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Green Roof: Elevation 314

In architecture, cleantech, Energy, Science, Sustainable on October 13, 2009 at 2:46 pm

National Building Museum

Green Roof: Elevation 314.

Russell Katz from Design Conserve Develop Corp., architect and developer of the green roof at 314 Carroll Street, NW, Washington, DC and Amy Arnold, a landscape architect, discuss, ELEVATION 314, the first project in Washington, DC that has been approved to include a “green roof” as part of the storm water management system.

Green Roof: Elevation 314 from National Building Museum on Vimeo.

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Cleantech VC funding up in Q3 – BloggingStocks

In cleantech, Energy, Environment, greentech, investment, maintech, Sustainable, Technology, Venture Capital on October 11, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Cleantech VC funding up in Q3

Posted Oct 2nd 2009 3:20PM by Tom JohansmeyerTom Johansmeyer RSS Feed

Venture capital investment in clean technology grew 10% from the second quarter to the third this year. According to a report by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte, 134 companies received investments of $1.59 billion – up from $1.2 billion in the second quarter. The sector’s upward trajectory continues, with last quarter marking the second in a row of double-digit growth. In the first quarter of 2009, venture capital investment in cleantech companies hit a low of $1 billion.

The strong third quarter has made the cleantech sector the largest in the venture capital business, according to the Cleantech Group, pulling ahead of biotech. Twenty-seven percent of venture capital funds invested in the second quarter of 2009 went to cleantech companies – up from 3% at the beginning of 2004.

via Cleantech VC funding up in Q3 – BloggingStocks.

Financial Soultions: 3rd Quarter sees big drop in cleantech investment.

In angel Investor, cleantech, Energy, finance, greentech, investment, Sustainable, Venture Capital on October 11, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Financial Soultions: 3rd Quarter sees big drop in cleantech investment.

2009-10-11 15:28:12 –

Year on year global cleantech investment took a 22% dive due to tight credit markets.The latest research available to Financial Soultions, released late last week shows a 22% fall in global investment into clean-energy companies, with government funding being counteracted by internationally rigid credit markets.

In the quarter from July to September, a total of $25.9 billion of new global investment was seen, dropping by 9% from the 2nd quarter and down 22% from the same time a year back.

The report by New Energy Finance did however indicate that this sphere does seem to be moving toward a recovery, with governments globally pumping more backing into alternative energy projects. The EU recently announced an investment plan to put it on a par with Asia and North America in green technology development, and China has made huge financial inroads lately into wind energy.

Overall, the report shows a dramatic growth in investor confidence from the 1st quarter.

via Financial Soultions: 3rd Quarter sees big drop in cleantech investment..

Clean Energy Patents Hit Record High in the US

In angel Investor, cleantech, Energy, entrepreneur, greentech, investment, maintech, Sustainable, Technology, technology transfer, Venture Capital on October 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Clean Energy Patents Hit Record High in the US.

by Zachary Shan at CleanTechnica.com

Some Excerpts:

According to intellectual property law firm Heslin Rothenberg Farley & Mesiti P.C., who publishes the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI) every quarter, 274 clean energy patents were granted last quarter. This is 31 more than the previous quarter and 57 more than in the same quarter last year.

This is a good sign that clean technology will continue to provide the US with a greater and greater share of its energy. Additionally, clean technology in the transportation sector is advancing at great speed and with momentum and maybe we will find our way out of gas and oil related crises soon. Fuel cell* technology is leading the way. Victor Cardona, co-chair of the firm’s Cleantech Group, states: “Fuel cells continued to dominate the other technologies while wind and solar patents continued an upswing. Honda earned more patents than the other patentees to again claim the Clean Energy Patent Crown.”

Another record high was in the biofuels** sector. “Biofuel patents reached an all time
quarterly high at 13 and were up 2 relative to the first quarter and up 8 over a year before,” according to the press release.

Geographically, Japan led the pack (with 75 new patents), California was second (29), Michigan and Germany tied for third (23), and New York and Korea tied for fifth (15). In addition to Honda, the top companies were GM, Toyota, GE, Nissan, and Panasonic Corp. (respectively).

*For recent news on fuel cells, read Full Cycle Energy Joins Race for Non-Platinum Fuel Cells and Wegmans Grocery Gets $1 Million Grant for Fuel Cell Technology.

**For recent news on biofuels, read Watermelon Juice — Next Source of Renewable Energy, Electrolyzed Water Turns Waste Product Into Biofuel, and Scientists Force Fungus to Have Sex to Create Biofuel.

NASA Plans Self-Sustaining Green Building : CleanTechnica

In architecture, cleantech, Science, Sustainable on August 8, 2009 at 1:30 pm

CleanTechnica reports: Written by Mariella Moon Published on August 7th, 2009

NASA claims it’s currently planning what would be the greenest building in the federal government. To be called the Sustainability Base, this is slated to be one of NASA’s most ambitious eco-friendly projects.The $20.6 million building will utilize current alternative energy technologies such as water recycling systems, fuel cells and solar panels to achieve a LEED-certified edifice. NASA will even use some of its technologies developed specifically for space exploration. The aim is to build a self-sustaining structure that consumes no net energy and 90 percent less potable water than other buildings its size. According to Steve Zornetzer, Associate Center Director at NASA Ames, the name Sustainable Base is an homage to Apollo 11’s Tranquility Base.

Path to $3B in Stimulus Funds Revealed to Renewable Energy Developers | GreenBiz.com

In cleantech, Energy, entrepreneur, Environment, greentech, investment, Sustainable, Technology, technology transfer on July 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm

By Tilde Herrera, ClimateBiz
Published July 10, 2009

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Energy and Treasury departments released eagerly awaited guidance Thursday to help renewable energy project developers apply for roughly $3 billion in stimulus funds, which experts say will open the market to many technologies that weren’t economically feasible before.

The departments released the guidance, terms of conditions and a sample application, although applications won’t be accepted until next month. The rules is a major step that will spur private sector investment in clean energy and move the U.S. closer to President Barack Obama’s goal of doubling renewable energy capacity in three years, according to Matt Rogers, a Department of Energy (DOE) senior advisor charged with implementing ARRA funding.

“By getting these rules out there and making it clear how to apply we’re hoping this will bring that private capital back from the sidelines and into the market quickly,” Rogers said during a conference call with reporters Thursday.

The tax grants will offset between 10 percent and 30 percent of the project’s cost, depending on the technology type. Construction must begin by the end of 2010 and the projects must be placed into service by 2017 at the latest for certain types of technologies. The Treasury Department expects the program will benefit some 5,000 projects, and seems ready to boost funding from an estimated $3 billion if demand warrants an increase.

Credit termination date and credit percentage, by project type
Courtesy of Energy and Treasury departments

Under this temporary program, developers who previously qualified for the production tax credit can now opt for the investment tax credit, which is based on the cost of the project, not the amount of electricity to be generated. Those eligible to claim the investment tax credit may then elect to receive a direct payment, rather than having the credit paid over 10 years and based on the amount of electricity generated. Cash grant recipients must agree to give up future tax credits.

Red Herring Global VCs 2009~Finalists

In Venture Capital on July 8, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Red Herring Global VCs 2009~Finalists.

RED HERRING 100 GLOBAL VCs

Red Herring has made the first in the three steps in coming up with the World’s Top 100 Venture Capital firms. First, we are releasing the best 200 performers from over 30 nations from 1,800 candidates that have all invested in two or more technology companies in the past five years. Subsequent to this announcement we will cut the pool of 200 finalists down to the Top 100 winners, and soon after we will then provide an individual ranking of each of the Top 100.

Nanopillar Solar Cells

In cleantech, Energy, entrepreneur, greentech, Science, Sustainable, technology transfer on July 6, 2009 at 10:01 am

Nanopillar Solar Cells.

technologyreview.com Researchers @ UC Berkeley made a new kind of solar cell by growing an array of upright nanoscale pillars on aluminum foil. The design could lead to solar cells that cost less than conventional silicon photovoltaics & the technique used to make the cells could be adapted to make rolls of flexible panels on thin aluminum foil, cutting manufacturing costs.

KPCB – Greentech Portfolio Companies

In cleantech, Energy, entrepreneur, Environment, greentech, investment, Sustainable, Technology, technology transfer, Venture Capital on July 5, 2009 at 9:43 pm

KPCB Greentech companies: Altarock Energy Inc, Altra Biofuels, Amyris Biotechnologies, Ausra, Bloom Energy, Fisker Automotive, GreatPoint Energy, Hara Software, Lehigh Technologies, Lilliputian Systems, Mascoma Corporation, Miasole, RecycleBank, RPX Corporation, Silver Spring Networks, Inc., Verdiem

Vinod Khosla: ‘It’s about main tech, not clean tech’ | Videos on ZDNet

In angel Investor, cleantech, Energy, entrepreneur, greentech, investment, maintech, Science, Sustainable, Technology, Venture Capital on July 5, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Vinod Khosla: ‘It’s about main tech, not clean tech’ | Videos on ZDNet. At the AlwaysOn GoingGreen conference in Sausalito, Calif., Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures offers his views on environmental challenges facing the world and how clean tech needs to deliver real results. He also criticizes the current green movement as more about style than substance. -less