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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IPOs and Bankruptcies and Cleantech “Hot or Not”

On September 1, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Last night while watching Office reruns, I realized I’d been remiss, and a lot’s had been happening in the public equities end of the cleantech sector.  Not to mention yesterday’s billion dollar BK broiler announcement by the one-time Next Greatest Thing, Solyndra. So, with my usual aplomb, I thought I’d simply peanut gallery what’s “Hot or […]

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The Two Names in Cleantech You Have to Know

On April 6, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Cleantech has a very short history, and an even shorter memory.  I’ve written over and over again about how it’s all about policy, and that there is no disruptive technology in cleantech.  Now I’m telling you that’s not quite true, the exception proves the rule. I’d like to ask you to do some reading on […]

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Brightsource, Fisker and Solyndra – Soul Crushingly Bad Numbers Make up 17% of Near Record 1Q11 Venture Investment

On April 5, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

GreentechMedia and Cleantech Group this quarter reported near record levels of cleantech venture capital investment. Nearly $2.6 Billion in deals.  No, quantitative easing hasn’t made the dollar slide that much yet, the numbers are real – mainly as the solar and transport  deals vintage 2004-07 are getting deep into their capital intensive cycles.  But a […]

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Report from Grid Integration of Renewables Conference at Stanford

On January 14, 2011, in Blog, by admin

By Andrew Longenecker, guest contributor   The TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy’s “Grid Integration of Renewables” conference, which took place at Stanford University’s Jen-Hsun Engineering Center on January 13, 2011, brought together professionals and students to discuss various aspects of the integration of intermittent sources of power to the grid. The conference facilitated the discussion on […]

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A Cleantech Energy Funding Adventure

On December 23, 2010, in Blog, by admin

by Jason Barkeloo, CEO of Pilus Energy My business partners and I discovered an innovative way to unlock energy stored in carbon compounds. After a little back-slapping and “atta-boys,” we sought to raise the capital to launch a pilot. This led to another discovery; the destructive impact the economic crisis is having upon the capital […]

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Valuing the Electron

On December 15, 2010, in Blog, by admin

I am struggling to find a single function in our society that is not impacted by the electron. The electron is a negatively charged particle that fuels digital work. It makes software work on hardware. It powers motors and manufacturing. It lights our bulbs and amplifies our sound. In my opinion, the electron is the […]

Landfills and Buggy Whips

On December 10, 2010, in Blog, by admin

Progress is never without a price. What we gain on one hand we lose on another. The hope is that when the dust has settled the gains outweigh the losses. The manufacturers of buggy whips didn’t want to go out of business when the automobile arrived on the market. They fought to maintain their market […]

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Ontario FIT Program Draws Unwarranted Criticism

On December 9, 2010, in Cleantech News, by admin

I have seen, with growing frustration, an increasing number of comments on blogs and news sites deriding Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program and similar government incentives that encourage the use of renewable energy and create green jobs in the province. Comments like this anonymous post continue to stand out in my mind, “…‘greens’ only want […]

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Kill Bill Volume 2 and the Cancun COP

On December 7, 2010, in Blog, by Marc Stuart

Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Volume 2 is one of my favorite movies.   It penultimate scene – a final confrontation of vengeance  from the wronged Beatrice Kiddo (aka, The Bride, aka, Black Mamba, aka Uma Thurman) and the evil, yet oddly amiable and ambiguous, title character (aka, the great David Carradine) is perhaps the finest in […]

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The Triple Crown in Solar

On November 22, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Like it or not, solar is still the crown jewel in cleantech.  Whither goes solar, there goes cleantech.  So I got to thinking about the next decade in solar, and what will determine which companies achieve primacy.  I think there are three races in solar technology to watch these days.  Call it the Solar Triple Crown.  […]

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SPG Solar CEO vs Bill O’Reilly on Solar

On December 14, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Bill O, the Art of Journalism and Me.By Tom Rooney, CEO of SPG Solar Journalism, says the wag, is the art of speaking with absolute authority about something you know nothing about. Earlier this week, America’s most dominant cable TV news host, Bill O’Reilly, of course, took that definition to a new level when he […]

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Cleantech 2010 Top 10 Predictions

On December 9, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

My good friends over at Cleantech Group put out their 10 for 2010 cleantech predictions after Thanskgiving, and after our usual “webside” chats on the future of the sector, chastened me into responding with a set of counter predictions. What’s in store for cleantech 2010? 1. Private capital recovers. Nick Parker predicts that private capital […]

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Boone Pickens Mega Texas Wind Farm on Ice

On July 9, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Short and sweet. Boone Pickens announced this week that his mega wind farm was icing an eventual 4,000 MW windfarm this week. Apparently he’s looking for buyers for $2 Bill in turbines. A far cry from a year ago when your credibility as a wind developer hung in part on whether or not you had […]

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Cleantech’s Solar Conundrum

On January 2, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

The solar market is still going strong, despite the financial crisis, and turmoil in some of its key markets. But that doesn’t mean all is well on the venture financing end. As a number of longtime Silicon Valley solar darlings start to demand even more serious money to build plants for commercialization, the financing picture […]

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EarthLED releases a new consumer LED light bulb

On December 5, 2008, in Blog, by Cristina Foung

by Cristina Foung My favorite green product of the week: the EarthLED ZetaLux 7 Watt LED What is it?The EarthLED ZetaLux is a 7 watt LED light bulb. With a standard medium base, the bulb is a replacement for any incandescent light bulb. EarthLED estimates that it will cost as little as $2.00 to run […]

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Want something fast (and clean) between your legs? Try the GPR-S.

On November 8, 2008, in Blog, by Cristina Foung

by Cristina Foung My favorite green product of the week: Electric Motorsport GPR-S Electric Motorcycle What is it?The GPR-S from Electric Motorsport is an all-electric motorcycle with lithium batteries and a light weight frame (250 pounds or so). The bike has a 14.2 kilowatt electric drive system and has a top speed of 70 miles […]

Election Predictions for Cleantech and Carbon in a Post Obama World

On November 5, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

At the risk of sounding like I’m flip flopping, here are the top 5 reasons tonight’s election results mean lots of money for cleantech investors (and, unfortunately, my pocket). 1. An Illinois President and Democratic Congress equals good odds for corn ethanol and a Renewable Fuels Standard. 2. Think massive subsidies, loan guarantees and R&D […]

Got a (LED) light?

On October 31, 2008, in Blog, by Cristina Foung

by Cristina Foung My favorite green product of the week: the GeoBulb LED Light Bulb from C. Crane What is it?The GeoBulb is an LED light bulb that uses less than 8 watts of electricity to produce 14% more light than the average 60 watt incandescent bulb. It’s roughly the same size and shape as […]

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Zimride into the sunset

On October 3, 2008, in Blog, by Cristina Foung

by Cristina Foung My favorite green product of the week: Zimride’s Carpool Community What is it?Zimride is a carpooling community. It lets you find and share rides, figure out whose route is on your way, and intelligently pick who you get in a car with (whether or not you know them before hand). You can […]

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