Joule Biotech Sun-Powered Fuel – Biofuel Vs Solar PV

On August 16, 2009, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

There was much furore recently surrounding the story ‘Joule Biotech comes out of stealth with sun-powered biofuel’.The premise is that the technology can take solar energy and use it to convert carbon dioxide directly into fuel. A one stop-shop to soak up carbon dioxide and produce a biofuel.Having dug into it a little, the conclusion […]

The Efficacy of Biofuels from Algae on

On May 23, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I usually don’t do this, but a couple of days ago we had a post on’s Linked In group around algal processes, feedstocks, and the recent DOE solicitation, that engendered a lively discussion, in part taking off from the recent demise of Green Fuels. While many of you know I am not personally a […]

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Biofuel Industry Hopes to Recover with Next Generation Fuels

On May 15, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. Scientists know how to make fuel from prairie grasses growing on marginal land. They know how to make fuel from fast growing trees with root systems that extend 25 feet into the ground, sequestering carbon emissions and enriching the soil. They even know how to make fuel from algae. They do all […]

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Biofuel Industry – No Money, No Respect

On May 11, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

For the moment, the price at the pump is reasonable. A spike in demand or a terrorist disruption, however, will quickly remind us that we are desperately dependent on oil as we continue to consume 140 billion gallons of gasoline per year. Even in these recessionary times of moderate demand, we are running out of […]

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Energy Versus Water

On November 1, 2008, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

There is a growing awareness that there are two convergent crises facing the world: Energy and Water. Scientific Amercican just launced a dedicated environmental publication this month, Earth 3.0 and the cover story? … ‘Energy Vs Water’. The article explores the dichotomy between the fact that we need energy to produce water and we need […]

What’s It All About, Algae?

On October 28, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of the hottest areas of cleantech investor activity in the past year has been algae. Yes, algae. More specifically, technologies that enable the production of fuels from algae. The concept is premised on the fact that algae is a rapidly-growing organism that converts sunlight and atmospheric carbon dioxide to produce […]

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The Energy Policy Act of 2008

On October 6, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Betcha didn’t know that there was an Energy Policy Act of 2008, did you? Well, you won’t find any bill of that name. But, the passage of last week’s appropriately titled “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008″ is almost tantamount to an energy bill. The Senate prepared a nice summary of […]

Broad markets rise, sustainable energy mixed (week ending 9/19)

On September 22, 2008, in Blog, by Mark Henwood

Author: Mark Henwood Capping a crazy week, broad markets end up, while commodities retreated slightly.Camino’s indices ended the week mixed amid highly volitile trading. In Biofuels, we again saw the potential for huge losses driven by poor risk management practices applied to hedging strategies. Read more here. Veresun (VSE) dragged the Biofuels strategy down for […]

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Sustainable energy indices mixed, broad markets gain while commodities retreat (week ending 7/18)

On July 21, 2008, in Blog, by Mark Henwood

Author: Mark Henwood Emerging Markets, EAFA, and S&P500 all rose this week partially on reduced pressure on commodities (DJP) which fell 7.8% for the week. Biofuels shares responded mid-week to news that Verasun (VSE) was keeping 330 MGY per year of new capacity idle. As I wrote in my post for the week ending June […]

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On June 16, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I have the pleasure of writing this posting from one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Hawaii, where I am lucky enough to travel regularly to visit family. In 1995, while lounging on the Big Island, I decided to shift my career away from conventional energy towards alternative energy. […]

Beware the Allure of Ethanol Investing

On June 13, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I am a fan of ethanol. The addition of corn ethanol to our US fuel supply chain has had a significant impact in keeping gasoline prices way lower than they otherwise would have been, and has paid for the subsidies many times over. But that has not translated to gains for ethanol stocks, which are […]

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Solar Rises 10.8%, Renewable Elec and Biofuels increase also (week ending 5/16)

On May 18, 2008, in Blog, by Mark Henwood

Author: Mark Henwood Broad market indices (Emerging Markets, EAFA, S&P500) all rose significantly this week. Camino’s PurePlay™ indices, with the exception of Fuel Cells, were up. Commodities (DJP) retreated slightly. Solar was the story of the week with our 34 member index increasing 10.8%. Six constituents rose more than 20% with the top three, SolarFun […]

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Biofuel Innovators with Alternatives to Oil

On May 14, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (5/14/08). Oil soars to $125 per barrel and economies around the world sputter or fall into recession. Enough is enough. Many biofuels can be blended with gasoline and diesel refined from oil, then pumped into our existing vehicles. Even making our fuels with ten percent biofuel and ninety percent refined oil is […]

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Only Renewables Gain (Week Ending 4/25) + Solar ETFs

On April 28, 2008, in Blog, by Mark Henwood

Author: Mark Henwood Broad market indices were mixed this week and so were Camino’s PurePlay™ indices. The Solar index followed last week’s 7.0% gain with a small 0.2% decline. The index members were also mixed with 15 stocks increasing and 19 stocks declining. Most notable in the group was Centrosolar (C3O.DE) which gained 26.2% for […]

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Is Ethanol’s Carbon Footprint Bad? It Depends.

On April 15, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

In the cleantech and carbon worlds, the carbon footprint of ethanol, whether from corn or sugar feedstocks and fermentation processes, or enzymatic or thermochemical cellulosic sources, is always good fodder (or perhaps, “fuel”) for debate. And depending on which process and which study you personally ascribe to, the answer on how carbon clean ethanol looks […]

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Only Renewable Electricity Stocks Advance (Week Ending 4/11)

On April 13, 2008, in Blog, by Mark Henwood

Author: Mark HenwoodSustainable energy stocks followed the broader markets down this week with only Renewable Electricity able to show a gain.The Solar index followed last week’s 14.5% advance with a 4.7% decline. The retreat was broad-based with only 4 stocks increasing and 30 stocks declining. Aloe Solar SG (AS1.DE) led the declines falling 13.1% for […]

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Cellulosic Ethanol – Always the Bridesmaid?

On April 1, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I have a new set of predictions for ethanol technology, and so far my predictions on ethanol have been dead on. Cellulosic ethanol has been the thin film of the ethanol industry, always the bridesmaid. But perhaps, like with the breakthrough by First Solar (NASDAQ:FSLR), it’s time is coming. I have written extensively on the […]

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The Week in Sustainable Energy Stocks (Week Ending 3/14)

On March 15, 2008, in Blog, by Mark Henwood

Author: Mark Henwood The Dow traded in a 569 range this week reflecting negative credit market news and strong intervention by government institutions. Global results were mixed with EAFA advancing and the S&P and Emerging Markets declining. The final changes were not dramatic. This translated into mixed results for the Camino indices with three indices […]

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The week in sustainable energy stocks (ending 3/7/08) ….

On March 9, 2008, in Blog, by Mark Henwood

By Mark Henwood Continuing concerns with economic conditions drove all the broad stock indicators into negative territory for the week. With one expectation our sustainable energy indices followed suit with three indices retreating and one, Renewable Electricity, advancing. The Solar index suffered another large drop of 5.9% bringing the YTD decline for the sector to […]

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The Increasing Ubiquity of Cleantech

On March 3, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I have subscribed to Forbes for over a decade because, unlike many other popular business journals, it seems to have a genuine voice — even if I sometimes disagree with it. On a plane flight from Cleveland to L.A. last Thursday night, I read the March 10, 2008 issue, and was […]

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