Points out five mistakes cleantech startups often make that impede their ability to raise venture capital. Amongst other things it points out that having a great technology by itself is not enough; a company needs to be able to build a business based on it. This point alone makes this article a must read for cleantech entrepreneurs trying to launch the next big thing.
The continuing quest for advanced biofuels based off of synthetic biology has made an important advance with researchers at the Joint BioENergy Institute (JBEI) — based at the Lawrence Livermore Lab — announcing that they have bio-engineered a combination of two microbes, a yeast and a bacteria, which working together can produce a viable bio-sourced drop-in replacement for D2 diesel fuel.
Social Media goes hand in hand with corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and community investment, but figuring it all out can be daunting. Here are some rules you must know, people you must meet, and tools you must have.
In this post, Elaine analyzes the GRI’s own sustainability report, asking what extent GRI Stakeholders should be content with a report about direct impacts and outputs (the things that the GRI is saying, doing, using) versus a report about the outcomes the GRI can reasonably claim to have influenced.
Outlines the great economic uncertainty prevalent in the world today, and how the fundamentals portend more turmoil in the future. The article is a general finance article; however the cleantech space is not a world unto itself and will be buffeted along with every other sector by further economic dislocations. It is in this sense that it has relevance for a green economy blog. Cleantech and the green economy are a part of a much larger economy that still has serious fundamental problems that will continue to cause pain. Cleantech is not a world unto itself and how it fares will be profoundly influenced by how the larger economy in which it exists fares. Several looming questions are raised in my mind by the scenario this article outlines; including how the cleantech sector will raise much needed capital in order to grow in the kind of macro financial and economic environment that is outlined by this post.
This post suggests that export markets exist for U.S. manufactured advanced batteries, in developing countries that have electric grids that are less developed and more prone to failure than the grids of advanced economies.
This post on the subject of growing energy usage by data centers examining a recent report on how the rate of increase in the energy usage for data centers has been quite a bit lower than was predicted. It goes on to argue that the report may not be capturing the whole picture and that important areas of energy usage by data centers have not been factored into the report.
Makes the point that companies need a long-term and open approach to thinking about sustainability and innovation that will require companies to adopt a more collaborative perspective and a more open approach to innovation. The increasing adoption of open innovation is important in getting sustainability innovations out of market niches to allow them to spread across a whole industry sector.
Daunted by high up-front costs, U.S. homeowners continue to shy away from residential solar power systems, even as utility-scale solar projects are taking off. But with do-it-yourself kits and other innovative installation approaches now on the market, residential solar is having modest growth.