Here's a sampling of green-tech news, with quick commentary:
- Stanford launches $100 million initiative to tackle energy issues - Press release
Famed venture capitalist John Doerr and Google CEO Eric Schmidt make the case for more research in clean energy.
- Stanford's $100M Energy Initiative Event - Greentech Media
A live blog from the Stanford launch, with John Doerr decrying the state of clean tech in the United States, particularly regarding battery technology.
- Why A123Systems Lost the Volt Battery Deal - Earth2Tech
The debate between flat and cylindrical lithium cells is shaping up to be a classic technology battle with--so far, anyway--some real business consequences.
- Road to Fuel Efficiency Is Lined With Orange Cones - The Washington Post
This article does a good job describing the " " problems of making and marketing electric cars.
- POET plant produces cellulosic ethanol - Press release
A company specializing in corn ethanol is branching out, making ethanol from corn cobs. Having an established business appears to give it an advantage over start-ups.
- BYD Plans Electric Car - The Wall Street Journal
Good profile of BYD (Build Your Dream) of China, which has gotten an early jump on manufacturing a plug-in electric passenger car.
- Gulf Oil States Seeking a Lead in Clean Energy - The New York Times
A visit to the planned sustainable city in Abu Dhabi. The article notes that both cultural changes and new technology are needed.
- Alternative-Energy Companies Grow - The Wall Street Journal
Despite optimism among many clean-tech companies, "the policy side is critical" for start-ups to stay alive, an analyst says.
- Energy-guzzling plasma TVs will be banned in Brussels eco blitz - The Daily Mail
Actually, it's unlikely that the plasma screen technology will be banned, but there will be energy consumption limits, the article says. Energy-efficient LCDs should come out well.