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 […]

Who Can Count to 100 Billion?

On December 1, 2011, in Blog, by admin

By Assaad Razzouk On Thursday 10 November 2011, I spoke at an OECD / IEA workshop in Paris entitled “Expert workshop on tracking climate finance flows from the private sector and multilateral development banks.” Despite the dry title, the topic is of great significance: Developed countries have a collective commitment under the December 2010 Cancun […]


Seeking Ideas for the 4th Annual Cleantech Blog Power 10 for 2011

On December 1, 2011, in Blog, by cleantechorg

This is the 4th year of the Cleantech Blog Power 10 Ranking of cleantech companies doing it right.  Before we make our selection, I’d love this year to read any recommendations you’d like to send.  Check out Volume III for 2010 for ideas, but don’t be dissuaded from sending suggestions. Eligibility for inclusion in the […]


300 Smart Electric Cars in New San Diego Car Sharing

On November 29, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

I am driving the new 2012 smart fortwo electric drive vehicle (smart ed) through the busy downtown streets of San Diego, America’s eighth largest city. San Diego presents itself as “America’s Finest City” with some justification. The temperature is in the sixties on this November day as ships sail in the vast harbor, towering office […]

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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 […]

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