This is the last post of the year. In 2010, Green Frog has become one of the leading green blogs on the net. It was independently ranked in the top-10 of green business blogs in 2010. Thanks to all our readers!
In 2011, Green Frog will see a number of changes. First, after the success of the series on smart infrastructure, there will be a new series of portraits of movers and shakers in the clean tech industry. From Telecom to automotives, from surfing to green tracking, from financial investments to promoting green values: you will read more about key innovators who blaze new trails.
Last February, I started my coverage of smart infrastructure with a new Telematics start-up in San Jose; I will finish the series in Silicon Valley as well. What a difference in a year: large established companies are leading strong smart initiatives. The Internet giant, Google, recently invested in a coastal wind power grid.
The project, the Atlantic Wind Connection, would run electrical lines as far as 20 miles offshore from Virginia to New Jersey using a new underwater transmission lines. The initial phase of the project would be capable of delivering 2,000 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power about 500,000 homes.
Offshore wind farms already exist in Europe. Denmark has the oldest farm and produces almost 20% of its energy from wind. It is ironic because the U.S. originally started research in marine energy in the seventies after the Oil Crisis... but quit the race. It has now a lot of catching up to do.
One of the original companies in Silicon Valley, National Semiconductor, has never quit leading the pack in smart integrated circuit design. After 50 years, their expertise is leading power management, from phones to solar panels.
National is now going “magic”. Its program, Solar Magic, offers a range of power optimization solutions and a monitoring & management platform. Ultimately, National hopes to be able predict when solar cells fail to facilitate maintenance and greatly reduce the cost of running a large infrastructure of solar cells.