Entries by Neal Dikeman

Synthetic Biology Startup Cemvita Factory Edges Amperon and SkyCool for $100K Cleantech.org Competition Win

We announced today that last night Texas based synthetic biology CO2 to products startup Cemvita Factory edged energy forecasting software startup Amperon and Stanford cooling materials startup SkyCool for the 2021 Cleantech.org $100K GS Beyond Energy Innovation Prize. Jeff Wolfe of energy storage company Veloce Energy, and whose executive team comes from market leaders Tritium […]

Over $5 Bil in US Cleantech and Energy Transition Focused Venture Funds Raised in last Year

The market continues to move aggressively.  A number of notable new energy transition venture funds have closed despite the pandemic. We are tracking around $6-7 Billion in energy transition private venture capital raised since the pandemic started or expected to close this year. Tracking favorably to support venture investment even compared to the cleantech investing […]

What Will Happen in the Energy Transition?

Co-published with Energy Transition Ventures The Energy Transition is the term of art that arose out of the climate and cleantech sector in common use in corporate board rooms and policy circles around 2015 to 2020 to describe the shift, and the secondary effects and impacts, from changing the source of the majority of the […]

Is Tesla Really the EV King?

by Neal Dikeman, chief blogger, Cleantech Blog Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been the electric vehicle darling since almost the day it launched.  I’d argue there are some really neat aspects to its product and strategy, but it is far from a resounding market leader in EVs. The Range and Battery Scale Advantage There are a couple of […]

My LED Saga

For my birthday, I told my wife I want LED light bulbs.  I know, right?  You’re thinking how cool is that!  If you’re thinking anything else, just keep it to yourself. A bit of history.  I like light.  I hate waiting for CFLs to warm up.  We need floodlight style for recessed lighting, and A […]

Tesla Motors – I Love You, But What the Hell?

I do like the Model S.  I think Tesla is doing terrific things to the car industry, direct to consumer, aggressive EV range, great looking car.  My friends who have one love it.  The company is proving it has legs.  But, as to the recent market run-up, not to be catty, but are you SERIOUS? […]

Kior, Solar, and Storage

Kior, one of the farthest along cellulosic biofuels producers shipped its first drop in cellulosic biofuels from its pilot plant, but was way below its prior production targets.  And Biofuels Digest reports it is now considering a smaller scale expansion of its pilot before launching its long announced commercial plant in Natchez.  This sounds like […]

Listening to Bill Ford on Technology

Bill Ford is talking about innovation today at the Ford Trends conference. He started with two quotes that struck me: Henry Ford – “If I’d asked my customers originally what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse. ” Bill Ford – “The car industry back then was the ultimate disruptive industry.” Ford says […]

Simple Thoughts on Aggie Muster

Simple Thoughts on Aggie Muster Written on Muster’s Eve April 20th 2013 the year of the birth of my daughter Softly call the Muster, gently call the Roll. Another year is passing, time will take her toll. My family is remembered, as I’ll be remembered too. Remember me my brethren; I am remembering you. Softly […]

Why is it So Hard to Make Money in New Battery Technology?

Energy storage is still the rage in cleantech.  But after the collapse of A123 and Beacon, and the spectacular failure on the Fisker Karma in its Consumer Reports tests, fire  in Hawaii with Xtreme Power’s lead acid grid storage system and with NGK’s sodium sulphur system, and now battery problems grounding the Boeing Dreamliners, investors […]