Last-minute green gifts for cleantech fans

This year has seen the launch of a number of cool green gadgets and gizmos — it’s also been a big year for electric car launches. If you want to put something really green under the tree, here are some ideas that may inspire you — and that also show how green has become a big business, targeting consumers’ desire for sustainability at a range of price points.

GE's cleantech contest highlights 3 trends to watch

GE this week announced 12 winners in the first $55 million phase of its venture-funded $200 million Ecoimagination contest. The worldwide competition aims to hunt down the most promising cleantech startups, an area GE is actively investing in and chief executive Jeffrey Immelt has underscored in recent moves and speeches.

9 more startups charging the Super Grid

The super grid, the focus of this week’s GreenBeat 2010 conference, isn’t just the domain of huge companies like GE and Cisco. The opportunities to create a clean, self-healing energy network, dynamically integrate renewable energy and local power sources, and automatically lower electricity demand are so big that startups are finding numerous niches to exploit. Besides the 10 startups presenting at GreenBeat’s Innovation Competition, here are nine more worth watching.