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Posts tagged “Cleantech”

Updated February 23

Premium Lock Charlotte-based Polypore being sold in 2 deals worth $3.2B

Polypore 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.

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Updated February 19

Premium Lock Duke Energy looking for more solar energy capacity in NC

New Duke Energy logo Duke Energy, which already provides some 600 megawatts of power through solar in North Carolina, is in the market for another 50 megawatts this year.

Updated February 17

Premium Lock Startup led by UNC grad bringing solar services to consumers' rooftops

Solar energy     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.

February 17

Premium Lock Coming with the wind: Leases for turbines off Carolinas could come in 2016

Wind power  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.

February 12

Premium Lock US Trade Commission launches investigation into Cree patent complaints

Cree's new 100-watt equivalent LED bulb 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.

Updated February 11

Premium Lock Why robotics should impact NC job recruitment

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?

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February 11

Premium Lock Apple, its value topping $700B, investing $850M in solar plant

Apple    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.

February 10

Premium Lock Report: Clean energy sector adds 5,000 jobs; many firms hiring

Clean energy  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.

February 10

Premium Lock Duke Energy targets businesses with $225M solar deal

Solar energy     The nation's largest electric company is expanding its solar power holdings with REC Solar, an outfit that installs solar arrays for companies, governments and utilities.

Updated January 28

Premium Lock Cree to light up Sunday's Super Bowl with its LEDs

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.

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Updated January 22

Premium Lock Duke Energy to build $25M-30M solar facility at Camp Lejeune; Marines providing land

Solar energy     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.

Updated January 15

Premium Lock Have or thinking about a smart home? Cree unveils an LED 'smart bulb'

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.

Cree's Connected LED bulb   Cree's Connected LED bulb

December 18, 2014

Premium Lock Startup Phononic wraps up a cool funding round topping $40 million

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.

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Updated November 26, 2014

Premium Lock Keys to smart grid success? Integration, public policy

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.

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November 20, 2014

Premium Lock Solar power backers: Leave friendly NC laws alone

Solar energy     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.

November 17, 2014

Premium Lock Huge solar plant in California desert doesn't hit power targets

Solar energy     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.

October 23, 2014

Premium Lock Cree, its stock hammered this week, unveils new LED technology

CED's Chuck Swoboda 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.

Updated October 22, 2014

Premium Lock Cree tumbles to 52-week low despite new bulb disclosure

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.

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Updated October 9, 2014

Premium Lock New report: 'Clean economy rising' in N.C., driven by solar

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.

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October 2, 2014

Premium Lock Vivek Wadhwa: The coming era of unlimited--and free--clean energy

solar energy 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.

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