May 30, 2013

Clean Energy Trends 2013 From Clean Edge Inc.

Clean Energy Trends 2013

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Clean Energy Trends 2013 Report from Clean Edge, Inc.

From Clean Edge Inc.

 

Clean Edge, a leading authority on the clean-tech market, released its 12th annual Clean Energy Trends report.

 

Last year was a challenge for the clean energy sectors. Layoffs, bankruptcies, decreased funding, and politics, beleaguered the industry. This year, politics are in play again; assaults on state-backed renewable portfolio standards are being mounted on several fronts.

 

There is plenty of good news too however.

 

The need for clean tech hasn’t gone away however. The world population continues to expand, straining precious resources of clean air and water. Climate change has undoubtedly played a role in an ever increasing number of weather disasters. The Obama administration has redoubled efforts to grow renewable power and energy efficiency. Clean-tech is increasingly competitive in terms of pricing, wind and solar are reaching cost parity in both utility-scale and distributed markets. (more…)

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October 25, 2012

Pacific States Taking the Lead in Advanced Transportation, Green Buildings, Clean Electricity, and Clean Tech Investment

Pacific States Taking the Lead in Advanced Transportation, Green Buildings, Clean Electricity, and Clean Tech Investment

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Information from the Clean Edge 2012 U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index

 

 

You probably already know the Clean Edge State Clean Energy Index but have you seen the new Metro Clean Tech Index? This report evaluates the biggest 50 metro areas to highlight clean-tech leadership, innovation, and cluster development. The evaluation categories focus on four sectors: green buildings; advanced transportation; clean electricity & carbon management; and clean-tech investment, innovation, & workforce. (more…)

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March 12, 2012

Redfish Technology to Present ‘Career Opportunities in the Energy and Clean Technology Sector’ at the Green Festival NY

Redfish Technology to Present ‘Career Opportunities in the Energy and Clean Technology Sector’ at the Green Festival NY

 

Redfish Technology will participate on the ‘Career Opportunities in the Energy and Clean Technology Sector’ panel on Sunday, April 22nd. The panel is part of the ‘Green Economy Jobs and Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the Energy Efficiency and Clean Tech Sector’ expo taking place at New York’s Green Festival®.

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December 29, 2011

Mixed Bag for Global Cleantech in 2012

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Dallas Kachan

Dallas Kachan

Mixed Bag for Global Cleantech in 2012 Predicts Consulting & Analysis Firm Kachan & Co.

 

Venture investment expected to decline while corporate investment to increase; industries to watch to include agriculture, water, nuclear, renewable gas and marine power, company predicts.

The amount of venture capital entering cleantech will decline in 2012 for the first time since the global economic downturn in 2008, according to cleantech analysis and consulting company Kachan & Co.

The firm, with offices in San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver, has published a set of predictions for the cleantech sector in 2012.

In brief, the predictions include:

Cleantech venture investment to decline – Kachan expects cleantech venture in 2012 to show its first decline in 2012 after three successive years of growth from the financial crash of 2008. Among the factors the company expects will continue to contribute to the health of the cleantech sector are China managing its economic turbulence, a forecasted rise in oil prices, global corporations’ even stronger role in cleantech, continued solar innovation and persistence of the fundamental drivers of cleantech. But these factors are overridden, the company believes, by other factors it feels will undermine the sector.

“Investors’ own fundraising is getting harder. There’s waning policy support in the developed world. Negative sentiment from the last few quarters hasn’t been reflected in deals, which have a long lead time. Cleantech VCs are, on average, still protecting existing investments over making new ones. And macro-economic turbulence, even collapse, is the elephant in the room,” said Dallas Kachan, Managing Partner, Kachan & Co. “Negative clean and green rhetoric in America, which is still smarting from the Solyndra bankruptcy, could foster a self-fulfilling prophesy in 2012.”

Venture dip made up for by rise in corporate involvement – The world’s largest corporations woke up to opportunities in cleantech in 2011, making for record levels of mergers and acquisitions (M&A), corporate venturing and strategic investments. Kachan & Co. predicts even more cash-laden companies to continue to buy their way into clean technology in 2012, supplementing the role of traditional private equity and showing a maturation of the cleantech sector.

Storage investment to retreat – Significant capital has gone into energy storage in recent quarters. In the third quarter of 2011, the last quarter for which numbers are currently available, storage received $514 million in 19 venture deals worldwide, more than any other cleantech category. Kachan does not expect storage to remain a leading cleantech investment theme in 2012, however.

An analysis of the numbers shows the 3Q11 storage figure artificially inflated by large investments into stationary fuel cell makers Bloom Energy ($150 million) and ClearEdge Power ($75 million.) Kachan does not expect many similar-sized investments into the 60 or so competing companies in that market.

Grid level renewable power storage, also a popular investment theme, was cited by Kachan as a technology with potentially a limited market window.

“Smoothing the intermittency of renewable solar and wind could be less important if utilities embrace other ways to generate clean baseload power in the future, such as new, safer nuclear options emerging that don’t create nuclear waste, power derived from renewable natural gas, geothermal, marine or other methods,” said Kachan. “All of these promise to be less expensive when the cost of storage systems required to make solar and wind dispatchable is factored in.”

Marine energy to begin coming of age – 2012 will not be the year wave, tidal and ocean thermal energy conversion-based power becomes cost-competitive with coal, or even nearly. But expect to hear more about marine power in 2012, Kachan & Co. predicts, and expect to see increased private and corporate funding. The firm points to increased numbers of marine power trials around the world and recent strategic investments by large companies like Siemens.

Increased water and agricultural sector activity – Kachan & Co. predicts increased venture investment, M&A and public exits in water and agriculture in 2012. Industrial wastewater is driving growth in today’s water investment, with two of the top three VC deals of the last quarter focused on solutions for produced water from the oil and gas industry, and the largest M&A deal also focused on solutions for oil and gas.

“Expect to hear more about agricultural investment opportunities in 2012 because of growing awareness of the complex interrelationship between water, energy and food, increased awareness of the planet’s population growth rate and how it’s going to impact our ability to feed the world, and our reliance on inexpensive oil and gas, petroleum-based fertilizers and hybrid seeds for today’s crop yields,” said Kachan.

Read the firm’s predictions for cleantech / greentech in 2012 in their entirety.

 

About Kachan & Co.
Kachan & Co. is a cleantech research and advisory firm with offices in San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. The company publishes research on clean technology companies and future trends, offers consulting services to large corporations, governments and cleantech vendors, and connects cleantech companies with investors through its Hello Cleantech™ and Northern Cleantech Showcase™ programs. Kachan staff have been covering, publishing about and helping propel clean technology since 2006.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with Kachan, contact:
Coralie Claffey, Kachan & Co.
+1-415-390-2080 x6 office
+1-604-764-7180 mobile
coralie(at)kachan(dot)com

 

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December 20, 2011

Priority Clean Tech Jobs from Redfish Technology

Priority Clean Tech Jobs from Redfish Technology

This week’s top green career opportunities are for a Director of Sales in Solar, Business Development Manager Renewables, EMEA Regional Sales Director Wind, Thermal/Mechanical Engineer in Energy Storage, Electric Vehicle Engineers, Demand Response Manager in Energy Efficiency, Energy Engineering Manager in ESCO, and more. Check ‘em out: (more…)

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