Solving Traffic: The highway, the smart way, and the long way off


Chris Sworder
The term ‘smart city’ implies that cities can be dumb. To the city-dweller, this is often acutely clear when stuck in traffic. In the UK, a recent TomTom Traffic Index report found that the average commuter in Britain will spend five days of every year stuck in traffic. That equates to 47 weeks’-worth[1] in an average lifetime of sitting behind the wheel not going anywhere fast. My own city of London comes in as the 20th most congested city in the... Read More »

2017 Global Cleantech Innovation Index: A look at where entrepreneurial clean technology companies are most likely to emerge from over the next 10 years – and why.


Chris Sworder
The new edition of the Global Cleantech Innovation Index (GCII) has just been launched. The Index, previously produced in 2012 and 2014, explores where, relative to GDP, entrepreneurial clean technology companies are most likely to emerge from over the next 10 years – and why. It remains the only study (we know of) seeking to look at why entrepreneurial companies developing sustainable solutions seem to spring up in certain geographies, and which economic, social and environmental conditions cultivate hotbeds for... 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 »

The Smarter Grid: The Evolution of Virtual Power Plant Software


Chris Sworder
Two weeks ago we looked at The Evolution of Smart Grid Venturing, tracing its development from smart meters and data management apps to the Internet of Things to today's diaspora of customer-sited generators and energy management products in an increasingly connected world. This week, we will drill further into this theme, taking a look at the role Virtual Power Plants (VPPs) will play in the next-generation energy grid. The principle is not new. Joined up generators are more useful to grid... Read More »