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Hot Topics: Cleantech

"Cleantech" has become shorthand for Clean Technology. While there is no standard definition of "clean technology," it has been described as "a diverse range of products, services, and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, dramatically reduce the use of natural resources, and cut or eliminate emissions and wastes." It notes that "Clean technologies are competitive with, if not superior to, their conventional counterparts.

The following sources will discuss the various issues surrounding "Cleantech".

Selected articles

Due to contractual arrangements, access to some articles may be restricted to the Stanford community, and subscribers of the "Library Databases" offered through the GSB Alumni's Lifelong Learning Program. Inclusion below does not imply University endorsement of the ideas expressed.

 

Cash Comes to Cleantech. Portfolio.com, 1/12/12
Peter Thiel and other critics of cleantech investing have to be shaking their heads.
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Chilean Clean-Tech Companies Look To Valley For Business Know-How. WSJ, 12/9/11
In an effort to kick start the clean-technology sector in Chile, a group of investors and entrepreneurs from the Latin American nation has been visiting the Bay Area this week, and establishing ties with venture capital firms, universities and law firms.
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Energy storage sector reaps windfall from clean-tech VCs. Environmental Finance, 11/3/11
A record $421 million of venture capital investment in the energy storage sector helped push clean-tech venture capital (VC) investment in the US up 73% in the last quarter, according to Ernst & Young.
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China Benefits as U.S. Solar Industry Withers. New York Times, 9/1/11
The bankruptcies of three American solar power companies in the last month, including Solyndra of California on Wednesday, have left China’s industry with a dominant sales position — almost three-fifths of the world’s production capacity — and rapidly declining costs.
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Cleantech tries to prove itself a viable investment. San Francisco Business Times, 8/5/11
Cleantech investors today are looking for the full package — companies shipping product, at competitive prices with a clear path to profitability and an exit — either an IPO or an acquisition.
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Why cleantech can't afford to ignore Washington, D.C. Mass High Tech, 7/14/11
Today, no one thinks comprehensive energy legislation will pass in 2011. Even a Clean Energy Standard (CES), advocated by President Obama only a few months ago has little chance of passage.
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U.S. Is Falling Behind in the Business of ‘Green’. New York Times, 6/8/11
Many European countries — along with China, Japan and South Korea — have pushed commercial development of carbon-reducing technologies with a robust policy mix of direct government investment, tax breaks, loans, regulation and laws that cap or tax emissions.
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Commercial mindset key to cleantech spin-out success. Newnet, 5/12/11
As academic institutions place a greater emphasis on the commercialisation of new cleantech ventures, the spin-out model could yet regain its place as the source for technology investment opportunities.
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Recent Changes in US Energy Policy Promote Business Opportunities for German Cleantech Companies. Eye Communications, 5/3/11
German American Energy Conference showcases the U.S.-Market Potential in Renewable Energy and discusses Germany's and America's Energy Future.
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Clean-Tech Investing Up. WSJ, 4/8/11
Clean-technology ventures in North America raised $2.2 billion over the first quarter, up 115% from the previous quarter and 43% from a year ago, driving the second-highest quarter in global clean-tech investing, an industry research firm reported this week.
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The Top 10 Clean-Tech Companies. WSJ, 3/4/11
Companies that make everything from solar panels to renewable-crude oil continue to be big draws for funding from the venture-capital community.
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The Top Cleantech Countries. Forbes, 12/6/10
Twelve countries accounted for nearly 90% of cleantech inventions between 2000 and 2005, according to an analysis of the E.U.'s World Patent Statistical Database conducted by the economists Matthieu Glachant and Antoine Dechezleprêtre.
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Department of Energy pours funds into cleantech industry.
Mercury News, 11/14/10
When Congress passed the landmark stimulus bill in 2009, more than $90 billion was targeted at clean energy -- the largest investment of federal dollars in the energy sector ever. Nearly $3 billion was awarded to the Bay Area from the Department of Energy alone.
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Bay Area remains epicenter of cleantech in the United States. San Jose Mercury News, 10/6/10
The Bay Area remains the epicenter of cleantech in the United States, according to a second annual report set to be released today by Clean Edge, a cleantech research and publishing firm.
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Ernst & Young beefs up presence in booming clean-tech sector. businessGreen.com, 8/9/10
Global consultancy giant Ernst & Young has today announced ambitious plans to build a dedicated clean-tech division capable of generating over £100m of revenue within the next three to five years.
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Cleantech: Venture firms invest $2 billion in second quarter. SJ Mercury, 7/1/10
Cleantech companies attracted $2.02 billion in venture investments worldwide in the second quarter of this year, according to a preliminary tally released Thursday by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte.
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Painting Silicon Valley a New Shade of Green. WSJ, 5/13/10
Silicon Valley is trying to become a hub for clean technology—companies that specialize in alternative energy or energy-efficient products. Helping to lead the shift are local venture capitalists such as Vinod Khosla.
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Beloved, unloved cleantech. Investment & Pensions Europe, 5/1/10
The market-wide sell-off, competition from Asia and the debacle at COP15 has put a dent in the cleantech theme for now, finds Nina Röhrbein. But this only makes the still robust long-term story look better value.
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Solar industry remains a bright spot in the economy. Mercury News, 4/16/10
Despite the lingering recession, the solar industry in the United States added jobs and saw the residential rooftop solar market nearly double in size in 2009, according to an annual report released Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association.
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Are We Headed Toward a Green Bubble? Entrepreneur, 4/2010
Billions of dollars are pouring into clean-tech companies--with little results. Is this an intelligent investment or the beginning of another bubble?
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Clean-tech: let battle commence. Petroleum Economist, 3/2010
The struggle for leadership in clean-energy technology pitches the ingenuity and know-how of Silicon Valley against the industrial might of China, writes Conal Walsh.
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Gen Y entrepreneurs bet big on clean-tech innovations. Economic Times, 2/3/10
India is emerging as a laboratory for innovations in the alternative energy space with entrepreneurs and investors looking to build innovative solutions to address a power-starved economy.
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Clean Tech Investors Have Faith in 2010. Scientific American, 1/2/10
Even without a strong, legally binding agreement in Copenhagen, investors have faith in clean tech and say that a couple of other things are more important than the international agreement for 2010 clean tech investment.
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Companies Call Government Incentives the Key to Green. New York Times, 11/18/09
In less than three weeks, world leaders will gather in Copenhagen to begin hammering out an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming.
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VC cleantech deals in Q3 up 46% to $965M. SV/SJ Business Journal, 10/29/09
Venture capital deals in U.S. clean tech companies rose 46 percent in the third quarter over the prior quarter, to $965 million in 50 financing rounds, according to an Ernst & Young LLP analysis based on data from Dow Jones VentureSource.
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Who Will Be the Green VC Giant?. Businesweek, 10/22/09
Former Silicon Valley allies are going head-to-head to pick the startups aiming to revolutionize clean tech.
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IEA says $10 trillion needed for clean technology. Associated Press, 10/6/09
The International Energy Agency said Tuesday that a $10 trillion investment in renewable energy, biofuels and nuclear power over the next 20 years is necessary in order to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions.
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Venture Firm’s ‘Green’ Funds Top $1 Billion. New York Times, 8/31/09
Vinod Khosla, the prominent venture capitalist who has been investing hundreds of millions of his own dollars in green technology companies for the last several years, will now invest other people’s money, too.
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Cleantech 'Power 10' Ranking for 2009. Seeking Alpha, 4/22/09
The Cleantech Blog Power 10 Ranking of cleantech companies doing it right.
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Going Green: Why Germany Has the Inside Track to Lead a New Industrial Revolution. Knowledge@Wharton, 4/7/09
In 2008, even as Americans argue over whether renewable energy is a fantasy, Germany generated 14.2% of its electrical power from renewable resources. Already a leading player in so-called clean technology -- the mix of environmentally benign power generation and environmentally friendly technologies -- Germany may become the epicenter of the world's next industrial revolution: the triumph of clean, cheap, sustainable electricity.
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Clean Tech Understimulated, Venture Money Down 48%. Wired, 4/1/09
After a banner 2008, clean tech funding took a nasty dive in the first three months of 2009, dropping to under $1 billion, according to two research firms.
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Clean tech made record money in 2008. Reuters, 3/11/09
Solar power, wind and biotech made record money last year and promise excellent results in the future, but first, companies must survive the world financial crisis, a report said on Tuesday.
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Clean tech startups gets support in recession. Mass High Tech, 2/18/09
The Clean Technology & Sustainable Industries Organization has launched “cleanConnect,” a Cambridge-based program intended to help startups in clean technology flourish in the current recession.
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Clean Technology Venture Investment Reaches Record $8.4 Billion in 2008 Despite Credit Crisis and Broadening Recession. Business Wire, 1/6/09
Even With Diminished 4Q08 Results, Clean Technology Investment Fundamentals Remain Strong
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Green revolution stalls on cheap oil. The Guardian, 1/1/09
Low oil prices and the credit crunch are threatening to stall the green revolution. The value of crude has dropped from a summer high of nearly $150 a barrel to below $40, taking the wind out of the sails of turbine manufacturers and others ­trying to build low-carbon alternatives.
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Clean Tech Companies Feel Pain. RedHerring, 11/13/08
Tight credit and equity markets are particularly hurting growth-stage clean tech startups, say analysts and venture capitalists.
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What Obama presidency means for clean tech. CNET News, 11/5/08
Energy and environmental policy is poised for dramatic change under an Obama administration even with a slumping economy.
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Why Clean Tech Is Taking Biotech's Shine. BusinessWeek, 10/7/08
Alternative energy is where the venture capital is these days. Plus, the skill sets are similar, and researchers are making the jump.
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Revealed: Europe's hottest clean technology companies. The Guardian, 9/18/08
Solar cell maker Odersun tops the Guardian/Library House CleanTech 100 list, beating a host of innovative firms developing green energy and gadgets.
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Turning Clean-Tech Engineers Into Entrepreneurs. Wired, 8/12/08
From wind turbines to water purification systems, from solar panels to CO2 capture, suddenly, if you're an investor with money to burn, environmental technology has become the biggest game in town.
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Green from Green: Rising Energy Costs May be Good News for 'Clean Tech' Firms -- and Their Investors. Knowledge@Wharton, 8/6/08
The amount of venture capital invested in "clean tech" -- the raft of technologies that would create a greener economy -- nearly doubled from 2005 to 2006, reaching about $3 billion, according to a study conducted at the University of California at Berkeley.
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Money makes clean-tech world go 'round. Ottawa Business Journal, 6/9/08
Venture capital in Canada isn't easy to come by.
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Investors want in on clean tech. Pensions & Investments, 5/12/08
Institutional investors committed $23 billion in capital to clean-technology funds last year, but some experts see that money competing with a wall of government funding and corporate investments from around the world.
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US Cleantech Investments Increase 18% in Q1 2008. PR Newswire, 5/6/08
Cleantech VC market experiences continued growth, despite decline in overall VC investment.
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States vie to attract clean-tech industries. Christian Science Monitor, 4/11/08
California and Massachusetts have the edge, but at least half of US states have entered the race.
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Clean Tech is the Only Hope for the Collapsing Economy. Wired, 3/18/08
Angel investor Eric Janszen, whose website correctly predicted the dotcom bust, thinks green technology is the bubble that could save us all.
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Green energy is making big money. San Francisco Chronicle, 3/12/08
Worldwide sales for companies specializing in biofuels, wind farms, solar panels and fuel cells grew 40 percent in 2007 to reach $77.3 billion, according to an annual report issued Tuesday by Clean Edge, a research firm that studies the green technology industry.
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Clean tech movement goes global. San Francisco Chronicle, 2/27/08
The green tech revolution that promises new, clean sources of energy seems to be spreading everywhere - including the oil-rich Middle East.
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Clean technology as economic stimulus. The Deal, 2/14/08
Hillary Clinton has proposed a $50 billion strategic energy fund and Barack Obama has a plan for a $10 billion private-public cleantech venture capital fund as part of a $150 billion overall investment.
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The Price of Biofuels. Technology Today, Jan/Feb 2008
Making ethanol from corn is expensive. Better biofuels are years away from the gas tank. Farmers are reluctant to change their practices. But do we really have any alternative to biofuels?
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U.S. to seek more donors to clean technology fund. Reuters, 1/29/08
The United States will try to persuade more rich nations to donate to a new international clean technology fund at the Group of Seven economic chiefs meeting next week in Japan.
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Seattle area a new hub for "clean" technology.
Seattle Times, 1/2/08
In such technology hubs as San Francisco and Seattle, people who made their fortunes and business reputations in the dot-com era are again on the prowl for the next new thing — this time, the "clean-tech" revolution.
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Clean Tech Ends the Year Strong. Red Herring, 12/31/07
Investors in clean tech have reason to celebrate this New Year’s, with two of the sector’s leading U.S. indexes up over 50 percent for the year and analysts still bullish on clean tech’s prospects for 2008.
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Seeking the Green in Clean. WSJ Online, 12/3/07
Tech-Focused Venture Capitalists Plunge Into Risky Field of Alternative Energy.
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CleanTech Investments Break Record in 2007. NVCA, 11/28/07
CleanTech investments by US venture capital firms reached $2.6 billion
from 168 deals in the first three quarters of 2007, according to data from Thomson Financial and the National Venture Capital Association. This level of investment represents the highest dollar volume ever.
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Al Gore's next act: Planet-saving VC. Fortune, 11/13/07
Gore is joining the firm as Kleiner makes a risky move beyond information technology and health-care investing into the fast-growing and increasingly competitive arena of "clean technology."
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Most promising energy and clean technology companies named. Rice News , 10/3/07
The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship announced its list of the 10 most promising energy and clean technology companies at its fifth Annual Energy and Clean Technology Venture Forum last week in Houston.
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Global Venture Capital Investments in Clean Technology Surge. American Venture Magazine, 9/27/07
Global venture capital investments in clean technology companies surged to US$1.1 billion in the first six months of 2007 alone, according to mid-year research by Ernst & Young and Dow Jones VentureOne.
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Rio Riches. Red Herring, 5/28/07
The article focuses on the growing interest of high-technology and clean technology investors in investing in Brazil. It is stated that venture capitalists and other investors are beginning to view Brazil as an ideal location for research and production of cleaner fuels, outsourcing of customer service and software development centers, and, to a lesser extent, manufacturing high-tech products for sale to emerging markets.
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Venture capitals. Economist, 5/26/07
This article reports on the race by states and cities to become the center of clean technology. Venture capital in the sector is high and the benefits to an host state would be huge. California and Massachusetts are currently leaders in this area.
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Head Starts for Clean-Tech Startups. BusinessWeek Online, 3/19/07
The latest take on traditional business plan competitions aims to turn ideas for decreasing the use of fossil fuels into working businesses
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Silicon Valley Rebounds, Led by Green Technology. New York Times, 1/29/07
After five years of job losses, Silicon Valley is hiring again. The turnaround coincides with a huge increase of investment in the emerging category of clean environment technology.
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