Entries by Neal Dikeman

The Elusive Energy Storage Yeti

Large scale energy has proven almost as elusive a Yeti, and perhaps almost as all world saving juicy as the silver bullet for the werewolf or the Holy Grail itself (and not the Monty Python kind). Energy storage for nearly 15 years has been the energy tech and cleantech version of the ultimate “but-if”.  I.E., […]

Geoengineering our Future

The Economist had an article in a recent issue about the “anthropocene” period, our new geologic era, where mankind is the dominant force in the geology of the planet.  A period where our agriculture, cities, dams, etc literally have and will permanently change the face of the earth itself, forever. The article suggests that we […]

Young Cleantech IPOs = Venture Paradise Found?

It struck me the other day that I may have been looking at the recent spate of cleantech IPOs backwards.  Perhaps instead of lamenting the dearth of profitable healthy companies going public on major exchanges  in our sector, what we should be considering is whether early and still risky IPOs mean cleantech venture capitalists are […]

Cleantech Parasites

It dawned on me today, that after buying green ecommerce store Greenhome.com 8 months ago, we put up links to the site on CleantechBlog.com, and included special coupons for all our Cleantech Blog readers and Cleantech.org members in the monthly emailings.  Here I thought people who were making a living off cleantech might *gasp* care […]

A Holy Moly Gutsy Week in Cleantech

Reading cleantech news and SEC filings this last couple of weeks makes for a holy moly OMG damn that takes guts set of moments. Well, the cleantech sector is nothing if not entertaining.  I’m obviously going to have to up my game and find more entertaining deals.   Total buys controlling stake in Sunpower. Sunpower […]

Where Be the Debt in Cleantech?

A large portion of the energy and ag sectors cleantech targets are strongly backed by liquid and well developed debt markets and lending practices.  But in cleantech, basic nuts and bolts debt has been scarce or weird. We have cleantech companies, venture capitalists and pundits babbling self servingly about a “gap in the capital markets” that we […]

Brightsource, Fisker and Solyndra – Soul Crushingly Bad Numbers Make up 17% of Near Record 1Q11 Venture Investment

GreentechMedia and Cleantech Group this quarter reported near record levels of cleantech venture capital investment. Nearly $2.6 Billion in deals.  No, quantitative easing hasn’t made the dollar slide that much yet, the numbers are real – mainly as the solar and transport  deals vintage 2004-07 are getting deep into their capital intensive cycles.  But a […]

Long Live Green Squared Suburbs

I’m watching a CNN special on reinventing Los Angeles, and calling on suburbs as dead, time to move on.  But I LIKE suburbs.  I like grass.  I like trees.  I like quiet.  I like space – both in my house and between my neighbors.  I don’t like my neighbors waking me up with loud sex […]

Cleantech Forum Snaps – Affirmative Action, Star Trek, and Starvation

Three comments I really liked from the premier conference on cleantech: Art Rosenfeld, California Energy Commission – It’s all about cool white roofs to combat climate change.  Art is one of the deans of energy efficiency in California.  It’s been long known that white roofs can cool a building and help reduce the heat island […]

How to know when a venture capitalist may really be your friend

Live from the Cleantech Forum, the largest investor conference for energy and environmental technologies, our take on how to tell if the venture capital investor you are talking to really may be your friend. Only partly tongue in cheek. 1) when you ask how things are going, he moans about all of his portfolio companies […]

In Defense of the Venture Capital Herd Mentality

Every few conversations about venture capital, someone laments the “herd mentality” of the venture capital sector.  That is, the tendency of venture capital investors to invest in similar areas.  It’s a favorite topic of cleantech afficianados as well, both before cleantech got hot, and since then.  I’d like to ask though, are we sure the […]

Cleantech Blog Wants a Leaf, Dammit

I drove my first Nissan Leaf on Saturday. The ultimate cleantech car.  Not Cleantech Blog’s first EV drive, as our blogger John Addison has blogged on the Leaf and other EVs numerous times before. But only my second EV drive.  My Leaf test drive followed a previous conversation with Mark Perry, one of the senior product guys […]

The Cleantech Blog Bookshelf

We’ve been meaning to publish a Cleantech Blog Bookshelf for a while. Cleantech Blog has always had a strong cadre of published and bestselling authors in our blogger roster, and I was recently included one of my essays on carbon credits alongside a star studded cast in an anthology called The Green Movement. So enjoy, […]

A Year of Change: Solar, Smart Power, and Carbon; Buying Greenhome.com; and Cleantech Blog Moves to Texas

Dear Friends, We think it’s time cleantech grew up and learned to play with the big boys of energy and consumer goods.  That means learning cost down and scale like nobody’s business.  We think it can.  We think green is going mainstream – for good. We think LEDs are going to win.  We think wind […]

Will the 21st Century be the Fossil Fuel Century?

Will the 21st century be the fossil fuel century? Whether it’s peak oilers, climate scientists, renewable and sustainable gurus, or cleantech venture capitalists, we all talk like that’s not an option.  We’ve preordained that the 21st century is a green energy, renewable power, cleantech century. And I’d like to believe that.  But it’s not a […]

5 Cleantech Wishes for 2011

Five things I’d like to see in cleantech 2011. A fuel cell in one of my blogger’s houses.  This one’s actually in progress, so hopefully it’s a gimme.  So come on Marc, we’re waiting for the pictures and the blog! More cleantech IPOs.  Come on guys, the market’s been rolling, we ought to be able […]

Smart Power – Our Future Whether You Like it or Not

I had a chance to meet Peter Fox-Penner, the Chairman Emeritus of the Brattle Group the other day, when he was announcing the launch of his new book, Smart Power.  Brattle Group is a long time economic consulting group to the power industry.  Smart Power is about the emergence and issues around the smart grid.  […]

The Seminal List of Authoritative Cleantech Definitions

It dawned on me after I MC’ed the Cleantech Open Gala Awards Ceremony two weeks ago (congrats again the to winners!), that there were now some 5.6 mm listings on google for the term cleantech, and while virtually every data provider or leading market analysis firm in the sector had tried to define cleantech, no […]

Cleantech Blog Power 5 – Top Investors in Cleantech

It’s been a long year and a half or so since we published our last Cleantech Blog Power 5 on the top investors in cleantech.  Time for round two. As usual the criteria for inclusion. Investor made a significant contribution to the cleantech investment sector More smart looking investments than stupid looking investments On balance, I’d […]