Entries by Neal Dikeman

Smart Power – Our Future Whether You Like it or Not

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.  […]

The Seminal List of Authoritative Cleantech Definitions

It dawned on me after I MC’ed the Cleantech Open Gala Awards Ceremony two weeks ago (congrats again the to winners!), that there were now some 5.6 mm listings on google for the term cleantech, and while virtually every data provider or leading market analysis firm in the sector had tried to define cleantech, no […]

Cleantech Blog Power 5 – Top Investors in Cleantech

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 […]

The Triple Crown in Solar

Like it or not, solar is still the crown jewel in cleantech.  Whither goes solar, there goes cleantech.  So I got to thinking about the next decade in solar, and what will determine which companies achieve primacy.  I think there are three races in solar technology to watch these days.  Call it the Solar Triple Crown.  […]

RPAG – Renewable Power at Scale = Scotland?

Comments by Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, were a highlight of my fascinating introduction to RPAG – Renewable Power at Scale, this week.  With 206 GW of offshore renewable energy potential (wind and marine), despite it’s small size, Scotland has 25% of Europe’s wind power potential and 25% of its tidal resource potential. Keep in […]

Cleantech Meets Heavy Steel

I had a fascinating presentation today from John Robertson, managing director of BiFab, one of the first movers in offshore wind platform fabrications.  They just rolled off doing a 31 unit, 14 month project for Vattenfall’s 150 MW Ormonde project (which still counts as large in the offshore wind business), and built the original Beatrice […]

California’s Cleantech War – Prop 23

According to pick your favorite cleantech and carbon media outlet, California is at war.  AB 32 is California’s carbon cap and trade law.   The law is most the way ready to implement, with the rulemaking in process now.  It’s aimed squarely at two goals, one, reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions, and two, since such a […]

New Models For Clean Technology Incubation and Commercialization

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 […]

My First View of Solyndra Up Close

 Solyndra CIGS Panels on South Houston High I had a chance to see my first Solyndra solar panels in action today. Three organizations run by friends of mine, HARC, Ignite Solar, and American Electric Technologies, are partnered up to install a 145 kW uber photovoltaic test bed on two schools (Sam Rayburn and South […]

Jane Capital Partners LLC Acquires Leading Green Ecommerce Company Greenhome.com

Jane Capital Partners LLC Acquires Leading Green Ecommerce Company Greenhome.com Greenhome.com’s ecostore is the market leader for online sales of green and environmental products The acquisition provides Green Home with capital to grow, and expand its green business efforts, including its offerings of compostables and green cleaning supplies Online sales of green products have grown […]

Texas A&M Sustainability Day and The Aggie Green Fund

I had a chance to stop in at the Campus Sustainability Day at my alma mater, Texas A&M today.  It was great to see all the activity.  We definitely didn’t have such when I was in school. The turnout included various Texas A&M facilities and utilities departments, a number of student committees and organizations, and local […]

Why I Love Solar, Even Though I’ve Never Bought It

My article last week was entitled Can I Hate the Solar Bill of Rights and Still Love Love Solar?  The comments back ran the gamut, including posters ripping me suggesting I must have oil company ties (to be fair I kind of do) and one asking did someone “pee in my cornflakes” and calling me […]

The Carbon Industry Is the Unsung Hero in the Cleantech M&A

Voices from the cleantech venture sector whine at least once a quarter about lack of M&A activity.  In carbon that hasn’t been the case this year (though only a handful of US venture capitalists could stomach that “obscene” foreign policy risk in carbon, and so largely non traditional investors made the bucks).  Despite the carbon […]

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

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 […]

Why My GridPoint Energy Audit Sucked

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 […]

Why Smaller Venture Funds Do Better

Guest Blog – Max Branzburg, Clean Pacific Ventures Despite cries to the contrary, the venture capital industry is not broken. The poor performance over the past decade leading critics to write VC off as “fun while it lasted” has been driven by an isolated segment of the industry: large funds. The red flags are ubiquitous, […]

A Few Conversations on the State of Cleantech

I’ve had a number of conversations in the past couple of weeks about the state of cleantech and the various sectors that make it up. No real answers, just food for discussion. The IPO market – a few threads that keep perking up.  A need for the IPO market in cleantech to get healthy.  A general […]

What do Big Oil and EV Batteries Have in Common?

For those of you interested in the sector under the sector in electric vehicles, the guts of Li Ion battery technology, the week just got more interesting than an overpriced, over hyped Tesla IPO. Check out a very quiet unnanouncement in A123’s SEC filings noting a multi-year supply deal with ConocoPhillips’ Cpreme, the emerging leader in […]