The Department of Energy has made a conditional loan guarantee of $133.9 million to Abengoa Bioenergy to begin the construction of a commercial size cellulosic biofuel manufacturing plant. The plant is to be built in Hugoton, KS; the US corporate headquarters of Abengoa is St. Louis, MO. The plant will convert corn stalks and leaves into cellulosic ethanol displacing nearly 15.5 million of gasoline annually.
The DOE has also made a loan guarantee of $197 million to SoloPower for the construction of two thin film solar module manufacturing plants located in Portland, OR and San Jose, CA. Using thin film to capture solar energy is less expensive than solar panels, but is usually not as efficient. Solopower has career openings ranging from technicians to executives.
Mission Motors, a maker of electric vehicle technology, has received $9 million from venture capitalists. Mission Motors will use the funding to continue to develop its family of products related to electric vehicles including lithium ion batteries and drive systems for competition vehicles and motorcycles. Here is a link to their career openings.