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Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing successfully completes test flight with green diesel

Boeing has completed the world’s first flight using green diesel. On December 3,...

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

U.N.F.C.C.C. head urges climate action as Lima Conference begins

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christ...

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

Philippines houses world’s largest solar-powered mall

A mall in the capital city of the Philippines is now sporting a 1.5-megawatt sol...

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

U.S., China announce significant emissions reduction cuts

The Governments of the United States and China have announced that they will be ...

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Best Eco Cars of 2014

Eco-friendly cars, also referred to as green cars, are vehicles that have a less...

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

Largest wind farm in Southeast Asia goes online in the Philippines

The largest wind farm in Southeast Asia, a 150-megawatt installation in the Phil...

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

SPI Solar to acquire 360 MW worth of solar power projects in China

Solar Power, Inc. is set to become one of the largest solar developers in China....

Business

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

tenKsolar expands manufacturing capacity in Thailand

Friday, 19 December 2014

tenKsolar is establishing new production lines in Thailand for their manufacture of their solar modules. tenKsolar, which is based in Minneapolis, des...

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Technology

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Bacteria producing sweet-smelling compound for greener fuels

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

A sweet-smelling chemical compound primarily used in fragrances and flavoring is being studied for its potential as a clean and green biofuel. Methyl ...

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Politics

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

U.N. chief hails results of C.O.P. 20

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hailed the results of the recently concluded Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. The Secretary-Gener...

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Living Green

Incandescent bulbs now entering their homestretch

Incandescent bulbs now entering their homestretch

Saturday, 06 December 2014

Nearly 125 years after the invention of the light bulb – technology that revolutionized the world’s way of life and living – the phased ban on sale of...

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Renewables

Low-Carbon

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Seven eco-friendly home heating solutions

Friday, 12 December 2014

Environmentally friendly home heating solutions are valuable for the planet, and can lower your utility bills. With the numerous home heating alternat...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Energy storage leads Q3 U.S. clean tech investments – Ernst & Young

Energy storage led clean technology investments during the past three months, raising the total amount of venture capital pouring into the United States close to a quarter compared to the same period a year earlier, a report from Ernst & Young LLP published yesterday revealed.

There were 76 companies developing renewable power and energy-efficiency technologies that received $1.1 billion funding recorded in the quarter, more than double the 36 investments last year, the New York-based accounting firm said.

Energy storage companies were the top recipients, receiving $421 million worth of the total, 1,932 percent increase during the same period last year. The segment raised a total of $865.2 million in the past nine months of this year alone

Companies developing fuel cells received $225.5 million, led by $150 million in funding for Bloom Energy Corporation. Fuel cell companies represented nearly 54 percent of the overall investment in the energy storage market for the quarter.

"Confidence in cleantech investing continues despite the challenging investment market. We saw significant commitments in energy storage, which reflects a growing corporate focus on proactively managing their energy mix," said Jay Spencer, Ernst & Young Americas Cleantech director.

VC interest in the power generation market fell behind slightly this quarter with $255.1 million, a 2 percent decrease from last year. Around 77 percent of the investments went to solar energy companies

Investments in energy efficiency totalled $245.1 million. The largest was a $60 million funding round for the California-based light-emitting diode maker Bridgelux Inc.

Companies in the Industry products and services segment, which include biofuels and chemicals, did not fare well with investors compared with other market segments last quarter. Investments dived 22 percent to just $132.0 million. HCL CleanTech Ltd., a North Carolina-based company that converts cellulosic biomass into fermentable sugars, secured the top biofuel deal for the period with $23.5 million

Revenue generating companies led both in number deals and investments in the third quarter with 49 deals and VC investment valued $921.0 million, a 203 percent increase from the comparable period last year.

Ernst & Young said there were no initial public offerings conducted this quarter. However, companies like California-based Intermolecular Inc., Silver Spring Networks and Genomatica, Renewable Energy Group from Iowa and Mascoma Corporation from New Hampshire have already filed plans to go public with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Capital market activity in the industry for the quarter was active with 11 mergers and acquisitions valued $222.0 million according to IHS Herold, as cited by the accounting firm.

The largest was the $131.0 million acquisition by MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. and its subsidiary SunEdison of the United States unit of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, a privately-held Spanish solar photovoltaic power developer, last August. – Oliver M. Bayani



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