The 21st Century Energy Initiative
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Clean-tech investing decreases faster than the Dow
According to an Economist article, investments in clean-technology has dropped off faster than the decline in oil prices. This correlates well with my personal experience in working to raise funds for a clean-technology accelerator (NXergy). Looks like everything's going to be pushed out a year or two... depending on when oil prices creep back up around $4 to $5 (or more) a gallon.
Labels: Invest in the Future
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Five Major areas to watch
The following five areas will make a significant difference in our ability to become energy-independent: An intense focus on producing (and storing) low/no carbon electricity, using it more efficiently and distributing it more wisely is needed - especially when electric vehicles will likely be the way the United States gets off of foreign oil.
NXergy is focusing on these areas. Links to important organizations and information is provided, below:
IEA, Energy Trust of Oregon, Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and PECI.
High-density Energy Storage
Energy Storage Council
Department of Energy (SmartGrid Info), Duke University's efforts
International organization, in the United States
Low / no-carbon energy production
World-watch Institute: Low Carbon Roadmap
Smart Grid meets Social Networking
Interesting concept: Whirlpool engineers state that smart appliances could easily be set up to make decisions based on information from the grid without giving control of that device to the utility and without sending information about what decisions were made back upstream. Several companies are exploring how to make energy-efficiency solutions a reality.
Labels: Real Solutions
Contrarian view about climate actions and jobs
"Saving the planet and creating jobs may be incompatible."
A recent paper from the Peterson Institute of International Economics and the World Resources Institute notes that investment in green-tech may just redirect capital from one use to another, indicating that the number of jobs created might not be so great as being touted.
This needs to be addressed analytically, to determine the true value that green-tech (development & deployment) - to ensure as we move to a sustainable future, we "manage by fact".
Labels: More important information
Reduction in renewable investments in the UK
Friday, April 10, 2009
Nissan Electric Vehicle to hit market
Labels: Real Solutions
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Green-energy investments decline significantly in 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Clean Tech Open Launching 2009 Pacific Northwest Business Competition
The Clean Tech Open Pacific Northwest Competition is off and running! The official launch event will take place on April 15th in Seattle. Teams with innovative clean tech ideas can enter the business competition now through May 30, 2009. Semi-finalist teams selected in June will be assigned mentors, attend Business Clinics and the three-day Clean Tech Open Accelerator in preparation for the final judging. Three regional winners will each receive $50,000 in cash and services and will then compete in the Clean Tech Open National for $250,000 in cash and services.