Posted by BeiBei Song on July 11, 2014
David McNew/Getty Images Sprinklers water the lawns of a housing development in Hesperia, California.
California residents who overwater their lawns or hose down their cars without a shut-off nozzle may soon face a $500-per-day fine. The State Water Resources Control Board proposed new regulations on Wednesday to crack down on excess water use. The board is set to consider the proposal on July 15.
In this KQED Forum interview, Host Joshua Johnson discusses the drought and proposed fines with Felicia Marcus, Chair of the State Water Resources Control Board.
Posted by BeiBei Song on May 15, 2014
From Cleantech Investment Insight
By Felix Talvard
Matthew Kuzma, Vice President – Technical Solutions & Global Business Development of Organica Water, talks about change in wastewater treatment and being a good neighbour.
Photo: Organica Water
One of our sessions during the Cleantech Forum Europe that will be held in Stockholm (May 19-21) is titled the 10 Year Track – How we (can have) Impact. The theme is about how European companies are tackling environmental and resource challenges in some of the most populous and impoverished regions of the world. One of the speakers in this session is Matthew Kuzma of Organica Water, a company revolutionizing urban wastewater treatment and 2013 Global Cleantech “Company of the Year” in Europe and Israel. Founded in 1998 in Budapest, Hungary, Organica Water now holds a major office in Princeton, USA as well as offices in cities such as Delhi, Shanghai and Jakarta. We asked Matthew about his outlook on the future of cleantech and the future of his company. Read more »
Posted by BeiBei Song on May 7, 2014
By Eli Zigas, Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Program Manager
After many months of planning, San Francisco’s new urban agriculture program launched in January. The program, housed in the Recreation and Parks Department, is tasked with meeting a broad set of goals originally set in 2012 legislation passed by the Board of Supervisors. Looking at how to increase the city’s support for urban farmers and gardeners, the program recently released details about its first year priorities. Read more »
Posted by BeiBei Song on March 7, 2014
By Matt McGrath, Environment Correspondent
Investments in coal and oil may be overvalued, according to MPs.
The world’s financial markets could be creating a “carbon bubble” by over valuing the fossil fuel assets of large companies say MPs.
Much of this coal and oil may have to be left in the ground to combat climate change, according to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC)
The Committee also hits out at the lack of green finance.
Less than half the £200bn needed to deliver emissions cuts by 2020 is in place they say.
A number of studies in recent years have warned that stock markets around the world have overvalued companies with large holdings of coal, oil and gas. Read more »
Posted by BeiBei Song on August 2, 2013
From i3 Research Team, Cleantech Investment Insight
This past week saw a number of interesting financing rounds in the cleantech space. Although all were fairly small amounts, the variety of technologies represented is of interest. Cleanweb continues to grab headlines, although the more traditional Energy Efficiency and Solar sectors are also attracting financing.
Easy Taxi, a Brazilian app for ordering and pre-paying taxis, received $10 million from Millicom and Rocket Internet, in the form of the firms’ joint venture, Africa Internet Holding. The company will use the funding to expand into Africa, Asia and the Middle East, with Nigeria as the first new market. Easy Taxi joins Lyft, Hailo and other taxi and ride apps that have raised money recently.
Bidgely, a California-based developer of an online platform enabling home energy monitoring and management, received $5 million from Khosla Ventures. The company plans to use the funding to make hires in its business and engineering teams and commercialize its technology through energy carriers.
BrightSource Energy, the California-based developer of concentrating solar thermal technology used to produce high-value electricity and steam for power, petroleum and process markets, received $15 million of a targeted $35 million round. The company has previously raised over $620 million from BP Ventures, Chevron Technology Ventures and VantagePoint Capital Partners, among others.
Posted by Andrew Baek on August 2, 2013
Seattle leading the way with a new incentive model.
From The Toronto Atmospheric Fund.
Traditional energy conservation incentives typically consist of a one-time rebate after finishing the energy retrofit. While this type of project-based incentive has achieved significant progress on energy efficiency, it has limitations. For one, the one-time rebate doesn’t reflect the ongoing value of energy savings that can last for a decade or more. These programs also have no provisions to ensure the savings are maintained over the long-term. Enter Seattle City Light (SCL), the 10th largest public electric utility in the country. SCL is testing a new incentive model that aims to combat these limitations: Pay for Performance (PfP). The PfP model will be available to buildings undertaking a major energy retrofit, and will provide an ongoing rebate per kilowatt hour saved each year based on verified performance. Participants who go beyond the minimum 15% savings target are eligible for a higher rebate per kilowatt hour. It’s an intriguing new model, one that could have widespread use should it prove effective.
Posted by Andrew Baek on July 29, 2013
Imagine there was a time when bottled water didn’t exist in our catalog of popular commodities. Perhaps the trend started in 1976 when the chic French sparkling water, Perrier, made its introduction. There it was seductively bottled in its emerald green glass amongst the era of disco and the spectacle of excesses… who could resist right?! What could be more decadent than to package, sell and consume what most consider (in the Western world) a common human right easily supplied through a home faucet! It’s absurd that the cost of designer water is at a “280,000% markup” to your tap water and it’s reaching record heights in consumption.
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Posted by Andrew Baek on July 25, 2013
BY MARK SHWARTZ
- Carl Hagglund
- An electron micrograph shows the cross-sectional view of the record-thin absorber layer created at Stanford. Shown are three gold nanodots, each about 14-by-7 nanometers in size, coated with in sulfide.
Stanford University scientists have created the thinnest, most efficient absorber of visible light on record. The nanosize structure, thousands of times thinner than an ordinary sheet of paper, could lower the cost and improve the efficiency of solar cells, according to the scientists. Their results are published in the current online edition of the journal Nano Letters.
“Achieving complete absorption of visible light with a minimal amount of material is highly desirable for many applications, including solar energy conversion to fuel and electricity,” said Stacey Bent, a professor of chemical engineering at Stanford and a member of the research team. “Our results show that it is possible for an extremely thin layer of material to absorb almost 100 percent of incident light of a specific wavelength.”
An electron micrograph shows the cross-sectional view of the record-thin absorber layer created at Stanford. Shown are three gold nanodots, each about 14-by-17 nanometers in size, coated with tin sulfide. Read more »