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The quiet clean mining revolution

Few industries have got the black eye, literally and metaphorically, of mining. After centuries of environmental effects ranging from toxic emissions to unsightly tailings ponds, acid mine drainage, massive energy consumption and other impacts,...

Posted February 21, 2012    

Predictions for Cleantech in 2012

It’s December again (how did that happen!?) and our annual time for reflection here at Kachan & Co. So as we close out 2011, let’s look towards what the new year may have in store for cleantech. There are eggshells across the sector for 2012....

Posted December 7, 2011    

A Fusion Reactor Hollywood Could Love

Some latest scuttlebutt from the world of nuclear fusion has all the ingredients of a Hollywood thriller screenplay (and for those who remember Inside Greentech’s Greentech Avenger, you know I know scuttlebutt!) There’ve been all kinds of cinematic...

Posted November 29, 2011    

Global Weekly: DuPont Extends into Solar Sector

The biggest deal of the past week was made by chemical giant DuPont, which acquired InnovaLight, a California-based company that develops a silicon nanocrystalline ink for flexible solar panels. DuPont already had revenue of more than $1 billion in...

Posted July 28, 2011    

Think locally, act globally in cleantech

I'm pretty fond of where I live. And I imagine you are too. You've chosen to be there! So it only stands to reason that we'd want to preserve and better our places. But there's a professional quandary therein: opportunities in cleantech aren't...

Posted April 28, 2010    

Cleantech thriving in California under AB 32, data shows

Efforts to repeal California's progressive emissions reduction law are gaining steam heading into the state's general elections this November. The fate of the bill is likely to become a central issue in the elections. Already, both Republican...

Posted April 5, 2010    

Masdar missteps, but still matters

Cleantech Group's Dallas Kachan, in the Gulf for the World Future Energy Summit, finds turbulence in Abu Dhabi's cleantech ascendancy, but reason for optimism. Consider, for a moment, the United Arab Emirates as microcosm and metaphor for the...

Posted January 21, 2010    

Latest U.S. cleantech weapon: patent acceleration

In taking aim at clean technology and its job and wealth creation benefits, America has added another weapon to its arsenal. And unlike the big guns of cleantech stimulus spending (or the Joint Strike Fighter, say) it shouldn't cost taxpayers...

Posted December 8, 2009    

Patently unobvious

Beyond all the discussions about emissions reductions and capping and trading at the COP15 climate change meetings this December, expect to hear a persistent sub-theme about tech transfer between developed countries and lesser developed ones....

Posted November 6, 2009    

Behind the scenes at Cleantech Forum Shanghai

Cleantech Forum XX, the Cleantech Group's 20th assembly of clean technology investors, entrepreneurs, service providers and other influencers since 2002, is underway in Shanghai, China. And while the main session only begins a few hours from now...

Posted December 3, 2008    

“Climate Realists” don't see global warming crisis

A group calling itself the International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC) chose today, Earth Day, to rain on the climate change parade. The ICSC cannily chose the day to release the names of 500 “climate realists” who endorsed its Manhattan...

Posted April 22, 2008    

IBM thinks renewable energy is a game

IBM has introduced a 3D online multiplayer game to help teach kids about renewable energy.    No, you can't shoot things, but the game comes replete with a melting glacier. Intended for use in and out of classrooms, PowerUp challenges...

Posted February 15, 2008