International Cleantech Forum

John Davis

San Francisco will play host to more than 800 investors, entrepreneurs and leading renewable energy experts at the international Cleantech Forum XVI convening next week. This year’s forum is highlighting 2008 as ‘The Defining Year for Cleantech Globalization.’ Investors, entrepreneurs, industry influencers and corporate leaders at the forefront of the rapidly developing cleantech investment and business category from North American, …

Biodiesel, Energy, Ethanol, Facilities, Government, Hydrogen, International, News, Solar, Wind

Renewables and Clean Tech in NYC

John Davis

Options for alternative energy are on the rise and the third annual Piper Jaffray Clean Technology and Renewables Conference aims to explore the leading innovations of this rapidly growing sector of U.S. energy. Piper Jaffray & Co. will host its third annual Clean Technology and Renewables Conference Feb. 20, 2008 in New York City. The conference will provide insight on …

Biodiesel, Energy, Ethanol, Solar

Abu Dhabi Breaks Ground on Carbon-Neutral City

John Davis

The world’s first zero-carbon, zero-waste, car-free city goes not to the renewable fuel-crazed U.S., but to Abu Dhabi. The capital of the United Arab Emeriates broke ground on Masdar City earlier this month. If this city actually functions as its supposed to, I think it will be rather impressive. When is the U.S. breaking ground on it’s own carbon-neutral playground? …

Energy, Facilities, Hydrogen, News, Research, Solar, Wind

Solar Power Saves Energy for San Diego School

John Davis

Honeywell won the bid to outfit the Poway Unified School District in San Diego, CA with more solar power capabilities. The new solar hardware is expected to reduce the school district’s utility costs and offer a district-wide education tool to students. Honeywell has announced that Poway Unified School District in San Diego, Calif. has awarded the company a solar project …

Energy, Solar

Backing Hillary with Biodiesel

John Davis

Some prominent Democratic mayors in California have taken to the road to campaign for presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton in a bus fueled by biodiesel. This story from San Francisco’s NBC 11 says Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Fullerton Mayor Sharon Quirk have hit the road in the Golden State …

Biodiesel, Solar, Wind

Biofuels Dominating Renewable Energy Patents

John Davis

Patents for biofuels dominated renewable energy patents in 2007… outdistancing patents for solar and wind combined. According to this article on, since 2001, nearly 2,800 biofuel patents were published in the U.S. with 1,045 of those coming in 2007 alone. That compares to 555 for solar and 282 for wind power last year. Overall, the number of patents for …

Biodiesel, Cellulosic, Ethanol, News, Solar, Wind

Renewable Energy Investments Up 50% in 2007

John Davis

Venture capital (VC) investments in renewable energy sources, including solar, biodiesel, and ethanol (among others) hit $3.4 billion… up a whopping 50 percent over investments in green energy ventures in 2006. This story from has more information: Investment in solar was more than $1.05 billion in more than 70 financing rounds. Investment in battery technology came to $433.9 Million …

Biodiesel, Ethanol, News, Solar

SF Mayor Highlights Green in Inaugural Address

John Davis

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom highlighted green energy, including biodiesel, solar, and wind, in his inaugural address. Here’s an excerpt from that speech from the mayor’s web site: The most important step we can take is to make this city carbon neutral. And that is exactly what we are going to do. Today I am pledging to make city government …

Biodiesel, Government, Solar, Wind

SolarCity Establishes 100th Solar Learning Station

John Davis

SolarCity says it is committed to educating youth about solar energy. That commitment seems to stand as the company plans to install its 100th solar learning station in California. Leading solar service provider SolarCity today announced at the Green California Schools Summit that the company plans to connect 100 solar learning station installations through the Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s …

Energy, Facilities, Solar