CleanTech OC Daily - 11/13/12

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Algae fuel being sold for the first time to regular drivers
Oakland, Berkeley, Redwood City and San Jose now have Propel Fuels fueling stations for diesel-powered cars to fill up their tanks with an algae diesel fuel blend in from Solazyme in a month-long pilot program. The month-long program is meant to test consumers’ responses to the alternative fuel, and the algae fuel will be sold at the same price as diesel at these locations. Algae fuel is generally currently more expensive than diesel.

The Motor Trend Car of the Year award goes to the Tesla Model S, an all-electric motor and is a zero emissions vehicle. Telsa beat out the Coda Sedan, which was thought of as a dark horse entry for the award. Either way, Tesla was the first COTY winner, in the 64-year history, not powered by an internal combustion engine.

Soladigm (now known as View Inc.), who is has been operating in stealth research and development mode for around five years, has revealed their flagship product called Dynamic Glass. The product applies electrochromic technology to windows so that its glass automatically adapts to outside conditions. The glass transitions accordingly from clear to tinted to control the amount of light and heat that enter a building. Preliminary testing has shown that the system reduces energy consumption by around 25%.

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