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Battery & Energy Storage Problems Everywhere (Just Ask Boeing!)

Boeing (NYSE: BA) may soon be on the verge of renaming its new 787 the Nightmareliner…After a prolonged development program and costly production delays, Boeing started delivering its latest state-of-the-art airplane just 15 months ago, three years...

Posted January 22, 2013    

Why Is It So Hard to Make Money in New Energy Storage Technology?

Energy storage is still the rage in cleantech. But after the collapse of A123 and Beacon, and the spectacular failure on the Fisker Karma in its Consumer Reports tests, fire in Hawaii with Xtreme Power’s lead acid grid storage system and with NGK’s...

Posted January 21, 2013    

Energy Cache: Avoiding Cleantech’s Catch-22

Recently, I came across this very interesting thought-piece, “Cleantech Marketing Isn’t IT Marketing”, written by Aaron Fike, the founder and CEO of Energy Cache.Energy Cache has developed a rather unusual energy storage technology.  As...

Posted January 7, 2013    

Cleantech Venture Investing: On the Deathbed or Merely Resting?

Two weeks ago, I sat on a panel of eminent (that is, other than myself) cleantech venture capitalists at the New England Venture Summit to discuss our sector as we approach the end of 2012.The basic theme being explored was whether we should be...

Posted December 18, 2012    

Are Electric Cars a Niche? Or Able to Beat Conventionals?

Are electric cars a Niche?  Or just coming into their own?  I’ve been asked that question twice now in the last week in various forms, so thought I’d blog my answer.Electric Drive Transportation Association has the total number of US...

Posted November 21, 2012    

The Proper Role of Government in Energy

Since tomorrow’s election is heavily focused on the appropriate scope of government, I have spent a little time lately reflecting upon the proper role of government in the energy sector.In regards to the U.S. Presidential race, I will refrain from...

Posted November 5, 2012    

Does Cleantech Investing Need Etiquette?

Being a venture capitalist is not easy.  Being a cleantech venture capitalist is especially not easy.I remember Ira Ehrenpreis of Technology Partners, one of the deans of the cleantech VC community, commenting archly several years ago...

Posted October 16, 2012    

The Advent of SPS Policy?

In the cleantech sector, pretty much everyone knows the acronym RPS, for Renewable Portfolio Standards.  Since the first RPS policy in the U.S., implemented in Iowa in the late 1990s, 30 states have passed similar policies to promote the...

Posted September 18, 2012    

Is the “Weak Force” the Key to LENR?

In the early part of the 20th Century physicists theorized that a mysterious force held the nucleus of an atom together.  When it was demonstrated that this force could be tapped, releasing tremendous amounts of energy, a wave of excitement...

Posted September 13, 2012    

The Energy Holy Grail 12.0: Is Our Quest At Its End?

I’ve been working with new energy inventions and their creators for almost 15 years now.  I don’t know how many times I’ve heard a new technology described as “the Holy Grail”:  solving all of the world’s problems forever.Well, here’s the...

Posted September 11, 2012