Top 10 Cleantech Subsidies and Policies (and the Biggest Losers) – Ranked By Impact

On July 31, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

We all know energy is global, and as much policy driven as technology driven. We have a quote, in energy, there are no disruptive technologies, just disruptive policies and economic shocks that make some technologies look disruptive after the fact.  In reality, there is disruptive technology in energy, it just takes a long long time. […]

$100,000 Cleantech Shipping Grant Competition

On March 1, 2011, in Cleantech News, by admin

WWL is one of the cleanest shipping companies and each year, offers a grant to the best new clean-tech innovation. We are hoping to raise as much awareness of this scheme as possible to attract some really high quality entries – the grant has been upped this year to $100,000 and last year’s winner has […]

The Seminal List of Authoritative Cleantech Definitions

On December 7, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

It dawned on me after I MC’ed the Cleantech Open Gala Awards Ceremony two weeks ago (congrats again the to winners!), that there were now some 5.6 mm listings on google for the term cleantech, and while virtually every data provider or leading market analysis firm in the sector had tried to define cleantech, no […]

Clean Technology Venture Investment Increases 65 Percent in First Half of 2010

On July 7, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

Matches 2008 Investment Record The Cleantech Group and Deloitte released preliminary 2Q 2010 results for clean technology venture investments in North America, Europe, China and India, totaling $2.02 billion across 140 companies. Cleantech venture investment was up 43 percent from the same period a year ago. The number of deals recorded in 2Q10 was down […]

Tesla’s Strategic Relationships with Toyota and Daimler

On May 27, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (5/27/10) Toyota agreed to purchase $50 million of Tesla’s common stock subsequent to the closing of Tesla’s currently planned initial public offering, giving Toyota over 2 percent of Tesla. The investment was negotiated with Tesla’s purchase of the former NUMMI factory in Fremont, California, that once employed over 4,000 workers in a […]

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36 States now have Utility-Scale Wind Power

On April 13, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

(4/12/10) The U.S. wind energy grew in 2009, despite a severe recession. There are 36 states that have utility-scale wind projects and 14 states are in the “Gigawatt Club” with more than 1,000 MW of installed wind capacity per state. In state rankings, Iowa leads in terms of percentage of electricity from wind power, getting […]

Fuel from Algae – Challenges do not Stop Big Bucks

On March 3, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (3/3/10 – original post at Clean Fleet Report) Energy, Water, and Fuel are three of the world’s most pressing needs. Algal biofuel can have a major impact on all three observed Dr. Michael Webber in opening the recent American Association for Advancing Science (AAAS) workshop about the future of fuel from algae. […]

Will Google Charge your Electric Cars?

On February 25, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison – original article at Clean Fleet Report Google Energy could be a Smart Charging and V2G Provider Google finally won approval from Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to be an electric utility. Now that they are making billions delivering web ads, do they want to make added billions selling electricity? Quite possibly. […]

If Letterman Covered CleanTech….

On August 24, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. StuebiSince he launched his late-night run in the early 1980’s, the staple of David Letterman’s show has been his nightly Top 10 list. I haven’t yet seen Letterman profile the Top 10 in the cleantech space. (Then again, nowadays I’m usually asleep far before his show begins.) But, if Letterman were ever […]

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Cap-and-Trade: How it works and why it’s the been the option of choice

On July 17, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

In the run up to Copenhagen and the debate over Waxman-Markey, I think it’s worth laying out some of the key debating points on how cap and trade works and why it’s been our weapon of choice to date in the climate change fight. I like to think of our carbon and energy problem as […]

Getting Smart About Agriculture

On July 13, 2009, in Blog, by Marguerite Manteau-Rao

Nine months ago, I joined Terraqualo, a new startup aimed at helping growers of specialty crops make best irrigation decisions, using a cost-effective wireless network of sensors and actuators. In this new weekly column on “Sustainable Agriculture on Cleantech Blog”, I will share some of the lessons I have learned, and invite you to contribute […]

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New Cars that Already Meet 2016 Fuel Economy Standards

On May 21, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. President Barack Obama announced that automakers must meet average U.S. fuel-economy standards of 35.5 miles per gallon by 2016. This will be an exciting opportunity for automakers that already deliver vehicles that beat 35.5 mpg such as the Ford (F) Fusion Hybrid, Mercury Milan Hybrid, Toyota (TM) Prius, Honda (HMC) Insight, Honda […]

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High-Speed Rail Unlocks Intermodal Potential

On April 8, 2009, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. Intermodal solutions allow people to effectively navigate major cities such as New York, Washington D.C., Paris, Madrid, and Tokyo. Subway and light-rail are especially effective, but expensive to build. As cities grow, change, and morph, not every potential route can be served with subway and light-rail. Bus rapid transit is a cost […]

Robert Metcalfe Is Wrong, Clean Technology Alone Will Not Work

On October 21, 2008, in Blog, by Marguerite Manteau-Rao

by Marguerite Manteau-Rao I got a sneak preview of Scientific American’s Earth 3.0 special issue on ‘Solutions for Sustainable Progress’. Mostly great stuff, with the exception of one article, that prompted me to write this rebuttal. In ‘Learning from the Internet’, Robert M. Metcalfe, venture capitalist and Internet pioneer, expands on the dangerous idea that, […]

Drive as green as the inside of a kiwi

On October 17, 2008, in Blog, by Cristina Foung

by Cristina Foung My favorite green product of the week: the PLX Kiwi Fuel Saving Device What is it?The PLX Kiwi is basically a fuel efficiency monitor for any car. It’s an on-board display that shows you quite a bit of information, including your miles per gallon and how much you spent (or saved) on […]

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A Swash(buckling) Bidet Seat

On October 10, 2008, in Blog, by Cristina Foung

by Cristina Foung My favorite green product of the week: the Brondell Swash Ecoseat Bidet Seat What is it?The Swash Ecoseat is a bidet seat. It gets installed in place of your traditional toilet seat and has a control panel to help you select the water direction and flow. The Swash Ecoseat has two retractable […]

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Are Clean Tech and Sustainability Types Afraid of Web 2.0?

On August 25, 2008, in Blog, by Marguerite Manteau-Rao

by Marguerite Manteau-Rao Social media and sustainability may align in at least ten ways, according to Max Gladwell, but they certainly do not intersect very much in actuality. Proof is this quick search I conducted on Twitter, of last 24 hours of business conversations on “sustainability”, “clean tech” and “green”. Here are the results. I […]

What’s the Buzz About Clean Tech and Other Green Stuff?

On August 11, 2008, in Blog, by Marguerite Manteau-Rao

by Marguerite Manteau-Rao Green or sustainability? Clean tech or environmental conservation? If you want to get a sense for what topics generate the most buzz at any point in time, Nielsen BlogPulse is the place to go: ‘Green’ is a word understood by all. Sustainability is still a concept for the business elite.   I […]