Cleantech industry-watchers should take heart, Kachan writes. A quiet recovery is already underway in cleantech, a process that should gain even more momentum through 2014.
Plug-in hybrids help drive demand for electric car charging stations that are critical to electric car success, Dikeman writes, and electric cars drive the cost down on the batteries that brings the plug-in costs into line. Unlike with the Prius over a decade ago, it’s not a single car changing the world, it’s the combination that’s working well for us.
If urbanization trends continue, American cities have the potential to become far more sustainable, Chahar writes, rather than continuing the 20th century trend of sprawling further and further away from the city with an ever-increasing carbon footprint.
A new report outlines business challenges and policy challenges thwarting the growth of the advanced energy sector, in order to identify policy improvements that could overcome these challenges.
ABB $1 billion purchase of inverter maker Power-One signals its desire to cash in on the boom in solar-panel installations – without investing in solar panels themselves.
Tesla Motors will do well to distance itself from Fisker Automotive as much and as quickly as possible, as they really do have a different tale to tell, Stuebi writes.
Few topics in the energy sector generate more debate than the relative merits and demerits of fracking, Stuebi writes.
Crowd-funding may provide cleantech entrepreneurs early-stage capital at a time when early-stage funding is drying up for cleantech.
Water’s just too important for the fracking business not to handle wisely, Stuebi writes.
Boeing 787 battery fires are causing Boeing and its customers major headaches, Stuebi writes, and has implications for the future of clean energy. The Boeing 787 design uses lithium-ion batteries in order to maximize fuel efficiency.
Failure is inevitable in the transition to cleantech, Stuebi writes, but there's a right and a wrong way to fail in cleantech.
Boeing 787 battery fires, along with the bankruptcy of A123 systems, highlight the difficulties of making money with new energy storage technologies, Dikeman writes.
Cleantech ventures seem to be suffering from the downsides of a 2006-08 investment bubble.
Technology adoption tends to be slower in energy than in other sectors, which makes it easy for cleantech investors to under-price risk and overestimate commercialization.
The recently-announced Joint Center for Energy Storage Research in suburban Chicago arguably leapfrogs the Windy City into the top echelon of cleantech technology research clusters, Stuebi writes.
Despite the electric auto industry's current struggles and high costs, the future is bright for electric cars, Dikeman writes.
What important and unanticipated events lie ahead in the cleantech space?
Whether Americans in the wake of Sandy will want to undertake the effort to change, in order to not only heal themselves but inoculate themselves against challenges posed by future storms like Sandy, is a major question, Stuebi writes.
Stuebi articulates nine basic principles to guide elected officials and bureaucrats on how energy policies and regulations should be set.