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Posts tagged “Cleantech”

August 4

Premium Lock Cree signs patent licensing deal with large Asian LED manufacturer

LEDs light up Super Bowl field Cree strikes a patent cross-license agreement with Epistar Corp., a large LED manufacturer in Taiwan. As part of the deal, Cree will receive a licensing fee and royalty payments.

July 30

Premium Lock Solar tech firm Semprius turns to investors for $1.25M cash infusion

Durham-based Semprius is looking to raise cash from investors with a target of $1.25 million. How much has it raised so far? WTW Insiders find out.

Semprius' solar panel technology Semprius' solar panel technology

July 29

Premium Lock Twitter growth sputters; Yelp shares plunge; CommScope sales drop; CleanTech cluster grows

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Twitter's slow user growth hurts; Yelp financials trigger share drop; CommScope sales fall from a year ago; and the Triangle Cleantech cluster adds a new member.

July 17

Premium Lock The trolls are winning; NephroGenex reduces offering; SAS warns NC against changing renewable energy policy

Bulldog In today's Bulldog update of technology news: Former Reddit CEO says the trolls are winning on the Internet; NephroGenex slashes offering amount; SAS warns NC not to change renewable energy policy.

July 7

Premium Lock Tetris owner goes solar

Henk Rogers, who manages the worldwie rights to the video game Tetris, opens his solar-powered battery unit that he uses to remain off the electrical grid. High above the bustling city of Honolulu, in a quiet, exclusive hillside neighborhood where some of the island's wealthiest residents live, there is an extravagant home that's not quite like the others. The 6,000-square-foot house has a view overlooking Diamond Head, Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean, and two Tesla cars in the driveway. It's not the two electric cars that set the property apart from its swanky neighbors.

July 7

Premium Lock Metrics show impact of RTP cleantech cluster

Cleantech A new interactive metrics dashboard created by the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) tracks RTP Region cleantech jobs, patents, capital investments and venture funding.

July 3

Premium Lock GSK's HIV drug deal with China; inside IBM's Wimbledon bunker; Red Hat adds SAP to cloud; Tesla sets record; Wi-Fi in Cuba

Bulldog In today's wrapup of technology and life science news: GSK makes an HIV drug deal with China; going inside IBM's bunker at Wimbledon; Red Hat adds SAP support to cloud services at Amazon; Tesla sets a record for car deliveries; and Cuba gets Wi-Fi hot spots.

Updated July 1

Premium Lock Zuckerberg backs AI; Dubai's 3-D printed building; fuel cell boost in Japan; your face on espresso; frothy beer at home

Bulldog Bulletin In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Mark Zuckerberg backs AI investments; Dubai is 3-D printing a building; automakers boost fuel cells in Japan; your face on an espresso as you fly; and frothy beer made at home.

June 18

Premium Lock Modified Cree dimmable LED bulbs 'shine' in Consumer Reports tests

Cree's dimmable 90-watt LED bulb Cree, which recently had to recall more than 700,000 LED-equipped tube lamps, receives much better news in tests of its updated 90-watt equivalent dimmable LED bulbs. from Consumer Reports.

June 16

Premium Lock GSK funds 3 startups; Congress eyes data breach; risk; facial recognition debate; Triangle Cleantech update

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology and life science news: GlaxoSmithKline is funding three more startups at an incubator in San Diego; Congress looking into huge federal data breach; is data at risk?; facial recognition standards talks hit a roadblock; and an added position for the head of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster.

Updated June 8

Premium Lock Cree lands $1.5M, RTI International $450k for federal lighting research projects

Green energy Cree and RTI International will embark on new Department of Energy research projects into solid-state lighting after landing grants of $1.5 million and $450,000 respectively. But each organization is also contributing to project costs.

June 8

Premium Lock New RTI project targets LED-based color tunable lighting for schools

RTI International RTI International is aiming to develop less expensive lighting for schools that also will be "color tunable" under a federal grant project announced Monday.

Updated May 27

Premium Lock Twitter eyes Flipboard; Charlotte's extended Google I/O event, Novozymes

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news, reports say Twitter is in talks to acquire Flipboard; Novozymes to start operations of new $11M waste-to-energy system; Charlotte holding extended Google I/O event.

May 27

Premium Lock EnergySage NC marketplace aids in solar decisions

EnergSage creates NC Marketplace If you're considering adopting solar technology for your home or business, the North Carolina Clean Energy Center at North Carolina State University has teamed with EnergySage to help you make informed decisions.

Updated May 18

Premium Lock Cree to spin off power, radio frequency business, hires Frank Plastina to lead it

Cree plans to split into two companies, disclosing plans Monday to spin off its profitable power and radio frequency chip business. It already has hired an executive to serve as CEO - Triangle tech veteran Frank Plastina. The move will help current Cree management to focus on its LED business while at the same time generating capital for the power and RF subsidiary, the company says. Wall Street immediately sent Cree shares up 4 percent.

Frank Plastina  Frank Plastina

May 18

Premium Lock Cree is spinning off a very profitable if small venture in IPO

Cree's Chuck Swoboda Cree could very well cash in on the proposed spin-off of its Power and RF (radio frequency) businesses. While the group makes up only 6 percent of Cree's annual revenues, its products have a high gross profit margin. And Cree's top exec recently predicted continued growth while LEDs face challenges.

Updated May 14

Premium Lock 2015 State of the Research Triangle Region event focuses on building a 'smart' region

Research Triangle Regional Partnership The annual "State of the Research Triangle Region" event is coming up on May 21 with a theme of building a "smart" region. What's that mean? WRAL TechWire asked Research Triangle Regional Partnership CEO Charles Hayes to explain.

Updated May 7

Premium Lock NC House OKs freeze on renewables, cuts future solar farm price supports

Solar Cells The state House voted Wednesday to freeze the state's renewable energy standard and remove price supports for future solar farms.

May 5

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: Tesla's Powerwall is the latest step toward our clean-energy future

Tesla Battery Power For Homes Opinion: What has been holding solar back so far has ostensibly been the cost of storage, says former Triangle tech entrepreneur-turned-academic Vivek Wadhwa. Technologies such as batteries were prohibitively expensive, large and cumbersome. Residential solar installations needed to feed into the electric grid during the day and to buy back energy during the night. This is a problem that Tesla has just fixed, though, with its Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

April 28

Premium Lock Having reinvented the light bulb, Cree now takes aim at the office

Cree markets the idea that its LEDs have reinvented the light bulb. Now, the Durham-based tech firm says it is setting new standards for office lighting with "WaveMax" LEDS and fixtures.

Cree's newest lighting solution targets offices Cree's newest lighting solution targets offices

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