GreenTech

  • Kinetic Battery Startup Ampy Raises Seed To Shrink To Fit Wearables

    Kinetic Battery Startup Ampy Raises Seed To Shrink To Fit Wearables

    Kinetic charging battery startup Ampy — which makes a wearable spare battery pack charged by human movement — has closed an $875,000 seed round led by Clean Energy Trust and NewGen Ventures. The Chicago-based startup says it will be using the new funding to work on shrinking its tech to fit wearable devices such as smartwatches and fitness trackers, with the aim of expanding beyond… Read More

  • Apple Reveals Solar Energy Programs To Clean Up Its Manufacturing Partners In China

    Apple Reveals Solar Energy Programs To Clean Up Its Manufacturing Partners In China

    Apple has plunged billions of dollars into making its global operations more efficient with renewable energy. The bulk of that push, which has won praise from Greenpeace, has come in the U.S. and Europe, but today Apple unveiled a suite of initiatives designed to make its business in China — the country where its revenue is positively booming — greener, too. Read More

  • Business Models For Sustainable Electricity Crunch Network

    Business Models For Sustainable Electricity

    As varied as the quirky spectrum of people dressed from t-shirts and shorts to suits and ties at SXSW Eco in Austin was the spectrum of sustainability topics covered — from improving fashion’s supply chain to building transportation hyperloops. For the first time ever, though, the workhorse of energy sustainability, the electric grid, was also tackled as a focal point. Read More

  • Consumer Reports Withdraws Its Tesla Model S Recommendation

    Consumer Reports Withdraws Its Tesla Model S Recommendation

    In late August, a report out of Consumer Reports said that the Tesla Model S P85D, an all-wheel-drive electric sedan that also happens to be the most expensive model of the car, performed “better in our tests than any other car ever has, earning a perfect road-test score.” We said at the time that the review was something you don’t see every day. But more shockingly… Read More

  • PubNub Expands Series C To $25M, Banks On IoT To Boost Business On Its Messaging Network

    PubNub Expands Series C To $25M, Banks On IoT To Boost Business On Its Messaging Network

    PubNub, the startup that has built a data network that carries messaging for apps, IoT hardware and other low-latency services, is today announcing that it has extended and closed its Series C round. The San Francisco-based company has raised $25 million, funding that it will use to sharpen its focus on Internet of Things applications and hardware as well as clean energy and social… Read More

  • SolarCity Creates A 22% Module-Level Efficient Solar Panel

    SolarCity Creates A 22% Module-Level Efficient Solar Panel

    Solar panels promise a lot – a cleaner, cheaper, renewable energy source, harnessed from the abundant rays of the sun. But the technology created to pull in that sun power can only go so far per square foot, depending on the panel. SolarCity, the sun-powered startup founded by Elon Musk’s cousins Lyndon and Peter Rive, announced today that it has created the world’s most… Read More

  • Green Bits Launches Point Of Sale Service For Cannabis Shops

    Green Bits Launches Point Of Sale Service For Cannabis Shops

    Originally, I was trying to come up with a really whip-smart headline for this…like: “Weed Is The Gateway Drug For Gateway Point Of Sale Services,” but there was no need. The news is simple: A super-smart group of folks that sold a company (Outright.com) to GoDaddy has launched its point of sale service specifically aimed at shops selling cannabis. They’re called… Read More

  • FLUID Is A Smart Water Meter For Your Home

    FLUID Is A Smart Water Meter For Your Home

    Did you take a shower this morning? That’s 30 gallons of water down the drain. Flush the toilet a couple of times? That’s another four or five gallons. Run the dishwasher, too? Add another six gallons, at least. The average American consumes 80 to 100 gallons of water each day — the equivalent of around 700 half-liter water bottles. And that number doesn’t include… Read More

  • Eatsa, A Futuristic Restaurant Where Robot Cubbies Serve Quinoa

    Eatsa has no lines because it has no cashiers. You order on an iPad, your name comes up on a transparent LCD screen box, and you pull out a bowl of quinoa. Opening today in San Francisco at 121 Spear St, Eatsa is a new restaurant designed around technology. Eatsa only serves quinoa, a couscous-like grain that’s high in protein and absorbs flavor well, but is cheaper and more… Read More