Predictions For Cleantech in 2014

On December 11, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Continuing a tradition since 2007, once again we bring you some end-of-year thoughts about where we think the cleantech investment theme is going. Our cleantech-specific analysis and advisory firm Kachan & Co. focuses on this space. We publish research reports. We get briefings from companies introducing new technology. We publish a cleantech analysis service. We’re quoted in the press. We pore over […]

New Optimism For a Cleantech Future

On October 24, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

If you’ve not been paying much attention to cleantech in the last little while, it’s time to sit up and take notice. Because post-Solyndra, cleantech has been quietly gaining momentum. We had the chance to take a close look at the fundamentals of cleantech over the last two months in co-authoring a new (and free!) 38-page […]

Making Green Mining Less Of An Oxymoron

On September 16, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

New breakthrough science and cost reductions from the world of cleantech hold promise for making mining—one of the dirtiest, most inefficient industries in the world—more profitable, safer and cleaner. But which cleantech innovations aimed at reducing toxicity in mining, as well as the need for power and water, are best positioned to succeed? Which companies […]

15 Tips For Clean/Green Tech Accelerator Success

On July 18, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

I’ve been helping behind the scenes on a new cleantech incubator recently launched in Vancouver, Canada called the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator. And in the process, I’ve been getting the opportunity to learn what other accelerators and incubators are doing well, and not so well, around the world. The first incubator launched in the U.S. in 1959, but […]

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Cleantech by any other name

On June 19, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

How relevant is the term cleantech today? Has it had its day in the sun? It’s a heretical question for someone who’s spent much of the last 10 years of his career furthering the cleantech meme globally. A former Managing Director of an organization that gets much of the credit for coining the phrase to begin […]

Crowdfunding Coming Of Age In Cleantech

On March 8, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

With early stage capital for cleantech innovation becoming increasingly scarce, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and a new crop of clean/green ones are beginning to emerge as significant sources of funding for selected next-gen clean technologies. Hurdles remain, particularly for investors seeking returns, but I’m more optimistic about these sites’ usefulness to cleantech entrepreneurs than I used to […]

Cleantech to “Backtrack” in 2013?

On December 4, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Our firm, Kachan & Co., has just published its latest annual set of predictions for the cleantech sector for the year ahead. To our analysis, 2013 is shaping up to be something of a year of backtracking for the cleantech industry, a year that calls into question some of its traditional leading indicators of health, and […]

Cultivating Agricultural Cleantech

On November 21, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

An expanding world population, coupled with increasing concerns about resource scarcity, land availability, biodiversity conservation and global warming is fostering interest in sustainable agriculture technologies. Large companies and clean technology investors are focused on energy, and some are following water. Yet very few are tracking opportunities in breakthrough clean and green agricultural technology. And that […]

A Cleantech State of the Union

On October 5, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

With October now upon us, data providers are beginning to issue their preliminary analyses of cleantech investment in the third quarter of 2012 that just closed. This quarter, the Clean Energy pipeline service of London’s VBResearch is the first to weigh in, counting cleantech venture capital & private equity investment (excluding buyouts) as approximately $1.7 billion. Data from […]

Look What’s Now Patently Obvious in Cleantech

On October 1, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Anyone can look up at the sky and make a guess at tomorrow’s weather. But having actual data informs your opinion and makes your guess a little more accurate. Which is why, as a managing director of a leading cleantech data provider and responsible for the presentation of its quarterly global cleantech data, I developed […]

Two Years Later: Revisiting the Taxonomy of Cleantech

On August 10, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

It’s been two years since Kachan & Co. first published its definition of what industries and categories constitute cleantech. A lot happens in two years, so it’s time to refresh our taxonomy. A clean technology taxonomy, a list of nested categories, is important. It shows where a clean technology “fits.” It helps vendors understand their competitive […]

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Rethinking the Role of Government in Cleantech

On May 16, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Another year, another wringing of the hands over tax credits and incentives for clean technology. Lobbyists and vendors in the U.S. are once again singing the blues, calling for continued and expanding government investments in clean technology. At the same time, political challengers continue their Solyndra hootenanny, raking the current administration for how it spent hundreds of […]

The Quiet Clean Mining Revolution

On February 20, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Few industries have got the black eye, literally and metaphorically, of mining. After centuries of environmental effects ranging from toxic emissions to unsightly tailings ponds, acid mine drainage, massive energy consumption and other impacts, mining is slowly cleaning up its act. Why? Mostly because new clean technologies are increasing industrial efficiencies. They’re lowering mining companies’ […]

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Predictions For Cleantech In 2012

On December 1, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

It’s December again (how did that happen!?) and our annual time for reflection here at Kachan & Co. So as we close out 2011, let’s look towards what the new year may have in store for cleantech. There are eggshells across the sector for 2012. Global economic uncertainty in particular is leaving some skeptical about […]

A Fusion Reactor Hollywood Could Love

On November 28, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Some latest scuttlebutt from the world of nuclear fusion has all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller screenplay (and for those who remember Inside Greentech’s Greentech Avenger, you know I know scuttlebutt!) There’ve been all kinds of cinematic ideas, and personalities, on the front lines of the crazy world of cleantech innovation. Wild claims from charismatic mad […]

The Story of Ethylene… now starring natural gas

On November 7, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

It’s a $160 billion a year market you’ve probably never heard of. Ethylene, the intermediary chemical compound from which popular plastics and many other high value products are derived, has traditionally been made in the petroleum industry via steam cracking, an energy- and carbon-intensive process. It’s the most produced organic compound in the world; annual global […]

Wanted: Chinese cleantech capital and connections

On September 30, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

With the emergence of China as the globe’s cleantech powerhouse (see Why China has already overtaken the U.S. in cleantech), it’s become fashionable for cleantech companies with products to sell to target China seeking large purchase orders. What’s not been so popular is to go to China seeking investment capital. We and a handful of […]

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What cleantech should know about chasm crossing

On July 25, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

If there’s really a significant gulf, as onetime marketer Geoffrey Moore put it, between selling to early adopters and the majority of technology buyers, what does this mean for companies in cleantech? The chasm model holds that there’s a big difference between what companies need to do to effectively sell technology products to early adopters […]

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Why you need to pay attention to bio natural gas

On May 10, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

At the bustling intersection of renewable energy mandates, carbon emissions regulation, economic growth and legacy infrastructure lies untapped potential for producers of bio natural gas (BNG). It’s new. It’s important. It’s certainly not to be confused with plain biogas. And particularly if you work or have invested in solar, wind or energy storage, you need […]

Seven cleantech companies Silicon Valley just learned about

On April 22, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

As a reporter and analyst, I wrote about hundreds of cleantech companies. As a managing director of the Cleantech Group, I spent years listening to hundreds of pitches, coached companies on presenting to institutional investors and helped facilitate cleantech deals around the world. Just last month, I served on a committee at the request of the Canadian […]

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