Rethinking Transportation: Are we seeing a death of the industry as we know it?

Josh Gilbert
At CTG’s European Advisory Board meeting last month, we welcomed James Arbib from the think tank RethinkX to discuss a recent report that predicts severe disruption within the transportation industry. The report states that we are standing at the cusp of one the most important transitions in human history, away from internal combustion engines and car ownership, and towards vehicle electrification and a new model of mobility: transportation-as-a-service (TaaS). Here, we’ll have a look at some of the report’s conclusions, and... Read More »

Feeding Fish to Fish: How Insect Farming Fixes Fishmeal

Chris Sworder
At the beginning of 2017, I wrote a piece of research quoting Winston Churchill’s 1932 article Fifty Years Hence, in which he predicted that we would all be eating chicken grown in laboratories. While that is slowly becoming a reality (through companies such as Memphis Meats), there is another area of protein consumption that would likely have seemed even more absurd in 1932 – aquaculture. Currently, to produce 1kg of farmed fish ready for human consumption, it takes 1.5-2kg of... Read More »

AI, Blockchain and Hype in Cutting-Edge ICT: Thoughts from the road

Jules Besnainou
In the past two years, CTG has been building a research stream and practice to help corporate and investor clients gear up for new, ever-faster waves of disruption coming from the software world – our At the Cutting Edge research. In the blockchain space, for instance, we have been helping corporates understand relevant use cases and connecting them with the right innovators. A few weeks ago, we held a private executive summit on Blockchain in Energy & Industry in Boston,... Read More »

Made In Space: How space manufacturing is becoming a reality

Josh Gilbert
Over recent years, we have seen a renaissance in innovation and investment in the “new space” sector. Enabled via convergent technological trends, start-ups and innovators are driving rapid growth in areas such as satellite data and geospatial analytics. Made In Space is among a cohort of new space companies hoping to drive humanity into the cosmos, and to engender revenue-generating, space-based industry along the way. Much of the media coverage of MIS has focused upon headline-grabbing future applications, such as... Read More »

Report Launch @COP23 Global Cleantech Innovation Programme Country Innovation Profiles 2017

Chris Sworder
Report Launch @ COP23 Bonn: The Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2017 – Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) Country Innovation Profiles As part of our Global Cleantech Innovation Index programme this year, Cleantech Group took a closer look at 8 countries that are participating in the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP). The programme, an initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is conducted in Armenia, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey.... Read More »

Announcing the Latest Edition of the Levelized Cost of Storage Report (LCOS 3.0)

Dan Gabaldon
Daniel Gabaldon is a co-founder of  Enovation Partners. Earlier this month, Enovation released the latest edition of the Levelized Cost of Storage report (LCOS 3.0) in collaboration with the global investment bank Lazard. Here are some reflections on what we learned: Energy storage costs continue to decline rapidly, but… Not all technologies are following at the same pace of improvement. Li-ion has fallen faster over the past year, and is poised to continue a slightly steeper trajectory of cost decline –... Read More »

Three Agriculture & Food Trends to Watch in 2018

Leo Zhang
The agriculture & food sector has attracted an increasing number of venture investments since 2014, reaching the sector’s highest fundraising so far at more than $1.5 billion in 2017, according to data from our i3 platform. My colleague has published a recent blog post on high-profile company, Plenty, which has raised $200 million venture capital and is aiming to bring large scale vertical farming to cities. Besides vertical farming, technologies such as plant genomics, alternative proteins, drones, and more are entering... Read More »

Announcing our 2017 Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch Companies

Jonathan Koch
The new edition of our GCT100 Ones to Watch has just been launched. The list seeks to highlight a group of up-and-coming companies that are catching the eye of leading investors and corporates in the market. The companies made the top 250 in this year’s Global Cleantech 100 program and carry pockets of strong support among the GCT100’s Expert Panel, albeit not having quite enough market support to make the 9th edition of the Global Cleantech 100 list itself (which will... Read More »

Room for Innovation in Mature Renewable Energy Industries

Troy Ault
In mid-October we hosted our latest Power Breakfast here in San Francisco with the support, as always, of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Silicon Valley Bank. So, I’ve been meaning to post this for a few weeks, but have been happily busy on various client work and prep for a new baby girl set to arrive later this month! Better late than never! At any rate, our topic in October was SaaS Innovation in Pursuit of Lowest-Cost Renewable Power,... Read More »

Profiling Orbital Insight – Geospatial Analytics Innovator

Josh Gilbert
Several synergistic and convergent trends are acting as a catalyst for the recent investment boom in geospatial analytics companies. Constellations of smaller, smarter satellites are being launched into space, providing high frequency imaging and enabling near-real-time monitoring of the earth. Leaps forward in AI and data science are allowing companies to convert near-constant streams of imaging and data into more than just satellite imagery, providing actionable insights for clients in a range of industries. Here, we profile one of these... Read More »