Corporate interest in managing utility costs is driving unprecedented innovation, as well as significant mergers and acquisitions.
As the global warming debate rages, Heather Clancy chronicles the smart grid, electric vehicles, alternative energy, green IT and other developments shaping the green technology movement.
Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism life as a business writer with United Press International in New York. She holds a B.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a thing for Lewis Carroll.
The Internet giant seeks to influence revisions to regulations and policies written for "last century's grid."
The latest round of funding focused on a Texas farm puts the Internet giant's investment in renewable energy projects at more than $1 billion.
In less than 24 hours this week, crowdfunding site Solar Mosaic raised more than $313,000 for four installations on affordable housing.
Pedestrians are used to listening for vehicles at intersections, which poses an interesting dilemma when it comes to quiet electric engines.
The energy storage and generation system described in the company's 2011 patent application addresses the variable nature of wind as a clean energy source.
The amount of money put into the solar sector decreased sharply, with biofuels, green chemicals and electric vehicle companies picking up the slack - for a total of $6.46 billion in 2012 green technology venture capital.
With two notable exceptions - Better Place and MiaSole - these big venture capital bets in solar power, energy efficiency, alternative fuels and other green technologies appear to be paying off.
The same approach used to optimize air flow for jet engines could be used to replace the fans traditionally used in notebooks, tablets and electronics devices.
Innovations in charging infrastructure and new battery technologies will help get the industry out of first gear over the next 12 months.
This isn't just potty talk. The experimental EcBot III uses the microbes in human waste to generate electricity, creating power from the water it cleans.
The experimental technology generates electricity from a 'vortex' fueled by the excess heat at power plants.
From renewable biofuels to wastewater treatment and green building applications, the slimy water plant is getting much more respect in cleantech.
The seven organizations recognized under the Global Impact Awards program are addressing issues ranging from water scarcity to wildlife protection.
The identity of the most power-hungry item in your home may surprise you, but it probably is in your living room.