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Posts tagged “Green Energy”

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 28

Premium Lock Geothermal industry a hidden gem in NC?

The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) has released a report on the North Carolina geothermal industry it says "Spotlights a hidden gem" in the state's energy efficient technology landscape. Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) are pricey to install, but savings come fast, NCSEA says.

Illustration of how a geothermal heat pump works. Illustration of how a geothermal heat pump works.

Updated July 27

Premium Lock Major firms sign carbon cutting pledge; monitor charges phones wirelessly; Square going public

Bulldog In today's Bulldog update of technology news: Top companies, including Apple and Google, sign pledge to cut carbon emissions; Samsung monitor will wireless charge phones; Apple Watch headed to Best Buy; Square files for IPO.

Updated July 24

Premium Lock Raleigh-based tire waste recycler nabs $3M

Raleigh-based PRTI Inc., (Product Recovery Technology International) which has a cost-effective technology for turning rubber and tire waste into gas, steel, oil and carbon products, has raised nearly $3 million of a $10 million equity offering, according to a regulatory filing. The company's process reduces long chain polymers into their basic elements, yielding the original components as recyclable materials for sale in the marketplace

PRTI's Raleigh facility on Six Forks Road. PRTI's Raleigh facility on Six Forks Road.

July 8

Premium Lock Raleigh among top solar cities

Solar energy      Raleigh ranks among the nation's top cities for solar installations, according to a new report from BuildZoom. The report pegs Raleigh at number 23 among U.S. cities, with .27 solar systems per 1,000 people. Charlotte comes in at 36 in the ranking. The report says "Solar is growing meteorically in the U.S.

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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.

June 26

Premium Lock Cree takes hits on Street, in headlines after restructuring news

Cree's Connected LED bulb   Cree's stock plunged 10 percent Thursday to the lowest level in recent months after news late Wednesday that it was restructuring its LED business. A host of analyst firms cut their share target price but at least didn't downgrade the stock. However, a look at headlines and reporting shows that Cree's future is a bit dimmer in the media's eyes.

Updated June 25

Premium Lock Google goes renewable for data center; anti-Uber strike; Monansto still wants Syngenta; new Verizon video service?

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Google's new data center to be powered by renewable energy; taxi drivers go on strike in France over Uber; Monsanto won't give up on buying Syngenta; and Verizon hints at new video service.

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 11

Premium Lock Debate over renewable energy in NC continues as tax credit set to expire

Solar energy The ongoing battle over renewable energy standards and solar energy continued Wednesday as a 35 percent state tax credit designed to energize the industry is set to expire at the end of the year.

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 June 4

Premium Lock Google defends self-driving cars; Sensus Smart Gateway; Showtime streaming; Yahoo to stream NFL game; electric trucks?

Bulldog In today's Bulldog wrapup of technology news: Google defends its driverless cars experiment; Sensus unveils a "Smart Gateway" for utilities; Showtime joins the streaming trend; Yahoo wins rights to stream an NFL game; and Tesla co-founder wants to electrify trucks.

May 28

Premium Lock Apple, Facebook, Google urge NC legislators not to freeze its renewable energy standard

Energy in N.C.  Apple, Facebook, and Google, which all own data centers that consume considerable quantities of energy in North Carolina, have asked state legislators not to freeze the state's renewable energy standard.

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.

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