Here's a sampling of green-tech news, with quick commentary:
- Dutch town tests 'air-purifying' concrete - AFP
"Green bricks" that convert harmful air pollutants into harmless nitrates in sunlight will be tested this year. Sounds extremely clever.
- Five Fuel-Saving Technologies - Car And Driver
Everybody seems to want a plug-in hybrid or hydrogen fuel cell, but mass-produced models are a few years away. Check out some near-term technology options for efficiency.
- Abengoa Rakes in $426 million for 4 Solar Power Plants - Earth2Tech
Spanish renewable-energy giant will use a range of solar technologies to install 300 megawatts worth of electricity.
- ReCellular Announces Investment, Expansion - Press release
Cell phone recycler adds $15 million in investment, a sign that recycling e-waste could be profitable.
- Green from Green: Rising Energy Costs May be Good News for 'Clean Tech' Firms--and Their Investors - Knowledge@Wharton
More on the Internet bubble versus clean-tech bubble discussion.
- Energy dilemma: Cheap or green? - The Economist
Snapshot from Britain on the social challenges of investing in clean energy over cheaper, dirty sources.
- Blackstone Establishes Cleantech Energy Group - Press release
More big private-equity money moving in.
- Cellulosic Ethanol Primer: I Like the Name "Celluline" - Gas 2.0
Good primer to get the basics on ethanol production.
- Philippe Starck Turns His Attention to Ecology - The New York Times
For the design-conscious, an interview with Philippe Starck, who is intent on democratizing "ecology" with beautiful objects.
- Kangaroo farming would cut greenhouse gases: study - Reuters
Can we now convince the Australians to savor a 'roo steak and chips?