Green news harvest: Chevy Volt on fast track? Revisiting World Bank biofuels report
Volkswagon's ultra-efficient concept car; sequestering carbon while making fuel; Europeans consider dropping biofuels mandates; second-quarter clean-tech venture investments remain strong; and more.
- Here's a sampling of green-tech news and quick commentary:
- GM readies Volt unveiling to shift focus from crisis - Reuters
A "showroom-ready" Volt by September? This shows how the Volt is more important to altering GM's image as an SUV vendor than any revenue it gets from the car.
- Europeans Reconsider Biofuel Goal - NYTimes.com
This would be a serious damper to the biofuels industry if the proposal to scale back targets goes through.
- Laugh at High Gas Prices With a 282-MPG VW | Autopia from Wired.com
Now that's a sleek-looking concept car!
- SequesCO combines CO2 sequestration with biofuel production - VentureBeat
Another firm enlists microbes for work, in this case to make hydrocarbons from biomass.
- Rubber 'Snake' Could Help Wave Power Get A Bite Of The Energy Market - Science Daily
Cool concept where waves squeeze water through rubber tubes equipped with turbines.
- Sharp's Solar Powered Television - Inhabitat
This looks more like a novelty than a practical use of solar in the home. More interesting is the ultra-low power LCD television.
- Big Island solar farm to begin construction - Pacific Business News (Honolulu)
A trial of Sopogy's relatively small solar troughs at megawatt scale. The potential here is solar thermal in places where not a lot of land is available.
- Bad Juice II: Biofuels Maybe Not Quite So Bad, World Bank Says - Environmental Capital: WSJ.com
A WSJ reporter actually called the World Bank on its supposedly secret and guess what? The original article was a bit off the mark. More to come this week.
- Cleantech venture investments were $2 billion in Q2 - Reuters
Interesting to note that algae biomass companies are rising up the ranks. Solar thermal and cellulosic ethanol are top two categories.