DBL Investors http://www.dblinvestors.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:42:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.2 MIT Technology Review — 50 Smartest Companies — Tesla & BrightSource Energy http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/02/mit-technology-review-50-smartest-companies-tesla-brightsource-energy/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/02/mit-technology-review-50-smartest-companies-tesla-brightsource-energy/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 01:09:48 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1711 By Brian Bergstein. It might sound difficult to define what makes a smart company, but you know one when you see it. When such a company commercializes a truly innovative technology, things happen: leadership in a market is bolstered or thrown up for grabs. Competitors have to refine or rethink their strategies.

This is what the editors of MIT Technology Reviewlooked for as we assembled this list. We didn’t count patents or PhDs; instead, we asked whether a company had made strides in the past year that will define its field. The biggest of these strides happened at Illumina, which is driving down the price of DNA sequencing to levels that will change the practice of medicine. We also found dramatic developments on the Web, in batteries, and even in agricultural technologies.

Familiar names such as Apple and Facebook aren’t on this list because reputation doesn’t matter. We’re highlighting where important innovations are happening right now.

See full list at MIT Technology Review.

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World’s Largest Solar Thermal Power Project at Ivanpah Achieves Commercial Operation http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/02/solar-on-a-grand-scale-big-power-plants-coming-online-in-the-west/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/02/solar-on-a-grand-scale-big-power-plants-coming-online-in-the-west/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:15:43 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1639 —   All Three Units of 392 megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System Now Delivering Solar Power to California’s Electric Grid —

NIPTON, Calif.; Feb. 13, 2014 ¾ NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), through its wholly owned subsidiary NRG Solar, LLC, today announced that the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is now operational and delivering solar electricity to California customers. At full capacity, the facility’s trio of 450-foot high towers produces a gross total of 392 megawatts (MW) of solar power, enough electricity to provide 140,000 California homes with clean energy and avoid 400,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to removing 72,000 vehicles off the road.

Ivanpah is a joint effort between NRG, Google, and BrightSource Energy. Bechtel is the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor on the project. The project received a $1.6 billion loan guarantee from the US Department of Energy’s Loan Programs Office. The facility achieved commercial operation on December 31, 2013. NRG will be the plant’s operator.

Ivanpah, which accounts for nearly 30 percent of all solar thermal energy currently operational in the US, is the largest solar project of its kind in the world. The project is the first to use BrightSource’s innovative solar power tower technology to produce electricity, which includes 173,500 heliostats that follow the sun’s trajectory, solar field integration software and a solar receiver steam generator. Since breaking ground in October 2010, the project has created thousands of jobs and, at the peak of construction, employed nearly 3,000 site workers who completed more than 8.35 million man-hours. A total of approximately $650 million in salaries for construction and operations is expected to be paid over the next 30 years.

See full press release at BrightSource Energy.

 

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Baby-Sitting Marketplace UrbanSitter Raises $15 Million http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/02/baby-sitting-marketplace-urbansitter-raises-15-million/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/02/baby-sitting-marketplace-urbansitter-raises-15-million/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:47:03 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1709 By . You can find a maid or even a mate online, but parents are understandably cautious when it comes to baby-sitting. There’s an added sense of comfort that comes with knowing the sitter’s parents when you tear that phone number off the bulletin board at the gym.

It’s Lynn Perkins’s job to make hiring a sitter through a website feel safe as well as easy. She’s the co-founder and chief executive officer of UrbanSitter, a 20-employee San Francisco startup that’s trying to snag a piece of the fragmented $47 billion U.S. child-care business with its online marketplace. The company has facilitated more than 170,000 baby-sitting jobs since its 2011 founding, mostly in San Francisco and New York. It plans to announce on Feb. 13 that it has raised $15 million in funding led by DBL Investors, a venture capital firm that spun out ofJPMorgan Chase (JPM), and Match Group, IAC’s (IACI) dating site division.

See full article at BloombergBusinessweek.

 

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California’s Great SONGS Debate: Gas-Fired Power vs. Green Alternatives http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/02/californias-great-songs-debate-gas-fired-power-vs-green-alternatives/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/02/californias-great-songs-debate-gas-fired-power-vs-green-alternatives/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 23:02:38 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1701 CPUC sees pushback on proposal for natural gas plus green replacements for 2,200 megawatts of lost nuclear power.  By Jeff St. John.  Down in Southern California, a battle over the state’s energy future has just been set in motion. At issue is the loss of the 2,200-megawatt San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) — and the debate over how much green energy can be relied on to replace it.

On Tuesday, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision (PDF) that would require Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric to each procure between 500 megawatts and 700 megawatts of new energy capacity by 2022 to make up for the generation lost with the 30-year-old nuclear plant’s closure last year.

See full article at Greentech Grid.

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Primus Power Gets A $20M Jolt For Grid-Scale Energy Storage http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/02/primus-power-gets-a-20m-jolt-for-grid-scale-energy-storage/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/02/primus-power-gets-a-20m-jolt-for-grid-scale-energy-storage/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:58:52 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1678 By .  New regulations in California are set to open up the market for large-scale energy storage and battery technology developer Primus Power has just raised charge into the fray. The Hayward, Calif.-based battery startup has raised $20 million for a new round from strategic investor Anglo American Platinum through its Platinum Group Metals Development Fund. Previous investors Chrysalix Energy Venture CapitalKleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers,I2BF, and DBL Investors have committed another $15 million to the company over two previous rounds of funding.

See full article at TechCrunch.

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A Revolution In Glass Technology Could Boost Your Mood Inside The Office http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/01/a-revolution-in-glass-technology-could-boost-your-mood-inside-the-office/ http://www.dblinvestors.com/2014/01/a-revolution-in-glass-technology-could-boost-your-mood-inside-the-office/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 23:54:02 +0000 http://www.dblinvestors.com/?p=1666 By Jessica Leber.  Good daylight inside a building can be a major mood and productivity enhancer. Other times, it can cause uncomfortable glare or heat, drive up energy costs, or simply require ugly blinds.

What if you could get the best of both worlds? That’s the proposition of the “smart” glass technology that is just starting to be incorporated into the design for commercial office buildings, hospitals, universities, and other large building spaces. It’s one of those small innovations that could really change how people feel inside their workplaces.

View, a Silicon Valley company that has its first production facility in Mississippi, just raised$100 million in financing to continue to expand its business. Its “Dynamic Glass” works like sunglasses that change tint with the light.

See full article at Fast Company.

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