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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 »

Macroeconomic Drivers Reviving Cleantech Investment

Macroeconomic Drivers Reviving Cleantech Investment

Macroeconomic drivers have reignited cleantech investment and expanded its reach across sectors and industries, according to research by cleantech research firm Kachan & Co. and nonprofits As You Sow and the Responsible Endowments Coalition. Population growth, increased resource scarcity, increased urbanization, energy and resource dependence, climate change, and risk mitigation are … Read more »

GE's Durathon battery powered mining scoop

GE Trials Cleaner Battery-Powered Mining Scoop

General Electric says its Durathon battery has successfully powered its Mining Scoop, an underground vehicle that transports mining materials, at Coal River Energy in Alum Creek, W. Va. GE Mining and GE Energy Storage, two businesses within GE Transportation, collaborated to combine the Durathon battery, an Ecomagination-qualified product, with GE’s … Read more »

Greener Technologies Making Mining Cleaner, More Efficient

Greener Technologies Making Mining Cleaner, More Efficient

Mining companies such as Rio Tinto and Barrick Gold are beginning to adopt greener technologies, spawning a cottage industry of companies aimed at helping the mining industry clean up after hundreds of years of inefficiencies and waste, according to a report by cleantech research and advisory firm Kachan & Co. The … Read more »

FarmedHere Composting

Urban Vertical Farm Becomes Zero Organic Waste Facility

FarmedHere, a Chicagoland-based vertical farm, says it has become a zero organic waste facility by converting all of its organic waste into compost. The compost is then used in landscaping, horticulture and agriculture at other urban farms across Chicago. The urban farming company — FarmedHere says it’s the largest vertical … Read more »

15 Tips to Build a Successful Clean/Green Tech Incubator

I’ve been helping behind the scenes on a new cleantech incubator recently launched in Vancouver, Canada called the Foresight Cleantech Accelerator. And in the process, I’ve been getting the opportunity to learn what other accelerators and incubators are doing well, and not so well, around the world. The first incubator … Read more »

Predictions for Cleantech in 2013

Every year around this time since 2007, as executive editor of a leading global cleantech research and news service, I’ve contributed to predictions on what to expect in the year ahead in cleantech. We’ve kept that tradition alive here at Kachan & Co. We don’t claim a perfect track record, … 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 »

How the Mining Industry Is Cleaning Up Its Act

When one thinks of the mining industry, in most cases the idea of a “dirty” industry comes to mind. Historically the mining industry has had a poor reputation with its relationship to the environment, and has had to learn from its mistakes the hard way. But as we continue to … Read more »