CJK: Solving PM2.5

On May 1, 2014, in Blog, by Chiaki Ishikawa

In spite of the political posturing taking place between Japan and Korea and China, the governments are actively working to address this challenge. Hosted by Ministry of Environment of Korea, the Environmental Ministers Meeting among Korea, China and Japan at the end of this April to implement an initiative on enhancing environmental cooperation and dialogue.

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Smart Cities

On November 5, 2013, in Blog, by Frank Ling

Two events I attended this month brought home the importance of cities as centers of solutions for urban sustainability and climate change. In the absence of a global agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions, cities around the world have already made efforts to decarbonize their economies. Global networks like the C40 include energy and climate […]

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Chinese Food For Thought

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

As I posted a few years ago, so many of the best opportunities for cleantech to have immediate benefit can be found in China. Every day, evidence accumulates supporting this thesis.  Of course, this winter’s air pollution crises in Beijing and other cities made global news.  More gruesome was last week’s discovery of nearly 7,000 […]

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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 […]

The End of Nuclear Power? Or Just the Beginning?

On August 7, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

This week’s news: US NRC freezes decisions on new reactor, license renewal applications “The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission voted unanimously Tuesday not to issue final decisions on granting licenses to build new nuclear power reactors and 20-year license renewals to existing ones, pending resolution of the agency’s waste confidence rule overturned by a court in June. […]

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Predictions For Cleantech In 2012

On December 1, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

It’s December again (how did that happen!?) and our annual time for reflection here at Kachan & Co. So as we close out 2011, let’s look towards what the new year may have in store for cleantech. There are eggshells across the sector for 2012. Global economic uncertainty in particular is leaving some skeptical about […]

Wanted: Chinese cleantech capital and connections

On September 30, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

With the emergence of China as the globe’s cleantech powerhouse (see Why China has already overtaken the U.S. in cleantech), it’s become fashionable for cleantech companies with products to sell to target China seeking large purchase orders. What’s not been so popular is to go to China seeking investment capital. We and a handful of […]

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Clean Coal Technology Is Making Venture Investors Money

On September 13, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

One of my friends, John Moore. the CEO of Acorn Energy (NASDAQ:ACFN), recently sold off their rapidly growing CoaLogix investment for a quick return. I caught up with John to get the story. So John, who the hell is Acorn Energy anyways? Acorn Energy (NASDAQ:ACFN) is the Sun Studios of the energy sector. We have […]

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N.I.M.B.Y. – To an Extreme

On January 25, 2011, in Blog, by David Niebauer

The problem with REMs and why they are so “rare” is that mining and refining for them is incredibly damaging to the environment. Extraction requires a huge amount of ore (making it highly energy-consuming) and toxic acids that eat into the soil and persist for decades. To make matters worse, REMs are often found with even heavier elements, such as uranium, making the mine tailings radioactive.

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Will the 21st Century be the Fossil Fuel Century?

On December 30, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Will the 21st century be the fossil fuel century? Whether it’s peak oilers, climate scientists, renewable and sustainable gurus, or cleantech venture capitalists, we all talk like that’s not an option.  We’ve preordained that the 21st century is a green energy, renewable power, cleantech century. And I’d like to believe that.  But it’s not a […]

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Predictions for cleantech in 2011

On December 2, 2010, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Here’s what Kachan and Co. believe we can expect for the new year in cleantech worldwide… and the outlook is positive, if that darn economy thing doesn’t get in the way.

It’s About China, Stupid

On October 25, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In the energy sector, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the name of the game — whatever game you wanna talk about — is China. My favorite recent contribution to this strain of literature was a blog entry from late August written by the Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on […]

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LDK Solar Announces Strategic Financing Agreement With China Development Bank For Up To RMB 60 Billion

On October 2, 2010, in Cleantech News, by admin

XINYU CITY, China and SUNNYVALE, Calif., September 27, 2010 — LDK Solar Co., Ltd. (“LDK Solar”) (NYSE: LDK), a leading manufacturer of multicrystalline solar wafers and PV products, today announced that it has entered into a strategic financing agreement with China Development Bank Corporation (CDB), a joint stock banking corporation wholly owned by the state […]

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China Invested $88 billion in High Speed Rail in 2009

On March 26, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

Clean Edge’s 2010 Clean Energy Trends forecasts growth for high-speed rail and renewablesClean Edge included high-speed rail (HSR) for the first time in its annual Clean Energy Trends report which tracks key developments in clean-energy markets. China is leading the surge in HSR according to Clean Edge: China’s Ministry of Railways spent $88 billion on […]

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First Impressions of China

On September 15, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi I just returned from my first trip to China – a whirlwind ten-day tour spanning the cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Wenling – involving a number of private meetings (some with senior public officials) as well as public presentations at PennWell’s China Power Oil & Gas conference and at […]

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