Berkeley Green Home EXPO – Local Cleantech Support

On March 17, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Cleantechblog is sponsoring the Berkeley Green Home EXPO coming up in April. We are excited to see local support for energy tech and cleantech, and are happy to support Berkeley’s efforts in sustainability, solar, clean energy and cleantech. Announcement below: Energy Independence to Be Focus of Berkeley’s 3rd Annual Green Home EXPOPanel to be moderated […]

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$310 Million Wendelstein 7-X Fusion Experiment Advancing on Schedule

On March 16, 2006, in Blog, by Mark Bitterman

Thirteen of the 70 superconducting coils for the $310 million Wendelstein 7-X stellarator-type fusion experiment have been tested at low temperatures and delivered, and the 41 additional coils specified are in various stages of manufacturing.  When complete, sometime in 2010, Wendelstein 7-X will be the largest stellarator fusion device built to date, and will test the […]

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Resourceful by Nature™

On March 15, 2006, in Blog, by Heather Rae

March 15, 2006 Yesterday morning’s mail brought a solicitation from Earth Policy Institute for its (Lester Brown’s) new book “Plan B 2.0: Rescuing a Planet Under Stress and A Civilization in Trouble.” My first sighting of Lester Brown was in 1994 in Washington, DC at a large meeting on sustainability. I had, by then, purchased […]

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The Advance of Transformerless Solar Inverters – An Opportunity Lost

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

It’s always nice to be proven right, but sometimes the ones that got away just gall me. Four or five years ago we developed a business case with a large Japanese battery manufacturer to bring their solar inverter products into the US market. We would sell, they would build. At the time they had roughly […]

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Cleveland Rocks!

On March 13, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

That’s the motto for Cleveland, it being the home of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. For those of us who care about the clean tech arena, Cleveland also rocks because the area is making bets on advanced energy technologies. Many local constituencies recognize that the clean energy sector represents a tremendous opportunity for […]

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A Tale of Two Companies

On March 11, 2006, in Blog, by Peter Beadle

The strength of the PV market over the past year has enabled rapid growth for many companies and not just among the big boys. I am struck by the progress of Evergreen Solar and the similarity with a much smaller company, EPOD. A year ago Evergreen was a small company whose revenues were growing fast […]

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$1 Billion Rare Isotope Accelerator Delayed 5 Years

On March 10, 2006, in Blog, by Mark Bitterman

Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman has informed Congress that the $1 billion Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) will be pushed back five years. The massive superconducting accelerator was intended to be the world’s leading facility for exploring the fields of nuclear structure and astrophysics in areas that are central to applied fields such as energy, security, […]

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Newly Formed Relationship Between and

On March 9, 2006, in Blog, by Investor Ideas

I am pleased to announce a newly formed relationship between (RES), and that will see a merger of quality blog content covering the renewable energy industry. This partnership will incorporate blog postings from the Clean Energy News Blog written by our own weekly renewable energy columnist Catherine Lacoursiere, the RES blog covering market […]

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80 PLUS™ Not the Average ‘Wall Wart’

On March 8, 2006, in Blog, by Heather Rae

Wednesday, March 8, 2006 Years ago, while doing technical marketing for a Unix system integrator, I lugged a mini computer and its paraphernalia to product demonstrations using a two-wheeled cart. I secured the clunky mass with bungee cords. The power supply – used by each of the dumb terminals of this Unix system – was […]

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More Technical Summary on Solar Concentrators from The Energy Blog

On March 7, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Jim Fraser of the Energy Blog wrote an excellent follow-up to our discussion on solar PV concentrators, with a lot of depth of several of the various technologies, which I felt merited its own posting on CleantechBlog. With minor edits, his note is below: Excuse a few technicalities to keep the terminology clear. Solar energy […]

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BP And Edison Plan $1 Billion 500MW Hydrogen Power Plant

On March 7, 2006, in Blog, by John Addison

Energy giants BP and Edison are considering investing $1 billion for a new use of hydrogen – generating electricity on a large scale. Instead of this large scale plant using coal, natural gas or nuclear, it will use hydrogen. The plant would be in Carson, California, near BP’s current oil-refining operations that heavily use hydrogen […]

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A National Crash Project for Alternative Energy?

On March 6, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

It is sometimes suggested that the U.S. should undertake a no-holds-barred crash program for developing alternative energy technologies, similar in scope to the Manhattan Project for the atomic bomb or the Apollo Project for moon travel. While I agree that far more R&D on alternative energy technologies would be a good thing, and that the […]

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News on the Rise of Solar Concentrator Technologies in Energy Tech

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

I always try and keep an eye out on what other investors and analysts think is hot. We have been chronicling on Cleantechblog the rise in energy tech / cleantech venture capital investment in solar for some time. This has been driven primarily due to an exploding public capital markets in solar, creating attractive exit […]

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Two New Cleantech Market Reports

On March 4, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

There a couple of new clean tech market reports available now detailing investment activity in the sector. Jeffrey Castellas of the Cleantech Forum in Melbourne, where I had the privilege of speaking at their inaugural 2005 event, has published a 2005 Benchmark report on the Australian Cleantech Sector. It is available for download at: […]

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Welcome to New Cleantech Contributors – John Addison & Heather Rae

On March 4, 2006, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

CleantechBlog is excited to welcome two new contributors in green and renewable energy policy & branding news. John Addison We excited to announce that author and cleantech industry analyst John Addison will be doing a blog column on green and renewable energy policy issues. He has launched his column in February. Big Oil is the […]

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Energy & Non-energy Benefits

On March 1, 2006, in Blog, by Heather Rae

March 1, 2006 My addiction (“Sex and the City” reruns) forces me to endure an inordinate number of mind-numbing advertisements for gum, shampoo, toothpaste, lipstick, cars, trucks (and more trucks) with a lead thumb on mute. An ad for Tide Coldwater started me out of the silence. Tide Coldwater “Deep Clean. Save Green.” Taking advantage […]

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China’s IPO Momentum and Drive for Alternative and Clean Energy

On March 1, 2006, in Blog, by Investor Ideas

The success of Suntech Power Holdings Ltd and SunPower Corp’s IPO’s, suggests an increased investor interest in the renewable energy industry and bodes well for future Chinese public offerings in this sector. According to Julie Blunden, Vice President of External Affairs for SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR),”The drivers in China are a combination of how fast […]

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Big Oil is the Biggest User of Hydrogen

On February 27, 2006, in Blog, by John Addison

Hydrogen is a multi-billion dollar business. 50 million metric tons of hydrogen is sold annually. World hydrogen production is doubling every decade. The biggest growth driver is oil refineries’ need to make lower-sulfur fuels. Other growth drivers are the use of hydrogen in making fertilizer, food processing, semiconductor manufacturing, and by other growth industries. You […]

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What is Bush Talking About?

On February 27, 2006, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

President Bush made a well-publicized speech at Johnson Controls in Milwaukee on Feb. 20, in which he touted advanced technologies that will radically reshape the energy sector. “We’re on the edge of some amazing breakthroughs,” Bush claimed. Bush Feb. 20 Speech I guess the good news is that the President is increasing his efforts from […]

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Wither Shell in renewables?

On February 25, 2006, in Blog, by Peter Beadle

I received an email from a friend last week asking me what I thought Shell’s announcement meant about their intent in Solar. I did not reply directly, not wanting to give a reply that was not based on any more knowledge than he had himself. However there seems to have been a flurry of announcements […]

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