California Drought Leaves Water Sector Thirsty For Innovation


Sheeraz Haji
I live in Berkeley and can’t remember the last time we used our raincoats and umbrellas. Even if you don’t live here, you probably know that California has a big water problem as the drought enters its fourth year. Lawmakers and large corporations recognize the gravity of the situation and have implemented mandatory water cuts and launched water saving campaigns. Never before has there been this much attention focused on water and the urgent need for innovative solutions. However, investments... Read More »

FoodTech Start-ups Enable a Cornucopia of Choice for Consumers


Gannon McHenry
Over the past year, food sourcing applications have seen an explosion in investment as consumers increasingly look to avoid the hassle of shopping in person. Over the past year billions of dollars in venture equity investment has been put into a handful of companies working to make grocery shopping a minutes-a-month task instead of an hours-a-month chore. Nearly all of these start-ups offer delivery as a core function of their services; enabling consumers without a vehicle or close proximity to... Read More »

Global Cleantech 100: Who will make it big?


Simeran Bachra
Yogi Berra: “Its tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” The Global Cleantech 100 is an annual list of the top 100 companies that the cleantech community predicts will have the strongest market impact in the next 5 to 10 years. While we are not certain of what the future of cleantech holds, we can without doubt see the rise of innovative companies presenting creative commercial solutions which are disrupting old industries and forging new markets. In recent headlines,... Read More »

Proving Out the Circular Bio-Economy – Cleantech Forum Europe Recap


Leo Zhang
In its 11th edition, Cleantech Forum Europe took place this year in Florence, Italy, where leading entrepreneurs, industrial multinational corporations, financial investors, and other cleantech stakeholders gathered at our multi-day program immersed under the Industrial Renaissance theme. This year’s theme reflects on the Tuscany region’s leading research and development initiatives, as well as Italy’s heavy industrial manufacturing base. One session in particular – Proving out the Circular Bio-Economy – focused heavily on industrial plants in the industrial biotechnology sector. Based... Read More »

2015 Off to a Good Start for Power Grid Technology Companies


Quitterie de Rivoyre
VC investments in companies innovating in grid-related technologies surged nearly 16x from $200M in Q1 2015 from $32M invested in Q4 2014. Even though deal volume has not changed significantly, the average deal size did: $18.5M in Q1 2015 vs. $4M in Q4 2014 (though this Q1 average is driven by a $115M deal). The increase in the number of deals is a good sign for the sector after a persistent quarterly slide through 2014: 19 deals in Q1 2014,... Read More »

Water Efficiency Innovations in Agriculture


Leo Zhang
California Governor Jerry Brown recently issued an executive order for mandatory water restrictions in order to deal with the state’s worst drought in history. The initiative mostly focuses on urban water use, with the goal of reducing water usage by 25%. Meanwhile, in California, agriculture activities make up more than 75% of the state’s total water consumption. Although the executive order focuses more on urban consumption, improvements in agriculture water efficiency can lead to significant water savings as well. Through... Read More »

The Route to an Industrial Renaissance is Paved with Clean Technologies


Quitterie de Rivoyre
For the 11th edition of its Cleantech Forum Europe, Cleantech Group is going to Florence, Tuscany, on April 27-29, 2015. You can get a feel of what you can experience at our Forums by watching this video here. Apart from the well-known players, like utility Enel, diversified industrial Finmeccanica, energy giant Eni or automotive brand FIAT, you will find a number of dynamic start-up companies at the Forum including Kitenergy, a developer of high-altitude wind generation technology and Is TECH,... Read More »

Cleantech Forum San Francisco: It’s a Wrap!


Natalie Volpe
Every year, the Cleantech Forum chooses a theme that reflects the current pulse of the industry and serves as a common thread for discussion throughout the three-day event. This year’s theme – Cleantech-as-a-Service – felt more relevant than ever. From our opening keynote to closing remarks from Google’s VP of Energy, coupling cleantech with the “as-a-service” business model resonated as the catalyst that will drive the industry forward. [caption id="attachment_11478" align="alignright" width="350"] John Woolard, VP of Energy, Google[/caption] If you... Read More »

Digitization of the Oil & Gas Industry and Opportunities Ahead


Leo Zhang
We recently published an i3 white paper –The Digital Oilfield: Transforming Upstream Oil & Gas with Big Data and Cloud – to highlight the latest innovation trends in the Oil and Gas sector. The report highlights leading technology companies within each of these three innovation areas, and provides insights on investments, partnerships, and industry trends. The research report is free to download here. i3's proprietary taxonomy provides a comprehensive overview of the Oil and Gas sector’s value chain, and more specifically,... Read More »

Solar Industry Consolidates… Corporates Increase Involvement


Quitterie de Rivoyre
2015 is off to a good start for residential and commercial scale solar companies. Dollars and partnerships are making daily news and one can easily notice the increasing consolidation of the sector. In these recent deals, corporations are very much involved. The latest on the record is Apple's impressive off-take agreement of $848 million for solar power from First Solar's 130-MW California Flats Solar Project in Monterey County. This 25-year Power Purchase Agreement is Apple's fourth solar farm project, adding to Apple's Data Center... Read More »