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 […]

Deltec Net Zero Homes: They’re Not Just a Pretty Face

On September 11, 2013, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

Deltec Homes of Asheville, North Carolina has a new line of net zero homes, and Deltec President Steve Linton – a LEED-accredited professional – is convinced that these highly energy-efficient structures will set the cost and energy footprint standard for years to come. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a benchmark for “green” […]

 

Cool Energy from a Solar Heart

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

The title isn’t confusing once you realize that the ‘cool’ aspect stems from a technological giant step forward in Stirling engine design. Stirling engines, unlike vehicle combustion engines (which burn a fuel), work by expanding and contracting a working fluid at different temperatures. Most Stirling engines work most efficiently at about 1000 degrees Fahrenheit (1000 […]

 

Plugin Electrics vs All Electric Battery EVs, Epic Throwdown?

On September 3, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I get this every time I discuss EVs.  Something along the lines of oh, you shouldn’t be including PHEVs in with EVs, they don’t count, or are not real EVs, just a stopgap etc. I tend to think PHEVs may be better product.  At least for now.  And I follow the GM’s Chevy Volt vs […]

Biosynthetic Technologies: A Future So Bright They Gotta Wear Shades

On August 28, 2013, in Blog, by Jeanne Roberts

In the real world, change happens slowly. A nation, or a neighborhood, isn’t knee deep in fossil-fuel wastes one day and “green” the next. This gradual transition is something that Allen Barbieri, CEO of Irvine, California-based Biosynthetic Technologies LLC, understands very well. Biosynthetic Technologies is one of a small but growing number of energy companies […]

 

Tesla Motors – I Love You, But What the Hell?

On August 28, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I do like the Model S.  I think Tesla is doing terrific things to the car industry, direct to consumer, aggressive EV range, great looking car.  My friends who have one love it.  The company is proving it has legs.  But, as to the recent market run-up, not to be catty, but are you SERIOUS? […]

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Water Pricing is Not the Roadblock to Water Innovation

On August 26, 2013, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

There is a commonly held view among industry observers that “water is undervalued” and “water is underpriced”. Gloomy venture capitalists frequently cite the fact that “water is underpriced” as having the effect of hindering innovation and adoption of new technologies in the water sector (… and, incidentally of course, the ability to make good returns […]

 

Electric Vehicles Are Outpacing Historical Hybrid Car Growth 3 to 1

On August 13, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

For a project we are working on, we have been analyzing EV and HEV historical sales performance.  The numbers are striking. In the US Hybrids took until their 6th year to achieve 100,000+/year in unit sales and 1% in market share of new vehicles sold. Electrics and Plugins are currently on pace to do that […]

 

Kior, Solar, and Storage

On August 12, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Kior, one of the farthest along cellulosic biofuels producers shipped its first drop in cellulosic biofuels from its pilot plant, but was way below its prior production targets.  And Biofuels Digest reports it is now considering a smaller scale expansion of its pilot before launching its long announced commercial plant in Natchez.  This sounds like […]

 

Goodbye Suburbs, Hello City Centers…

On July 29, 2013, in Blog, by Bharat Chahar

The signs of great movement back to the city center from suburbia can be found in most major cities of America.  New apartments, condos, townhouses seem to be sprouting up in the previously abandoned or dilapidated sites all across the US.  A recent issue of Fortune magazine talked about how majority of the new housing […]

 

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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Boeing 787 – A Cool Ride!

On July 12, 2013, in Blog, by Bharat Chahar

Last weekend, my family and I rode on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Houston to Chicago.  Although it was a short flight and we probably were not able to fully appreciate this plane due to the short duration of our flight, I found the 787 to be a really cool plane on many different levels.  […]

 

My Cleantech Journey: From California to Texas and Beyond

On July 4, 2013, in Blog, by Joel Serface

I have been told that blogs somehow have more importance and greater connection when written in first person. I often tire of writing “analysis pieces” that seem cold, dry, and impersonal even though they are incredibly important. I somehow have been bottling up the need to write my personal perspective on where cleantech is today […]

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Happy Independence Day!

On July 3, 2013, in Blog, by Bharat Chahar

Happy Independence Day, America! As United States gets ready to celebrate it’s 237th Birthday, a lot of us will travel this weekend to places near and far.  Perhaps Independence Day is also a good time to reflect on the energy independence for America, especially the energy for our transportation needs. Imported liquid fuels, either in […]

 

Listening to Bill Ford on Technology

On June 25, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Bill Ford is talking about innovation today at the Ford Trends conference. He started with two quotes that struck me: Henry Ford – “If I’d asked my customers originally what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse. ” Bill Ford – “The car industry back then was the ultimate disruptive industry.” Ford says […]

 

Ford CEO Admits the C-Max Underperforms EPA Standards in Real World Test

On June 25, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Last night I was at a dinner with Ford CEO Alan Mulally at the Ford Trends conference in Detroit.  After taking a couple of questions on electric cars, emissions, and mileage standards, Mulally touted the C-max platform with the words:  “I want to tell you a funny story”. The punch line of which is as […]

 

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 […]

Ta-Ta (For Now)

On June 18, 2013, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I am pleased to announce that, as of last week, I have assumed the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of MAR Systems. MAR addresses some of the most challenging wastewater treatment needs, cost-effectively removing highly toxic contaminants (e.g., mercury, selenium, hexavalent chrome, arsenic, antimony, etc.) from discharges into the world’s water bodies that […]

 
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