Here's a sampling of recent green-tech news:Sony Unveils Ultrasmall Hybrid Fuel Cell -- Tech-On Sony looks to put fuel cells in gadgets, following a prototype that Sharp demonstrated last week that uses methanol as a fuel. Canon patents fuel cell-powered cameras -- Crave -- CNET AsiaFuel cells are coming to consumer electronics, it seems. Quite a bit of activity on this front in the past week. Oil Left in the Ground -- Technology ReviewWe have smart grids--why not have "smart oil fields?" Interest in existing oil fields, where as much as 75 percent of … Read more
This week WiiWare gets two new additions, while the Virtual Console gets a classic scrolling shooter. Virtual ConsoleSkyKid (1985, NES, 500 Wii points): SkyKid is a horizontal scrolling shooter that has you battling in the skies in order to save Bird Land--yes that's what it's called. Grab the bombs on each level and drop them on various targets to advance.
WiiWareCritter Round-Up (Konami, 1,000 Wii points): All the animals have escaped and it's up to you to get them back. The puzzle game includes more than 50 levels with various environments. Star Soldier R (… Read more
A sampling of green-tech news.Old-Style Pumps Balk At $4-a-Gallon Gas, Too - The Washington Post
Worse than the Y2K problem? Mechanical gas pumps don't go past $3.99 a gallon, forcing some station owners to shut down. (Via WSJ Environmental Capitalism.)Reactive Nitrogen: The Next Big Pollution Problem - Wired Science
Nitrogen from fertilizers and burning fuels is changing the nitrogen balance in the planet and causing various environmental woes, a study released this week finds.Berkeley Researchers Identify Photosynthetic Dimmer Switch - Berkeley Lab Research News
Academics say decoding photosynthesis is the key to harnessing more solar … Read more
A sampling of the latest green-tech news.
Blow Hard: Wind to Supply 20% of U.S. Power? - Environmental Capital - WSJ.com
- The Department of Energy says wind can supply 20 percent of U.S. power, the same target as Europe. Sounds awfully ambitious, unless NIMBY sentiment dies down significantly.John McCain fleshes out his climate policy, draws contrast with Obama - VentureBeat
- A carbon cap-and-trade system is in our future. Now it's just the dirty details and the role of government and industry. The story includes a link to text of McCain's climate change … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news.The Ethanol Industrial Complex--Forbes.com
A snapshot of Senate hearings this week on the impact that U.S. government mandates for ethanol are having on corn prices. This article points out that even if mandates were loosened, high oil prices would keep corn ethanol demand strong.The Clean Energy Scam--TIME
Time magazine declares biofuels a scam, listing the many problems with biofuels including deforestation in Brazil.New Source for Biofuels Discovered--Renewable Energy World
University of Texas researchers create a microbe that can produce ethanol and other biofuels. Can a licensing deal and venture-backed start-up be … Read more
Goldman's Murti says oil 'likely' to reach $150 to $200 -- Bloomberg Oil is now at about $120. Will $200 drive more investment in clean tech?
Grease bandits strike as biofuel demand rises -- The Christian Science Monitor Grease thieves are driving up behind Burger Kings to steal material to make biodiesel. Says a cop: we see it all the time now.
Poet cancels ethanol plant -- Greentech Media The gold rush mentality in ethanol seems to be fading fast. Poet cancels a planned Minnesota … Read more
A sampling of green tech news, from California to Malyasia.The House That Twitters Its Energy Use ? Earth2Tech - Where a house twitters what its meter reads. A great use of Twitter.
Technology Review: A Price Drop for Solar Panels - Check in on the solar price/silicon shortage balance: Travis Bradford of the Prometheus Institute predicts prices for panels to drop in half in the next few years.
Environmental Capital - WSJ.com : Biofuels Backlash: Asian Palm-Oil Producers Shut Plants - On the biofuels blues beat, WSJ reports that Asian biodiesel producers are shelving tens of millions of dollars … Read more
A weekly green-tech sampling ranging from the Mississippi River to floating turbines at sea.Will the credit crunch cripple clean tech? | BusinessGreen
A handful of investors queried seem relatively sanguine on the prospect of a credit crunch in clean-tech investing. Worth watching as start-ups look to scale up.New England start-up seeks to tap the Mississippi for power | STLtoday
Free Flow Power is developing wave power generator to be attached at bottom of rivers, even under a bridge. via Earth2TechCarbon Copy: Europe's Still Not Cutting Emissions | WSJ.com
Surprising and a bummer, as WSJ's Environmental Capital blog … Read more
A sampling of green-tech news this week, with an emphasis on how the financial market turmoil may impact ongoing investments in clean energy.Investor Eric Janszen Says Clean Tech Is Only Hope for the Collapsing Economy - Wired talks to Eric Janszen about his Harpers article on how a clean tech investment bubble is the best thing for the U.S. economy's pattern of credit-driven financial bubbles. SEIA - Solar Energy Industries Association - The Solar Energy Industries Association picks apart a University of California study that says solar electric panels are an economic "loser." Corporate Sponsorship for a Wind Farm - New York Times … Read more
Solar home batteries. Japanese newspaper Nekkei reports that Sharp is forming a partnership with Daiwa House Industry and Dai Nippon Printing to make home batteries that will be powered by small solar panels. Set for release in 2009 or 2010 in Japan, the lithium ion batteries would be able to store up to 18 kilowatt-hours of power, enough to run home electronics such as laptops. There is a growing number of portable solar chargers for gadgets, like cell phones, but larger batteries are needed for most household appliances and electronics. Reuters. Asia in Focus.
Climate change hits water sources. Eight … Read more