Seven cleantech companies Silicon Valley just learned about

On April 22, 2011, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

As a reporter and analyst, I wrote about hundreds of cleantech companies. As a managing director of the Cleantech Group, I spent years listening to hundreds of pitches, coached companies on presenting to institutional investors and helped facilitate cleantech deals around the world. Just last month, I served on a committee at the request of the Canadian […]

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The Internal Combustion Engine: "I’m Not Dead Yet"

On September 1, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi The August 16 edition of The Economist contains an interesting article summarizing many of the advancements being made by various companies to improve the good-old internal combustion engine. For instance, Daimler (NYSE: DAI) is working on an engine design called the DiesOtto, which attempts to forge a cross between a diesel […]

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Turbo Diesels Take on Hybrids

On June 17, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (6/17/08). Last week, I test drove of the new Volkswagen Jetta TDI Diesel. It accelerated on to the freeway faster than my Toyota Prius. Driving freeways and stop-go city, I wondered which would be the bigger seller, the new European turbodiesels or the Japanese Hybrids. For Detroit, May was the cruelest month, […]

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Transonic: The Best of Both Diesel and Gasoline?

On March 10, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Whereas diesel engines have made great strides in the European auto markets, here in the U.S., gasoline still dominates. Apparently, the prospect of much higher fuel mileage and lower CO2 emissions from diesels doesn’t overcome the objections of U.S. environmental regulatory authorities concerned mainly about local air quality issues. I suspect […]

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FedEx’s Absolutely, Positively, Cleaner Fleet

On March 4, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (3/4/08). When something must absolutely, positively, arrive the next day, people increasingly turn to FedEx. Shipped is everything from million dollar loan documents to birthday presents. FedEx is also integral to the just-in-time supply chain that allows businesses to grow, even as they shrink inventory. FedEx generates over $35 billion annually. FedEx […]

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Heavy-Duty Vehicle Trends for 2008

On February 8, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (2/8/08). Most oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation are not from passenger vehicles; they are from the heavy-duty vehicles, ships, and planes that move all our goods, serve public transit, and provide the infrastructure that keeps cities running. Heavy-duty operators have often been years ahead of passenger vehicle owners in […]

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Super Mileage with New Four-Door Sedans

On January 18, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (1/17/08). Fuel economy was on display at the Detroit Auto Show. Starting Saturday, even more exciting vehicles will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, also in Detroit. $100 per barrel oil and new CAFÉ standards have made improved fuel economy mandatory for auto makers. Most popular with individuals and […]

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California’s Low Carbon Diet

On December 5, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (12/5/07). When Coke and Pepsi were in the middle of their diet wars, California was an early battle ground. It is a state which tends to do much in excess, including drinking colas. In fact, only a handful of countries spend more money on beverages. Parties of happy and surprisingly fit youth […]

What About Diesel Hybrids?

On November 20, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi My good friend Gerrit visited me last week from Canada, driving down his prized Mercedes diesel. We talked about diesel autos, and how they were likely to be an increasing part of the energy/environmental solution. Gerrit told me that he had been hearing that auto manufacturers were losing enthusiasm for hybrids, […]

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Westport – The Greening of Big Trucks

On July 28, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

One of the companies I have followed for some time is Westport Innovations, Inc., (TSX:WPT) out of Vancouver. The technology and product suite allows large diesel trucks to run standard diesels on a 95% natural gas mix, enabling fuel switching as well as significantly improved NOx and PM, as well as CO2 emissions. The company’s […]

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