A123 Goes 3,2,1,0

On October 30, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

On October 12, the lithium-ion battery maker A123 (NASDAQ: AONE) essentially ran the white flag up the pole:  filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, agreeing to sell its automotive-related assets to Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), and fielding bids for its grid-storage business. This is a big come-down from a company that not long ago had a […]

Midwestern Sensibilities: Report from North Central Cleantech Open

On October 22, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Last week, I served as a judge for the North Central regional contest of the Cleantech Open in Minneapolis. The Cleantech Open is a annual contest to identify the most promising cleantech ventures from across the U.S. (along with some foreign entries).  This year’s event will be held on November 8-9 in San Jose.  Advancing […]

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Stunning Cleantech 2012

On October 16, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

It’s been a busy, ummm interesting year.  We’ve tracked profits to founders and investors of $14 Billion in major global IPOs on US  exchanges and $9 Billion in major global M&A exits from venture backed cleantech companies in the last 7-10 years.  Money is being made.  A lot of money.  But wow, not where you’d […]

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Cleantech VC Etiquette

On October 15, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Being a venture capitalist is not easy.  Being a cleantech venture capitalist is especially not easy. I remember Ira Ehrenpreis of Technology Partners, one of the deans of the cleantech VC community, commenting archly several years ago at one of the too-many cleantech investment conferences:  “We need a poster child for cleantech venture capital success.”  Well, generally speaking, […]

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San Diego’s Smart Grid

On October 8, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I have to admit:  it’s hard for me to be terribly enthusiastic about electric utilities.  I know a fair bit about them; by my count, I’ve served about ten utilities in various consulting roles during my career. While generalizations are always dangerous, for the most part, I think it’s safe to say that electric utilities […]

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A Cleantech State of the Union

On October 5, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

With October now upon us, data providers are beginning to issue their preliminary analyses of cleantech investment in the third quarter of 2012 that just closed. This quarter, the Clean Energy pipeline service of London’s VBResearch is the first to weigh in, counting cleantech venture capital & private equity investment (excluding buyouts) as approximately $1.7 billion. Data from […]

Look What’s Now Patently Obvious in Cleantech

On October 1, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Anyone can look up at the sky and make a guess at tomorrow’s weather. But having actual data informs your opinion and makes your guess a little more accurate. Which is why, as a managing director of a leading cleantech data provider and responsible for the presentation of its quarterly global cleantech data, I developed […]

Big Data Meets Big Energy

On October 1, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

One of the most hyped trends in high-tech is “big data”:  the accumulation, integration, synthesis and interpretation of enormous amounts of data from disparate sources. Big data is being touted not only as a driver of increased efficiencies for companies, but also increased revenues:  as customers indicate or reveal their preferences through their behavior and […]

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Fifty Years

On September 24, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Earlier this month, I turned 50 years old.  Such milestones are natural occasions for reflection. Beyond recalling many of the phases and individual episodes of my life, my reflection included a consideration of how the world had changed in the 50 years in which I had lived.  And, naturally, given my profession, I pondered what it would have […]

Chief Blogger’s Favorite Cleantech Blogs

On September 21, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I’ve personally written hundreds of articles over the years.  I selected a few I thought were pretty timeless or prescient, and worth rereading: What is Cleantech?  Always a good starting point: or try, The Seminal List of Cleantech Definitions   The “Rules” in Cleantech Investing – Rereading this one after the cleantech exits study we […]

What’s the State of REALLY Advanced Energy?

On September 19, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

What’s the state of REALLY advanced energy?  Is there a breakthrough on the horizon that would really change the game in energy? Fusion?  Small Modular Nuclear Reactors? Is Cold Fusion or LENR real?  How much work is actually going into the area?  Are VCs funding it? Can the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics be […]

 

Cleantech Venture Backed M&A Exits? Well, Yes, Sort of . . .

On September 17, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

When people ask me, are investors making money in cleantech, I tell them yes, but not by whom or in what you thought they were. Most of the analyses of cleantech exits do not differentiate for venture backed companies.  So we conducted our own study. In the last 10 years, Cleantech.org’s Cleantech Venture Backed M&A […]

The Advent of SPS Policy?

On September 17, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

In the cleantech sector, pretty much everyone knows the acronym RPS, for Renewable Portfolio Standards.  Since the first RPS policy in the U.S., implemented in Iowa in the late 1990s, 30 states have passed similar policies to promote the installation of renewable energy projects and expedite penetration (overcoming the ambivalence or outright opposition of utilities) of renewable […]

Is the “Weak Force” the Key to LENR?

On September 12, 2012, in Blog, by David Niebauer

By David Niebauer In the early part of the 20th Century physicists theorized that a mysterious force held the nucleus of an atom together.  When it was demonstrated that this force could be tapped, releasing tremendous amounts of energy, a wave of excitement swept the scientific world.  It took only a few short years before […]

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Holy Grail 12.0: Is Our Quest At Its End?

On September 10, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I’ve been working with new energy inventions and their creators for almost 15 years now.  I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a new technology described as “the Holy Grail”:  solving all of the world’s problems forever. Well, here’s the newest one using the Holy Grail cliche:  a supposedly carbon-neutral method of using microbes […]

Cold Facts About Air Conditioning

On September 4, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

There may be people who understand the big picture about air conditioning better than Stan Cox, but the list is surely a short one. Cox, who wrote Losing Our Cool:  Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air-Conditioned World, has also just written an excellent brief article called “Cooling A Warming Planet:  A Global Air Conditioning Surge”.  In […]

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How About A Sane Energy Policy Mr. Obamney?

On August 30, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

It’s Presidential Election year.  Ergo, time to discuss our 40 year whacked out excuse for an energy policy.  Royally botched up by every President since, umm? Objectives: Make US energy supply cheap for the US consumer and industry, fast growing and profitable for the American energy sector, clean, widely available and reliable, and secure, diversified, […]

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Fighting the Military on Energy Strategy

On August 27, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

For several years, the U.S. military has been one of the most active proponents and early-adopters of renewable energy and alternative fuels, with their Operational Energy Strategy.  Why?  Several reasons: 1.  Fuel delivered to the remote front-lines such as in Afghanistan for use in power generation and transportation has an “all-in” cost of $400/gallon.  Any energy source […]

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Book Review: Private Empire

On August 20, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

After having extensively tackled the topic of al-Qaida with The Bin Ladens and Ghost Wars, Steve Coll has turned his attention to ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM).  At first blush, this might seem like a dramatic thematic departure for Coll as a journalist and author.  However, Coll’s newest work, Private Empire:  ExxonMobil and American Power, makes clear that […]

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Cleantech, Hedging Economics, and Commodity Hell

On August 15, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

It never ceases to fascinate me the massive amount of impact commodity price swings have on business plans.  Apple, Google, Facebook, they don’t deal with this.   Commodity price swings just don’t hit their bottom line.  But in cleantech, well, government and policy is king, commodity and resource shocks are queen, you and I are […]

 
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