A Call for Action

On February 19, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi A Call for Action: that’s the title of the introductory report by the newly formed United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP). The USCAP is a group of organizations who have come together to press the U.S. Federal government to stop arguing and start taking real action to address climate change. And, […]

Ranking of Top 5 Cleantech Cities

On February 16, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

SustainLane just ranked the top cities for cleantech incubation clusters in the nation and three out of five are in California. They are as follows: 1. Austin, TX2. San Jose, CA3. Berkeley, CA4. Pasadena, CA5. Greater Boston, MA Very detailed discussion on Joel Makower’s blog. Overview of SustainLane from their website: “SustainLane provides online sustainability […]

Green Fringe

On February 14, 2007, in Blog, by Heather Rae

by Heather Rae Reading the New York Times Real Estate section is like pulling off the toenail of your little toe. In a world where the price of habitation climbs into the cool millions, this sweet torture leaves you bleeding and worrying for your sanity. You don’t really need the toe or the toenail, and […]

Climate Stabilization Wedges

On February 12, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi The most useful framework for considering solutions to the climate change problem was developed by Professor Robert Socolow of Princeton University. In a pathbreaking August 2004 Science paper, Socolow (with fellow Princeton co-author Stephen Pacala) coined the concept of “stabilization wedges” to illustrate the types and magnitude of actions that would […]

Could Solvent-Free Manufacturing Technology Help Make Lithium Polymer Batteries a Reality?

On February 8, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I had a chance to chat with Dr. Klaus Brandt, EVP of Lithium Technology Corporation (Ticker symbol LTHU.PK). LTC has been in the business of Lion battery development for over 10 years. They are focused on large energy content / high power applications, primarily using lithium polymer technologies. The Company was formed 4 years ago […]

Proposed: National Center for Sustainable Technologies

On February 7, 2007, in Blog, by Heather Rae

by Heather Rae The Brunswick Naval Air Station on the midcoast of Maine is on the Pentagon’s list: the base realignment and closure process, a recurring cost-cutting procedure, also known by the acronym BRAC, has targeted the Brunswick station for closure in 2011. In April 2005, The Times Record ran an editorial by Walt Rosen, […]

Cool Commutes

On February 6, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

Innovative solutions for energy independence and ending the climate crisis are manifest in Silicon Valley: breakthrough energy storage, biotech conversion of waste to fuel, electric vehicles, fuel cells, materials science, converting sunlight to energy and more. 200 members of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) convened to advance a different type of innovation – programs […]

Let There Be Dark, Or At Least Fewer Watts

On February 5, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard Stuebi Last week, as virtually everyone with an interest in energy and the environment knows, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gathered in Paris to release the first report of their Fourth Assessment. (see article) The report presents the accumulated evidence of physical change that has already occurred in the climate, and […]

BP Awards $500 MM Bioconversion Research Center to Berkeley

On February 2, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

BP announced the award of $500 MM Bioconversion research center to Berkeley. The award follows a process where BP had shortlisted several major universities, so I’m really glad to see a local university win it. I had a chance to meet with some of the BP technology team working on this project some months ago, […]

God’s Country

On January 30, 2007, in Blog, by Heather Rae

by Heather Rae The whipping winds of central Spain and the sultry, slow-spinning blades of wind turbines play central roles in Pedro Almodovar’s most recent creation, “Volver.” One of Almodovar’s women sighs, “este maldito viento se vuelve loca la gente.” (“This hellish wind drives people crazy.”) To me, a student in Madrid the summer of […]

Climate Tectonics

On January 30, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard Stuebi The climate changes only slightly faster than the continents shift. Climate policy changes only slightly faster than the climate is altered by greenhouse gas emissions. So, when one begins to see a few elements of U.S. climate policy moving, in a relatively short period of time, it’s hard not to take note […]

REEF break for Australian wave power co.

On January 29, 2007, in Blog, by Nick Bruse

Nick Bruse runs StrikeConsulting, a cleantech venture consultancy, and works with Clean Technology AustralAsia Pty Ltd; the organiser of the AustralAsian Cleantech Forums, and the leading advocate of Cleantech in Australia. As the summer sun continues to blaze here in Australia, Climate change continues to feature strongly on the headlines on front pages of newspapers. […]

AeroVironment IPO – Technology Developer Makes Good in Market

On January 25, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Aerovironment, Inc. (Nasdaq:AVAV) priced its $114 mm IPO this week, with Goldman Sachs as the lead underwriter. Shares popped up 54%. From the prospectus “We design, develop, produce and support a technologically-advanced portfolio of small unmanned aircraft systems that we supply primarily to organizations within the U.S. Department of Defense, and fast charge systems for […]

What has Changed in the Alternative Energy Investment Landscape

On January 24, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Is the time right to invest in alternative energy? We’ve seen a lot of this before in the 1970s and 1980s. Solar and biomass hot, big regulatory pushes, and then companies and investors lost a lot of money when things changed. We’re still a bit skeptical. We’re also all about not getting pulled in to […]

Maine: a market for solar

On January 23, 2007, in Blog, by Heather Rae

Is there enough sunshine — and consumer drive — to sustain a solar market in Maine? You betcha. EnergyWorks, LLC operates out of Liberty, Maine and is busily expanding. It recently opened a Portland office and is eyeing the business market in Waldo County, a stretch of Maine’s coastline. Maine Housing webstats show Waldo County […]

Oil Usage Drops in Developed Nations in 2006

On January 23, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (1/23/07) Thank you to the millions that used less oil in 2006. For the first time in 20 years, the International Energy Agency show oil consumption in the 30 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development fell 0.6% in 2006. The drop was slight, but most encouraging to all […]

Ethanol, NAFTA, Tortillas and Walmart?

On January 19, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Quick, what do Ethanol, NAFTA, Mexican Tortillas and Walmart have in common? Don’t know? Well here’s the story. I am fascinated by the discussion about ethanol feedstocks issues. There has been a lot of talk about corn production for ethanol either crowding out beef or food production, or driving up the price of food, or […]

EEStor and Zenn Motors – What’s the real story?

On January 18, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

As reported in the Energy Blog and Clean Break, EEStor, a perenially stealthy Kleiner Perkins backed energy storage startup (KP invested $3 mm in EEStor according to the Zenn filings), is reportedly slated to deliver product to Canadian electric car maker Zenn (“Zero Emission No Noise”) formerly Feel Good Cars Inc, in 2007. Zenn’s business […]

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