Is Superconductivity Cleantech?

On January 20, 2006, in Blog, by Mark Bitterman

I’ve heard some feedback from people asking why superconductivity is given a voice in a cleantech blog. This is a good question. There are a few reasons. In one area in particular–power quality–superconductors are directly related to renewable energy. Advanced, flywheels, superconducting magnetic energy storage, superconducting fault current limiters, etc. are all being proposed as […]

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Limitations on Metals Not Usually Addressed by Cleantech

On January 20, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

This article on LiveScience comments on an area that we do not discuss that often in the Cleantech world, but gets more attention in sustainability discussions: namely that the base raw materials that we use are running down, as well as our fossil fuel energy sources. The Live article primarily quoted a Yale University […]

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Future Looks Brighter Thanks to the California Solar Initiative

On January 19, 2006, in Blog, by Investor Ideas

On January 12th the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the California Solar Initiative (CSI), which provides $2.9 billion in incentives from 2007 – 2017 to help promote the development of solar power. This program is aimed at reducing the costs of solar technology for State consumers as California move towards cleaner energy solutions. The […]

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The Solar Market Marches On – Major Recent Trends in Cleantech

On January 18, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I thought for todays post I’d summarize some of the major trends that I see in the solar market: 1. IPOs and VCs Are Stilll Headed Up – Solar is still the biggest thing in cleantech or energy tech from an investor standpoint. I think a solar company has won the NREL Growth Forum award […]

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Goldman Goes Green

On January 16, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Just before Thanksgiving, the prestigious investment banking firm Goldman Sachs announced a broad-reaching environmental policy. Goldman Sachs Environmental Policy The policy contains several important pledges. Most tangibly, Goldman aims to make $1 billion available for investments in renewable energy (and this is not mere talk, as Goldman bought the wind developer Zilkha earlier in 2005). […]

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Cleantech News – California’s $3 Billion Solar Initiative Broken Down

On January 14, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

California PUC has made a huge splash with its solar rebate program. The pizzazz angle is quite good. “The goal is to install solar energy on 1 million buildings statewide by 2017, generating 3,000 megawatts of electricity — the equivalent of six large power plants, or enough to serve 2.3 million people. By comparison, all […]

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China and India – Laggards or Leaders?

On January 13, 2006, in Blog, by Peter Beadle

Even among green enthusiasts there seems to be a feeling that our best efforts could be cancelled out by the growing energy demands of the developing world – particularly the massive economies of China and India which between them comprise 40 percent of the world’s people. This fear may prove unjustified if current trends continue […]

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Welcome to a New Blogger – Peter Beadle, Solar Exec and CEO of GreenJobs

On January 12, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I want to welcome our new blogger – Peter Beadle. Peter is currently CEO of He is an is an experienced technology executive and an expert on a wide range of green and energy technologies, including photovoltaics, fuel processing, fuel cells, and oil & gas technologies. Peter holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry, and […]

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The Forgotten Renewable Energy

On January 9, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

When most people think of renewable energy, they think of hydro, or solar, or wind, or (increasingly) biomass. A few people think of geothermal. But that’s pretty much the list of renewables. The most forgotten form of renewable energy, and one which I think holds more long-term promise than any other, is ocean-based energy. The […]

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Clean-Tech Investor Summit, 2006

On January 7, 2006, in Blog, by Joel Makower

If you haven’t tuned into it yet, the 2nd annual Clean-Tech Investor Summit is upon us, to be held Feb. 1-2, 2006 in Rancho Mirage, CA. The event is co-produced by my firm, Clean Edge. Last year’s event sold out, and this one should, too. This year’s Summit features a solid line-up venture and private […]

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Old Dams = Opportunity for Smallscale Hydro?

On January 6, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I read a article (see below) recently about the state of the river dams in the US. The article quoted a number of something like 80,000 large dams. Article on Old Dams The author seems quite concerned in the wake of Katrina about the safety and replacement of aging dams. With good reason, as dating […]

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How Energy Efficient Technology is Helping to Control Energy Costs

On January 6, 2006, in Blog, by Investor Ideas

Practical experience reveals that energy is a firm’s third-highest cost. Businesses are looking for the means to reduce costs, increase profits and satisfy ever-increasing demands to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preserve the environment. With America’s commercial business sector leading demand, the cost of providing energy to the nation’s business and residential consumers is expected […]

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Welcome to a New Blogger – Mark Bitterman, Editor of Superconductor Week

On January 5, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I want to welcome our new blogger – Mark Bitterman, the Editor of Superconductor Week. Mark is the leading journalist and writer on the superconductor industry. He is the Executive Editor of Superconductor Week, which is the most comprehensive and widely read newsletter covering the technology and commercialization of superconductors. Superconductor Week does original reporting, […]

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What Will Superconductivity Bring to Cleantech in 2006?

On January 5, 2006, in Blog, by Mark Bitterman

In 1986, high temperature superconductors (HTS) were discovered, capable of conducting electricity with zero resistance at a relatively warm -196 Celsius (-321 Fahrenheit). This presented the possibility of developing new generation of devices employing the extraordinary properties of superconductors using inexpensive liquid nitrogen as a coolant. Since then, efforts around the world have worked to […]

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Clean Coal: An Oxymoron?

On January 3, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

To many people who are passionate environmentalists, the words “clean” and “coal” couldn’t be more polarized opposites. The thought of coal directly implies powerplant smokestacks belching carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants. Certainly, it is true that coal-burning powerplants have historically been largely responsible for high quantities of sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide emissions that […]

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More Cleantech News – Honda Enters the Solar Business

On January 2, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

There is more bad news for cleantech startups looking for an easy time of it in the solar business. Honda has announced it is entering the solar business and will start shipping from a 27.5 MW plant next year. Good news perhaps, for the industry overall, further validating that we are in a massive growth […]

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2005 Recap

On December 26, 2005, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Ah, the usual pundit’s retrospective at the end of the year. Here’s my take on the top 10 most significant developments in 2005 for the cleantech industry, in the usual descending Letterman format: 10. The Energy Policy Act. Sure, it’s a dog’s breakfast of incoherent and often contradicting provisions. And, it’s the most painfully arduous […]

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Chinese Solar Company Headed to the NYSE

On December 22, 2005, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Catching in on two booms – the boom in Chinese firms headed to the US stock exchanges, and the boom in solar IPOs, Suntech Power, has filed to list on Nasdaq. They are raising $300 mm in ADRs, and reporting revenues of the last 9 months of $137 mm 13% profit. That puts them in […]

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Has Broadband over Power Lines Finally Made it?

On December 22, 2005, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

TXU just announced that it is spending $150 mm over 10 years to roll-out power line carriage or BPL (broadband over power lines) – delivery of broadband internet access of powerlines. TXU Article. This a major win for cleantech investors, and could add a new player to the crowded world of highspeed internet access. The […]

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Kyoto, Carbon Credits, and a Big Market for Cleantech

On December 20, 2005, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I have just returned from a trip to London to evaluate some business opportunities in carbon trading stemming from the commencement of the Kyoto protocol. I was surprised by the level and intensity of interest in this market. A few relevant trends I noticed: Significant interest by investors in carbon and emissions trading. Including numerous […]

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