China Emerging as an Innovation Leader: Lessons Learned From Our 2017 Cleantech Tour of China


Leo Zhang
On March 21-23, Cleantech Group has the pleasure of leading its 5th Cleantech Tour of China with a group of young, Western clean technology companies and investors with relevant portfolio companies for 3 full days of meetings and network-building activities. The tour provides cleantech CEOs and investors with an excellent introduction to doing business in China, as well as the opportunity to showcase their companies to multiple China-based investors and partners. Many Western technology companies and investors, without a doubt,... Read More »

Charting the Future Towards 2032: Why affordable technology can trump the future


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 was intended to provide some perspectives to help you get set for the year and the years ahead, drawing on my own keynote at... Read More »

Alternative Proteins: Cultured Meats and the Buzz about Bugs


Chris Sworder
Alternative and sustainable proteins is a fizzing sector in the agriculture & food industry at the moment, and over the past months CTG has tried to measure the froth. The protein cycle is complex, and while there are many interesting areas of innovation across this supply chain, we have focused in on three: cultured products, plant-based alternatives, and insect-based alternatives. Below is our quick overview of what we are seeing in terms of innovators and investors, but for a closer look please... Read More »

Breakthroughs: Just what does it take to make it?


Richard Youngman
Last week , we were both very surprised and disappointed to hear the news that Aquion Energy, the US battery company who ranked top in our Global Cleantech 100 Expert Panel’s summer assessments, was forced to voluntarily file for chapter 11 to provide the breathing-room to allow it to find a buyer who could take the impressive achievements of the last few years and provide the capital to scale up the manufacturing to finish the job of getting a breakthrough... Read More »

Blockchain meets Energy: State of the Market


Jules Besnainou
Was it only a week ago? On February 14 and 15, two communities met in Vienna, Austria to discuss the promise, prospects and challenges of applying blockchain technology to the energy sector. To many in the audience, Event Horizon 2017 felt like a turning point. Energy professionals, caught by surprise by the rise of distributed generation, wouldn't miss the next wave of disruption. Blockchain innovators, touting the benefits of decentralization, were ready to rumble with a notoriously inert industry. The enthusiasm in... Read More »

Evolving Landscape in Industrial Biotech


Leo Zhang
Many regular readers of our blogs may recall the slew of mega deals in the Industrial Biotech sector around the 2006 time frame. Fast forward to 10 years later, such hype has certainly ceased, as evidenced by the withdrawal of many institutional investors in this space, as well as the write-offs of multiple companies that were once poised to disrupt the petroleum industry. When global oil prices dropped below $40/barrel, compounding the challenging task of scaling up a technology within... Read More »

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 »