Generating Innovation

On June 18, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

The energy sector is pretty well-known for being resistant to change, risk-averse, conservative.  One segment of the energy technology landscape that especially favors “tried-and-true” over “new-and-better” involves on-site generators, typically for standby or emergency purposes. Scanning the most recent issue of Powerline – the periodical published by the on-site generator industry’s trade group, the Electrical Generating Systems Association — it looks pretty […]

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It’s A Nano World

On December 19, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

For the uninitiated, “nanotechnology” refers to the science of the very small, engineering particles and their corresponding materials at the nanometer scale.  For a sense of perspective, at one-billionth of a meter, a nanometer is about 1/60,000 of the width of a human hair, so we’re talking engineering not just at the microscopic scale, but the […]

Who Sells Fuel Cells By The Three Score?

On May 23, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

First, let me say that I like fuel cells a lot.  I spent a considerable amount of time following the space in the early 2000′s.  Many colleagues I know and respect are involved in the fuel cell arena.  It’s an electricity generation technology that is uncommonly elegant and promising. But “promising” is one of the most […]

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What If…?

On May 2, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

…someone invents an economically-competitive energy storage technology that could be deployed at any electricity substation at megawatt-hour scale? …the power grid were brought up to 21st Century standards to match the true power quality needs of our increasingly digital society? …high-speed rail was not the exclusive province of Europe and Asia? …customers had real choice […]

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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Funny Papers

On April 11, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Life is too difficult, and cleantech is too challenging, for one not to maintain a sense of humor as a necessary survival or coping mechanism.  And so I really need to start spending more time reading posts by Eric Wesoff on Greentech Media, a web portal for cleantech news. Consider this gem summarizing the state of the fuel […]

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A New Cleantech Taxonomy

On September 10, 2010, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

Classic definitions of cleantech, and the industries under its umbrella, have gotten long in the tooth. The sector has changed, and taxonomies haven’t kept up. Why is a clean technology taxonomy important? As a list of nested categories, it shows where a clean technology “fits”. It helps vendors understand their competitive sets. It defines and […]

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Saving Cleantech: Bloom town Silicon Valley?

On February 24, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Just on the eve of the industry headliner San Francisco Cleantech Forum, Bloom Energy finally blooms? Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) like the Bloom Box have been under development for a couple of decades, and many of the major firms both in the US and abroad are still at it. The issues, questions and performance/cost/longevity […]

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H2O to H2 w/o C

On October 26, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Although much of the ink these days about innovative vehicles relates to plug-in hybrids, work continues to explore the potential for hydrogen-based fuel cells to play a key role in the transportation sector — particularly in light of the recent decision by Congress to reauthorize funding for hydrogen autos. Admittedly, as […]

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