Water: The Big Issue for Fracking

On February 24, 2013, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

On February 13, the Cleveland office of the law firm McDonald Hopkins hosted a panel to discuss the pivotal water issues facing producers of oil/gas from shale via fracking.  In addition to three MH attorneys, the panel also included Jeff Dick (Director of the Natural Gas and Water Resource Institute at Youngstown State University), Samuel […]

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U.S. Water Infrastructure: FAIL (Almost)

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

The Water Innovations Alliance (WIA) recently completed an assessment of the state of the U.S. water infrastructure, which was given an overall grade of D- by the American Society of Civil Engineers in its most recent infrastructure report card.  Underlying that nearly failing grade, the WIA produced some startling statistics in a recent newsletter (not yet posted to […]

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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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Israel Awakening to Cleantech

On January 3, 2011, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi In early November, I  participated in a week-long delegation concerning energy in Israel, at the invitation of Project Interchange, an educational program of the American Jewish Committee.  In addition to learning a tremendous amount about Israel’s history, culture and political situation, my fellow travelers and I were fortunate to talk with many leaders active in various aspects […]

Getting Lucky With Water Technologies

On November 29, 2010, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi For cleantech investors in the water space, one of the most attractive aspects of the water technology sector is that there’s a well-established set of well-heeled companies with strong interests in building their water businesses via acquisitions.  This list includes most prominently General Electric (NYSE: GE), Siemens (NYSE: SI), and Veolia (NYSE: VE):  multi-billion dollar […]

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Mercury Rising

On November 23, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Unlike some other environmental issues, there is virtually no controversy or skepticism about the perils of mercury in the environment. Not only has mercury been known for centuries to be highly poisonous, it’s also increasingly linked to other physiological ills, including some speculation in recent years that mercury is related to […]

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Reinventing Desalination

On November 16, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. StuebiMany informed observers consider the inadequacy of clean drinking water to be one of the world’s most serious problems. By some estimates, 20% of the human population lacks access to good water supplies. That’s not to say that these people live nowhere near water: indeed, most of humankind lives fairly close to […]

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A Perfect Storm for Water

On March 19, 2009, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

‘Growing world population will cause a “perfect storm” of food, energy and water shortages by 2030′. That is what a UK Government chief scientist told attendees at the Sustainable Development conference in London yesterday. Prof. Beddington told the group that demand for food and energy will jump 50% by 2030 and for fresh water by […]

Energy Versus Water

On November 1, 2008, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

There is a growing awareness that there are two convergent crises facing the world: Energy and Water. Scientific Amercican just launced a dedicated environmental publication this month, Earth 3.0 and the cover story? … ‘Energy Vs Water’. The article explores the dichotomy between the fact that we need energy to produce water and we need […]

Californian City Considers Buying back lawns to save water

On October 4, 2008, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

How ‘green’ is your lawn? The City of Fresno in California think’s not very ‘green’ at all and is proposing to ‘buy back’ lawns from home owners in an effort to stop people pouring the States’ precious water resources all over them. This is part of an Urban Water Management Plan approved by the Fresno […]

Counting the Cost of Water

On September 23, 2008, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

I was contacted last week by a journalist doing a story on ‘the future of water’. When I asked what the publication was, I was told it was for Esquire. Needless to say I was only too glad to help, – it’s not often I have the opportunity to have my name in print alongside […]

Breakthrough in solar energy storage

On August 9, 2008, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

The hydrogen economy is heralded in certain quarters as the green alternative to oil as an energy carrier. At present the vast majority of hydrogen generated is generated from natural gas. So right now a hydrogen fuel cell car, is most likely still ultimately reliant on a fossil fuel source, natural gas, to provide the […]

Whiskey’s for drinkin’, water’s for investing in

On July 29, 2008, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

Last week I put out the idea that we were approaching a tipping point in water re-use. There were a few other headlines this week which support that. For one thing California’s second largest reservoir is now ‘at its lowest level in 30 years’. Last Monday the California Department of Water Resources Director, Lester Snow, […]

A tipping point in water re-use?

On July 18, 2008, in Blog, by Paul O`Callaghan

There were two interesting recent headlines which support the view that we are approaching a tipping point in relation to water scarcity and water resources. Firstly, Orange County, California was awarded the Stockholm Industry Award for its pioneering work to inject treated wastewater into deep wells to re-charge ground water aquifers. This water can then […]

GE: Doing Cleantech The Right Way

On March 8, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I have long had a respect for GE (NYSE:GE), and how it runs its business. In cleantech, I am very, very jealous. They have made themselves into the company to beat. Whether by plan, luck, or simply applying sound business discipline, GE has made itself into a top 3 global cleantech player no matter happens. […]

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Blogroll Review: Sinks, Oranges, Woz

On July 21, 2007, in Blog, by Frank Ling

by Frank Ling Power Bathroom For many years, the Japanese have recycled sink water for their toilets. Now an American company is taking it further. WaterSaver Technologies from Kentucky has developed the AQUS system, which Philip Proefrock at EcoGeek says: “…collects the water from a bathroom sink and filters and disinfects it before it gets […]

The Trouble with Water

On March 1, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Previously posted on Inside Greentech. There was an active discussion around water at the recent Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. As there always is. Everyone knows the old joke, applied to just about everything at one time or another, that runs: “hydrogen is the fuel of the future… and always will be,” or “Brazil is […]