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June 08, 2011 Posted by
In Cleantech, who would have guessed 12 months ago that the hottest segment for IPOs would be biofuels? The industry is at an early crossroads at multiple levels with rapidly shifting dynamics and global implications. Plenty of challenges and uncertainty exist, but, all the while, the momentum of change and innovation marches on ...
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September 02, 2010 Posted by
Controversy, consternation, and skepticism always swirl around Cleantech and policy, highlighted most recently by the disappointing COP 15 climate meeting in Copenhagen in December. There was plenty of debate but little in the way of real direction. Despite that, however, it’s instructive to reflect on progress in the last several years.
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September 02, 2010 Posted by
According to a recent report by Pew Charitable Trusts¹, China invested almost $35 billion in clean energy in 2009, just about double the U.S. total of $18.6 billion. Remarkably, China’s total in 2004 was just $2.5 billion.
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September 02, 2010 Posted by
There have been a number of companies to enter or approach registration; however, for the most part, just one in each key vertical.
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August 04, 2010 Posted by
Cleantech investing continues to recover at faster pace. All of the news services, including VentureSource, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and Cleantech Network, report consistently strengthening investment activity through the second quarter of 2010.
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June 03, 2010 Posted by
On April 8-9, 2010, Silicon Valley Bank broughttogether 104 experts from the entrepreneurial, venture capital, energy,academic and policy worlds to discuss critical issues affecting the long termgrowth of the energy generation, storage and efficiency markets.  Here are our key takeaways from this set ofinvigorating, closed door discussions.
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April 09, 2010 Posted by
The last year has seen a wave of investment and utility interest in home and business energy intelligence tools. Power providers and companies that supply infrastructure envision a smart grid that will provide significant improvements over the current utility distribution grid. Targeted improvements include automated meter reading, faster outage detection and repair, demand response tools to reduce energy usage during peak usage times, and load shifting capabilities to distribute power to high demand areas in real time.
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April 09, 2010 Posted by
The magnitude of opportunities in global energy markets is enormous, but scaling up a new technology to “utility” scale also presents unique challenges for the venture model. The leap from initial product demonstration and small scale manufacturing into production or assets in the hundreds of megawatts (and hundreds of millions of dollars) largely exceeds the capacity of venture equity financing. Given the current state of capital markets, start-ups are wondering what sources of lending are available for initial large scale manufacturing or projects and what role can and should government play (for example, through loan guarantees and grants) in “picking winners” and lowering the hurdle for new clean energy technologies to attract commercial capital and gain traction in the market.
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April 09, 2010 Posted by

Much has been made of the potential role of emerging cleantech markets in driving the economic recovery and renewing U.S. leadership in technology innovation. The mobilization and retraining of displaced workers for jobs in the new “green collar” workforce was a primary motivation behind federal stimulus funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart grid. Yet, among cleantech venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, there is a decided ambivalence about the role of the sector in creating national competitive advantage. Indeed, the very notion of national competitiveness can take on divergent overtones in a world where capital from all over the world, flowing through investors in Silicon Valley, supports companies based around the world, with networks of manufacturing, supply chain, and markets located wherever economic logic may dictate. As one VC in our discussion put it, “Global markets are great if you’re an entrepreneur or investor, but I have to put on my nationalistic hat” for discussions about competitiveness. In short, capitalism and economic nationalism make strange bedfellows in today’s globally interconnected economy.  ­

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April 09, 2010 Posted by

The increasing integration of intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar onto the grid has the potential to negatively impact overall electric reliability. Utilities and regulators at the state and federal level have promoted a number of pilots to explore new grid storage technologies, including flow batteries, compressed air energy storage, and flywheels. However, the benefits to the grid straddle jurisdictional boundaries between generation, transmission, and distribution. How should storage be paid for and by whom? What will be the public reaction in terms of siting, permitting, and local NIMBY resistance? How big a role can storage ultimately play in achieving renewable energy mandates, such as California’s 2020 RPS?

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