Charting the Future Towards 2032: Three industries to keep an eye on over the next 15 years


Richard Youngman
Charting the Future Towards 2032 was the theme of our recent 15th Cleantech Forum San Francisco. Some focus was given to the idea of imagining how things might develop over the next 15 years, given our 2017 starting point, itself a result of where the last 15 years has taken us. This three-part blog series is intended to provide some perspectives to help you get set for the year and the years ahead, drawing on my own keynote at Cleantech... Read More »

Flying cars are arriving along two very different tracks


Ken-Ichi Hino
Monday (February 13) was a big day in the world of personal aerial transportation, with two major announcements: The United Arab Emirates’ Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced that Chinese UAV company EHang will begin providing autonomous aerial transportation in Dubai this summer. Dutch company PAL-V announced that its Liberty, the world’s first commercial flying car, is now on sale, with first deliveries expected by the end of 2018. While both announcements have captured imaginations by featuring “flying car” taglines,... Read More »

Charting the Future Towards 2032: Funding the next wave of industrial innovation companies


Richard Youngman
“Charting the Future Towards 2032” was the theme of our recent 15th Cleantech Forum San Francisco. Some focus was given to the idea of imagining out how things might develop over the next 15 years, given our 2017 starting-point, itself a result of where the  last 15 years has taken us. This three-part blog series will provide some perspectives to help you get set for the year and the years ahead. It will draw on my own keynote from the... Read More »

Disruptive Materials: Common innovation opportunities & challenges


Troy Ault
At our Cleantech Forum San Francisco last week, we were able to convene three companies – EXEGER, NanoSpun Technologies, and Polar Sapphire – to present various new advanced material technologies. We were also joined onstage by two domain-specific investors in Pangaea Ventures and M-Ventures (the corporate venture arm of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany) for a discussion of new technologies, common opportunities and challenges that innovators in the space commonly face. Throughout the panel, we were able to uncover a few... Read More »

Cleantech’s Four $1,000,000,000 Sectors


Josh Gilbert
Introduction Our Quarterly Investment Monitor has just been released, including a round-up for 2016 to help understand the trends driving the past year’s cleantech investments. For the first time since 2011, we had four cleantech sectors pass the $1 Billion mark in global venture capital investment last year –Transportation, Energy Efficiency, Solar and Agriculture. In this blog post, we’ll go behind the numbers to have a look at some of the specific innovations and companies driving the growth and diversity... Read More »

Blockchain meets Energy: Building the Community


Jules Besnainou
For followers of our At the Cutting Edge subscriber research, the promise of using blockchain technology to improve distributed energy, IoT and logistics is nothing new. In fact, throughout 2016, you have observed organizations like LO3, Filament and Grid Singularity enter strategic partnership with large enterprises, deploy pilots and make the headlines. Here is our deal timeline for the year: Leveraging blockchain technology in exchanges of electrons and data makes sense. It’s great at securely processing transactions and registering ownership, meaning... Read More »

It Takes a Village: Creating the energy-optimized smart home


Ken-Ichi Hino
In a previous blog post on home energy management, CTG covered new devices being introduced by Google, Amazon, and Apple. Since then, Amazon announced that it had sold “millions” of Alexa devices in 2016, and that the Echo family of products had seen a 9x increase in sales this holiday season over last. Google has not made any announcements regarding sales, but has just announced new partnerships for Google Home, including Hyundai for connected car services and Sony for high-end... Read More »

Sink or Swim: Challenging times in water start-up fundraising


Troy Ault
If the raw venture investment data is anything to go by, it seems these are trying times for water technology start-ups hoping to raise venture funding. After a modern peak in 2013 of 113 deals and more than $400 million invested, both annual dollars invested and deal volume have declined at a compounded rate of -24% per year, to just $148 million invested across 37 deals in 2016. In addition, 2016 marked the first year since 2010 in which our... Read More »

December’s Power Breakfast: A How-to on Messaging and Fundraising with the Experts


Troy Ault
To date, most of our Power Breakfasts have focused on a specific technology or market sector. This past Tuesday, we took the opportunity to host a hands-on, very interactive power breakfast on important skills for building your company – namely, how to craft a powerful story and use it for fundraising and sales. Any company needs to be able to tell a good story – and give a good pitch. Regardless of the audience, the component parts of the story... Read More »

Levelized Cost of Storage 2.0: Storage costs fall more than 10%


Dan Gabaldon
Dan Gabaldon is a Founder of CTG's parent company Enovation Partners. Lazard has released its second Levelized Cost of Storage Analysis (LCOS 2.0), which was developed through joint analysis of the energy storage market by Lazard and Enovation Partners. The analysis is intended to provide a transparent, rigorous methodology for comparing the cost of energy storage across ten distinct use cases for over a dozen storage technologies. Building on last year’s study, this year’s analysis includes a significantly refined methodology... Read More »