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Todd Woody

Todd Woody is an environmental and technology journalist based in California. He has written for The New York Times and Quartz, and was previously an editor and writer at Fortune, Forbes, and Business 2.0.
Emerging Tech

Get to Mars by Selling All Your Earthly Possessions

Elon Musk wants a ticket to Mars to cost $500,000. For those left behind, he'll have a cheap electric car for you.

Emerging Tech

Why Google is Making a Big Deal Over a Little Solar Device

Gadgets called inverters are key to making usable solar energy, and Google wants them super small and cheap.

Emerging Tech

Want More Renewable Energy? Send in the Drones

Out in the desert it's hard to know when one solar panel among millions has failed. Unless you're a drone.

Emerging Tech

The Forever Battery, Brought to You by Old-School Silicon Valley Technologists

A startup has invented an energy storage device that could take an entire neighborhood off the grid.

Emerging Tech

The Brutal Bust in Next-Generation Biofuels in One Chart

The U.S. government finally gets it: We won't be powering our cars with corncobs any time soon.

Emerging Tech

How Google Is Helping Warren Buffett Go Green

The search giant makes a big wind energy buy from Buffett's MidAmerican Energy.

Emerging Tech

How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark

Meet 'photoswitches,' a breakthrough set of materials that act as their own batteries, absorbing energy and releasing it on demand.

Emerging Tech

Pilots Complain That Glare From the World’s Biggest Solar Power Plant Is Blinding Them

The 340,000 mirrors at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System are reflecting sunlight up into the air.

Emerging Tech

Why Elon Musk Is a Utility Executive’s Worst Nightmare

Solar and other new technologies could render today's electricity business obsolete.

Emerging Tech

Meet the Newest Big Solar Developers: Native Americans

More dependable solar thermal systems are losing out to solar panels except, perhaps, on tribal lands.

Emerging Tech

The Next Solar Manufacturing Boom Will Be in the Middle East

Here's more proof that the center of the solar-power universe is shifting.

Data

Vietnam Taps Big Data to Avoid China’s Traffic Catastrophe

IBM has signed a deal with the city of Da Nang to create a high-tech traffic management system

Emerging Tech

So Much for the Solar Trade War: China Panel Makers Set New Sales Records

The death of China’s solar industry appears to have been greatly exaggerated.

Data

Big Data Is Giving China an Edge in Renewable Energy Production

IBM is deploying technology that crunches data coming from individual wind turbines.

Emerging Tech

The Collapse of China’s Photovoltaic Industry Will Spark the Next Solar Boom

The global solar industry may have hit the doldrums, but it could double again to a $155 billion business by 2018.