Monthly Archives: July 2010

Coulomb’s Lowenthal: On Electric Car Charging and Looking Like the Devil

It’s been an electric car week for me, having to cover the pricing and marketing plans for the Chevy Volt. I also wrote a story about the lack of fuel economy label for the Volt. I had to learn quickly … Continue reading

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GM: We Are Unique, Special and Very Different

I joined a group of reporters for a dinner with some General Motors executives last night in Silicon Valley to talk about the Chevy Volt. The execs wanted to talk about the Volt’s pricing and how they will market it, … Continue reading

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3M, Invisibility Cloak and the Gold Shoe

I visited 3M earlier this week. The company wanted to showcase its work in the renewable energy field. I wanted to be wowed. Material science is so interesting, and researchers and engineers who get to manipulate materials and create interesting … Continue reading

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Is Solexant Hitting 10% Efficiency?

Solexant is the latest thin film solar startup to line up some nice government subsidies for building a new factory. I wrote about its basic plan for a 100-megawatt plant near Portland, Ore., in today’s DailyFinance. Before I wrote the … Continue reading

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Carbon Footprint and Solar: Search for Studies

I’ve been asking around for references to any life-cycle analysis of a solar power plant. Many executives I’ve talked to at Intersolar in San Francisco say they haven’t seen any. Jason Liu, vice president of Yingli Green Energy, tells me … Continue reading

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Solar, Advertising and a Fake Oil Tycoon

The biggest story from the first day of Intersolar in San Francisco yesterday was the appearance of Larry Hagman, who played a Texas oilman on an old soap opera “Dallas,” at a SolarWorld press event (see the video). That is, … Continue reading

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My Initiation Into the World of Solar Mounting Systems

  I have spent half of the day talking to U.S-based mounting system companies at Intersolar in San Francisco. Yes, it’s not a sexy topic. How hard can it be to engineer a pile of aluminum or steel with bolts … Continue reading

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