green tech

  • Varentec Raises $8M From Bill Gates And Khosla To Reinvent Industrial And Utility Power Grid Management

    Varentec Raises $8M From Bill Gates And Khosla To Reinvent Industrial And Utility Power Grid Management

    San Jose-based Varentec, a company that builds power management and monitoring solutions for the electric grid, today announced the close of an $8 million Series B round of funding from Bill Gates and Khosla Ventures. The new funding follows its $7.7 million Series A, which was led by Khosla, and previously secured funding from the U.S. government. Varentec is about to start rollout of its… Read More

  • Google Asks Utilities To Make It Easier For Companies To Buy Renewable Energy

    Google Asks Utilities To Make It Easier For Companies To Buy Renewable Energy

    Google has long had an interest in renewable energy and has now invested more than $1 billion of its own money in alternative energy projects. However, as the company notes in a blog post and white paper today, it’s not always easy for companies that want to buy renewable energy to do so, given that most utilities don’t yet offer a renewable power option yet. In its white paper… Read More

  • Bus/Tram Combo Charges Battery As It Picks Up Passengers

    Bus/Tram Combo Charges Battery As It Picks Up Passengers

    German researchers are testing a unique form of public transportation that borrows the best from busses, electric cars, trains and trams without contributing emissions. The vehicle, named AutoTram, is fully electric, but instead of running on a single charge, it charges when it stops, gaining enough power in 30 seconds to move another mile. The project comes from the Fraunhofer Institute… Read More

  • These Car Prototypes Built By Kids Can Do Close To 2,000 Miles Per Gallon

    These Car Prototypes Built By Kids Can Do Close To 2,000 Miles Per Gallon

    What’s more impressive than a car that can do over a thousand miles per gallon? One that was designed by school kids. In the UK, students from regional schools and universities took part in the annual Mileage Marathon Challenge near Leicester, England, each team vying to set new gas mileage efficiency records in a race around a track. Cars were allowed to coast, but had to maintain a… Read More

  • One Day Will People Be Living In Shroom Houses?

    Construction material manufacturing often produces hazardous byproducts that are either toxic or difficult to recycle, as are many of the materials themselves. Brooklyn based Planetary ONE is experimenting with the idea of grow-your-own construction materials by making bricks from mushrooms. Their latest project, Mycoform, places mushroom roots known as mycelium spores into a mold and feeds… Read More

  • In The Fight Against IT Waste, 1E Releases NightWatchman 6.0

    Computer power management software company, 1E has released a new version of its marquee product, NightWatchman. Like its predecessors, version 6.0, helps corporations manage their network of computers to optimize energy efficiency. It gives IT managers the ability to remotely power down computers and establish energy-saving settings (ie. automatic shutdown of desktops during the weekend). In… Read More

  • Alternative Energy: A Guide To Greening Your Home

    Alternative energy is a growing market, and though many states offer tax credits, rebates, and other incentives to promote clean energy, it can still prove to be an expensive proposition. It generally also requires plugging your energy source into the grid so you’re not left in the dark when the wind calms or the sun lingers behind clouds. Here is a roundup of solutions that can help power… Read More

  • A123 Systems Spinoff 24M Technologies Raises $16 Million

    Energy storage system producer 24M Technologies spun out of lithium-ion battery maker A123 Systems today to become a separate venture. The company raised a $10 million Series A funding round from Charles River Ventures and North Bridge Venture Partners. Read More

  • Flying Green: The Possibilities And Challenges Of Electric Aircraft

    Airplanes release greenhouse emissions into the atmosphere and require enormous amounts of fuel to fly. A Boeing 747 can consume up to five gallons of fuel per mile. But what if planes could be powered by electricity? Though they won’t replace passenger airliners anytime soon, small, zero-emission, electric planes are flying today. Engineers have been pursing electric flight for decades. Read More

  • The Top Ten Apps To Make You More Green

    There’s an app for being green, and by an app, I mean a slew of apps. These iPhone apps range from offering general sustainability tips and games to store and product directories. A lot of green apps focus on offering general tips for everyday actions you can take to help make a difference, which really doesn’t take advantage of the iPhone’s capabilities. Below are the top… Read More

  • Portable Solar Panel Keeps USB Gadgets And Cell Phones Charged Off The Grid

    A new charger from Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies can help power your gadgets when there’s nowhere to plug into but the sun. The Sunbox USB has a panel that can be attached outside of a house or tent that connects to a box with several charging ports. Horizon claims the unit can power an LED light included with the device for as long as 11 hours, so long as the panel sees the six to… Read More

  • The Heat Is On: There Is Plenty Of Geothermal Energy Underground, We Just Need To Get To It

    Most green technologies gather energy above ground, but like Jules Verne, we want to take you on A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Alright, not even close to the center, but deep down nonetheless, where naturally occurring hot water can be turned into clean energy above ground. It is estimated that the amount of heat within 30,000 feet below the earth’s surface holds potentially… Read More

  • Entech Solar Raises $6.95 Million

    According to SEC documents, Entech Solar raised $6.95 million, primarily from Quercus Trust, which owns 54% of the company. The Fort Worth, Texas based company makes concentrating photovoltaics and tubular skylights meant to replace office and school lighting with sunlight. Read More

  • Stanford Heats Up Solar Power With New Harnessing Technology

    A Stanford University research group says it found a way to more than double current solar power production efficiency. The technology uses both light and heat from the sun and is inexpensive enough that, if it pans out, it might be able to compete with oil. Most current technology can either convert light into electricity at relatively low temperatures, or convert the sun’s heat at… Read More

  • Soladigm Smart Window Maker Emerges From Stealth, Announces Plan To Build Plant In Mississippi

    Smart window startup Soladigm announced today its plans to build a factory in Olive Branch, Mississippi. The Khosla Ventures and Sigma Partners backed company makes dynamic glass windows that can be tinted on demand to block excess light and heat. Founded in 2007, Soladigm has been operating in stealth until now. The company employs about 50 people in its Milpitas, California headquarters… Read More

  • Canada Sinks $5.5 Million Into River Turbine Technology

    Canada is testing the water for modular river turbines. The project, led by Renewable Energy Research, received $5.5 million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada and the government of Quebec. RER will install two turbines in the St. Lawrence River. Read More

  • Nissan Sprouts Leaf Rollout Plans

    Nissan‘s Leaf is almost ready to be picked. The company announced its all-electric car will be available to buy as early as December, but only for those in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. Other parts of the country will have to hold their horsepower a little bit longer. Nissan chose to release to those five states first because they’re home to the EV project… Read More

  • Porsche Revving Up All-Electric Sports Car

    The electric sports car scene is heating up with Porsche‘s confirmation of a new all-electric sports car based on its Boxster. The company is conducting daily tests of three research cars to study battery systems and electric drive components. Porsche President and CEO Michael Macht said in a statement that Porsche will “definitely be offering electric sports cars in the… Read More

  • Marriott Unveils Green Hotel Prototype

    Marriott International today unveiled a prototype that will help it build more green, LEED-certified hotels. The prototype is the first of its kind for the U.S. hotel industry, the company says. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a voluntary rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED-certified buildings are designed to meet environmental… Read More

  • Caltech Awarded $122 Million to Create Fuel From Sunlight

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it will award up to $122 million to create a Fuels form Sunlight Energy Innovation Hub led by the California Institute of Technology. The Hub’s goal is to develop ways to convert solar energy into chemical fuels and scale the technology for commercial use. The project is in part inspired by the way plants produce energy, and will use… Read More

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