Clean Tech

Four of the most left-field Earth-hacks that could combat climate change


A recent UN report on climate change reminded the world of the reality it is facing. Despite an overwhelming scientific consensus that humanity is to blame for rising temperatures and extreme weather, fossil fuels are still being burned at a frantic pace. In fact, Earth's top ten consumers of oil burn over 60 billion barrels a day - that's enough … [Read more...]

Terra Motors Gives EV Street Cred in Asia


With their new smart-enabled scooters and sleek vehicle designs, Japanese company Terra Motors delivers Jetson’s-level transit tech that’s as elegant as it is efficient. And as high fuel costs and environmental concerns plague Asia’s drivers, Terra’s making clean energy the smart choice––and the cool one. “We need...beautiful design to change … [Read more...]

Ductor to Revolutionize Fertilizer, Crude Oil with Bio-based Approach to Ammonia


By MATT GALLAGHER, Red Herring Harnessing the power of ammonia, Ductor hopes to revolutionize both garden farming and gas tanks by the end of this summer. The company is developing what it claims to be the world’s first industrial scale ammonia and phosphate production technology based on a 100 percent biological process that actually reduces … [Read more...]

Google Invests $200M in 161 MW Wind Project in Texas


Google closed a $200 million investment in the Spinning Spur Wind Project, a 161 megawatt West Texas wind farm that will generate enough electricity to power 60,000 homes. Each of the farm's 70 Siemens wind turbines carries a 2.3 megawatt capacity. The project will bring the bulk of Google's renewable energy assets to an impressive 2 gigawatts, … [Read more...]

China’s Hanergy Finalizes Purchase of MiaSole


Hanergy Holding Group, China's largest clean energy company, finalized its purchase of MiaSole, the world's largest thin film-PV company, in an agreement that gives it a 100 percent stake, the AP reported. The group's financial backing will help MiaSole invest in research and development as it rides out a downturn in the global solar market that … [Read more...]

LightSail Lands $37.3M from Bill Gates, Peter Thiel for Clean Energy Storage


by Matt Gallagher, Red Herring journalist LightSail, an innovative Berkeley company that uses air compression, water droplets and some creative thermodynamics to store clean energy for the long term, has raised $37.3 million from none other than Bill Gates and Peter Thiel. One of the biggest drawbacks of clean energy is that it comes and goes … [Read more...]

Ecospan Closes the Plastic Loop in Eco-Friendly Approach that’s Also Green in Dollars


by MATT GALLAGHER, Red Herring In the world of bio-based plastic, Ecospan not only closes the loop, producing a solid, industry-suited plastic from 100 percent natural materials, but it does so at a cost efficiency that more than pays for itself in the end. Using bio-based, petroleum-free materials, the company produces a material strong … [Read more...]

Dept. of Energy Sinks $2 Million into Solar Mosaic’s Crowdfunding for Solar


As part of the SunShot Initiative, the US Department of Energy has awarded a $2 million grant to Solar Mosaic, a crowdfunding platform for solar projects. The company aims to make solar more cost competitive and mainstream through an online crowdsourcing platform that enables the average citizen to create and fund solar projects. About 25 … [Read more...]

New Silicon Carbon Battery Doubles Battery Life, Opens Road to Long Distance Electric Cars

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A company founded in a Palo Alto public library has created a new silicon carbon battery that carries roughly twice as much energy per gram as current batteries, opening up the road to long distance electric cars to drive up to 300 miles on a single charge. Envia System creates lithium-ion battery packs that produce 400-watt-hours per kilogram, … [Read more...]

LanzaTech Lands $55.8 M Series C to Make Ethanol from Smoke Stack Emissions

LanzaTech Lands 55.8M

Imagine fuel converted from the emissions of a smoke stack, thanks to a bacteria originally discovered in the intestinal tracks of rabbits. Thanks to a recently landed $55.8 million in Series C funding, LanzaTech may soon be delivering that fuel to a gas station near you. The round was led by the Malaysian Life Sciences Capital Fund. New … [Read more...]