Using genetically modified organisms, LanzaTech is looking to turn the world’s industrial waste gases into fuels and chemicals.
A new type of low cost power grid battery, backed by Bill Gates and VCs like Kleiner Perkins, uses basic materials and has an important deal with power grid giant Siemens.
One of the world’s largest offshore wind farms — it can power half-a-million homes a year — has been fully built off the coast of England.
The €1.7 billion deal will take the Siemens out of Nokia Siemens Networks in the coming quarter, assuming regulators show the green light. The early market response has been positive.
Siemens is planning a big layoff after it couldn’t find a buyer for its solar thermal technology, for which it paid $418 million in 2009.
Power grid operators and utilities are increasingly turning to big data analytics and tools. This week European power giant E.ON said it plans to work with Ericsson for a smart meter data project in Sweden.
Utilities are increasingly embracing the tools needed to manage big data, and on Monday data warehouse software firm Teradata said it’s teamed up with power grid giant Siemens for a better way to manage the massive data flowing off the smart grid.
Keeping the innovation ecosystem alive in the smart grid will depend on the big players like Silver Spring taking an active role working with startups.
Data and machine learning are breakthroughs for the energy efficiency of buildings. Startup BuildingIQ is using these tools to grow its building energy optimization business, and it’s just brought on some major energy industry backers.
Google has now invested in a Hoover Dam’s worth — or 2 GW — of clean power. The latest investment, announced on Wednesday is a $200 million equity stake into a wind farm in Texas.