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Chevron Chevron’s Project Brightfield installation in Bakersfield, Calif., will test several varieties of advanced photovoltaic technologies. The oil giant Chevron has transformed an old refinery site in California into a test bed for seven advanced photovoltaic solar technologies, which the company is evaluating for use at its facilities worldwide. On Monday, Chevron is unveiling 7,700 solar panels installed on 18 acres in Bakersfield, the capital of California’s oil patch. Called Project Brightfield , the plant will generate 740 kilowatts of electricity to power nearby oil operations. Any excess electricity will be fed to the power grid.
The Cleantech Group , the green technology event, research, reporting and consulting company, is having a big week. The first of five annual Cleantech Forums is taking place right now in San Francisco, drawing green investors and entrepreneurs from around the world. And today, the Bay Area company took the stage to announce its own news: a $3.2 million third round of funding that will be used to expand its reach and portfolio of services. Today, the Group focuses mostly on industry research, which it sells to companies, government agencies and investors, and coordinating events that bring all the most important cleantech players into the same room. But it’s slowly been expanding into breaking news reporting — making it an indirect competitor to VentureBeat — and business consulting, advising companies about how best to grow within their market sectors.
Bill Gates suggested researchers spend the next 40 years perfecting and implementing clean-energy technologies. Bill Gates called on the world's tech community to find a way to harness spent nuclear fuel Gates: finding a cheap and clean energy source is more important than creating new vaccines He urged researchers to spend the next 20 years developing clean-energy technologies Microsoft founder spoke Friday at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California Long Beach, California (CNN) -- Microsoft Corp. founder and philanthropist Bill Gates on Friday called on the world's tech community to find a way to turn spent nuclear fuel into cheap, clean energy. "What we're going to have to do at a global scale is create a new system," Gates said in a speech at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California. "So we need energy miracles."
A new report from the Apollo Alliance and Good Jobs First says the United States must develop a domestic manufacturing capability to meet the growing demand for clean energy components and systems, or lose the race to lead that sector of the global economy, and the jobs that go with it. The report, "Winning the Race: How America can lead the global clean energy economy," was released on March 4, 2010 at a Washington, DC conference. "The United States is currently importing about 70% of its renewable energy systems and components," said Phil Angelides, chairman of the Apollo Alliance.
(Fortune Magazine) -- Warren Buffett is famous for his rules of investing: When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is usually the reputation of the business that remains intact. You should invest in a business that even a fool can run, because someday a fool will. And perhaps most famously, Never invest in a business you cannot understand.
The December 2008 issue of Tropical Conservation Science is now online. The issue features a special section on the conservation of Neotropical reptiles and amphibians as well as articles on the ecological impact of rural depopulation, conservation of manatees in southern Mexico, and co-management approaches to conservation in Tanzania. The next issue of Mongabay.com's open-access scientific journal will be published in March 2009. Tropical Conservation Science - December 09, 2008.
[Updated: So, as commenters have suggested, this is probably just an elaborate April Fool's joke. TechCrunch has gone as far as to run a story asserting that Google has acquired a company with revolutionary new nuclear technology. When asked about the news, Google spokesman Jamie Yood said the whole thing is a joke and, beyond that, "this has nothing to do with our exploration of marshmallows as an alternative energy source." So, oh well. It never hurts to speculate on what Google's next big move in energy will be, so here you go.] Google will be making a groundbreaking announcement in the alternative energy space, TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington told the audience at Tim O’Reilly’s Where 2.0 conference today.
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