Predictions For Cleantech in 2014

On December 11, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Continuing a tradition since 2007, once again we bring you some end-of-year thoughts about where we think the cleantech investment theme is going. Our cleantech-specific analysis and advisory firm Kachan & Co. focuses on this space. We publish research reports. We get briefings from companies introducing new technology. We publish a cleantech analysis service. We’re quoted in the press. We pore over […]

Plugin Electrics vs All Electric Battery EVs, Epic Throwdown?

On September 3, 2013, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I get this every time I discuss EVs.  Something along the lines of oh, you shouldn’t be including PHEVs in with EVs, they don’t count, or are not real EVs, just a stopgap etc. I tend to think PHEVs may be better product.  At least for now.  And I follow the GM’s Chevy Volt vs […]

Worlds of Differences

On June 3, 2013, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I’ve always known that Americans hold a pretty different view about the state of the energy sector than elsewhere in the world, but never really knew how to characterize those variances. Today, I write in gratitude, thanking the efforts of Sonal Patel, senior writer at Power magazine.  Patel developed this helpful visual framework summarizing the […]

Contrarian Wisdom Isn’t Necessarily Better Than Conventional Wisdom

On May 27, 2013, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

For years, many observers (including myself) have argued that — from an environmental perspective — it is preferable for energy prices to be higher, so as to (1) discourage consumption of energy, mostly from fossil fuels which generates significant environmental impact, and (2) make various forms of energy efficiency and cleaner (if not zero-emission) alternative […]

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A Tale of Two EVs

On April 15, 2013, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Albert Einstein once said:  “Make everything as simple as possible, but no simpler.”  Pundits always pursue the former, but often fail to uphold the latter. Such has been the case recently in regards to the prospects for electric vehicles.  Will electric vehicles be commercially successful or won’t they?  As often happens, there is superficial evidence […]

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Batteries Are Hot! (Just Ask Boeing)

On January 21, 2013, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Boeing (NYSE: BA) may soon be on the verge of renaming its new 787 the Nightmareliner… After a prolonged development program and costly production delays, Boeing started delivering its latest state-of-the-art airplane just 15 months ago, three years behind schedule.  Although the company has a lucrative backlog of nearly 800 787s on order, worth roughly […]

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 […]

A Dose of Lithium

On December 24, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

For those who want an overview of the current state of the lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery sector, the fall 2012 issue of Batteries International is just the thing. It’s not a pretty picture that’s painted.  Beyond the well-publicized bankruptcies of A123 and Ener1, the general sentiment espoused is that players in the Li-ion sector face tough […]

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 […]

A123 Goes 3,2,1,0

On October 30, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

On October 12, the lithium-ion battery maker A123 (NASDAQ: AONE) essentially ran the white flag up the pole:  filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, agreeing to sell its automotive-related assets to Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), and fielding bids for its grid-storage business. This is a big come-down from a company that not long ago had a […]

San Diego’s Smart Grid

On October 8, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I have to admit:  it’s hard for me to be terribly enthusiastic about electric utilities.  I know a fair bit about them; by my count, I’ve served about ten utilities in various consulting roles during my career. While generalizations are always dangerous, for the most part, I think it’s safe to say that electric utilities […]

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Bettering Batteries

On July 23, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

I recently got an email entitled “Trojan Tips”.  Hmmmm, wonder what that could be about?  Alas, upon scrolling down from the subject line, I found the message provided advice from the battery manufacturer Trojan about proper battery management practices. The more you get into cleantech, the more you realize how central a role is played by […]

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Report from Energy Innovation Summit

On March 5, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Last week, many of the leading minds of the cleantech world congregated in suburban Washington DC for the 2012 Energy Innovation Summit. The Summit is mainly oriented as a showcase of some of the most interesting and promising technologies that have surfaced directly or indirectly as a result of ARPA-E:  the Advanced Research Project Agency […]

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 […]

EV Companies Need to Douse the Fire Issue

On December 5, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Long a dream of environmentalists, and long a laughing-stock among car enthusiasts because of lame designs (e.g., GM’s EV1 and a long litany of goofy looking vehicles that look like a cross-breed between golf carts and toys), electric vehicles (EVs) are finally starting to make a real impact in the mass-market auto marketplace.  Of all the electric vehicles, […]

Assaulting Batteries

On November 7, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

A radical breakthrough in energy storage has long been considered the “holy grail” of cleantech.  With ubiquitous, scalable, reliable and (most importantly) low-cost energy storage, two main thrusts of cleantech adoption will be debottlenecked:  much deeper penetration of zero-emitting and limitless but intermittent solar and wind into the electricity generation mix, and significantly reduced needs for fueled internal […]

Google’s 70 Charging Stations for Employee’s 100 EVs

On July 6, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

Google, Inc. has deployed more than 70 Coulomb Technologies charging stations at its worldwide headquarters in Mountain View, CA. Over 100 employees who own electric cars use the charging stations. The stations (EVSE) are also used by the company’s growing car sharing program for Googlers (GFleet), which includes Chevrolet Volts, Nissan LEAFs and Toyota Prius […]

Long Live Green Squared Suburbs

On March 30, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I’m watching a CNN special on reinventing Los Angeles, and calling on suburbs as dead, time to move on.  But I LIKE suburbs.  I like grass.  I like trees.  I like quiet.  I like space – both in my house and between my neighbors.  I don’t like my neighbors waking me up with loud sex […]

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What Should Cleantech Mean for Vehicle Safety?

On January 21, 2011, in Blog, by admin

Earlier this month, President Obama signed into law the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act, which will require quiet electric and hybrid vehicles to emit a sound that allows the car to be detected by blind pedestrians. The interesting part of this law, which received the support of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, was that it did […]

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Toyota Prius PHV Fights Chevy Volt

On July 12, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (from original post in the Clean Fleet Report 7/6/10) As the world leader in hybrid cars, Toyota is fighting to extend that leadership in both plug-in hybrids and battery electric cars. In plug-in hybrids, GM plans on first mover advantage with the Chevy Volt. In electric cars, the Nissan LEAF has a […]

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