• GE And Quirky Team Up To Develop The Milk Jug Of The Future

    GE And Quirky Team Up To Develop The Milk Jug Of The Future

    For just about a week now, GE and product development network Quirky have been running an interesting contest — they’ve challenged people to come up with ways to improve everyday objects by making them “smarter with software”. Unlike the traditional Quirky production and development process though, the winning concept will be fashioned into an actual working device by… Read More

  • Coda Automotive Taps GE To Sell Chargers Alongside The Coda Sedan

    Coda Automotive Taps GE To Sell Chargers Alongside The Coda Sedan

    Well, it looks like Coda Automotive — makers of the zero emissions all-electric Coda Sedan — and General Electric (a name that requires no introduction) have teamed up to sell the Coda Sedan and the GE WattStation Wall Mount EV Charger in the same retail outlets. Many of us are already feeling that a shift toward electric vehicles is the responsible decision, but a change that… Read More

  • GE Opens New Software Center In The Bay Area

    GE Opens New Software Center In The Bay Area

    GE is announcing the establishment of a new Global Software Center to be headquartered San Francisco. The new center will employ approximately 400 software developers. The company’s current software portfolio includes technologies that help businesses improve productivity and increase cost savings, specifically in terms of operating power plants, jet engines, electric vehicle… Read More

  • GE To Build Largest U.S. Solar Factory In Colorado

    GE To Build Largest U.S. Solar Factory In Colorado

    GE has announced plans to spend $600 million on a new solar factory located in the Denver suburb of Aurora, Colorado. The factory, which begins operations in 2012, will be capable of producing enough solar panels per year to generate 400 megawatts of power, or enough energy to power 80,000 homes. When completed, the factory will be bigger than 11 football fields – soon to be the… Read More

  • GE Invests Up to $40 Million in eSolar

    GE Invests Up to $40 Million in eSolar

    General Electric Co. (GE) bought a minority stake in the California-based solar company eSolar this week. As a result of the deal, Paul Browning, President and CEO of Thermal Products for GE Energy, will join eSolar’s Board of Directors. ESolar already had a licensing agreement with GE Energy, which granted it exclusive worldwide rights to eSolar’s modular technology for its… Read More

  • A Wind Farm In Oregon Draws $100 Million Investment From Google's Treasury

    Google Inc.’s putting another $100 million into large-scale, renewable energy projects. The company’s director of green business operations, Rick Needham, revealed Monday in a post to the corporate blog: [Google] invested approximately $100 million in the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm…currently under construction near windy Arlington, Ore. When completed in 2012 [the plant]… Read More

  • Ioxus Raises $21 Million For Improved Power Storage Technology

    A New York-based clean tech startup, Ioxus, raised a $21 million investment from Energy Technology Ventures (a GE-NRG Energy-ConocoPhillips joint fund), Northwater Capital, Aster Capital and their previous backers Braemar Energy Ventures, the companies announced today. Ioxus makes lithium-ion hybrid capacitors, and ultracapacitors, which are (often alongside other battery technology) used… Read More

  • Coulomb Tweaks Electric Vehicle Chargers For Europe, Ready For Nissan LEAF

    Coulomb Technologies — a Campbell, Calif. company that makes electric vehicle charging stations, related apps and network technology — today revealed new features and certifications that should help the company grow its business in European markets, and prepare for the Nissan LEAF to hit the streets. One new feature of the company’s ChargePoint network allows… Read More

  • GE Buys Electrical Engineering Company Converteam For Up To $3.7 Billion

    GE Energy this morning announced that it has acquired a stake of approximately 90 percent of Converteam, a France-based provider of electrification and automation equipment and systems, for approximately $3.2 billion. Converteam’s senior management will retain the remaining stake in the company, but GE has agreed to purchase their shares over the next two to five years for a price that… Read More

  • GE Discovers New Breakthrough Material For Thermal Management In Electronics

    As electronics become more advanced, we approach a point where normal materials like copper simply cannot take the heat. For computing to get any faster, better cooling solutions will be needed — we’ve known this for a while. GE recently announced that their scientists at the GE Global Research Center have discovered a new thermal material that is a major science breakthrough. Read More

  • Good Thing For Green Tech? GE Chief, Jeff Immelt, To Chair Obama's Council On Jobs

    On Friday, President Obama appointed General Electric’s chief executive, Jeff Immelt — an advocate for carbon cap-and-trade — chairman of his panel of outside economic advisors, the newly branded Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. GE is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of clean energy and related technologies. The company makes everything from large wind… Read More

  • GE To Buy Lineage Power, Makers Of Green Data Center Equipment, For $520 Million

    Consumer and business uptake of cloud computing, mobile internet voice, video and real-time data are increasing energy demand dramatically among data centers, telecom and IT service providers. Anticipating the trend will continue for quite some time, General Electric (GE) today announced its plan to acquire Lineage Power Holdings from Los Angeles private equity firm, Gores Group, for $520… Read More

  • GE Invests In Makers Of Solar-Powered Air Conditioners, And Eleven Others

    At a conference held by General Electric (GE) this morning in New York, chief executive Jeff Immelt revealed his company’s plans to invest $45 million in twelve digital energy, or smart-grid related companies— the first of several investments planned through the company’s Ecomagination business competition. The newly funded entities include: ClimateWell, Consert, FMC-Tech, Ltd. Read More

  • GE To Buy 25,000 Electric Vehicles Including 12,000 Of The Chevy Volt

    Today, General Electric (GE) offered details about its committment to encourage the widespread adoption of all-electric vehicles. The company plans to walk the walk with a purchase of 25,000 electric vehicles by 2015, including an order for 12,000 Chevy Volt vehicles in 2011 from General Motors (GM), a GE business partner. Within the next three years, GE expects to generate up to $500 million… Read More

  • GE's New Halogen-CFL Hybrid Bulb Eliminates Light Switch Lag

    One of the most annoying things about fluorescent bulbs (including their new and improved little brothers, the CFLs) is the way they take a little time to get to full brightness. It differs from bulb to bulb, but you always end up cursing it inwardly, as it always keeps you in suspense of when that slight flicker will end. Well, GE has solved that problem, at least kind of, by putting a… Read More

  • Follow The Solar Panel Road: Solar Roadways Wins First GE Ecomagination Challenge Award

    It looks like the future may be paved with solar panels after all. In early August, we told you about an out-of-the-box green tech company, named Solar Roadways, that had the audacious plan to replace America’s asphalt roads with textured, glass solar panels that could collect energy, distribute it and simultaneously serve up LED-powered signs (see video below). Sounds like a pipe… Read More

  • GE Acquires Smart Grid, Specialty Software Designers, Opal Software

    General Electric (GE) — one of the world’s largest, corporate cleantech investors and acquirers of cleantech companies — today announced its acquisition of Opal Software, which designs software and provides engineering services that help electricity, gas and water utilities run their operations and networks faster, and more productively. Opal’s specialty is in data… Read More

  • GE' Beth Comstock and Intuit's Scott Cook on Cultures of Innovation

    Intuit, GE Executives Trade Notes On Innovation And Acquisitions

    Speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today, Scott Cook, the founder and chairman of Intuit, and Beth Comstock, the chief of marketing and vice president of General Electric (GE) traded notes on innovation, investing and acquisitions. Intuit’s best-known products include Turbo Tax, Quickbooks and Quicken, software that helps consumers, the owners of small and medium sized… Read More

  • Khosla Completes The VC Triumvirate At Disrupt

    In venture capital, there are three people who rule Silicon Valley: John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins, Michael Moritz of Sequoia Capital, and Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures. All three will be speaking at Disrupt. (There are still a few tickets left). We’ve already mentioned Doerr and Moritz, and now we are pleased to announce that Khosla will be completing the triumvirate. Khosla, of… Read More

  • Intuit's Scott Cook And GE's Beth Comstock To Explore Cultures Of Innovation At Disrupt SF

    Intuit's Scott Cook And GE's Beth Comstock To Explore Cultures Of Innovation At Disrupt SF

    Disruption happens. If you are a startup, you try to be the disruptor. But what if you are an established company with billions of dollars in revenue? Then you try to create a culture of innovation that rides the wave of change before it leaves your company behind. The trick is to know when to catch that wave. Next week at TechCrunch Disrupt, Intuit founder Scott Cook and GE’s… Read More