2008 Innovator of the Year under 35: JB Straubel--Technology ReviewA profile of JB Straubel, 32-year-old chief technology officer of electric sports-car maker Tesla Motors. Southern California Edison signs contract for more than 900 megawatts of wind energy--press releaseUtility says that … Read more
Here's a sampling of green-tech news, with quick commentary:
Dutch town tests 'air-purifying' concrete - AFP"Green bricks" that convert harmful air pollutants into harmless nitrates in sunlight will be tested this year. Sounds extremely clever. Five Fuel-Saving Technologies - Car And DriverEverybody seems to want a plug-in hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell, but mass-produced models are a few years away. Check out some near-term technology options for efficiency. Abengoa Rakes in $426 million for 4 Solar Power Plants - Earth2TechSpanish renewable-energy giant will use a range of solar technologies to install 300 megawatts worth … Read more
The greenest laptop computers--MetaEfficient ReviewsIt also listed the greenest desktop PCs this week. Suniva and Solon announce supply contract worth more than $500 million--press releaseBig endorsement of solar start-up Suniva, which was spun off from Georgia Tech earlier this year.
Solar-powered case for iPhone 3G--Mobile FunLooks cool, but won't it make the device really hot? Clean tech: One sector is bucking global economic blues--WSJ.comNew numbers show big solar and second-generation biofuels still getting the most money. Dark clouds are the iffy IPO market and a potential … Read more
CleanTech Biofuels to begin producing renewable electricity--press releaseTests show that municipal solid waste has 75 percent of the energy of coal. The company intends to use both coal and garbage to make electricity. French company to buy Xantrex Technology for about $500 million--The Canadian PressXantrex makes inverters for renewable energy systems, like solar panels or wind turbines. The buyer is energy management firm Schneider. Getting a (firm) grip on renewables--Rocky Mountain InstituteRMI advocates a portfolio approach to renewables where utilities use solar and wind together, combined with storage. EU eyes 'supergrid' to harness Saharan sun--EurActiv.com… Read more
A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.Wind power could quadruple in the Northwest by 2015 - The Oregonian Advocates of wind power are startled by its projected expansion in Oregon and Washington. But hooking up wind plants to the grid remains a challenge. Critics object to plans for coal plants in Michigan - Detroit Free Press Michigan utilities claim the popularity of plasma televisions and other electronics is spurring the need for new power plants. Seed oceans with lime to absorb CO2? - PhysOrg Lime from limestone improves the capability of seawater to absorb carbon dioxide. Shell is … Read more
Intersolar2008 brought Europe's established solar industry conference to San Francisco this week. Held alongside Semicon West, organizers say it drew more than 10,000 people.
Here's a summary of news coverage of the event:Video: Saving money with solar tech - CNET News SolarCity provides sun power for San Franciscans below grid price | Green Tech - CNET News Sopogy thinks small to make megawatts of solar power | Green Tech - CNET News Recurrent Energy gets dough for solar-as-a-service | Green Tech - CNET News Photos: Solar players show off their wares Intersolar: Credit Crunch Hitting Residential Solar - Earth2Tech … Read more