green tech

  • Making Detroit high tech

    A business incubator in Detroit wants to launch hundreds of tech companies.

    Crammed into a small Detroit office filled with pipe fittings, hydraulic tubing, and a device that looks like a gas pump combined with a supercomputer, Dave Shaw sums up how his life has changed. Tipping back in a cheap office chair, the former auto executive points beneath the folding table that is his desk. "We had a ton of MORE

    - Feb 11, 2010 9:17 AM ET
  • China's ahead in the green-tech race

    By Brian Dumaine, assistant managing editor

    Quick: which nation builds the most wind turbines? If you guessed America, with its blustery Great Plains dotted with whirring GE blades, you'd be wrong. In 2009, China became the planet's largest producer. What's going on here? While America was digging itself out of its financial crisis, China quietly positioned itself to become a leader in what promises to be the largest emerging industry of MORE

    Jan 28, 2010 9:34 AM ET
  • Upwardly mobile

    MIT professor speaks out on transit, technology in emerging economies

    Ralph Gakenheimer is a Fulbright Scholar, World Bank Advisor, and MIT professor of urban planning who has emerged as one of the leading experts on transportation in developing countries.  In the 1970s he consulted with the mayors of South American cities such as Medellin (for real!) on their transit plans. Today he's working in Asia and Africa.

    Fortune contributor Carolyn Whelan caught up MORE

    Jan 19, 2010 6:00 AM ET
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  • Green tech: Floating city nears maiden voyage

    Royal Caribbean Cruises hopes enviro-friendly Oasis of the Seas can burnish its green image.

    The world's largest cruise ship -- featuring 16 decks and an interior Central Park that's longer than a football field with more than 12,000 species of flora -- is drawing ever closer to its home port of Port Everglades, Florida, where it will dock next week and conduct a few test runs before departing on its maiden MORE

    - Nov 6, 2009 6:47 AM ET
  • GE brings good things to startups

    Conglomerate invests money - and its considerable resources - in young energy firms.

    By Marc Gunther, contributing editor

    When A123 Systems (AONE), a startup company that makes advanced lithium-ion batteries, had a successful initial public offering last month, one of the big winners was General Electric (GE).

    That's because A123 Systems is by far the biggest holding of a venture capital fund run by GE that invests in energy startups. Over six rounds MORE

    Oct 15, 2009 8:00 AM ET
  • San Francisco gets smart with green technology

    San Francisco is using advanced technology - and the strong arm of government - to turn the city into one of America's greenest.

    By David Ewing Duncan

    On Pier 96 on San Francisco Bay, a dirty, smelly leviathan of a machine roars and vibrates as it organizes 750 tons of refuse each day into neat cubes of plastic, paper, and metal.

    It may look crude, but this three-story-high knot of conveyors, MORE

    Sep 11, 2009 6:00 AM ET
  • Solar industry sees ray of hope

    By Scott Moritz

    Solar tech stocks got a small jolt Wednesday after the U.S. Senate included an extension of renewable energy tax credits in its $700 billion financial bailout package.

    A vote by the Senate on the financial rescue plan is expected Wednesday. If passed it will head to the House of Representatives, which could vote as early as Thursday. In a surprise move, the Senate version of the proposed package salvages MORE

    - Oct 1, 2008 2:43 PM ET
  • CES: A paler shade of green

    By Michael V. Copeland

    LAS VEGAS -- The quiet here in a booth sponsored by Dell is at odds with the pandemonium all around at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Four plywood lounge chairs designed by Charles and Ray Eames sit on a dark floor made of some obviously recycled material. In one chair , a guy with headphones covering most of his head quietly taps on a laptop. Squares of MORE

    - Jan 8, 2008 1:02 AM ET
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