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March 20, 2012

ROI on Renewable Energy Projects Improving




As pricing for renewable energy infrastructure decreases, the return on investment for projects is increasing, driving a shift in investments.  Market competition is lowering the installed cost of solar energy systems while improving the viability of proposed projects.  …

…   “Clean Edge, which tracks developments in the clean-energy markets, estimates that the cost to install photovoltaic solar systems will drop by almost two-thirds with the next decade.”   …

Via Forbes: Renewable Energy Projects.

March 05, 2012

Build the solar portfolio




GE scales its portfolio of solar project investments, doubling its financial commitment from the start of 2011 as costs have become more compelling.  …GE solar investing doubles in one year

…   “Solar farms have become an attractive investment because innovation and technology efficiency have lowered costs and allowed operators build large-scale projects.”   …

Via GE: Solar Bulls.

September 13, 2011

Lehigh Technologies rubber powder keeps scrap tires out of landfills




Georgia-based Lehigh Technologies is building its business, as more customers use the company to supply rubber powder in their tire formulations.  The company is a recipient of a National Science Founding research grant and has been recognized by the Worldpolydyne_logo_200[1] Economic Forum as a 2010 Technology Pioneer.  Former Rohm and Haas Company leader, Alan Barton, is its current CEO and has ignited Lehigh Tech’s growth phase.  Currently, there are over 100 million tires containing Lehigh’s micronized rubber powder.  The company recently inked a partnership with Dow Chemical to collaborate on the chemistry.  …

…   “The company is out to show its green credentials with that effort, because that rubber powder is derived from scrap tires, which keeps used tires out of landfills and replaces non-renewable materials.”   …

Via Tire Business: Lehigh Technologies.

Lehigh Technologies manufactures engineered ultra-fine rubber powder that delivers enhanced performance, as well as cost savings and environmental benefits, at a price point that is affordable and sustainable for a wide range of applications. Unlike traditional rubber recyclers whose coarse products are only used in low-value applications,

Lehigh produces engineered performance materials that can be used as substitutes or additives in the manufacture of various high-value products. Based in Tucker, Georgia, Lehigh is a privately held venture-backed company whose investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Index Ventures, NGP Energy Technology Partners and Florida Gulfshore Capital.

June 14, 2011

Google Solar City investment focuses on homeowners




Google will help homeowner finance solar power installations through its Solar City investment.  Solar City covers the installation and maintenance costs while the homeowner pays a monthly lease cost.  …

…   “we’re announcing that we’ve investing $280 million to create a fund that will help SolarCity finance more solar installations across the country.

This is our largest clean energy project investment to date and brings our total invested in the clean energy sector to more than $680 million.”   …

Via Google: Homeowners and the sun.

 

Solar City.

April 11, 2011

Google in Bechtel out as Brightsource solar project investor




Brightsource’s concentrated solar project gets financial boost from Google and theBrightsource Energy solar technology Department of Energy.  The company has a number of solar projects underway in California.  Brightsource technology consists of dual-mirror heliostats that follow the sun to increase energy production.  …

…   “Google stepped in as a new equity investor in the project, agreeing to provide $ 168 million.

And the project's construction contractor, Bechtel Corp., which was the first to commit equity in 2009, decided in the end to drop out as an equity investor.”   …

Via Nasdaq: Brightsource Project.

Brightsource CSP projects.

The three-plant Ivanpah Solar Complex will generate approximately 392 gross megawatts of electricity using the company's innovative, proprietary concentrating solar power CSP technology.

DOE Loan Guarantee for Brightsource in California.

December 14, 2010

Green technology investment in




game-changing science is recommended to create portfolio of alternative energy projects across the pipeline of commercialization.  …

…   “have the government replace or imitate the venture capital and private equity investors before they lost interest and put more money into research and development of early-stage technologies.”   …

Via New York Times: Alternative Energy.

October 24, 2010

Efficient Solar Photovoltaic Wafer Production




Lower cost solar energy moves closer to reality as 1366 Tech raises cash for commercializing its production process.  …

…   “1366’s Direct Wafer technology forms a 156mm multi-crystalline wafer directly from molten silicon in a semi-continuous, capital- and silicon-efficient process.

This is in stark contrast to standard multi-crystalline wafer manufacturing which involves a multi-step, batch process of ingot casting, blocking, squaring, and sawing that wastes up to 50% of the high-value silicon. 

By using standard silicon feedstocks and producing compatible wafers, Direct Wafer integrates into the existing silicon photovoltaic supply chain, providing cost savings to cell customers without added complexity.”   …

Via 1366 Technologies: Growth Financing.

July 03, 2010

$2B Solar Power Investment announced by President Obama




President Obama discusses significant solar investment during his weekly radio address.  Abengoa and Abound will benefit from this renewable energy funding.  …

…   “Abengoa Solar, which will build one of the world's largest solar plants in Arizona, creating 1,600 construction jobs; and Abound Solar Manufacturing, which is building plants in Colorado and Indiana.”   …

Via New York Times: $2Billion for Solar Plants.



May 26, 2010

Solyndra solar factory toured by President Obama




President Obama gets to see solar technology up close and personal at the Solyndra factory in California.  Solyndra builds cylindrical solar panels that convert more of the sun rays into power.  The company benefited from investments through the Recovery Act.  …

…   “… construction of the new facility has created over 3,000 construction-related jobs and the new factory could create up to 1,000 long-term new jobs.  The Solyndra project is just one of the many ways the Administration is supporting clean energy manufacturing in America.  Today Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman participated in a ground breaking ceremony for Nissan North America’s new advanced batter manufacturing facility in Smyrna, Tennessee. ”   …

Via The Whitehouse: Make Things.

   

Solar factory tour by Obama

Supply chain impact of the solar factory investment …

May 19, 2010

Production facilities integrate smart grid capabilities




Mitsubishi seeks to integrate solar, wind, and other renewable power sources into its production facilities through smart grid technology that will manage the reliability and stability of the energy supply.  Some of the production facilities will deploy solar photovoltaic systems in conjunction with rechargeable batteries to enable power usage when the sun is down.  …

…   “project to build facilities within the company’s production sites in Japan for experiments designed to establish advanced smart grid technologies. The project will contribute to the company’s efforts to support the adoption of sustainable power supplies worldwide.

Mitsubishi Electric will build experimental facilities at the company’s three Japanese domestic production sites located in Amagasaki, Wakayama and Ofuna. ”  …

Via Mitsubishi Electric: Smart Grid Technology Investments (PDF).

  

Smart grid technology is tested at Mitsubishi facilities

April 29, 2010

Opportunity to Accelerate the Green Building Agenda




through leveraging investment and legislative options.  …

… “This report presents an extensive menu of options, spanning across a wide range of programs, which the Administration could begin implementing immediately to advance a high performance, efficient green buildings agenda. All told, the programs identified in this report have the potential to directly provide or facilitate over $72 billion in funding or loan guarantees,2 and can leverage hundreds of billions of dollars in private investment through instruments such as mortgage insurance and regulation of the real estate lending market. Even a small fraction of this funding would, if directed to high-performing energy efficient and sustainable buildings, stimulate significant new “green” investments and job creation. “ …

Via US Green Building Council: Greener Buildings (PDF)

March 17, 2010

Solar cell investment is one of many




projects at USC, as the University catalogs its portfolio of research funding from the 2009 federal stimulus bill. ...
... "P. Daniel Dapkus, USC Viterbi School of Engineering: Energy Frontier Research Center for Emerging Materials for Solar Energy Conversion and Solid State Lighting, $12.5 million from the Department of Energy: To explore new phenomena in organic materials, in thin-layer semiconductor nanostructures, and in hybrid structures in order to improve the efficiency of solar cells and light sources. " ...
Via USC: Impact of the Stimulus Bill

March 08, 2010

Green investment significant in developing nations




Green investments will be targeted by the International Monetary Fund through 100bn green fund: "Strauss-Kahn pointed out that developing countries would require large-scale, long-term investments for climate change adaptation and mitigation, with the Copenhagen Accord suggesting that $100-billion a year in funds ... " http://bit.ly/b0p4CC

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February 27, 2010

Transportation Clean Energy Integration




Transportation-focused jobs bill will boost clean energy through public transit investment. ...
... "Both bus and rail manufacturing jobs have synergies with other sectors in the clean energy economy that are very crucial, Lowe says. One of the most crucial components is energy storage and advances there will be key to wind, solar and nearly all of those really big green job sectors. " ...
Via Duke Univ: http://bit.ly/aCcACn

February 25, 2010

Walmart green supply chain opportunity wiil target carbon intense products




for reduction to achieve Walmart's goal to eliminate twenty million tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from its global footprint. The company will deploy a selection, action, and assessment process to enable its sustainability program. Walmart collaborated with external leaders in sustainability and will leverage this integration team to identify projects, measure reductions, engage its supply base, and drive proper procedures into each GHG reduction benefit. ...
... "Selection -- Walmart will focus on the product categories with the highest embedded carbon. This is defined as the amount of life cycle GHG emissions per unit multiplied by the amount the company sells. To find the embedded carbon, the ASC reviewed the GHG emissions associated with all Walmart product categories. This approach ensures the project team focuses on the categories that have the greatest opportunity for reductions. Reductions can come from any part of a product’s life cycle." ...
Via Walmart Stores: http://bit.ly/aBy2pX

Walmart Sustainability commitment aligns with the company's sustainability goals of being supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, creating zero waste and selling products that sustain people. http://bit.ly/dsPMqE



Greening the Walmart integrated supply chain has the potential to reach tens of thousands of companies around the globe. http://bit.ly/cmVTcG The Walmart effect is expected to have significant implications for China according to the Environmental Defense Fund, given the size of the Walmart environmental supply chain. http://bit.ly/cwV1OW



To track benefit realization, Walmart will follow this process: Suppliers and Walmart will jointly account for the reductions. ClearCarbon will perform a quality assurance review of those claims to ensure methodology, completeness and calculations are correct. When the claims meet the quality assurance check, PricewaterhouseCoopers will assess under consulting standards whether the defined procedures were followed consistently to quantify the reduction claim. http://bit.ly/beaYyY

Walmart has received constructive feedback from its colaboraters, such as The Environmental Defense Fund. For example, EDF reviewed the WalMart’s Sustainability Report and made these comments: We’d also like to see Wal-Mart present more data that allows readers to verify the information presented. For example, the limited data presented on improvement to fuel efficiency in the truck fleet – an area where we know that WalMart has made progress – leave room for confusion. http://bit.ly/dfdj3s



Mike Duke, Walmart's President and CEO discusses the new Greenhouse Gas Goal: Today we’re announcing an aggressive new goal to eliminate 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from the life cycle of the products we sell around the world by 2015. http://bit.ly/bBXBYx

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February 24, 2010

Chile Algae Biofuel Investments




Chile commits to algae-based biofuels technology by making a public-private investment of $31.6 million on research and development of biofuels produced from algae, via SciDev.Net. http://bit.ly/cTQHY2

February 15, 2010

Linde Solar Innovation Investment




Linde achieves growth in the solar photovoltaic market and positions itself for further investment. Linde believes that cost and technology leaders in PV manufacturing will continue to invest in capacity extension despite oversupply. http://bit.ly/a2u2hF

February 11, 2010

Solar Venture Exit Strategy




as venture supported solar companies are acquired. http://bit.ly/a1j2gn

January 23, 2010

Tesla Electric Vehicle Clean Energy Future




Department of Energy Secretary Chu announces a construction loan for Tesla Motors, enabling the company to build its assembly and power-train manufacturing facilities in California. The Energy Secretary sees this investment as establishing the nascent US electric vehicle industry. ...
... "This is an investment in our clean energy future that will create jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil, said Secretary Chu. It will help build a customer base and begin laying the foundation for American leadership in the growing electric vehicles industry. This is part of a sustained effort to develop and commercialize technologies that will be broadly deployed throughout the American auto industry. Tesla’s planned Model S will consume no gasoline and will not produce any tailpipe emissions. " ...
Via Dept of Energy: 465 Million Dollar Loan to Tesla Motors



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December 02, 2009

CleanTech - Predictions for 2010




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"CleanTech ... formerly the Cleantech Venture Network, pioneered clean technology as an investment category in 2002. ... has played an influential role in the development of the category, fostering growth through critical information products, world class research and the highest caliber industry connections. ..."

" ... international competition to dominate green industries will intensify ... Agreement on a new global climate regime, as well as one in the U.S., will make halting progress over the coming year ... Yet the race to dominate the emerging clean economy has already begun and will accelerate regardless. "

" ... gas guzzler vs. hyrbids? Forget it, ... “SMART MOBILITY” is the new direction ... Cleantech’s description, “In 2010, clean cars will form part of a broader shift to smart mobility. Smart mobility will quickly permeate beyond simply the transport sector, and will be integrated into the new energy paradigm and influence the design of urban systems, even shipping ports. Look increasingly in 2010 for eco-city designs based on concepts such as “new urbanism.”..."

"Leading governments around the world will rethink tax systems, fiscal incentives and budgets to encourage greener forms of work and transport based on smart mobility concepts….”

 

Via:  ZDNet  LINK

September 30, 2009

Solar Leads Cleantech Investment Space




Solar, electric vehicles and enabling infrastructure, and green building see uptick in investment, according to the Cleantech Group's market research. Deloitte and Cleantech collaborated to develop the quarterly investment results. ...
... "The billions in government funding being allocated globally in clean technology have begun emboldening private capital, which has in turn helped propel clean technology to the leading venture investment sector, now eclipsing biotech and IT, said Dallas Kachan, Managing Director, Cleantech Group. The two largest venture deals (Solyndra and Tesla Motors) and the largest IPO (A123Systems) this quarter were all recipients of U.S. government funding. ... " ...
Via The Cleantech Group: 2009 Clean technology venture investment

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August 03, 2009

Solar Energy Grid Integration Projects Funded




The Department of Energy invests in a portfolio of research projects to drive the advancement of the Solar Energy Grid. The investment will enable collaboration among startup companies, established utilities, academia, and national labs to improve the solar energy agenda. ...
... "The project will reinforce the fundamental objectives of the SEGIS program to optimize interconnections across the full range of emerging PV module technologies through innovative systems integration. " ...
Via Department of Energy: Awards for Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems

July 18, 2009

Sahara Solar Park






June 09, 2009

India Solar Mission




India has established a vision for solar power leadership. It has delivered investments in solar generation capacity in the short term and has set long and mid-term targets to catalyze the country towards the objectives. ...
... "India's renewable energy ministry has declared a new program designed to expand solar power generating projects up to a maximum capacity of 50MW. " ...
Via Gerson Lehrman Group: India Solar Power

April 25, 2009

Dallas Texas Solar Photovoltaic Investment Incentives




March 26, 2009

Electric Vehicle Battery Testing




The President mentions specific companies to highlight their involvement in or connection to the clean tech industry as he discuss the country's investment in energy transformation. ...
... "And just last week I visited the Electric Vehicle Technical Center in Pomona, California, which is testing batteries to power a new generation of plug-in hybrids that will help end our dependence on foreign oil. I have to say, Susan, the battery I saw was bigger than that one that's on the desk -- (laughter) -- but that may be the direction we're moving. So innovators like you are creating the jobs that will foster our recovery –- and creating the technologies that will power our long-term prosperity. " ...
Via The White House: Investments in Clean Energy and New Technologies

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February 28, 2009

Solar Power Initiative Targets Medium Projects




Pacific Gas and Electric Company launches its five-year solar initiative that will target development of 500 megawatts of power from solar photovoltaics in north and central California. Half of the target power capacity will be utility-owned with the balance to be built and owned by independent developers. The plan is under review by the California Public Utilities Commission. ...
... "PG&E’s solar program targets mid-sized projects, typically one MW to 20 MW, mounted on the ground or rooftops, within its service area. Where feasible, projects developed and owned by PG&E would be built on land already owned by the utility or near its substations to minimize the cost and delays of interconnecting them to the power grid. Projects developed by independent parties would be offered a standard contract and pricing derived from the utility’s own costs to streamline review of their applications. Since 2002, PG&E has entered into contracts for more than 20 percent of its future electric power deliveries from renewable sources. On average, more than 50 percent of the electricity PG&E delivers to its customers comes from generating sources that emit no carbon dioxide, making the company’s energy among the cleanest in the nation. " ...
Via Pacific Gas and Electric: 500 Megawatt Solar Power Initiative

January 08, 2009

Eco-nomics Forum





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" ...  uniquely interactive format and high caliber of participants, ECO:nomics debuted last year as the premier forum for CEOs and entrepreneurs driving growth at the intersection of business and the environment...."eco-noics venue

 

Snippets of the Program ... "... Green People - What do consumers want, and what will they pay for it? ... Power Play - What will keep the lights on: nuclear energy or "clean coal"? ... Fresh Juice - Can wind and solar grow big enough to matter? ... The Future of Coal ... The Future of Biofuels ... The Future of Solar ..."

 

 

Via:  eco-nomics LINK

November 19, 2008

State Incentives for Green Technology





Database of State Incentives for Renewables and EfficiencyIn addition to Federal tax credits, grants, loans, etc ... many states and or local utilities offer programs to help homeowners get into solar, wind or geothermal energy.

" ... Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) funded by the U.S. Department of Energy."IREC Logo

" IREC's mission is to accelerate the use of renewable energy sources and technologies in and through state and local government and community activities...."

>>> Federal Programs LINK

>>> State Programs  LINK

 

Via:  DESIRE  LINK

 

 

October 28, 2008

China Cleantech Investment




Intel Capital makes investments in growth in China focusing its funding on green and clean technology companies, such as solar and electricity storage. ...
... "This includes a new US$20 million investment in Trony Solar Holdings Co., Ltd., a leading Chinese thin-film solar energy and solution provider. Intel Capital also signed an agreement, subject to various closing conditions, to invest in NP Holdings Limited (NPH), a technology company focused on massive electricity storage systems. These are Intel Capital's first two cleantech investments in China and are intended to accelerate local green innovation and new ways to reduce dependency on carbon-based energy generation. " ...
Via Intel: Chinese Cleantech Investments

October 22, 2008

Colorado Funds Solar Innovation




Colorado Governor's Energy Office makes an investment in a portfolio of projects to advance the innovation of solar energy in the state. The investments will create training for the state workforce, enable low-income solar homes, and support solar programs for utilities. ...
... "Red Rocks Community College: Develop a training program that will prepare students and professionals to sit for existing state and national solar photovoltaic and solar thermal certifications. " ...
Via Colorado Energy Office: SOLAR INNOVATORS

September 29, 2008

DOE Invests in Solar Cell Performance Boost




Along with industry, the U.S. Department of Energy will make invesment in a number of early stage photovoltaic (PV) module incubator projects. These research projects focus on the initial manufacturing of advanced solar PV technologies. ...
... "This project is expected to enhance cell performance by light-trapping texturing and grooves for self-aligned metallization fingers. By improving the light trapping and charge carrier movement within the cell, this project will significantly increase the efficiency of multicrystalline cells.? By the end of the project, 1366 Technologies plans to deliver a 19 percent efficient, 15.6x15.6 cm2, multi-crystalline silicon cell with a technology that is applicable across the crystalline silicon cell industry. " ...
Via Department of Energy: Investments for Solar Photovoltaic Technology Development

July 29, 2008

China Solar Investments Planned




Capital of China province plans investments in solar photovoltaics and incentives to stimulate alternative energy development. ...
... "Yankun Liu, director of the Kunming Science Bureau, said the municipal government will put in place favorable policies and a special fund to encourage private sector participation in the city's solar energy-based infrastructure development. The fund, which will be included in the municipal government's annual budget, will particularly finance LED for public lighting, solar photovoltaic projects, and the propagation of energy saving projects. " ...
Via Emerging-China: Kunming solar energy

June 24, 2008

Solar Power Farm




SAS makes sustainability investment in solar power for its North Carolina headquarters campus. ...
... "Covering five acres, the 1-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) solar array will feature SunPower Tracker solar tracking systems. The Tracker tilts toward the sun as it moves across the sky, increasing energy capture by up to 25 percent over fixed systems while reducing land-use requirements. SAS’ solar farm is estimated to generate 1.7 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by over 1,600 tons annually. This is equivalent to the carbon dioxide emissions from the consumption of more than 167,000 gallons of gasoline. " ...
Via SAS: 1-megawatt solar power farm

May 05, 2008

Renewable Diesel Biofuel




Amyris and Crystalsev, a Brazilian ethanol distributor, will commercialize renewable fuels made from sugarcane. Diesel, jet fuel and gasoline will be formulated biologically through fermentation of sugar. The Amyris-Crystalsev partnership will distribute renewable fuels globally, but will initially focus on Brazil and the United States markets. ...
... "The first product, a renewable diesel that works in today's engines, is targeted for commercialization in 2010. Scale-up and testing work to date indicate that this fuel scales more quickly and economically than currently available biofuels, and reduces emissions by 80 percent over petroleum diesel. Using Amyris' breakthrough technology platform, the new joint venture, Amyris-Crystalsev Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento de Biocombustiveis Ltda, will work with Brazilian sugarcane mills and fuel producers to quickly scale production of the Amyris renewable diesel fuel. Amyris will hold the majority stake in the Amyris-Crystalsev venture, and Crystalsev will hold the remaining stake and contribute commercialization expertise. " ...
Via Amyris Biotechnologies: Innovative Renewable Diesel from Sugarcane by 2010

April 06, 2008

Low Carbon Shift Needs Investment in Green Technologies Research




Technology innovation is needed to move the rock on global carbon emissions, spurred by investments into new research programs. ...
... "What is needed, Mr. Sachs and others say, is the development of radically advanced low-carbon technologies, which they say will only come about with greatly increased spending by determined governments ... " ...
Via New York Times: Shift

January 26, 2008

Future-Gen Solar Material Research Funding for Photovoltaics




ASU receives funding to support solar photovoltaic research. The research grant will focus on the development of new materials that can be applied to solar energy. This is the fifth solar energy grants won by ASU in the past year. ...
... "The two new grants in the latest SAI round are geared toward advancing new materials that can be used in photovoltaic solar cells, with a goal of having prototypes developed by 2015 and commercialized by 2020 to 2030. One SAI grant, for $1.3 million, will go to a team led by John Kouvetakis, a professor in chemistry and biochemistry, and Jose Menendez, a professor in physics. The project will explore the photovoltaic potential of new materials that originally were developed for laser applications. The project promises dramatic cost reductions compared to current technologies. " ...
Via Arizona State University: Grants to develop solar cells

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January 21, 2008

Abu Dhabi CleanTech Investment




Abu Dhabi announces fifteen billion dollar investment into alternative energy and clean tech at the 2008 World Future Energy Summit. ...
... "The investment will be channelled through the Masdar Initiative, a company that aims to explore, develop and commercialize future energy sources. " ...
Via AME: Clean Tech Investment

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January 07, 2008

Creative Financing of California Solar Photovoltaic Projects




GE works with SunPower on creative financing of a client portfolio of solar photovoltaics projects in California: Toyota, HP, Agilent, Lake County, and Rancho California Water District. The project portfolio will achieve elimination of 8.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions in its initial year of operation. ...
... "GE Energy Financial Services is acquiring a majority equity interest in the five solar photovoltaic projects, which SunPower will design and build, operate and maintain. GE Energy Financial Services will finance and own the systems under the SunPower Access power purchase agreement program, which allows customers to take advantage of the environmental and financial benefits of solar power with no upfront capital costs. The solar electricity will be competitively priced against retail rates, providing customers a long-term hedge against rising peak power prices. Construction of the projects is scheduled to begin in February and be completed by the end of the year. " ...
Via GE Energy: CALIFORNIA SOLAR PROJECTS

December 16, 2007

Solar Thermal Manufacturing Capacity to Come Onstream in 2008




Ausra will build manufacturing facility in Las Vegas, Nevada to produce solar thermal power systems. The manufacturing plant is expected to come online in April of 2008 and is sized to produce up to 700 mega watts of solar thermal capacity on an annual basis. Solar thermal technology works through the use of solar collectors that boil water at high temperature to power steam turbine generators. ...
... "The 130,000-square-foot, highly automated manufacturing and distribution center will produce the reflectors, towers, absorber tubes, and other key components of the company's solar thermal power plants. Solar thermal power plants use fields of mirrors to capture the sun's power to produce electricity without pollution. " ...


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November 13, 2007

Al Gore Joins KPC&B to Focus on Alternative Energy




Al Gore

Al Gore has joined the Silocn Valley venture capital firs Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  He joins "... as a partner focused on alternative energy investments.KPC&B logo

Many say the private sector will lead the way in the Green Initiative - the combination of KPC&B and Al Gore is a potent combination. 

>>> I agree.

 Furthering his green bent Gore indicated that "...100 percent of his salary as a partner at Kleiner Perkins will be donated directly to the Alliance for Climate Protection ..."

 

 

Via:  Rueters   Link

 

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October 23, 2007

Solar Printed Silicon Inks Offer Opportunity




Innovalight, Inc. is developing silicon ink-based printed solar cells. It recently raised investments through venture capital and plans to transition to new manufacturing facility in Sunnyvale, California. ...

... "Compared to solar modules in the market today, Innovalight has developed a proprietary technology that utilizes liquid processing of silicon to produce high-efficiency solar cells that have the potential to reduce solar costs by more than 50 percent. " ...

 

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October 12, 2007

John Doerr on GreenTech Investing




Here's the long version video of John Doerr at TED conference. Inspiring talk. Highlights accomplishments at Walmart, Brazil's ethanol economy ... And, challenges us to do more. ...

September 27, 2007

FPL Solar Investment




FPL Group invests $1.5 billion solar thermal generating facilities in Florida and California, starting with Florida Power & Light. FPL Group has revenues of nearly $16 billion annually and provides energy products and services through its presence in 26 states. ...
... "FPL is planning to build 300 megawatts of solar generating capacity in Florida using Ausra, Inc.'s solar thermal technology. According to estimates, this new facility will avoid nearly 11 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over a 20-year period. As a first step, FPL expects to construct a 10-megawatt project. Subject to Ausra meeting agreed-upon cost and technical specifications, as well as FPL gaining regulatory and related approvals, the utility will expand the project to a 300-megawatt facility. " ...

Via FPL Group: Boost to U.S. solar energy production

 

June 26, 2007

BioEnergy Research Initiative Funded




Bioenergy research center is establlished through DOE funding, with collaboration of leading University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, national laboratories, and industry. ... DOE BioEnergy Research Centers
... "The award, in the neighborhood of $125 million during five years, establishes the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), where scientists and engineers will conduct basic research toward a suite of new technologies to help convert cellulosic plant biomass - cornstalks, wood chips and perennial native grasses - to sources of energy for everything from cars to electrical power plants. The other two DOE Bioenergy Research Centers are the DOE BioEnergy Research Center, led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute, led by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif. The research portfolio of the DOE GLBRC will focus on breeding new varieties of biomass plants, developing new processing techniques and agents from microbes for breaking down cellulose, improving the microbial and chemical processes that convert biomass to energy products, providing an environmental and economic framework for sustaining the biomass-to-fuel pipeline, and integrating new technologies - including genomics and new computational methods - into bioenergy research. " ...

Via University of Wisconsin-Madison: Major bioenergy initiative takes flight in Midwest

Via DOE: DOE Bioenergy Research Centers: "The mission of the DOE Bioenergy Research Centers is to conduct systems biology research on microbes and plants, with the goal of harnessing nature’s own powerful mechanisms for producing energy from sunlight. A major focus will be on understanding how to reengineer biological processes for more efficient conversion of plant fiber, or cellulose, into ethanol, a substitute for gasoline. "

Via Oak Ridge National Laboratory: DOE bioenergy center: "Funded by the Department of Energy's Office of Science, the DOE Bioenergy Science Center will be located on the ORNL campus in a new facility funded by the state and owned by the University of Tennessee. The center will employ the interdisciplinary expertise of the team's partners in biology, engineering and agricultural science and commercialization to develop processes for converting plants including switchgrass and poplar trees into fuels. "

Via Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: DOE Bioscience Center: "The DOE JBEI researchers will tackle key scientific problems that currently hinder the cost-effective conversion of lignocellulose into biofuels and other important chemicals. They will also develop the tools and infrastructure to accelerate future biofuel research and production efforts, and help transition new technologies into the commercial sector. The goal of the DOE JBEI is to achieve measurable success within the next five years. "

 

June 19, 2007

Google Car Recharged




Google's philanthropic organization will accelerate the adoption of alternative vehicles by conducting pilots, engaging in partnerships, and making investments in green solutions. ...
... "RechargeIT is an initiative within Google.org's Climate Change Program aimed at accelerating the adoption of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (plug-in hybrids) and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) applications. " ...
Via Google.org: Google Launches RechargeIT Plug-In Hybrid Car Initiative Plug-in hybrid vehicles can have a significant impact (report) on our carbon footprint and energy independence. Video discusses plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and vehicle to grid (V2G) concepts. ... Google is piloting the Hymotion Plug-in Prius Hybrid featured in this video ...

May 26, 2007

Next-Gen Biorefinery Tech Investments




Biomass and biorefinery research and development funding is seeking opportunities for investment. ...
... "Secretary Bodman announced the availability of up to $200 million for cellulosic Alexander Karsnerbiorefineries at 10 percent of commercial scale, subject to appropriations. This effort will enable industry to resolve remaining technical and process integration uncertainties and allow for more predictable, less costly scale up of next generation biorefinery process technologies. The 10 percent- scale demonstrations have the potential to reduce the overall cost and risk to industry and contribute to the quicker commercialization of larger-scale facilities. Additionally, DOE will invest up to $385 million for as many as six commercial-scale biorefinery projects over the next four years, subject to appropriations. The EERE Biomass Program will continue in FY 2007 to support its cost-shared efforts with industry to develop and demonstrate technologies to enable cellulosic biorefineries for the production of transportation fuels and co-products." ...

Via UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SUBCOMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND AIR QUALITY: Testimony of ALEXANDER KARSNER, ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PDF

 

April 24, 2007

Branson on Greentech Investing: Sees Profits Balanced With Virtue




Sir Richard believes that profitability and social responsibility can coexist from investments in greentech and cleantech. ...
... "I believe we need to make a virtue out of investing in clean technology and Saab focuses on biopowerrenewable energy and not be ashamed to want to make profits out of it, Sir Richard told the Saab website. For too long, environmentally-friendly technology and issues about the environment have been seen as a corporate social responsibility issue and not an opportunity to create new wealth in the future. " ...

Via Saab BioPower: Saab BioPower and Sir Richard Branson

 

March 27, 2007

Solar Megaplant: Tata BP Invest




Tata and BP link up for major solar investment in India. ...
... "The Tata BP Solar board expects the total investment required to achieve the Tata BP Solar plant’s full designed potential of 300MW to be in the order of US$300 million by 2010, generating a sizable number of jobs directly and many more indirectly. This investment will ensure Tata BP Solar, already a leader in cell manufacture and the design of solar solutions, retains its position as the largest manufacturer of solar PV products in the Indian sub-continent. " ...

Via BP: Solar Mega Plant in Bangalore to Meet Demands of Indian and Global Solar PV

 

December 30, 2006

Cleantech Greentech: Investment Potential




John Doerr, Kleiner Perkins venture capital, collaborates with Al Gore to understand the full potential of investing in green and clean technologies.  The environmental for green technology requires navigating the challenging waters of politics.  ...

Via Financial Times:  The Green Valley ...