Solar Power Company Ausra Launches First Solar Thermal Plant in California in Nearly 20 Years - Press releaseCertainly a milestone for Ausra and the solar thermal industry, with many more projects planned. Energy versus Water: Solving Both Crises Together - Scientific AmericanA theme we're certain to hear more about: the close linkage between water and energy. Algae Biofuels Challenge - Carbon TrustOne way to fire up scientists and entrepreneurs: a multimillion-dollar competition - via Biofuels Digest Investors Talk Biofuels Winners, Latecomers to the Party, and $100 Billion Dollar Companies at Algae Biomass Summit - Xconomy… Read more
Cracking the case of recycled gadgets--Science DailyRather than manually disassemble electronics for recycling, a special material would allow them to disassemble by themselves under high heat. New Deal approach needed for climate change: U.N.--ReutersThe opposite view to stalling energy initiatives because of … Read more
National Grid: Dream or Reality? Greentech MediaA common topic at this week's solar power conference: the thorny problem of how to upgrade the U.S.' electricity distribution grid and whether the federal government should take a stronger role. SunPower net income almost triples as sales advance - San Jose Mercury NewsSign of strong demand from a company that does both residential and large-scale solar installs. Masdar to invest in London Array offshore wind farm as first step of a global renewable energy partnership with E.ON - Press release… Read more
Following the success of our big summertime roundup of back-to-school laptops, we're busy testing almost two dozen new holiday models in the CNET Labs.
Same as before, we've scoured the retail shelves of big box electronics stores to find the specific configurations and model numbers you're most likely to find in stores and in Sunday newspaper sales circulars.
In plain English, that means, these are the exact same models and configurations you'll find boxed up and ready to go in traditional brick-and-mortar stores, as well as the systems most likely to end up deeply discounted during … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
U.N.: Financial chills are ill wind for climate--Associated PressThe Kyoto Protocol is structured around investing in projects that clean up pollution, often in developing countries. Without active financing, that could slow dramatically, says a U.N. negotiator. What to expect from cleantech in the downturn--VentureBeatFurther parsing the economic downturn from a start-up/VC perspective. Biofuels are here to stay: What to do about food supply?--Gas 2.0The beginning of a difficult but important discussion on how to make more food for a growing population and to continue … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Konarka opens world's largest roll-to-roll thin-film solar manufacturing facility with 1 gigawatt nameplate capacity - Press releaseAfter many years of development, Konarka boosts production of plastic solar cells it wants to embed in everything from cell phone chargers to more solid clothing. Blowing offshore power into Oregon - Greentech MediaSeems like a wind company to watch. Principle Power makes, among other things, off-shore wind turbines using three-legged supports. Mascoma announces $49.5 million in DOE and state of Michigan funding for cellulosic fuel facility - Press releaseHere's … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Capitalism to the Rescue--NYTimes.comThe NYT Magazine follows the brainiacs of storied VC firm Kleiner Perkins for a few months and concludes...green tech is real but the financial pay-off has yet to roll in. Six products, six carbon footprints--WSJ.comPart of an environmental package, the WSJ digs into the tricky business of determining product carbon footprints, with shipping and supply chain playing a surprisingly small role.
Credit crunch creates Catch-22 on energy--Newsday.comEven with boosted incentives, solar energy could be a tough purchase for home-owners without access to … Read more
Small actions add up to big impact on climate change - Wall Street JournalAmerican consumers contribute 65 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to McKinsey & Co. The report suggests that individuals making small changes in driving habits and energy use could slow climate change. Imitating electric eels to power medical implants - ZDNetResearchers say artificial energy-producing cells could mimic those of electric eels, and would be ideal for firing up tiny medical devices. It's an example of biomimicry, which patterns technologies after structures found in nature. … Read more
Solar-painted steel could electrify buildings - Renewable Energy WorldA Welsh lab is developing photovoltaic coatings for steel, which could lead to buildings with energy-generating walls. Compact fluorescent bulbs may pollute more than incandescents - Environmental Science & TechnologyCalifornians and others in regions where utilities offer a mix of renewable energy might do better by the environment to keep their incandescent lightbulbs rather than switch to mercury-laced CFLs, suggest Yale researchers. Tiny sensors tap tree power to prevent fires - MSNBCMIT researchers harnessed the electrical currents within trees to … Read more