ABB’s New Solar Star

On April 22, 2013, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Over the weekend, ABB (NYSE: ABB) announced the $1 billion acquisition of Power-One (NASDAQ: PWER), which makes a wide spectrum of power conversion electronics equipment. Notably, Power-One is a major player in the market for inverters, which convert DC power into AC power.  In turn, inverters are important for synchronizing DC-based technologies such as batteries, […]

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Clear Signs of Innovation in Glass

On August 6, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Glass has been made for thousands of years, and innovators have always been tinkering to improve the basic product.  Over the years, these improvements have mainly been in terms of color, strength, weight, quality.  The cleantech imperative of the past few decades is now pushing glass innovations on two more dimensions, energy efficiency and power […]

Dark Days for the Solar Industry

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

With the Solyndra debacle and other bankruptcies (e.g., Evergreen Solar, SpectraWatt), and a 65% decline in the MAC Global Solar Energy Index (SUNIDX), 2011 was a bad year for the solar industry.  Now into 2012, the hits just keep on coming. Last week, the long-time solar energy poster-child First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR) announced it was closing its […]

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Concentrating (on) Utility-Scale Solar Energy

On February 7, 2012, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

Last week, at the invitation of organizer Green Power Conferences, I attended their Solar Power Generation USA conference in Las Vegas. Of course, there are innumerable events pertaining to the solar energy space, and each needs its own niche of differentiation.  This conference pertained solely to utility-scale solar power projects.  In other words, this is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Branding Solar Energy

On November 16, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi One of the biggest challenges facing cleantech, relative to other forms of technological innovation, is that the basic markets being served are widely viewed as commodities. In high-tech, many people are willing to pay very high (and profitable) prices for new gadgets with cool functionality.  Witness just about everything that Apple makes, along […]

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