valley of death

The Chicken & Egg Conundrum of Forging a Future for Advanced Nuclear Reactors

September 14, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear and Paying for Market Entry

The latest study about the prospects for alternatives to building large light water reactors is a study by the RAND Corp. The study is a readable ramble through the brambles and thickets of the economic, technological, and especially the regulatory landscape of bringing an advanced nuclear reactors design to market.[read more]

Can Billions of Philanthropic Dollars Bridge Cleantech's Valley of Death?

June 16, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Green Dollars Can Bridge the Gap

When Sarah Kearney was a high school senior in upstate New York, she was a recipient of the 2003 Rochester Business Alliance’s Young Women of Distinction award. During the process she came to know one of the judges, Arunas Chesonis, a telecom entrepreneur who is something of a local celebrity.[read more]

New IEA Report Issues Strategic Recommendations for Clean Energy Scale-Up

December 8, 2011 by Alex Trembath

How can the world finance a massive scale up of clean energy technologies? That is the topic of the Clean Energy Group's latest report, "Strategies to Finance Large-Scale Deployment of Renewable Energy Projects: An Economic Development and Infrastructure Approach." The report, commissioned by the International Energy Agency (IEA), treats...[read more]

Policy Key to Weather Cleantech Crisis

November 23, 2011 by Jesse Jenkins

Absent timely action by federal policymakers, the coming mass-expiration of federal clean energy policies and investments virtually guarantees that the boom-times of recent years will give way to an industry bust. In the perilous and challenging journey from basic research to full commercial deployment of nascent energy technologies, several pervasive market barriers require limited but direct public policies to accelerate advanced energy innovation and commercialization. Faced with the collapse of current federal clean energy policies, however imperfect they currently are, private investors will be left largely incapable of picking up the slack on their own.[read more]