A Crystal Ball for 2013

On December 31, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Happy new year everyone.  As we reflect upon the year now past us, it’s also that time of year to look ahead. For the cleantech sector, Dallas Kachan from Kachan & Co. recently put his neck on the line with his “Predictions for Cleantech in 2013”.  It’s a good read, well-reasoned.  The sound-bite version: Cleantech […]

Cleantech to “Backtrack” in 2013?

On December 4, 2012, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Our firm, Kachan & Co., has just published its latest annual set of predictions for the cleantech sector for the year ahead. To our analysis, 2013 is shaping up to be something of a year of backtracking for the cleantech industry, a year that calls into question some of its traditional leading indicators of health, and […]

2011 In The Rear-View Mirror: Objects May Be Closer Than They Appear

On January 2, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

It’s that time again:  sifting through the detritus of a calendar year to sum up what’s happened over the past 12 months.  Everybody’s doing it — for news, sports, movies, books, notable deaths…and now even for cleantech:  here’s the scoop from MIT’s Technology Review, and here’s a post on GigaOM. So, my turn [drum roll, please], here’s […]

Environmental Regulation of Coal Power: Train Wreck or No?

On October 18, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Over the past several months — well, years, really — there’s been a lot of to-and-fro about various new environmental requirements that may or may not face coal-fired powerplants. Some observers have called it a regulatory “train wreck”, arguing that some of the requirements run at cross-purposes to others, or are planned to be sequenced in a […]

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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Blogroll Review: P-Power, B-Buy, C-Can

On July 10, 2009, in Blog, by Frank Ling

P-Power Pee power. Scientists may have found a way to extract hydrogen from urea, one of the main major components in ordinary pee. That compounds is way for the body to get rid of toxic ammonia that comes out at the end of various metabolic processes. In many rural areas, urea would be the ideal […]

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Carbon Capture and Storage: To Be or Not To Be? Or, To Partially Be?

On March 30, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of the more contentious questions in the cleantech community is the role of coal in the energy sector of the future. There’s a lot of coal in the world — many decades of supply left — including here in the U.S. It’s pretty darned cheap to mine. So, it would […]

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Renewables That Even Coal-Based Utilities Can Love

On February 2, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Generalizations are always tricky, but it’s safe to say that many employees of many electric utilities whose generation plants are mainly coal-fired have a hard time feeling very enthusiastic about renewable energy. You can imagine the rants: renewables are tiny and negligible, renewables aren’t baseload, renewables are for wimps. So, it’s […]

The Status of Carbon Sequestration

On May 5, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi At a recent symposium on climate change solutions at Oberlin College, I heard a presentation by David Ball, who leads the Midwest Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (MRCSP) at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus. His presentation was a fascinating collage of facts and observations about the status and prospects for in-situ sequestration […]

Coal on the Offensive

On March 17, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In the wake of setbacks to new coal powerplant construction in the face of likely carbon legislation, the coal industry has mounted a serious PR blitz, led by a group called Americans for Balanced Energy Choices (ABEC). ABEC is a national non-profit organization with a claimed membership of 150,000, whose acknowledged […]

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FutureGen Stalled?

On January 30, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

FutureGen is the major US Department of Energy backed effort to pilot a technological solution to prove that carbon capture and sequestration from coal fired power plants is possible. At a slated price tag of $1.5 Billion ($1 Bil estimated originally, now estimated at $1.8 Billion), it is one heck of a science project – […]

2007 Roundup

On December 31, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi As has become my custom, with the year drawing to a close, I now look in the rear-view mirror and try to distill what I see. In no particular order, here are my top ten reflections on 2007: 1. Popping of the ethanol bubble. Not long ago, it seemed like anyone […]

Hydrogen Energy

On July 30, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. StuebiWhenever someone mentions “hydrogen” to me, I immediately think of fuel cells. So, when someone mentioned to me in passing the other day something about BP (NYSE: BP) and hydrogen in Southern California, I was really confused: I didn’t think that BP was doing much with fuel cells these days. Now I […]

Fuel Tech – Driving Profits by Cleaning up Coal

On March 23, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Fuel Tech (Nasdaq: FTEK) is one of the fast growing public greentech / cleantech companies focused on cleaning up dirty coal. I have known John Norris, the CEO of Fuel Tech, and his family for years, and have had the pleasure of following his career for some time. He’s one of the many former nuclear […]