Optimization is now a Problem: Reflection 2 from Cleantech Forum Europe


Richard Youngman
The second takeaway I had from our recent 15th annual Cleantech Forum Europe in Stockholm concerned incumbency – but from a different angle than usual. Typically, we think about incumbency from the point of view of incumbent products, incumbent firms or incumbent technologies. Less do we think about an incumbent mentality. But it is the incumbent business mentality of optimization which is at the heart of this realization: we are geared up for optimization, and optimization in turn looks set to... Read More »

Predicting Climate Change: Resilience, Risk and… Revenue?


Josh Gilbert
Extreme weather events have caused significant economic damage over the past 24 months, with total economic losses from natural disasters in 2017 reaching $337 billion (source: Swiss Re). Wildfires in California, drought in Australia and storms across the U.S. and Asia have devastated communities, infrastructure and assets which are ill-equipped to deal with a changing environment. [caption id="attachment_22713" align="aligncenter" width="650"] An elevation map of post-Katrina flooding. Source: Orbital Insight[/caption] In response to these challenges, innovative solutions are addressing climate-related weather... Read More »