CleanTech OC Daily - 5/23/12

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

An Energy Challenge for Gamers
In direct opposition of Senator James Inhofe’s (R – OK) denouncement of the military’s energy efficiency plans, the Navy introduced a new version of its Mmowgli online gaming project asking players from around the world to figure out how the military can best meet its energy demands while reducing its dependency on fossil fuels.

A handful of investors are funding the next-generation of solar equipment and three start-up solar makers have recently raised funds:

·        Solexel, which uses silicon gas to make solar wafers, closed on $25 million in funding.

·        SolFocus, which uses mirrors to amplify and direct sunlight onto photovoltaic solar cells, closed on a $10.75 million round of equity.

·        Sopogy makes concentrating solar thermal systems - the company raised a $1 million round, which included debt and options.

Classified Fisker documents have been leaked and now consumers have until 2014 to save $50-$60K in order to purchase the Atlantic, a smaller, more affordable luxury coupe that will be equipped with a 300 horsepower electric motor and make it to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds.

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