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Wireless Controlled Solar LED Lighting

One of the companies I follow quite closely is a rapidly growing cleantech company in Victoria, BC, Canada called Carmanah Technologies (TSX:CMH) (named after Carmanah Valley they tell me, which is apparently an absolutely gorgeous wilderness on Vancouver Island), which makes solar LED lighting products. Carmanah won the most promising presenter award at the Cleantech […]


The Fifth Fuel: Energy Efficiency

Wednesday, August 30th On the heels of training in the Maine Home Performance with Energy Star™ program, my personal media researcher tells me that EPRI has declared energy efficiency the ‘fifth fuel.’ A quick Google also tells me the EPRI name is not an original: “The Fifth Fuel” was the name of a newsletter published […]


Thoughts from Shell

Last week, Shell’s US President John Hofmeister came to Cleveland as part of a US tour to offer Shell’s perspectives on national energy security. Hofmeister made some interesting comments at a private reception and at a luncheon at the City Club: World oil supply at 85 million barrels per day was barely exceeding world oil […]


Cleantech AIM Listing in Superconductors – Zenergy Power

Five days after announcing news of the closing of a merger between SC Power Systems in the US, and Trithor in Germany, two long time superconducting technology players, the parent company Zenergy Power plc listed on the London AIM exchange (AIM:ZEN)/(ZEN.L) at a c. US $54 million market cap, and then traded up 15% on […]


Peter Schwartz on The Future of Energy

Peter Schwartz is one of the most influential progenitors of scenario planning, dating back from his work at Royal Dutch/Shell in which he helped the company foresee the rise and fall of oil prices in the 1970’s and 1980’s. He subsequently wrote a widely-read book about envisioning the future called The Art of the Long […]


The crack and the light

“There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets through.”Leonard Cohen Now that the myth of “the market” has triumphed to become everything in America, a light begins to shine through cracks of “market populism” and “The New Economy.” It is light shed on my career, wasted on the shores of this business “revolution,” […]


Plug-In Hybrids

Get 100 miles per gallon (mpg) in your next car. If you are now only getting 20 mpg, getting 100 mpg would cut your gasoline bill 80%. Several future plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) will get over 100 mpg. If you own a Toyota Prius you can buy a conversion kit today and make your […]


The 2030 Challenge

An architect from Santa Fe named Ed Mazria is passionate about the need to dramatically reduce the energy intensity of residential/commercial buildings, which are responsible for about 48% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Driven by his commitment, Ed devised The 2030 Challenge. Simply put, he challenges architects, engineers and contractors to cut the carbon intensity […]


GreenTech Building

Colorado Renewable Energy Society’s Tour of Solar Homes comes up this October, and the US Green Building Council holds its annual conference (Greenbuild) in Denver this November. With an eye on high performance (“green”) building, Lindsey Shorthouse of Zócalo Development and I set out to unearth on-the-ground examples of mixed-use, commercial and residential (that is, […]


Dissing Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Ulf Bossel is a well-known fuel cell technologist based in Switzerland. For years, he has been organizing the annual European Fuel Cell Forum in Lucerne, which has alternated every other year between focusing on PEM fuel cells and on solid oxide fuel cells. At the end of this year’s show earlier in July, Bossel announced […]


More on the Ethanol Debate

Robert Rapier on the Oil Drum has a very readable blog on a discussion between he and Vinod Khosla arguing about some of the major issues in ethanol. He had previously put up a blog called Vinod Khosla Debunked, detailing and then attacking some of Khosla’s arguments about the future of ethanol. The combination of […]


Top 10 Energy Technologies to Watch in Cleantech

From big corporate to grass roots, new (and old, but recycled) energy technologies under the banner of cleantech are changing the way we relate to energy and the earth. The ones to watch: Solar Energy – The worldwide solar photovoltaic industry installed 1,400 megawatts of new capacity last year, almost enough new power to supply […]


The Great Turning: Those Who Turn & Those Who Fight

“A mounting perfect economic storm is fast approaching. A convergence of climate change, peak oil, and the financial instability inherent in an unbalanced global trading system will bring an unraveling of the corporate-led global economy and a dramatic restructuring of every aspect of modern life.” The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community David Korten, […]


UPS Fleet of 1,700 Alt-fuel and Hybrid Vehicles

UPS deliver 15 million packages per day in over 200 countries. UPS has over 100,000 vehicles and 600 airplanes. UPS employs over 400,000 people. UPS is the ninth largest airline on the planet. They are experts at reducing the cost and fuel usage of moving millions of packages. Over 1,700 of those vehicles use alternative […]