Forward Osmosis – Solving Tomorrow’s Water Challenges Using Nature’s Remedy

On September 10, 2014, in Blog, by admin

Nature has an ingenious way of extracting water, but does it have the potential to solve many of today’s global water challenges? Before going into more details on how nature’s way of extracting water can help cut energy usage in water treatment processes, an appreciation is needed of why energy reduction in water treatment is an […]

CJK: Solving PM2.5

On May 1, 2014, in Blog, by Chiaki Ishikawa

In spite of the political posturing taking place between Japan and Korea and China, the governments are actively working to address this challenge. Hosted by Ministry of Environment of Korea, the Environmental Ministers Meeting among Korea, China and Japan at the end of this April to implement an initiative on enhancing environmental cooperation and dialogue.

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Seafloor Carpet Turns Surf’s up to Lights On

On March 25, 2014, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

At the University of California, Berkeley, a team of engineers is pioneering ocean-source energy technology by using “carpet” to capture the energy generated by ocean waves. The team, which includes wave energy guru and Assistant Professor Reza Alam, and Ph.D. Marcus Lehmann, an engineering researcher, aims not only to capture the kinetic energy contained in […]

 

Boeing’s SBRC Makes Biofuel from Agricultural Rejects

On March 10, 2014, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

A decade ago, biofuels were considered the Holy Grail of combustion-engine fuels. Measurably cleaner than fossil fuels, they were the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, at least according to some clean energy experts. Fast forward to 2008, when the biofuel industry’s withdrawal of food crops such as corn, rice, wheat and palm […]

 

Cliff Majersik, IMT, Identifies Efficiency as Energy’s Biggest Asset

On February 19, 2014, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit working in the areas of energy efficiency, green building, and environmental protection. Much of IMT’s effort goes toward correcting inadequacies in the construction/remodeling vertical that prevents investors from taking a stake in energy efficiency and sustainability in the United States. Cliff Majersik, Executive Director, […]

 

LEED v4, the Evolution of Green

On January 28, 2014, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

It’s particularly troubling to those of us watching the energy efficiency marketplace to see one program or another take a hard hit. That’s why the 2010 class action lawsuit by Henry Gifford against the US Green Building Council – the parent organization of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – had such wide-ranging responses […]

 

Silent Guardian: Drones without the Scare Factor

On January 22, 2014, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

Over at Bye Aerospace, Inc., Founder George Bye and colleagues are designing drones. But don’t worry. The Denver, Colorado company, founded in 2007, isn’t the site of the next Evil Empire, and the drones which will eventually start going out the door (here or elsewhere, but not under their own power) are meant for peaceful […]

 

Has a Cleantech crash spurred the need for Bluetech innovation?

On January 20, 2014, in Blog, Cleantech News, by Paul O`Callaghan

The recent CBS 60 Minutes documentary, The Cleantech Crash, was an apocryphal tale of wasted government funding and failed companies, and left one feeling sorry for a much maligned Vinod Khosla, deemed to be a prime architect behind the ‘failed cleantech revolution’. Khosla has rallied with a strong and stirring rebuttal in open letter to CBS. Cleantech, (if narrowly […]

 

Eco Pro 2013

On January 2, 2014, in Blog, by Chiaki Ishikawa

Every year, Eco-Pro features a particular theme. With the recovery of Fukushima on everyone’s mind and the uncertainty in fossil fuel supply, the focus on 2013 was on renewable energy. In July 2012, the government of Japan introduced a feed-in tariff (FIT) to promote energy generation from renewable resources including solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass

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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 […]

Skyonic, It’s Not Your Parent’s Carbon Capture Technology

On November 29, 2013, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

It should come as no surprise to those of us who follow environmental issues vis-à-vis climate and pollution that Norway this week walked away from the longest-running and most disappointing carbon capture plant in the world. Norway, sadly, is not the first, but its abandonment of Mongstad follows a familiar pattern of enormous hope and […]

 

Smart Cities

On November 5, 2013, in Blog, by Frank Ling

Two events I attended this month brought home the importance of cities as centers of solutions for urban sustainability and climate change. In the absence of a global agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions, cities around the world have already made efforts to decarbonize their economies. Global networks like the C40 include energy and climate […]

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At Solar Skies, It’s Always Sunny

On October 31, 2013, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

Randy Hagen, CEO of Solar Skies LLC (Alexandria, MN., in the heart of the Upper Midwest) is justly proud of his company’s newly purchased laser welder. Not only is it the only one in North America, but it is one of only two on the North American Continent, which spans an area from Panama to […]

 

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 […]

My LED Saga

On October 14, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

For my birthday, I told my wife I want LED light bulbs.  I know, right?  You’re thinking how cool is that!  If you’re thinking anything else, just keep it to yourself. A bit of history.  I like light.  I hate waiting for CFLs to warm up.  We need floodlight style for recessed lighting, and A […]

 

Enerkem, the Canadian Oil and Waste Rewind

On October 10, 2013, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

At the intersection of energy and environment, a number of firms are taking on the global challenge of converting various kinds of waste into biofuels and chemicals. Montreal, Quebec-based Enerkem is not only an example, but an examplar. Operating with 10 years worth of technological validation under its belt in the area of proprietary thermochemical […]

 

Philips Makes LEDs Affordable

On October 8, 2013, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

In 2008, it was the Holy Grail of residential lighting, according to off-the-gridder Dan Fink. Fink’s parameters were simple; he wanted an LED that retained (or added to) its inherent efficiency while also delivering the kind of light that homeowners identify with incandescent lighting – and all at a price that could easily nudge both […]

 

Kleiner-Backed Choose Energy Acquires Power2Switch

On October 3, 2013, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

On September 30, Plano, Texas-based Choose Energy acquired Power2Switch, a Chicago-based company designed to help energy consumers negotiate their way around deregulated electricity markets in New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas and Illinois, where the company had its largest footprint. Founded in 2008, Choose Energy offers a user-friendly website that matches deregulated energy suppliers with […]

 

The Real “Sweet Spot”: Sugar from Post-Consumer Food Waste

On September 19, 2013, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

Over the past few months, various print and media sources have had a ball describing various food additives with a huge “ick” factor. From pink slime to fetal human kidney cells and beaver anal glands – not to mention beetle secretions that make food shine, or crushed bugs, or even fertilizer in bread to help […]

 

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 […]

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