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1,500 Reader Comments on Renewable Energy that will Really Work

Our Cleantech Linkedin Group, over 20,000 members strong, has had a seven month running discussion started by Robert Drummond entitled “Renewable Energy that will Really work”, asking for readers views on what’s practical in renewable energy.  Kind of crowd sourcing opinion and facts on the subject of renewable energy.  Robert’s discussion reached a staggering 1,500 comments this […]

What Should Cleantech Mean for Vehicle Safety?

Earlier this month, President Obama signed into law the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, which will require quiet electric and hybrid vehicles to emit a sound that allows the car to be detected by blind pedestrians. The interesting part of this law, which received the support of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, was that it did […]

7 Book Reviews in Cleantech and Energy

Sandor Schoichet s a longtime Cleantech Blog reader, and Director of Meridian Management Consultants.  Sandor has EE and SM degrees in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from MIT, where he studied artificial intelligence, office automation, and business process reengineering, and completed a joint program in Management of Innovation at the Sloan and Harvard business schools. […]

New 12 MW Solar Installation by EDF in Ontario

Toronto-based EDF Energies Nouvelles Canada (EDF) announced on January 4 that its 12 MW St. Isidore A solar installation successfully joined Ontario’s alternative energy industry when it began operations in late December. St. Isidore is a community of fewer than 1,000 people located in Prescott and Russell County, east of Ottawa, the nation’s capital. The […]

Report from Grid Integration of Renewables Conference at Stanford

By Andrew Longenecker, guest contributor   The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy’s “Grid Integration of Renewables” conference, which took place at Stanford University’s Jen-Hsun Engineering Center on January 13, 2011, brought together professionals and students to discuss various aspects of the integration of intermittent sources of power to the grid. The conference facilitated the discussion on […]

A Cleantech Energy Funding Adventure

by Jason Barkeloo, CEO of Pilus Energy My business partners and I discovered an innovative way to unlock energy stored in carbon compounds. After a little back-slapping and “atta-boys,” we sought to raise the capital to launch a pilot. This led to another discovery; the destructive impact the economic crisis is having upon the capital […]

Viridity Software Appoints Arun Oberoi as New President and CEO

For Immediate Release: With Proven Chief Executive And General Management Experience At Several Of The Industry’s Best-Known And Respected Companies, Oberoi Brings A Track Record For Building Rapid Growth Businesses Burlington, MA (December 14, 2010) – Viridity Software, the leading provider of data center optimization and energy resource management solutions, today announced the appointment of […]

Valuing the Electron

I am struggling to find a single function in our society that is not impacted by the electron. The electron is a negatively charged particle that fuels digital work. It makes software work on hardware. It powers motors and manufacturing. It lights our bulbs and amplifies our sound. In my opinion, the electron is the […]

Landfills and Buggy Whips

Progress is never without a price. What we gain on one hand we lose on another. The hope is that when the dust has settled the gains outweigh the losses. The manufacturers of buggy whips didn’t want to go out of business when the automobile arrived on the market. They fought to maintain their market […]

Ontario FIT Program Draws Unwarranted Criticism

I have seen, with growing frustration, an increasing number of comments on blogs and news sites deriding Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program and similar government incentives that encourage the use of renewable energy and create green jobs in the province. Comments like this anonymous post continue to stand out in my mind, “…‘greens’ only want […]

OPIC To Mobilize $1 Billion To Assist Developing Nations in Combating Climate Change

Agency to open a call for proposals from private equity fund managers; announcement made at UN Climate Change Conference in Cancun CANCUN, Mexico – Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), announced today that OPIC will provide at least $300 million in financing for new private equity investment funds […]

Report from the Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Conference

The Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Conference, a biannual conference organized by Berkeley and Stanford students, successfully brings some of the best and brightest minds together to discuss cleantech-related topics. Past themes have included Electric Vehicles, Big Solar, Energy Storage, and Smart Grid; this year the conference was organized around Distributed Generation. This year’s event took place at […]

African Sunrise for Cleantech?

This week I’m going to break one of my self-imposed ‘blog’ rules and dip into last week’s news. My reasoning will become clear. On Thursday I attended Envirolink North West’s Developing New Technologies for off Shore Wind event at the Met in Leeds. Apart from gaining a new respect for gearboxes (not to mention the […]

What’s Beyond Zero Emissions Vehicles?

by Paul Hirsch The automotive industry has invested billions in alternative fuel technology since that first Prius rolled off its assembly line. And these days a growing portion of that investment has been focused on zero emission technologies, such as battery electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen fuel cells. Yet as a professional tasked with commercializing […]

CICS Receives Accreditation from UKAS to Provide Verification of Carbon Footprints

17 November 2010 (Stoke-on-Trent, UK) – CICS (Complete Integrated Certification Services Ltd) is pleased to announce that it is the only Verification Body to receive accreditation from UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) to perform independent verification of voluntary carbon footprints assessed against international standards such as ISO14064 and the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol. CICS’ client base […]

LDK Solar Announces Strategic Financing Agreement With China Development Bank For Up To RMB 60 Billion

XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 27, 2010 — LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (“LDK Solar”) (NYSE: LDK), a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers and PV products, today announced that it has entered into a strategic financing agreement with China Development Bank Corporation (CDB), a joint stock banking corporation wholly owned by the state […]