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Polypore, a provider of energy storage as well as filtration and separation services, is being sold in deals worth a combined $3.2 billion. 3M is buying Polypore's separation business; once that deal closes Asahi Kasei will acquire the energy storage group.
Sungevity, a California startup co-founded by a UNC-CH graduate, is launching solar services for residential homeowners in partnership with Lowe's. The company is offering solar equipment and related services, including proprietary estimate technology.
The first leases allowing wind turbines offshore of the Carolinas are expected to be let next year although some still worry the massive turbines could harm tourism upon which coastal communities depend.
Cree's complaint that a competitor and its supplier have violated eight of its patents and engaged in unfair trade has won the attention of the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC has launched a formal investigation.
Talk is fast and furious that North Carolina is in the running for a major auto production plant. But a new study on the rise of robotics in manufacturing should be a part of the discussion. Is the plant worth the cost?
Apple s set a record on Wall Street: It's the first U.S. company to be worth more than $700 billion based on the value of its stock at the close of trading Tuesday. Meanwhile, the company also is investing $850 million in a new solar power complex.
Clean energy-related firms employ nearly 23,000 people across North Carolina and now represent nearly $5 billion a year in economic impact, according to an annual survey conducted by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. Plus, many firms are hiring.
You may have seen ads showing up on TV touting Cree's LED bulbs. But on Sunday Cree's biggest advertisement for its lighting technology takes center stage, lighting up the Super Bowl in Phoenix.
Duke Energy will build a solar power facility costing between $25 million and $30 million at Camp Lejeune. In return, the Marines are providing the 80 acres of land under a long-term lease deal. This is the first solar facility Duke is building at a military base.
Cree is entering the fast-growing smart phone market against competitor Philips, unveiling on Thursday a so-called smart bulb that can be controlled through various apps. The 60-watt LED bulb sells for just under $15.
Phononic, which aims to be the Intel of refrigerators, has wrapped up a cool financing round of $44.5 million. The firm has been raising money since last year. Who are the investors? A local hospital, for one.
While technological advances and consumer demands accelerate the pace of innovation in electric power generation, distribution and consumption, it is grid integration and public policies that ultimately will determine how rapidly and well those advances are deployed. So concluded thought leaders at the recent Energy Thought Summit. Cyndy Falgout sums up the conference exclusively for WRAL TechWire.
Solar energy advocates urged North Carolina legislators on Thursday to resist pressure from big energy interests and leave in place incentives that have sprouted an industry that employs 3,000 statewide.
The largest solar power plant of its type in the world - once promoted as a turning point in green energy - isn't producing as much energy as planned. One of the reasons is as basic as it gets: The sun isn't shining as much as expected.
Cree on Thursday morning unveiled its latest advance in LED technology, saying it will "reduce system costs" for most lighting applications by 40 percent. The news comes after an earnings report this week led to a hammering of Creek stock with LEDs the big culprit.
Shares in LED manufacturer Cree plunged 10 percent to a 52-week low under $30 after its quarterly earnings report Tuesday. Not even news that Cree plans to introduce a new LED bulb dissuaded investors from dumping shares.
A new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts says North Carolina "has emerged as a clean energy leader" in the southeast. The state ranks third in new renewable energy capacity, third in private investments and eighth in energy- and environment-related jobs, according to Pew, which is issuing the report Thursday at N.C. State. Driving the growth is the state's solar industry.
In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn't last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised AT&T to pull out. McKinsey was wrong, of course. There were more than 100 million cellular phones in use 2000; there are billions now. Costs have fallen so far that even the poor -- all over world -- can afford a cellular phone. The experts are saying the same about solar energy now. They are wrong.