Cleantech

Cleantech

Cleantech spending drops 75 percent in five years

A new paper from Brookings, the World Resources Institute, and the Breakthrough Institute shows exactly how much trouble cleantech is in: Depressing, no? Some of that rapid decline comes from the end of stimulus spending. But the researchers found that …

Cleantech

Turbine makes fresh water out of thin air in the desert

If you've ever watched water drip out of a window a/c unit, you've seen the operating principle of Eole Water's new wind turbine in action.

Business & Technology

People power: Crowdfunding fires up local solar projects

To fund community-scale solar power installation, the company Solar Mosaic has created a website that allows people to invest even small sums. It’s a surprisingly smart idea.

Solar Power

Solar ‘scandal’ upshot: China is dominating global solar market, for better or worse

Conservatives are going nuts about yet another "new Solyndra," but it's the same old story: cheap Chinese solar panels. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Business & Technology

If everyone used as much energy as Americans, we’d run out of oil in 9 years

Unlike gluttonous American industry, Europe's most profitable companies plan to make even more money by getting ahead of this whole peak oil trend.

Business & Technology

Google saves energy by cooling its buildings with ice

Google's new $700 million data centers in Taiwan will make ice at night, when electricity is significantly cheaper, and use it to cool the buildings during the day. It's called thermal storage, and it's basically a battery, but for air …

Green Home

Geek legend hacks together an off-grid smart home

Loren Amelang is a pioneer in C++ programming, and his homebrewed live/work space is a monument to sustainable geekery.

Business & Technology

If fossil fuel subsidies were distributed to every person, we’d each get $58/year

Every year fossil fuels get six times as much money in subsidies from the U.S. government -- i.e. you, the taxpayer -- than renewable energy.

Media

The Solyndra sideshow peters out

After more than a year of breathlessly reporting on the Solyndra "scandal," Politico has finally admitted that there was never a scandal.