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 […]

Bringing Security to the Grid in an Unsecure World

On November 28, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

It’s long been on the short-list of things that keep utility planners and security experts awake at night:  hackers find a way to enter the control system of critical infrastructure and command it against the interests of users. Well, it appears to have finally happened:  in early November, a small water utility in downstate Illinois reportedly experienced a […]

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Best of Both: Diesel and Plug-in Hybrid

On November 22, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

Audi e-tron Spyder Diesel Plug-in Hybrid Original Post at Clean Fleet Report Just looking at this hot sports car invites you to get behind the wheel and leave this LA Auto Show and not stop until navigating breathtaking hairpin turns along the coast of Big Sur. The Audi e-tron Spyder is a convertible sports coupe […]

A World of Hurt

On November 21, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Seemingly generating nary a ripple here in the U.S., the International Energy Agency (IEA) just issued its 2011 World Energy Outlook — its annual synopsis on the future of the global energy sector.  If ignorance is bliss, then we’re certainly blessed by generally not bothering to confront the pretty-alarming conclusions of the report.  A pastiche of the highlighted snippets in the Executive Summary, when […]

“Off the Grid and Into People’s Homes”

On November 14, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

In the November/December issue of EnergyBiz, you will find an unusual contributor to a magazine about the utility sector:  Bob McDonald, CEO of Proctor & Gamble (NYSE: PG). Being one of the largest, most successful and savviest consumer marketing companies, P&G is often considered by utility companies as a model for how to develop and market new products or […]

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Armistice Day 2011: Our Pearl Harbor Moment for Solar is Coming

On November 11, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Ok.  Deep breath.  The first time I modeled solar costs and started reviewing the first PPA solar models, was nearly 8 years ago now.  And they were ugly then.  As in, fully loaded some $0.60-0.90 /kwh ugly, no matter how rosy the solar pollyannas were.  That’s why it took a German Feed in Tariff of near […]


High-Speed Rail Expands from 14 to 24 Countries

On November 9, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

By Worldwatch Institute (11/8/11) The number of countries running high-speed rail is expected to double over the next few years, according to new research by the Worldwatch Institute. By 2014, high-speed trains will be operating in nearly 24 countries, including China, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United States, up from only 14 countries today. […]

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 […]

Assaulting Batteries

On November 7, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

A radical breakthrough in energy storage has long been considered the “holy grail” of cleantech.  With ubiquitous, scalable, reliable and (most importantly) low-cost energy storage, two main thrusts of cleantech adoption will be debottlenecked:  much deeper penetration of zero-emitting and limitless but intermittent solar and wind into the electricity generation mix, and significantly reduced needs for fueled internal […]

10,000 EVs for San Francisco in 2012

On November 1, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

San Francisco Bay Area may be the nation’s first region with 10,000 electric cars. It could happen in 2012 for the region with 7 million people and 5.3 million vehicles. Electric utility PG&E reports that they are now charging 1,800 Nissan LEAFs and 250 Chevrolet Volt residential owners. Add to these numbers a growing number […]

Is Oiltech Cleantech?

On October 31, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

In leading the cleantech practice for the venture capital firm Early Stage Partners, I’m sometimes asked how I define “cleantech”.  I’ve given this question a fair amount of thought, and generally am publicly articulating my answer as “technologies that address the critical resource needs of the 21st Century, most prominently, energy supplies and clean water.” It’s […]

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New Car Safety, Telematics and Infotainment

On October 25, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

When you drive down the road getting navigation help to a restaurant that you just picked while listening to favorite music on Pandora you are internet connected. The internet technology in new cars will soon be a $10 billion business, as people want the best in entertainment, telematics, and infotainment. By the end of the […]

Get Yer Motors Running

On October 24, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Last week, I spoke with a few representatives from GE Motors and Services, one of the groupings under Industrial Solutions within the massive GE Energy business unit of General Electric (NYSE: GE).  In the course of the conversation, I received a brief tutorial on the state of affairs in the motor marketplace. Although easy to overlook, motors […]

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California Self-Generation Incentive Program Expanded

On October 19, 2011, in Blog, by David Niebauer

by David Niebauer A recent decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) has reinvigorated and expanded the Self-Generation Incentive Program (“SGIP”) by greatly expanding the technologies that are eligible for the program and creating up-front rebates plus performance-based incentives for developers and manufacturers working to install these technologies. The impetus for the new expanded […]

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Environmental Regulation of Coal Power: Train Wreck or No?

On October 18, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Over the past several months — well, years, really — there’s been a lot of to-and-fro about various new environmental requirements that may or may not face coal-fired powerplants. Some observers have called it a regulatory “train wreck”, arguing that some of the requirements run at cross-purposes to others, or are planned to be sequenced in a […]

What if every residential home in the U.S. had a solar rooftop?

On October 17, 2011, in Blog, by David Anthony

By David Anthony and Tao Zheng Whoever thought that every home in America would have a radio, a television, a phone, a computer, and now a solar rooftop? If it can be imagined, then it can be done. As the crude oil price fluctuated between $70 and $110 a barrel in the past year and […]


Top 5 Cleantech Prize Competitions

On October 13, 2011, in Blog, by admin

By Daniel Gerding As the cleantech industry continues to grow, so too does the number of competitions geared to promote innovative ideas and companies in the industry. Academia is full of cleantech and renewable energy focused case competitions, which bring students together from a variety of disciplines to solve today’s most pressing problems. These provide […]


Chevrolet Spark EV with A123 Nanophosphate Lithium-ion Batteries

On October 12, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

The 2013 Spark EV is Chevrolet’s new 100% battery-electric car. It is GM’s fourth electric car model that includes the Chevrolet Volt, the Opel Ampera, and the Cadillac ELR. GM needs a pure-electric offering; Nissan Leaf is dominating the early adopter market. Reuters reports that Nissan LEAF’s U.S. sales through September were about 27,500 — […]

Trash About Trash

On October 10, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

For the past few years, the City of Cleveland has been exploring the development of a trash-to-energy facility at its Ridge Road waste transfer station.  Currently, the City collects garbage via conventional trucks, brings it to Ridge Road for loading into 18-wheelers, and sends the garbage miles away to a landfill — pretty much the […]

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Top 5 Reasons Why Solyndra’s Failure is No Reason to Abandon Clean Energy

On October 8, 2011, in Blog, by admin

by Rory Cox In the last weeks, Solyndra, a Fremont-based solar manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy. What made this event of special interest was the fact that Solyndra received about half a billion dollars in loan guarantees as part of the federal stimulus program, and became a “poster child” for the program after President Obama’s appearance […]

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