Posts tagged “Cleantech”
Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill say they have found a way to turn solar power into a 24-hour-a-day power source by using the sun's energy to separate water molecules and create hydrogen fuel. In making the breakthrough, they received a powerful boost from scientists at N.C. State.
Google was an early investor in Nest Labs, whose thermostat is designed to learn how inhabitants like their homes to be heated and cooled.
As part of WRALTechWire's new Insider interview series, we will be asking entrepreneurs a series of questions designed to help our readers learn more about the person we are profiling as well as their thoughts about entrepreneurship.
WRALTechWire publishes today the third in a new series: Exclusive in-depth interviews with Triangle entrepreneurs, each of which will include multiple parts. Our third package focuses on Rob Cotter, the former automotive industry executive who is setting out to reshape the transportation industry at Durham-based Organic Transit. WRALTechWire Insider columnist and entrepreneur Joe Procopio will be having candid conversations over a beer with our profile subjects throughout 2014. Also included with each package will be a Q&A that goes beyond standard business and video interviews with WRALTechWire Editor Rick Smith. The Q&A and first video interview are also online exclusively for WRALTecdhWire subscribers.
A new report from SolarBuzz, which tracks the global solar power industry, says North Carolina is No. 2 in a fast-growing U.S. market. The state climbed three spots in 2013, driven by what the report calls "strong utility-scale activity."
Anuva Services, a five-year-old firm focused on manufacturing, logistics and after-market services, is moving into the LED business. The privately held firm disclosed Tuesday it has acquired a manufacturing facility in Morrisville, has retained 22 workers and plans to hire more.
The ups-and-downs of wind power triggered by the shifts in speed pose a threat to generators in power grids, but an NCSU researcher and a colleague at Johns Hopkins say they have devised a mean to smooth out demands of equipment.
Semprius makes what it says are the most highest efficiency mass-produced solar modules. To boost its efforts the Durham-based firm is raising more capital in a mix of debt, options and warrants.
Itron, an international energy technology firm, that operates in more than 100 countries and has an office in Raleigh, has plans to grow its Triangle presence and affirms that commitment by joining the board of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster.
Itron, an international energy technology firm, that operates in more than 100 countries and has an office in Raleigh, commits $75,000 over three years to become a member of the board for the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster.
The Durham firm focuses on providing "green transportation" through a variety of vehicles powered by biofuels - and plain old people pedal power. The Green Planet organization adds $5,000 to help power Greenway's efforts.
The conventional refrigerator compressor - technology that's noisy, uses lots of electricity and is nearly 100 years old - is being pushed aside by startup Phononic's new heat pump, which harnesses cooling capabilities from semiconductors for use in a modern-day appliance. WRALTechWire has the inside story about this Silicon Valley-backed company launched in North Carolina and is planning to hire more workers.
The new center helps entrepreneurs get new products to market quickly by taking advantage of advisory and testing services offered by the WRC. FokusLabs, using a combination of psychology and technology, developed a wearable device to help support those with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Phononic, a startup focused on semiconductor materials that can turn waste heat into power and others that produce cooling, has closed on $21 million in new venture capital financing.
LED manufacturer Cree is getting a $30 million boost from the federal government in the form of tax credits as part of an Energy Department effort to drive more jobs in "clean energy" manufacturing. The government says the credits will help Cree expand in Durham as well as at a plant in Wisconsin.
ElectriCities of North Carolina and North Carolina Electric Membership Corp. are the newest members of the Research Triangle CleanTech Cluster. Each paid $15,000 to join.
Making denim is an environmentally dirty process. Startup MeFiver has developed a novel textiles technology that cleans up that process and results in sustainable apparel sourced and manufactured entirely within the United States. WRALTechWire has the inside story.
Sanofi executive Anne Whitaker joins Cree's board of directors; Cree expands its LED portfolio with a new 75-watt bulb; and N.C. State is using Cree bulbs to help a new residence hall meet LEED Silver certification standards.
The North Carolina Chamber is hosting an energy conference on Wednesday during which Gov. Pat McCrory, various industry executives and N.C. State economist Dr. Michael Walden will be speaking. Walden will present a study he published earlier this year that points out energy development poses benefits as well as risks to the state. WRALTechWire is publishing portions of Walden's report ahead of that meeting as part of the ongoing debate about energy and the state's future.