Germany Expands Its Electricity Network

Quick Take:  CNBC is out with a loooooonnnnnngggg article about the “dirty clean energy battle.” In it, NRG Energy CEO David Crane calls utilities “shockingly stupid.” Now you could certainly call utility CEOs (as a group) conservative or slow-to-react or even timid. But they’re not stupid. Crane and others like him often complain bitterly about… Keep reading →


As the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Innovation Summit came to a close, energy leaders were challenged to take innovation to the next level. Innovation shouldn’t just be about inventing new technologies, it should also involve bringing ideas from the lab to the market. This message about the need to commercialize new energy technologies was… Keep reading →

Reports Claims California Leads The Nation In The Green Tech Field

Today the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) kicked off its fifth Energy Innovation Summit near Washington, D.C, — an event that brings together innovators, academia, government and industry to discuss pressing energy issues and collaborate on innovative energy technologies. To set the stage for the three-day event, Dr. Sylvia Earle — oceanographer Explorer in… Keep reading →


In this 1972 photo, two scientists worked in improved supplied-air suits, which protected workers from toxic environments and protected controlled atmospheric areas from exposure to human emissions. The suits were developed at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant in Tennessee. Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.


Novomer is a small start-up chemistry company developing novel methods for converting waste carbon dioxide, CO2, into useful plastics, polymers and chemical intermediates. Novomer has developed proprietary catalysts that react with CO2 and allow it to bond with other molecules. CO2 is a difficult molecule to work with for the same reasons that it accumulates… Keep reading →

Google To Buy Smart Thermostat Maker Nest For 3.2 Billion

The changing utility business model in the face of distributed generation market acceptance is a major theme so far in 2014, and Google’s Nest acquisition is a clear signpost on this transitional landscape. It’s becoming increasingly clear that to lead the way in the new power generation and delivery space, utilities need to decide whether… Keep reading →

joule bacteria biofuel

Joule is a biotech firm developing a breakthrough photosynthesis based system for the production of liquid fuels using biocatalysts fueled by sunlight and carbon dioxide. The Joule process looks like many of the algal biofuel processes from the outside, but under the hood it is completely different. If proven successful the Joule process could be… Keep reading →

Positive Earnings Reports Push Stocks Higher

    There are some words in the business world that become swiftly debased: innovation and cleantech are, along with “crowd” anything, are among the worst of recent offenders. But that doesn’t mean that any of these terms fail to represent meaningful concepts for  energy sector decision-makers, and if anything participants in energy business decision… Keep reading →

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Buses Tested In Perth

DOE reports the U.S. at the forefront of the global fuel cell industry with significant advancements in the fuel cell and hydrogen technologies market. On December 19, 2013, the Department of Energy (DOE) released three reports highlighting strong progress in the U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen technologies market.  The U.S. remains at the forefront of… Keep reading →

Crown Prince Naruhito Visits Renesas Technology Corp

The year 2013 marked a new era for sustainable energy and cleantech. Innovative sustainable technologies have started to mature and are getting closer to mainstream acceptance. Growing pains are over for many of these technologies and they can now simultaneously reduce cost and the energy intensity of products and production processes, while also improving the… Keep reading →

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