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Nevermind austerity; European startups get public funds

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Europeans are debating the relative merits of “austerity” versus “growth”, in light of France’s socialist election victory and downbeat economic indicators. But technology investment funds operated by several national and regional governments have largely survived the chop. Their latest investments were announced on Tuesday… PlayJam - the connected-TV games aggregator is...
Nevermind austerity; European startups get public funds

(ECO:nomics) California Gov.: Solyndra Failure is Part of Learning Process

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By Cassandra Sweet (The following is an update from The Wall Street Journal’s ECO:nomics conference, which focuses on the business of the environment and runs through March 23. For all the coverage of this conference, check out: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/tag/economics) California Gov. Jerry Brown said the September bankruptcy of California solar-panel maker...
(ECO:nomics) California Gov.: Solyndra Failure is Part of Learning Process

What you missed this week on GigaOM Pro

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It’s definitely September – despite the shortened workweek, we’ve already seen some major product releases from Amazon and Nokia, big news on the $69 million e-book settlement case, and, of course, the Democratic National Convention. Over on GigaOM Pro, our analysts and curators are looking at the long-term prospects for...
What you missed this week on GigaOM Pro

Hands-on video with Tesla’s electric Model X

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Tesla unveiled its third electric car the Model X, an electric SUV/minivan hybrid, during a sneak preview at its design studio in Hawthorne, California on Thursday. We took GigaOM TV’s Green Overdrive show down to the event and got this first hands-on video with the car and an interview with...
Hands-on video with Tesla’s electric Model X

Battery university to open its doors this Summer

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CalCharge, a sort of Y Combinator for battery startups, and San Jose State University are creating a “Battery University” program for the next-generation of earnest battery entrepreneurs and researchers. The university will offer classes on its Santa Clara, Calif. campus starting this Summer on battery technology, business and innovation. Much...
Battery university to open its doors this Summer

Eos Energy raises $15M from NRG, investors for zinc-air batteries

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Startup Eos Energy Storgae announced on Monday that it has raised a $15 million series B round from a group of investors including power company NRG Energy. Eos Energy, based in New Jersey, has been building a low cost grid battery using air and zinc that it hopes utilities and...
Eos Energy raises $15M from NRG, investors for zinc-air batteries

Power giant ABB to acquire wireless mesh firm Tropos

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Swiss power giant ABB plans to acquire wireless mesh networking company Tropos Networks, the companies announced on Friday. Founded in 2000, Tropos started out making wireless networks for cities and emergency responders (remember MuniFi), and more recently has been selling its wireless mesh networks to utilities for smart grid deployments....
Power giant ABB to acquire wireless mesh firm Tropos
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The art of the spectacular and public crash and burn

Why incentives and rebates work better than 'government-backed green'

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Remember Solyndra? The thin-film solar cell company, founded in 2005, won $535 million from the government under the Department of Energy’s  loan guarantee scheme in 2009 for being an innovative new solar tech company that could create jobs and help make America’s future green. Two years later, when its technology...
Why incentives and rebates work better than 'government-backed green'

The Enablers: 3 Unsung Energy Technologies

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Welcome back for another round of energy entrepreneurs. I want you to meet Lynn Jurich, co-founder of SunRun, CEO Siva Sivaram of Twin Creeks Technologies, and Alex Tkachenko, President of Siluria. They're the latest interviewees in our series on The Energy Puzzle. I think of this series as our opportunity to...
The Enablers: 3 Unsung Energy Technologies

Video: The trends behind the year of clean energy turbulence

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This week I attended Bloomberg’s annual energy conference, and the audience favorite seemed to be the keynote by Bloomberg New Energy Finance CEO Michael Liebreich. If you’re interested in the trends of global finance going into clean energy and energy efficiency, it’s a must watch. Here’s the video: Watch this...
Video: The trends behind the year of clean energy turbulence
Report: Energy Secretary Steven Chu to leave, end of a green era

How Fisker's struggles will affect electric cars, investing and government support

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Some of the most important feedback I got after publishing my long investigative piece on Fisker Automotive (A look under the hood: why electric car startup Fisker crashed and burned) was that many people thought that Fisker’s struggles were such an anomaly that they wouldn’t likely affect the broader market...
How Fisker's struggles will affect electric cars, investing and government support
Note to Romney: Tesla is not Solyndra
Fisker hit with lawsuit over layoffs

It's official: the King of the energy nerds, Steven Chu, is leaving

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Confirming a media report from last month, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, announced on Friday that he won’t be returning to office for President Obama’s second term. In a long letter, he detailed the accomplishments that the DOE has made over the past four years, like the ARPA-E program, and writes:...
It's official: the King of the energy nerds, Steven Chu, is leaving
Solar startup SoloPower aims to do what Solyndra couldn't
Nanosolar raises $70M for thin film solar

The cleantech sector dodges a bullet as Obama projected to take Presidency

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Supporters of clean energy and clean technologies everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief as President Obama is being projected to win four more years in the White House. I know I am — if Mitt Romney had won, the next four years would be even more bleak than they...
The cleantech sector dodges a bullet as Obama projected to take Presidency

That's a wrap: The 4-part series on North Carolina's mega data centers

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Apple, Google, Facebook and other Internet giants have chosen a several hundred-mile stretch of land north of Charlotte, North Carolina to build their mega east coast data centers. These are some of the largest data centers in the world for some of the most powerful Internet and tech companies on...
That's a wrap: The 4-part series on North Carolina's mega data centers
Five Years On, Sunrun’s Solar Solution Powers the Fight Against Fossil Fuels
Green jobs: Turns out red and swing states are showing the most growth

SoloPower looking more and more like Solyndra

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It’s an easy comparison to make. Solar startup SoloPower is developing a solar material similar to the now defunct infamous Solyndra, and like Solyndra its also got federal and state incentives as well as venture capital funding. But now SoloPower is beginning to struggle like Solyndra, too, and according to...
SoloPower looking more and more like Solyndra

Solar as a service dominated the solar roofs built last year in California

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Three quarters of the solar panels installed on home roofs in 2o12 in California were owned by solar service companies (and not the home owner) and these “third-party owned” solar systems collectively generated $938 million in revenues last year. This means that these new types of solar financing options that...
Solar as a service dominated the solar roofs built last year in California

Bill Gates: The lack of energy funding is crazy

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Bill Gates told an audience of energy entrepreneurs, scientists and investors at the ARPA-E energy conference on Tuesday that “It’s crazy how little we’re funding energy.” Energy research is underfunded by a factor of two, Gates said, referring to the amount of current U.S. government investment in energy research. Underfunding...
Bill Gates: The lack of energy funding is crazy
A Chinese solar company's fall from grace
How green tech got a second wind in 2012

Better Place Closes Massive $350M Round

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Better Place, back in January, said it was in the process of raising a whopping $350 million to help it build out its network of charging and battery swap stations across nations like Israel and Denmark. Well according to an SEC filing this morning, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based electric car...
Better Place Closes Massive $350M Round

With federal loans blocked, Fisker halts work on Project Nina, lays off 66 workers

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Fisker Automotive's bumpy 2011 appears to have given way to an even rockier 2012. A little more than a month after recalling 239 of its Karma plug-ins, Fisker has now stopped working on its second electric vehicle, following the US government's decision to suspend its federal loans. The manufacturer...
With federal loans blocked, Fisker halts work on Project Nina, lays off 66 workers
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