Monday, October 01, 2007

Clean Energy Quick Clicks

Google is investing $10 million in companies that are working on developing plug-in hybrid vehicles. Companies should apply by October 22 - Google is encouraging companies like early stage technology ventures ones that want to commercialize a new type of batter, or one that can adapt an existing production to mass market.
  • Japan-based Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd says it's developed a technology to make fuel cells without platinum, which is used in existing hydrogen-based fuel cells. By using alkali, Daihatsu’s fuel cell can work with less costly metals which are less resistant to corrosion than platinum. It also uses less hydrazine hydrate, an industrial material that emits no carbon dioxide. via Iran Daily
  • Energy investors took a field trip to the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The venture capitalists apparently found it quite useful, and the government officials were glad to begin reaching out to the private sector on clean energy development.

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