15 Tips For Clean/Green Tech Accelerator Success

On July 18, 2013, in Blog, by Dallas Kachan

I’ve been helping behind the scenes on a new cleantech incubator recently launched in Vancouver, Canada called the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator. And in the process, I’ve been getting the opportunity to learn what other accelerators and incubators are doing well, and not so well, around the world. The first incubator launched in the U.S. in 1959, but […]

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Will Crystalline Solar Kill Thin Film? A Conversation with Applied Material’s Solar Head Charlie Gay

On June 23, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

By Neal Dikeman I had a chance to chat today with Dr. Charlie Gay, the President of Applied Material’s solar division.  You may recall, we broke the story in the blogosphere 5 years ago about Applied’s entry into solar, which was anchored with a highly touted and very aggressive strategy for turnkey large format amorphous […]

Sunetric Offers Free Solar PV Systems to Raise Money for Japan

On April 25, 2011, in Cleantech News, by admin

HONOLULU— www.hawaiiredcross.org, www.withaloha.org and www.Sunetric.com — Sunetric, Hawaii’s largest locally owned and operated solar installer, has donated two solar photovoltaic systems to raise funds for two local charities assisting Japan. The first is the American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter and the second is the “With Aloha” Foundation. Donations raised through the website www.solarforjapan.com will […]

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Intelligent Energy Raises £7 Million to Accelerate Commercialisation Plans in Further Material Up Round

On April 25, 2011, in Cleantech News, by admin

Loughborough UK, 14th April, 2011 – Intelligent Energy, the global clean power systems company, today announced it has recently completed a fundraising round of approximately £7 million ($11 million) from existing and new institutional shareholders. This investment, achieved through a placement at £1.70 per share, enables Intelligent Energy to accelerate the commercialisation of its advanced […]

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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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Cleantech Forum Snaps – Affirmative Action, Star Trek, and Starvation

On March 24, 2011, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Three comments I really liked from the premier conference on cleantech: Art Rosenfeld, California Energy Commission – It’s all about cool white roofs to combat climate change.  Art is one of the deans of energy efficiency in California.  It’s been long known that white roofs can cool a building and help reduce the heat island […]

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The Landfill Wars

On March 23, 2011, in Blog, by admin

Guest blog by Don Willis I have been to recycling conventions all across the country. It never fails that all of them have programs dedicated to landfill operators. Somehow recycling companies have not yet gotten the message. Landfill Operators are NOT recyclers. They may dabble around the edges of recycling so that the various levels […]

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5 Cleantech Wishes for 2011

On December 27, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Five things I’d like to see in cleantech 2011. A fuel cell in one of my blogger’s houses.  This one’s actually in progress, so hopefully it’s a gimme.  So come on Marc, we’re waiting for the pictures and the blog! More cleantech IPOs.  Come on guys, the market’s been rolling, we ought to be able […]

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Smart Power – Our Future Whether You Like it or Not

On December 8, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I had a chance to meet Peter Fox-Penner, the Chairman Emeritus of the Brattle Group the other day, when he was announcing the launch of his new book, Smart Power.  Brattle Group is a long time economic consulting group to the power industry.  Smart Power is about the emergence and issues around the smart grid.  […]

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Report from the Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Conference

On December 5, 2010, in Blog, by admin

The Berkeley-Stanford Cleantech Conference, a biannual conference organized by Berkeley and Stanford students, successfully brings some of the best and brightest minds together to discuss cleantech-related topics. Past themes have included Electric Vehicles, Big Solar, Energy Storage, and Smart Grid; this year the conference was organized around Distributed Generation. This year’s event took place at […]

Cleantech Blog Power 5 – Top Investors in Cleantech

On December 3, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

It’s been a long year and a half or so since we published our last Cleantech Blog Power 5 on the top investors in cleantech.  Time for round two. As usual the criteria for inclusion. Investor made a significant contribution to the cleantech investment sector More smart looking investments than stupid looking investments On balance, I’d […]

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New Models For Clean Technology Incubation and Commercialization

On October 27, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

By Sanford Selman We live in an age of intense global competition for more sustainable ways of providing food, water, energy and transportation to a growing population against a backdrop of diminishing and deteriorating natural resources. And thus, the race is on to create the next generation of technologies, business models and companies to provide […]

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Why Conservatives Are Bad on Energy: It’s All About the Costs

On August 25, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

By Tom Rooney, CEO SPG Solar Conservatives,  let’s talk about energy. And why so many conservatives are so wrong — so liberal, even — on wind and solar energy. Let’s start with a recent editorial from the home of ‘free markets and free people,” the Wall Street Journal. Photovoltaic solar energy, quoth the mavens, is […]

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Why My GridPoint Energy Audit Sucked

On August 20, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Bad day for energy efficiency the other day.  I have a new house (actually a new to me 55 year old house), and was all excited to have an energy auditor come out and energy audit me.  After all, I write Cleantech Blog, and did an article not too long ago urging all homeowners to […]

Big Week in the "Real" CSR – Climate Saving Regulation

On May 14, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

It’s been a big week in Greenhouse Gas regulation land.  Huge boost for cleantech sales executives and afficianados everywhere. EPA announces a slightly delayed and somewhat more limited GHG regulation rule. Starting in July 2011, all facilities greater than 75,000 tons per year in emissions will have to get GHG permits. And John Kerry and Joe […]

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What’s the state of climate change policy these days?

On April 23, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

To those you who missed it, below is the link to a web panel on the state of climate change policies and developments that I participated in for Brightalk today. The panelists: – Emilie Mazzacurati, Manager, Carbon Market Research North America, Point Carbon – Chris Busch, Policy Director, Center for Resource Solutions– Nicholas Bianco, Senior […]

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The Impact on Cleantech of the Supreme Court Corporate Election Spending Decision May Not be so Hot

On April 16, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

By Sanford J. Selman In its majority opinion of January 21, 2010 (Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission), the US Supreme Court overturned decades-old rules prohibiting unlimited spending by corporations and unions on election advertising. This ruling is certain to have a far reaching impact as it gives complete freedom to corporate interests to use […]

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What You Should be Doing if You Really Believe in Cleantech

On April 2, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Believing in cleantech should mean walking the walk.  Believing that technology can change the world, but that consumers have to play their part.  Not just believing that technology will fix everything at the same price or that we can offload our problems to policy makers who can’t stumble out of their own way.  Not slamming […]

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An Open Letter to Ban Ki Moon on Climate Change

On March 25, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

An open letter to Ban Ki Moon in support of an extraordinary friend Dear Mr. Secretary General, I am sure that in your position, the volume of unsolicited outreach you receive must be truly breathtaking. I will not add to your never ending inbox, but rather will simply post this note on a friendly blog, […]

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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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