Where to begin? A silk construction using silk worms and advanced machinery; VR codes that embed video info in displays and — of course — robots! All courtesy of MIT Media Lab.
It’s that time again, when automakers haul their wares out to Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. The event, which kicks off on Monday, will include an array of concepts for more efficient and less polluting cars, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles.
The city that’s so defined by its car culture, traffic and massive freeways, is hosting a major auto show this week: the LA Auto Show. Here’s 10 green cars to watch for outta the show this week.
For the latest episode of our Green Overdrive video show we checked out Jeff McCabe’s awe-inspiring electric porsche. He stripped out 1,700 lbs from the car — from the gear box to the stock lights — before adding in the lithium ion batteries.
Porsche has tapped a trio of Boxster sports cars to serve as the latest guinea pigs in the automaker’s experiments with electric drive. But if you’re eager to see Porsche joining Tesla Motors in the all-electric sports car market, don’t hold your breath.
For cleantech companies, climate change has been a big deal for some time. But it’s officially become a major mainstream business issue, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report, “Capitalizing On a Climate of Change,” that says energy and climate policies are influencing the way all companies report their finances, raise capital, and value merger and acquisition deals.
In other words, climate change is evolving from a scientific and public policy issue to a business concern. “Until recently, the impact of climate change on the deal market was barely on the radar of most businesses,” PricewaterhouseCoopers said in the report released Tuesday. “However, national policy action on greenhouse gas emissions is requiring companies in virtually every industry to think about the impacts on energy and climate policies on their business.”
That’s good news for those developing and selling products to help businesses go green and comply with ever-changing energy and climate regulations. And PricewaterhouseCoopers expects climate change to become increasingly important to investors and to companies’ valuations.
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Not What It Sounds Like: Porsche has gone solar. No, not by slapping solar panels on cars, but by installing its first U.S. solar array at a California logistics facility. — Fast Company
Building a Better Subsidy: For the first time, clean energy developers can choose between two different kinds of tax breaks (a onetime break on their investment or a ten-year break on electricity production), or opt for outright cash grants from the Department of Energy. — WSJ’s Environmental Capital
Regional Carbon Auction Reaps $117.3M: The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a 10-state cap and trade program, drew 50 bidders and raised $117.3 million for energy efficiency, clean energy and other programs at a CO2 auction this week. — Mass High Tech
Bye-Bye, Birdies: Energy production of all types, including wind, ethanol and mountaintop coal mining, is contributing to plummeting bird populations, according to a new government report. — Associated Press
Green (Lobbying) Party: Hundreds of hired guns are now working on energy issues on Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers and submitting proposals for financial help and policy changes on behalf of companies large (e.g. Google) and small (algae biofuel startups). — Greenwire via NYT