanical energy and vice versa, for a whopping $3.2 billion to improve its power transmission and management network.

How the Internet of things could save the environment

By 2020, there will be around 50 billion devices connected to a wireless network — and a huge chunk of those devices will be able to drastically reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact by virtue of being connected to the Internet, said telecom giant Ericsson’s chief executive Hans Vestberg.

Nuclear crisis doesn’t panic cleantech investors

An escalating crisis at nuclear power plants in Japan following a massive earthquake and tsunami has not changed the investing thesis about clean technology, according to a number of leading venture capitalists and researchers.

Giving clean energy an American makeover

In American politics, energy and the environment are rocky issues. So when President Obama called this week for the U.S. to run on 80 percent clean energy by 2035, he couched it in terms that this capitalistic, economically anxious nation know best: Money and jobs.

The road to green is paved with data

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ZenRobotics robot recyclers go for green in the CleanTech Open

For such an essential part of the green economy, recycling remains a dirty, messy business. Enter ZenRobotics, which adds artificial intelligence to industrial robots to enable them to recycle construction waste. The company recently won Finland’s CleanTech Open competition and will represent the country at this week’s Cleantech Open Global Ideas Final.

Knowledge base SmartGridView baffles GreenBeat 2010 judges, audience

SmartGridView is marketing itself as a service that brings together experts to discuss intelligent power grids, and packages that knowledge for the rest of the world to see. But the attendees at the GreenBeat 2010 conference in Palo Alto, Calif. weren’t quite sure what the company actually did.

Nexant raises $43M for cleantech consulting

Nexant, a clean-energy consulting firm, has closed a $43 million round of funding, the company announced today. The round was led by Oak Investment Partners and Intel Capital with participation from TeleSoft and Beacon. The San Francisco-based startup raised the first $32 million of the round in July.