July 29th, 2011 | by Andrew
Verizon and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory announced a first-of-kind partnership aimed at finding innovative ways to reduce energy consumption in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, which currently accounts for 3% of US electrical power consumption
July 22nd, 2011 | by Nicholas Brown
On-Ramp Wireless has invented a new way to transmit Wi-Fi signals which does not just use more power to strengthen the signal, but less
July 22nd, 2011 | by Andrew
Global sales of utility-scale electricity storage systems are forecast to grow more than 35% at an annually compounded rate as grid operators make greater use of renewable energy sources and build out interconnections and smart grid systems
July 21st, 2011 | by Breath on the Wind
GM is in the business of selling vehicles. They also usually make them. Anticipating objections was the object of GM's recent announcement of a “definitive agreement” with ABB, a back up power and energy storage company. For most an “Electric vehicle” means a battery car. Some question if electric vehicles are truly “clean.” GM wants us to imagine with confidence where batteries go when they “naturally die.”
July 17th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Other cleantech news from around from the past week or so, stuff that didn't fit into my other five categories too well -- politics, solar energy, wind energy, transportation, and energy efficiency.
June 24th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Here's an extremely lengthy end-of-week roundup of cleantech stories. To make scrolling through your interests more manageable, I'm splitting it up into a few pages based on topic.
Page 1 -->> Solar Energy
Page 2 -->> Wind Energy
Page 3 -->> Energy Efficiency & Energy Storage
Page 4 -->> Transportation
Page 5 -->> Politics
Page 6 -->> Other Clean News & Commentary
June 22nd, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
You probably remember reading something about GE's ecomagination challenge. We've written about it a few times and it's been advertised all over the internet. Well, wrapping up it's second phase, GE is hosting a live conversation with leading innovators for 8 hours tomorrow on its website
June 15th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Denmark is going to be the first test market for Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology, it was announced at Smart Grid Applied 2011 in Palo Alto, California yesterday. Electric Vehicle owners will be able sell back power from their EV batteries to the grid, with estimated compensation for EV owners of about $10,000 over the lifespan of the car
June 6th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
In what very well may be my favorite city on Earth -- bicycle heaven Groningen, in the Netherlands -- some Dutch firms have set up what they think may be the largest real-world application and study of a smart grid. In its first phase, it only includes 25 homes, but that's a start
June 2nd, 2011 | by Guest Contributor
We have been barraged lately with claims from the natural gas industry, from gas turbine manufacturers and fossil fuel apologists, that the “nice” fossil fuel is really a good complement to variable wind and solar energy.
June 1st, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Following up on a great guest post by Chris Varrone on wind intermittency and why it's not a big deal, apparently the International Energy Agency (IEA) now has a new book out, Harnessing Variable Renewables: a Guide to the Balancing Challenge, that tells us the same thing that Chris was explaining
June 1st, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
GE, which you would think sponsors us given the large number of articles we've written about it this week (it doesn't), recently announced that it is buying one of the top contenders in its Ecomagination Challenge. FMC-Tech, a company based in Ireland that provides real-time power line monitoring to help with quicker commercialization of power grid technology, is the company about to get bought out by
May 29th, 2011 | by Mridul Chadha
The two countries have announced funding for US-India Clean Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Centre aimed at R&D in building efficiency, second generation biofuels and solar energy
May 28th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Weekly roundup of other great stories we didn't cover
May 25th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
I was in Germany a little more than a week ago and can tell you from what I saw that Germany (or, at least, Northeast Germany) is a wind turbine paradise. Wind turbines are everywhere it seems (between cities that is).
Germany is the clear wind power leader in Europe with 27,214 MW of installed wind power capacity. (Spain is second with 20,676 MW installed.)
But, even in Germany, wind power could benefit from a better transmission network. Of course, German leaders recognize that and are doing something about it -- they are planning to build a wind energy superhighway
April 29th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer
Finally. We are starting to get the high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system we need to shift massive amounts of wind power from all those empty states where all the wind is, to all the full ones where all the people are. Green Car Congress reports that Siemens is starting to build the much-needed grid that it takes.
April 27th, 2011 | by Aaron Fown
Of late there has been much talk about moving towards a solar energy future. This is a positive development (albeit one that is almost too late) and has been driven, no doubt, by recent studies that have shown that solar and wind power are now amongst the cheapest forms of power generation, several critical breakthroughs in related fields, and big moves by some major players. However, it seems that a lot of money is being thrown at a particular type of solar power plant; massive centralized solar plants. It is my opinion that this is a massive mistake
April 4th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan
Last week, I posted on an excellent new book being published today, Changing Planet, Changing Health, and announced the chance to win it (check out the link above for more info on that -- 5 easy ways to enter the giveaway). Following up on that, below is part of a question and answer with the authors -- Paul Epstein, MD, and Dan Ferber
March 15th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer
As we exit the age of oil, utilities have investigated the various ways that electric vehicles might help stabilize the smart grid.
In the last several years, utilities like PG&E have researched using spent batteries from electric cars for grid storage - once they are too worn out for recharging cars any more
March 4th, 2011 | by Susan Kraemer
At the February 17th business meeting, FERC proposed that we pay more for the now more valuable fast response energy [&hellip