Combined heat and power, and waste-to-heat systems are among the technologies attracting more venture capital activity, according to a new report on green buildings VC from Lux Research.
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.
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The $3.8 million contract with FuelCell Energy highlights the technology's allure as an energy storage option, but market growth remains uncertain.
The software giant discloses some internal best practices for developing 'environmentally sustainable' infrastructure -- as it pushes more of its applications toward cloud delivery.
Troubled A123 Systems could receive up to $450 million from China's largest automotive components supplier, while Boston-Power will supply technology for the country's domestic EV market.
Researchers from GE, Ford Motor and the University of Michigan are collecting data to help optimize performance and minimize range anxiety.
A Tunisian company called Saphon Energy says it has designed a turbine using Zero-Blade Technology inspired by a sailboat that is more efficient and safer for wildlife.
Boasting a total rotor diameter of about 505 feet, 300 of the new Siemens turbines are intended for massive wind farms off the British coast.
Both rating efforts evaluate devices for factors such as the materials used, energy efficience and end-of-life disposal policies.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is funding a $5.9 million energy storage demonstration project to study how batteries could help during peak demand.
Picarro, among the companies measuring the greenhouse gas emissions impact of the London Olympics, just closed its Series D round.
If we hope to see $11 per bulb prices by the end of the decade, Lux Research says innovation must center on thermal management, dimming and secondary optics.
What will it take to spur mainstream adoption of electric vehicles? New McKinsey & Co. research suggests costs could drop up to 70 percent by 2020, which would make EVs truly competitive to gas-powered options.
The University of California is testing analytics technology that would use metrics such as real-time traffic information and vehicle weight to extend traveling ranges by up to 10 percent.
The cloud-based solution called Iris enables homeowners to control thermostats and security, and will be available in 500 stores by the end of August.
The 2013 Honda Fit EV is available for lease only in California and Oregon; markets on the East Coast will get the car early next year.