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Wells Fargo Launches $10M Clean Tech Startup Fund

Wells Fargo has launched a $10 million environmental grant for clean technology startups. The Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, aims to foster the development of early stage clean technologies for commercial buildings. Wells Fargo says … Read more »

Clean-Tech Companies Among 2015 Tech Pioneers

Clean-tech companies including Cambrian Innovations, Genomatica and Autogrid are among the 24 Technology Pioneers selected by the World Economic Forum as companies at the forefront of their industries for 2015. As Technology Pioneers, the companies have demonstrated the ability to harness creativity to design and create transformative products and technologies, … Read more »

Clean Tech Leaders Announced

Clean Tech Leaders Announced

California leads the nation in clean tech for the fifth consecutive year, with Massachusetts and Oregon repeating their no. 2 and no. 3 rankings from last year, according to the 2014 US Clean Tech Leadership Index, published today. Clean Edge, a clean-tech research firm, publishes the annual index, which tracks … Read more »

China smog

US Firms Cash In on China’s Air Pollution

China’s air pollution provides an economic opportunity for US clean-tech companies, Reuters reports. The US Department of Commerce forecasts China’s clean-tech market will triple to $555 billion by 2020. This could be a boon to firms like clean-energy company Fuel Tech, green design engineer WS Atkins and others that are … Read more »

Carnival ship

Carnival Wins Clean Tech Award

Carnival Corp. has been named Best Marine Solutions Company in this year’s Clean Tech Awards by The New Economy. The publication selected the world’s largest cruise company based on its commitment to produce clean and environmentally sustainable technology such as its initiative to install exhaust gas cleaning technology on ships … Read more »

Cleantech to Rebound in 2014, Kachan Predicts

A broad cleantech recovery, the rise of crowdfunding, risk to electric vehicle growth rates and surprises in rare earth element industry profits lead cleantech research and consultancy Kachan & Co.’s 2014 cleantech predictions. In 2014, Kachan forecasts a continued recovery in cleantech, with an overall upward trend in metrics like … Read more »

PowWow Energy

Cleantech Open Winners Announced

Clean-technology accelerator the Cleantech Open has awarded PowWow Energy (pictured) the Grand Prize Cleanie award worth $200,000 for the Top Cleantech Entrepreneur of the year. PowWow Energy has developed technology that enables farmers and ranchers to quickly detect water leaks that can destroy an entire crop or cause thousands of … Read more »

Cleantech to ‘Backtrack’ in 2013, Kachan Predicts

Global cleantech will “backtrack” in 2013, with venture capital investments declining even further than it did in 2012 and long-term risks emerging in the solar, wind and electric vehicle market, forecasts consulting and analysis firm Kachan & Co. The company’s latest annual predictions say cleantech venture capital investment won’t ever … Read more »

AgLocal, NuAgri at ‘Leading Edge’ of Sustainable Agriculture

Advanced BioNutrition, GreenScene Agritek and Urban Barns are among the 57 companies at the leading edge of agricultural cleantech, according to Kachan & Co.’s latest report. Companies and Breakthroughs Most Likely to Help the World Produce More Food with Less says cleantech innovations can help large-scale agriculture increase efficiencies, reduce … Read more »

California Cities Dominate Clean Tech Metro Index

California Cities Dominate Clean Tech Metro Index

Six of the top seven metro regions leading on a combined index evaluating green buildings, advanced transportation, clean electricity and other sustainability factors are on the west coast. In Clean Edge’s inaugural US Metro Clean Tech Index, which analyzed the 50 largest US metro regions across the clean tech spectrum, … Read more »

Rethinking the Role of Government in Cleantech, Part II

Yesterday I began a discussion on the role of government in cleantech. Today, the discussion continues below. Drawbacks of incentives How could government grants, loans, tax credits and other subsidies possibly be bad in cleantech? Free money is good, right? Here’s a list of drawbacks to these incentives, some of … Read more »

Rethinking the Role of Government in Cleantech, Part I

This is part I of a two-part series. Part II will run tomorrow. Another year, another wringing of the hands over tax credits and incentives for clean technology. Lobbyists and vendors in the U.S. are once again singing the blues, calling for continued and expanding government investments in clean technology. … Read more »