With a wave of electric cars expected to come to the grid, smart-grid company GridPoint buys "smart charging" expertise from V2Green, part of a $120 million capital investment.
V2Green makes the grid smarter for cars; bioplastics in Mazdas; ethanol stocks get clobbered; reality check on Honda's fuel cell vehicles; the importance of stream data monitoring; and a cloudy clean-tech forecast.
An early mover in the smart grid, GridPoint is expanding into commercial energy management, a sign of how slowly utilities are adopting smart-grid technology.
Department of Energy-funded project is testing fast chargers and "smart" electrical grids for controlling a potential strain on resources from plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Mainstream plug-in electric cars will be available in two years, but auto makers will introduce them in welcoming communities first to boost their odds of success.
As part of its work with plug-in electric vehicles, Google is testing software designed to let cars recharge without stressing the grid.