Corporate Strategics Off to the Races in 2015

Troy Ault
It’s off to the races in 2015 for corporate-strategic backers of innovation that drives sustainability across key resource-heavy industries. In just the first three weeks of the year, we’ve already seen more than ten venture deals exhibiting corporate participation. These include Saint-Gobain’s investment in Qivivo’s Series A for smart buildings; Swire Pacific’s investment in Green Biologics for renewable chemicals and biofuels; and internet giant Alibaba’s participation in Kuaidi Dache’s massive $600 million round for smart phone-driven transportation services. Using the... Read More »

Interview with Enlighted CEO Joe Costello

Natalie Volpe
With Buildings Get A Brain event around the corner, we chatted with Enlighted CEO Joe Costello on his thoughts around smart buildings. What inspired you to join Enlighted? How did you end up in the commercial building sector? The very first company I tried to start was focused on energy conservation. It was right after the oil shock, and people were focused on conserving energy rather than drilling for oil. Then, in 2001, when I was working on the Internet... Read More »

The Oil Price Collapse Forces Innovation Prioritization and Focus

Ben Brown
Background In the first week of 2015, West Texas Intermediate - the US crude oil benchmark - dipped below $50 per barrel for the first time in more than five and half years, extending its slide of more than 50% in just six months. New types of resources, such as to Norway’s deep offshore, North America’s tight shale, Canada’s oil sands, and even arctic reserves that are more expensive to develop and extract have been the focus of new development... Read More »

San Francisco’s Buildings Getting Smarter

Yvette Shirinian
On January 20-21, Cleantech Group is hosting its second annual Buildings Get a Brain executive summit in San Francisco to explore the continued rise of the intelligent buildings market. In the lead-up to the event, we sat down with Rich Chien, GreenFinanceSF Program Manager at the San Francisco Department of the Environment, who has overseen the city’s leading edge PACE financing program for the commercial building sector, among other initiatives. Click here to learn more about Buildings Get a Brain... Read More »

When the Grid Meets its Consumers

Quitterie de Rivoyre
Our flagship event, the Cleantech Forum San Francisco, will be held March 16-18! The theme of this year’s Forum is Cleantech Meets the Cloud: The Emergence of Cleantech-as-a-Service. We will discuss many subjects related to energy decentralization and new business models, and in particular the relationship of the end user with the smart grid. In 2014, we saw stories showing several efforts made to enable more connectivity with customers and their energy systems. Silver Spring Networks undertook a strategic shift... Read More »

Insights into Smart Farming: Interviews with PrecisionHawk and Granular

Kerry Cebul
The word is out. Entrepreneurs around the world have heard about the challenge of feeding 9.6 billion people by 2050[1] and are responding. i3, our platform that tracks investments across the Cleantech industry, indicates that Ag and Food is one of the fastest growing cleantech sectors with a CAGR of 31% and $2.6 billion of investment in between 2010 and Q3 2014. Smart farming technologies, from improved sensors to cloud processing for yield optimization and robotics to improve manual tasks,... Read More »

Cleanweb and the City: Connecting the Built Environment and Mobility to Enable Resilience

Will Van Eaton
Last month, Cleantech Group hosted our second annual Cleanweb and the City Executive Summit in New York City along with our Anchor Partner NYSERDA. Together we assembled a leading group of entrepreneurs, corporates, investors, and government agencies to explore how a city’s major challenges can be addressed through emerging cleanweb business models, and what barriers need to be broken to reach scale. Cleanweb is a broad concept, but can generally be summarized as the convergence of data, analytics, connectivity, and... Read More »

Buildings Get a Brain – Putting Theory to Practice

Sheeraz Haji
Cleantech Group is pleased to host the second annual Buildings Get a Brain executive summit sponsored by Johnson Controls and Navitas Capital. After a few years of talking about the potential for intelligent buildings, this year we will highlight real customers deploying real hardware and software products to make the built environment smarter, more comfortable for occupants, and more energy efficient. Buildings pose a huge untapped resource for energy and other resource savings, yet the market for smart building technologies... Read More »

Cleantech in Oil & Gas – Digital Oilfield and the Emergence of Cleantech-as-a-Service

Leo Zhang
Save the Date! On March 16-18, 2015, Cleantech Group will host our annual flagship event, Cleantech Forum San Francisco 2015, focusing on the theme of Cleantech Meets the Cloud: The Emergence of Cleantech-as-a-Service. This annual gathering of the global cleantech innovation community is designed to share stores, spark conversation and hear dynamic pitches under this year’s theme, including specific sessions on oil & gas and digital oilfield. Cleantech innovation – though at first appears counterintuitive to conventional fuels – is... Read More »

Growing Hardware Start-ups: Inside EcoMachines Incubator

Tom Turula
As the saying goes, hardware is hard. Entrepreneurs face tough hurdles from the outset – from expensive IP and prototyping to complex manufacturing, supply chain or piloting setup – before they are able to attract venture capital investment and take on the world. As a result, a new breed of hardware incubators and accelerators have emerged to guide scientists and engineers through early stage pitfalls. Dr. Ilian Iliev, who last year co-founded London-based EcoMachines Incubator Ltd, provides us with insight... Read More »