Cultivating Agricultural Cleantech

On November 21, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

An expanding world population, coupled with increasing concerns about resource scarcity, land availability, biodiversity conservation and global warming is fostering interest in sustainable agriculture technologies. Large companies and clean technology investors are focused on energy, and some are following water. Yet very few are tracking opportunities in breakthrough clean and green agricultural technology. And that […]

Electric Cars are a Niche? Or Able to Beat Conventionals?

On November 20, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Are electric cars a Niche?  Or just coming into their own?  I’ve been asked that question twice now in the last week in various forms, so thought I’d blog my answer. Electric Drive Transportation Association has the total number of US sales at just under 400,000 this year, or 3.3% market share including hybrids.  Hybrids they […]

 

Betting on Black Swans

On November 19, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

The phrase “Black Swan” was coined in the book of the same name by author Nassim Taleb to describe an event that is hugely important and influential that was not anticipated but yet in retrospect could have been. September 11, 2001 is a classic example of a Black Swan.  It was only a failure of […]

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The Deeper Meaning of Sandy

On November 12, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Watching the video feeds from the New York and New Jersey areas in the wake of Sandy reminded me of the images seven years ago from New Orleans being decimated by Katrina. Other than perhaps providing a warning not to call a particular geographic area “New” anything, what do these storms tell us? Like Katrina […]

The Proper Role of Government in Energy

On November 5, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Since tomorrow’s election is heavily focused on the appropriate scope of government, I have spent a little time lately reflecting upon the proper role of government in the energy sector. In regards to the U.S. Presidential race, I will refrain from analyzing the respective policies and stances concerning energy of the two candidates.  This recent […]

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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 […]

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