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Wanted: Chinese cleantech capital and connections

With the emergence of China as the globe’s cleantech powerhouse (see Why China has already overtaken the U.S. in cleantech), it’s become fashionable for cleantech companies with products to sell to target China seeking large purchase orders. What’s not been so popular is to go to China seeking investment capital. We and a handful of […]

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Electric Car Chargers for Central Parking System with 2,200 Locations

Central Parking System and its subsidiary USA Parking have announced the rollout of electric car charging. Central Parking, with 2,200 locations and over one million parking spaces, clients include some of the nation’s largest owners and operators of mixed-use projects, office buildings, hotels, stadiums and arenas as well as airports, hospitals and municipalities. Car Charging […]

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The Great State of Uticana

Last week, at the stunning student union of The Ohio State University, Battelle convened a meeting entitled 21st Century Energy & Economic Summit on behalf of Ohio Governor John Kasich, who both opened and closed the conference with some observations.   The agenda covered a wide spectrum of energy issues facing Ohio, and didn’t lack for interesting moments. […]

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The Networked Electric Vehicle

Thousands of electric cars are now communicating with owner’s smart phones, charging stations, and service networks. These EVs are plugging into smart grids that use network communications to charge off-peak, monitor and improve reliablity. When I use my Blink EVSE to charge my Nissan Leaf, the charger sends a packet of info to the charging […]

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Building Energy Performance: The Johnson Controls White Paper Library

Without much fanfare, Johnson Controls (NYSE:  JCI) has developed a number of very good white papers relating to building energy performance:  energy efficiency and renewable energy implementation for buildings. The list of white papers includes coverage of topics such as: Lighting retrofits for industrial facilities – including an illustrative example of the economics associated with […]

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Hyundai Making 2,000 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

The most popular way to extend the range of an electric vehicle is to add a small gasoline engine coupled with a generator as done in the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid. The most popular way to extend the range of an electric bus is to add a fuel cell that generates added electrons. During the […]

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Clean Coal Technology Is Making Venture Investors Money

One of my friends, John Moore. the CEO of Acorn Energy (NASDAQ:ACFN), recently sold off their rapidly growing CoaLogix investment for a quick return. I caught up with John to get the story. So John, who the hell is Acorn Energy anyways? Acorn Energy (NASDAQ:ACFN) is the Sun Studios of the energy sector. We have […]

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Keystone Cops

As mentioned in a prior posting, I recently traveled to Canada as part of a delegation convened by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs to consider energy trade issues of importance to Canada and the U.S. – especially in the Midwest. The second stop on our journey, after a day and a half in Manitoba […]

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9/11 – A Call for Energy Security

Book excerpt from Save Gas, Save the Planet My ninth trip to teach a workshop at Two World Trade Center never happened because of the great tragedy 9/11. For years Sun Microsystems, my former employer and now part of Oracle, had invited me to conduct a series of workshops about technology and strategy. Much of […]

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Solar Eclipse

The sections of the blogosphere concerned with energy topics were abuzz last week with the news that Solyndra had filed for bankruptcy.   Until recently one of the poster children for cleantech, Solyndra’s apparent demise was all the more notable due to its blue chip investor roster and its prominent selection by the Department of Energy […]

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OMG Solyndra’s Dead! How Much is This Going to Cost Whom?

Yup.  Solyndra’s going BK.  Taking with it US government loans to the tune of $10 for every taxpaying household in the country and $500K or so for every job it created for one year. But seriously, raise your hand if you DIDN’T see this coming.  Like, OK, those with their hand’s raised, you are no […]

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IPOs and Bankruptcies and Cleantech “Hot or Not”

Last night while watching Office reruns, I realized I’d been remiss, and a lot’s had been happening in the public equities end of the cleantech sector.  Not to mention yesterday’s billion dollar BK broiler announcement by the one-time Next Greatest Thing, Solyndra. So, with my usual aplomb, I thought I’d simply peanut gallery what’s “Hot or […]