Growing Role of Strategic Partners in Financing Green Innovation – Cleantech Forum NY

New York City

A key takeaway from the Cleantech Forum NY is the changing dynamic and increasingly important role of strategic partners in the financing and development of cleantech innovation, both in collaboration with and contrast to venture capital.  While there are many dimensions and drivers for this, ROI is a key one.  Compared to the capital . . . → Read More: Growing Role of Strategic Partners in Financing Green Innovation – Cleantech Forum NY

U.S. Missing Policy Drivers to Green Economy Growth – Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors / Cleantech Forum NY

New York City

In the opening keynote for the Cleantech Forum NY conference October 11, 2010, Kevin Parker, Global Head of Deutsche Asset Management, Deutsche Bank, outlined the critical policy elements required to develop and drive winning financial models over the coming decade.

Overall, global clean energy investment grew at a 23% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) between . . . → Read More: U.S. Missing Policy Drivers to Green Economy Growth – Deutsche Bank Climate Change Advisors / Cleantech Forum NY

Solar Roadways – Ecomagination Challenge Community Winner

October 7, 2010, GE announced that Solar Roadways was the winner of $50,000 for receiving the most votes as best idea from the registered participants in the Ecomagination Challenge Community.  Solar Roadways proposes to make roads, parking lots, and driveways into sources of energy by using “structurally-engineered recyclable solar panels that are driven upon” http://bit.ly/bAIDqm.  In . . . → Read More: Solar Roadways – Ecomagination Challenge Community Winner

100 to 180 Miles Per Gallon Production Cars – the X Prize Challenge Winners

Washington DC

The winners of the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize Competition were announced at an awards ceremony September 16, 2010 in Washington, DC at the Washington Historical Society http://www.progressiveautoxprize.org/.  Afterwards, the three winning ‘cars’ were driven through city traffic to the Department of Energy for public inspection by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

Three winners . . . → Read More: 100 to 180 Miles Per Gallon Production Cars – the X Prize Challenge Winners

Crowdsourcing Green Innovation – The GE Ecomagination Challenge

GE announced a $200 million effort in crowdsourcing green innovation, the GE Ecomagination Challenge.  Running for ten weeks from July 13 through September 30, 2010, it is an open call for “breakthrough ideas to create a cleaner, more efficient and economically viable grid, and (to) accelerate the adoption of smart grid technologies” http://challenge.ecomagination.com/ct/a.bix?c=ideas.

While the language seems . . . → Read More: Crowdsourcing Green Innovation – The GE Ecomagination Challenge

To Big to Spill? BP and the Question of Subsidies

The sinking of the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon rig into the Gulf of Mexico on April 22 will be investigated, written about, cleaned up after, and litigated for the next decade.  While the environmental costs of this disaster are on everyones minds, now would be a good time to take a look at the subsidies that . . . → Read More: To Big to Spill? BP and the Question of Subsidies

RETECH 2010 – The Post Copenhagen Environment

Washington DC

RETECH, the annual state-of-the-industry conference sponsored by the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), provided session tracks covering everything from innovations and technologies through finance, government initiatives and international perspectives.  In the wake of the failure to form a binding consensus at the United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP15 Copenhagen, there were plenty of . . . → Read More: RETECH 2010 – The Post Copenhagen Environment

Evolving Energy Storage

Energy Storage has come to be referred to by superlatives such as “missing link”, “holy grail” and “game changer”, especially for two evolving and interrelated markets: the smart grid and electric vehicles.  Certainly the right combination of technology, product configuration and price can have an enabling and potentially disruptive impact in both sectors.

With respect to the . . . → Read More: Evolving Energy Storage

Smarter Grid

The electric grid can be thought of as the largest man-made machine.  Quite literally (glossing over certain technicalities in definition and interconnection), it can be seen as a single, integrated “device” that stretches from coast to coast (and beyond if you include underwater cables in some areas).  To do that, and to supply electricity to millions . . . → Read More: Smarter Grid

Connecting the Dots

The keynote speaker at the fundraiser was not intending to be alarmist, but, as a physicist, merely trying to explain certain aspects of cause and effect.

The cause, in this instance, was the warming of the earth due to the increase in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and, being a physicist, he was more comfortable referring to . . . → Read More: Connecting the Dots