Archive for June, 2010
ERIC WESOFF: JUNE 30, 2010
Jigar Shah, solar visionary, speaks on a variety of controversial topics including energy storage, DC-to-DC chips, and trackers.
Jigar Shah, CEO of the Carbon War Room and Founder of Sun Edison, spoke at Camstar’sSummit on Solar Quality event today in Santa Clara, California. I managed to chat with him before he delivered his keynote.
He was adamant. “The solar industry controls its own destiny.” The industry thinks its “controlled by subsidies or the price of silicon,” but in his view, it’s held back more by timidity than by those external factors. Shah went on to claim, “We are going to be at 100,000 More >
Published: June 24, 2010
Washington, D.C., United States — At a press conference hosted by former Senator Tom Daschle, a coalition of clean energy industries today called on the White House and Senate leadership to take urgent action upon Congress’ return from the July 4 recess on legislation that includes strong measures to promote clean energy.“Passage of a federal RES will help open the doors to a wave of manufacturing investment in the USA.”
– Steve Dayney, CEO, REPower
Held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on June 18-19, 2008, the conference once again took the lead as the annual event for the US renewable energy and finance industries. Over 700 senior decision makers from 450 companies and 20 countriesattended this flagship US event.
- An astounding 70% of the attendees are C-level (CEO, CFO, CTO, etc) , partners or managing directors; REFF-Wall Street is the deal makers event;
- The reputation of REFF-Wall Street and REFF-West is built on attracting the most senior individuals in financing and investment for the renewable energy sphere. People who control budgets, devise strategy and More >
June 24, 2010
General Electric announced that revenues from its Ecomagination products reached $18 billion last year from the sale of more than 90 products, up 6 percent from $17 billion in revenue from more than 80 products in 2008. GE also announced a target to grow revenues for the product line at double the rate of overall corporate revenues over the next five years, increasing its proportion of company sales. The conglomerate also announced it had made $1.5 billion in clean tech R&D investment, a year ahead of its goal for 2010.
In the first five years since the creation of the Ecomagination More >
MICHAEL KANELLOS: JUNE 24, 2010
Big equipment is going to be networked, says GE’s Steve Fludder.
General Electric will double down on the environment.
The sprawling conglomerate will spend $10 billion on research and development for products for the ecomagination group over the next five years, doubling the $5 billion spent in the inaugural five years of the program.
GE has also identified areas that will potentially allow it to cut $150 million per year out of its operating costs while reducing its environmental footprint.
Audience members may arrive 15 minutes in advance of this time. Tech Insider: Top 10 Clean Energy Business Opportunities – Design, Prototype, and Deploy Thursday, June 24, 2010 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT / 18:00 GMT (Duration: 1 hour)
IEEE Spectrum presents Build a Better Prototype webinars series by National Instruments.
Clean energy is one of the largest and fastest growing markets in the world, creating abundant opportunities for entrepreneurial engineers to develop new products More >
MICHAEL KANELLOS: JUNE 21, 2010
That brings the total to 5 million in the Lone Star State. But will lawsuits follow?
Landis + Gyr will install over 1 million gas and electricity smart meters for CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas bringing the total number of meters for which Landis is under contract for that state to over five million.
CPS serves approximately 707,000 electricity customers and 322,000 natural gas customers in the region. The utility wants to gets its smart meter network fully operational by 2015. Like smart meter deployments elsewhere, CPS’ network will grow in size and complexity as time goes on. More >
Lithium-ion batteries with nanotube electrodes could go longer between charges.
MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010
A lithium-ion battery with a positive electrode made of carbon nanotubes delivers 10 times more power than a conventional battery and can store five times more energy than a conventional ultracapacitor. The nanotube battery technology, developed by researchers at MIT and licensed to an undisclosed battery company, could mean batteries that extend the range of electric vehicles and provide longer periods without recharging for electronic gadgets, including smartphones.Nano power: The pores between the nanotubes in this transmission- electron microscopy image can store lithium ions in a high-power battery. More >