Category Archives: Green Tech

Toyota, the Biggest Car Manufacturer in California

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At the LA Auto Show, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., debuted the second-generation RAV4 EV. The basic vehicle will be manufactured in Woodstock, Ontario.  Tesla will build the battery and related bits in Palo Alto.  “The method and installation location of … 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 »


Oil, Electrics & The Tipping Point between the Two

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Shai Agassi (founder of Palo Alto’s Better Place) recently sat down for a chat with Greg Dalton, Climate One director and vice president of The Commonwealth Club (video below).  Agassi’s spiel is pretty much the same it’s been for a … Continue reading »


Solar System Developments

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The SF Chronicle’s Tom Abate attending a round table in Santa Clara the other day.  The topic was one familiar to Shifting Gears, the lopsided competition between the US and Asian nations that have no inhibitions using subsidies, incentives and … Continue reading »


CEO Out at Solyndra

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Chris Gronet, Solyndra’s founder and CEO, will be replaced by a former executive from Intel. It looked like trouble brewing when Solyndra pulled out of an IPO last month. It takes more than a generous loan from the DOE to … Continue reading »


China Charges Ahead

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Reading East Coast papers like the Wall Street Journal, you could be forgiven for thinking the future of electric vehicles are in doubt. There are rational concerns about Tesla’s viability – the hefty federal subsidy it’s relying on to stay … Continue reading »


Grove: The Tragic Mistake of Offshoring

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The head of Intel is having a hard time digesting the unemployment in Silicon Valley.  He writes in Bloomberg BusinessWeek that successful start-ups these days have their manufacturing done on the cheap in Asia – and that this trend doesn’t … Continue reading »