green tech

  • 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

  • A Facebook Game With a Mission: Waste Management to Launch Oceanopolis

    Waste Management and its subsidiary Greenopolis are diving into social gaming with a new Facebook app called Oceanopolis. The game will launch in beta, with a full rollout expected in the coming weeks. In the game, players maintain their own island by recycling trash to build a sustainable community and interacting with friends. Points earned virtually turn into printable coupons that can be… Read More

  • Solazyme Provides U.S. Navy with Algal Jet Fuel

    Biofuel producer Solazyme delivered 1,500 gallons of its algae-based jet fuel to the U.S. Navy’s testing and certification program today, helping the military reach its goal of switching half of its fleet to clean fuel by 2020. The Navy will use the fuel to power jets. Solazyme produces fuel by fermenting algae to create oils and biomaterials including fuel, skin care, chemical and … Read More

  • European Ministers Push to Increase Target for EU Carbon Emissions

    Ministers from France, Germany and the UK are calling for the EU to cut its carbon emissions by 30% on 1990 levels by 2020, arguing that failure to reach the goal will have long-term economic consequences. The current target is a 20% reduction from 1990 levels. The officials say increasing the target will help create jobs in clean energy sectors and help keep the EU competitive with China… Read More

  • Direct Deposit Makes Greenbacks Even Greener

    Kermit the Frog once sang about the woes of being green, but the tune could be different for businesses. One simple way to be green is to pay employees using direct deposit. A company with 300 employees issuing paychecks every other week only via direct deposit would save 121 pounds of paper, 1,159 gallons of wastewater and 45 gallons of gas annually. Getting rid of paper paychecks would… Read More

  • Feeling Impulsive? Take Brammo's Empulse Electric Motorcycle For A Spin.

    Feeling Impulsive? Take Brammo's Empulse Electric Motorcycle For A Spin.

    Brammo‘s electric motorcyle, the Enertia, is about to get some faster, stronger siblings. The company’s new Empulse Trio line will feature bikes that can take you an average of 60, 80 or 100 miles on a full charge at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. The Enertia, in comparison, can only travel about 40 miles on a full charge. “We found there was a range anxiety issue with… Read More

  • Smart Grid Company Trilliant Scores $106M In Funding – Next Up, An IPO?

    Trilliant, a California-based provider of smart grid solutions that enhance energy efficiency, utility operations, and renewable resource integration, this morning announced that it has secured a whopping $106 million in funding from a global syndicate of industry and financial big-names. The round was led by Investor Growth Capital, VantagePoint Venture Partners, ABB and GE and will reportedly… Read More

  • Enphase Energy's Thermostat Lets You Control Your Home's Temperature From Afar

    Green data geeks now have another tool for controlling their energy consumption. Enphase Energy‘s new Environ Smart Thermostat lets you control your home’s temperature and monitor your solar installations remotely. The company is known for its microinverter system, which turns solar-generated DC power into home energy friendly AC power. A microinverter is attached to every… Read More

  • Elon Musk: "Why Owen Thomas Is Silicon Valley's Jayson Blair"

    Tesla Motors Founder and CEO Elon Musk isn’t a man that backs down when facing the press. When the New York Times wrote an error-filled article, Musk lashed out at the author, saying “What is he doing picking on an electric car company? Why would he pick on the little guy who is trying to do good when you’ve got egregious waste of money in the tens of billions occurring… Read More

  • The Return Of The Blimp . . . As A Green Cargo Carrier

    It’s not news that cargo planes aren’t the greenest way to transport heavy loads, but some companies are working on other ways to send goods through the air. Could blimps make a comeback as a greener cargo carrier? Speaking to an audience at the World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford, England, scientist David King recently predicted that helium-powered ships could… Read More

  • eMeter Smart Grid Software Company Raises $12.5 Million

    Smart Grid management software producer eMeter announced a $12.5 million Series F round of funding today. The investment comes from Sequoia Capital and Foundation Capital, who have both invested in the company previously, along with Northgate Capital. The company was founded in 1999 and has raised nearly $70 million in funding. eMeter works with more than a dozen electric, gas and water… Read More

  • Tesla Stock Idling 7 Percent Below IPO Price

    After a better-than-expected pop on the first day of its IPO, Tesla’s stock (under the ticker symbol TSLA) started to slide a few days after. ┬áIt is now hanging 7 percent below its initial pricing of $17, closing at $15.80 per share today. Only a week on the market, Tesla’s stock has fluctuated greatly, trading at a high of $30.42 and dropping to a low of $14.98. While some… Read More

  • Web Services for Mother Earth: Living PlanIT's Vision for Data-Driven Cities

    Steve Lewis wants to use data for good. His company, Living PlanIT, works with hundreds of partners to create sustainable cities and improve business and construction efficiency. Living PlanIT aims to bring high tech tools to the construction industry to help create sustainable, data-driven cities. We wrote about one such city in Portugal, where each building within the city will be able to… Read More

  • Obama Shines Light on Solar with $2B Investment

    In his weekly address on Saturday, President Obama announced the Department of Energy will loan almost $2 billion to two solar energy companies: Abengoa Solar and Abound Solar Manufacturing. The loans will go towards developing solar energy plants. With the funding, Abengoa will build a solar plant in Arizona that can power 70,000 homes. When completed in 2013, the plant will be one of… Read More

  • IBM Dives Back Into Water Cooling Supercomputers To Save Energy

    Today, IBM delivered its first Aquasar supercomputer, which is cooled by water, to a Swiss technology institute. The system needs 40% less energy to run than air-cooled machines, and the waste heat it produces can be used to warm buildings. The system works thanks to micro-channel liquid coolers that are attached directly to processors, one of the biggest culprits of computer heat generation. Read More

  • Tesla Unveils Roadster 2.5 Electric Sports Car

    Tesla unveiled its newest electric sports car today, the Roadster 2.5, just two days after its IPO. The Roadster 2.0 was released only a year ago, and existing customers will be able to buy upgrades to 2.5 features where feasible. Pricing starts at $101,500 after a federal tax credit of $7,500. The company says most of the updates are based on customer feedback. Read More

  • CleanTech Venture Investments Total $2 Billion In Q2, Exits Reach More Than $8 Billion

    Clean technology remains one of the hottest areas of venture funding. In the second quarter, cleantech venture investments worldwide totaled $2.02 billion across 140 companies, according to market research firm Cleantech Group and Deloitte. The numbers are in line with last quarter’s $2.04 billion, but 43% higher than one year ago. Exits for the quarter totaled more than $8 billion… Read More

  • Cisco and Living PlanIT Go Green With Sustainable City

    Networking equipment maker Cisco intends to build a sustainable city in Portugal. The company will work with Living PlanIT, a startup focused on developing large-scale sustainable technologies. What will this city look like? For one thing, it’ll be wired with tens of millions of sensors providing real-time data to help manage common urban issues like traffic and crime. The… Read More

  • Tesla Prices IPO At $17 Per Share

    Electric car manufacturer Tesla is pricing its IPO at $17 per share, according to a release issued this evening. We just wrote today that one day before its scheduled IPO, Tesla Motors increased the allotment of shares that will be sold to the public from 11.1 million to 13.3 million, according to an amendment to its S1 filing. Read More