Cleantech, short for "clean technology," is a term used to describe products or services that improve operational performance, productivity, or efficiency while reducing costs, energy consumption and carbon emissions. It is also referred to as "green tech." The term refers specifically to consumer, regulatory and industry interest in clean forms of energy generation as it relates to climate change, environmental impact and venture capital interest in related startup companies.
Thin-film solar panel maker Abound Solar, a recipient of a $400 million Energy Department loan guarantee, is closing. DOE's response: America must continue playing to win the clean energy race.
2 | June 28, 2012 2:07pm |
The startup says an improved version of its lithium-ion battery cell technology could lead to lighter, longer-lasting battery packs that will lower the cost of electric vehicles.
June 12, 2012 12:54pm |
The falling cost of silicon and cheap solar panels from China have caused some manufacturers to fail. Solar plastic maker Konarka's problem wasn't the market. It was its tech, according to a...
4 | June 7, 2012 9:47am |
Ernst & Young reports that large companies plan to continue investments in wind, solar and bioenergy projects over which they have primary control.
June 4, 2012 2:30am |
As part of its quarterly review of innovation, Lux Research has picked 10 companies that have compelling tech and business models.
1 | May 4, 2012 11:24am |
"The Morning Briefing' is SmartPlanet's daily roundup of must-reads from the web. This morning we're reading about smart grid security, upgrades and outsourcing.
May 3, 2012 2:06am |
Some heavy hitting investors are betting on Harvest Power, a startup that takes food scraps and yard trimmings and turns them into renewable power, soil and fertilizers.
5 | April 12, 2012 5:03pm |
Global investment in clean energy hit a record in 2011. My how times have changed. So far, 2012 is off to a dismal start thanks to several developments that continue to ripple through the industry.
April 12, 2012 10:46am |
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announces the "Reinvent Green" hackathon, the city's first focused on the environment. Plus, news from startup Efficiency 2.0.
April 9, 2012 9:33am |
Two solar companies file for bankruptcy, and a new report projects the 2012 solar market to stall. But there's a silver lining in the long view.
April 6, 2012 11:51am |
Software analytics company Opower and Facebook unveiled a real-time, utility-data app that aims to turn saving energy into a game.
1 | April 3, 2012 10:01am |
At the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute talks about strategies to make oil-free automobiles. He believes that cars would be simpler and cheaper to...
23 | March 29, 2012 11:59am
Seab Energy has shrunk traditionally massive anaerobic digesters down into a portable, scalable system that allows businesses to generate electricity from their waste.
March 29, 2012 10:39am |
At the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco, NRG Energy CEO David Crane discusses how smart meters, distributed-solar projects, and plug-in electric vehicles could potentially cause disruptive change...
3 | March 27, 2012 1:28pm
Bloomberg New Energy Finance recognized 10 companies for their innovation in solar, energy storage and the smart grid. These companies and their game-changing technologies are worth watching.
March 21, 2012 4:00am |
Only 20 percent of businesses consider available tax credits or incentives when calculating the possible return on investment for environmental sustainability projects.
March 20, 2012 8:29am |
While First Solar panel manufacturing business experiences difficulties, the company continues to land utility-scale solar power development contracts.
March 12, 2012 11:59am |
A recent regulatory filing reveals more details about Apple's solar-powered data center.
March 8, 2012 11:19am |
The United States led the world in clean energy investment in 2011, according to a new Ernst & Young report. Find out which states lead in the U.S. renewable energy index.
3 | February 29, 2012 12:47pm |
Enjoy your cell phone and the anti-lock brakes in your car? One U.S. company is gearing up to wrest control away from China and start producing rare earth elements found in most modern-day devices.
19 | February 22, 2012 10:53am |