Category Archives: Energy

We'll Build Buses for China

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This might have snuck past you over the weekend. Harbor City-based Balqon has signed a $16 million deal to build 300 drive systems for inner-city buses in China. Balqon began building electric drayage trucks for Southern California ports in early … Continue reading »


What Germany Knows

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A shout out today to Robert Marquand of the Christian Science Monitor who considers, among other things, why Germany is flourishing while other developed economies flounder. Marquand takes us to an industrial park near Dresden, where solar company Roth & … Continue reading »


California: EV Designer for the World

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Like it or not, California is competing for manufacturing jobs, with other states and overseas. In fact, local governments in foreign countries are competing with each other as well to lure American business. Priscilla Lu, board chair of Zap in … Continue reading »


Eating Bitterness in Solitude

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A shout out today to a compelling piece in the New York Times by Keith Bradsher. He explores why many American companies would rather suffer in silence than complain when Chinese authorities steer green tech contracts to homegrown manufacturers, sometimes … Continue reading »


As the Solar Panel Price Turns

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The most concise explanation yet of Solyndra’s struggle to stay afloat comes this week from Susan Kraemer of CleanTechnica.com. She tells us, as PV Tech reports, that Solyndra has completed a 1.2 MW solar installation on a large warehouse roof … Continue reading »


The Gravitational Pull of China

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A recent report from iSuppli, an El Segundo technology research firm, predicts China will dominate nearly 72 percent of new photovoltaic manufacturing capacity this year. Chinese companies hold seven of the positions on iSuppli’sT op 10 list, representing 6,445 megawatts … Continue reading »


New Congress, New Playing Field

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A number of advocates for climate-change legislation lost their seats Tuesday. What that means for California’s green tech industry is covered in haze, or possibly smog. Tiffany Hsu of the LA Times goes on to posit that federal lawmakers will … Continue reading »


Solyndra to Close a Factory

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Fab 1 was fancy, but Fab 2 is fancier, and according to the New York Times, the solar-panel maker with more than half a billion dollars in federal aid plans to announce today it will shutter the older plant and … Continue reading »


The Green Mile

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That gunboat you see to your left operates on a 50/50 mix of algae-based fuel and diesel. Rear Admiral Philip Cullom, of the navy’s sustainability division, put it this way: “We no longer want to be held hostage by one … Continue reading »


NUMMI Refugee Finds Job at Bloom Energy

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Half a year after NUMMI closed, what happened to those former auto workers in the San Francisco Bay Area? 47-hundred people lost their jobs in Fremont – thousands more working for suppliers were also cut loose… at a time when … Continue reading »