Portfolio Management of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Assets – From underperformance to maximum value


Rob Andrews
Like all stakeholders in large-scale industries, the actors within the solar market are susceptible to operation and maintenance costs that result from system underperformance, downtime or asset degradation. When a solar asset operates suboptimally, it can have repercussions from both cost and energy yield standpoints. Across many of the industries we cover, we see more innovators trying to capture the true potential of assets through new enabling technologies that address asset underperformance. One of these players within our network is... Read More »

Unleashing Alexa: How transactive energy could unlock residential energy optimization


Ken-Ichi Hino
In our Part 1 on transactive energy (TE), we looked at the path to implementing TE and the types of companies involved. Steve Widergren, principal engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Ed Cazalet, CEO at TEMix, Inc., were interviewed for these posts. I have a confession: I’m slightly obsessive about not running my dishwasher, laundry, and dryer between 7am and 9pm. Why? For the savings… hmm… well, I actually don’t save any money from being a good citizen of the grid... 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 »

Renewable Energy Down Under: Where solar-plus-storage and utilities become good friends?


Josh Gilbert
In case you hadn’t heard, changes are afoot in our energy system. With previously preventative price points now falling rapidly, are we now seeing an opportunity for an accompanying change in the pricing of our energy? As production ramps up, the energy storage systems required to firm intermittent renewable power are beginning to become financially viable. Smart inverters and corresponding software are combining with solar-plus-storage systems to enable truly democratized energy. To this point, customers in many geographies are already... Read More »

New Advancements in Home Energy Management


Izzy Connor
With the rise of IOT, home automation technology represents an enormous emerging market, and major brands are battling for pole position in the race for automation dominance. This technology is not only accelerating the adoption of home automation, but also energy management technology. Homeowners can now efficiently monitor and regulate their own energy usage, and innovative technologies in this area keep popping up. Nest continues to enjoy first-mover advantage in the industry, while Apple, Google and Amazon are currently developing... Read More »

Cybersecurity: winning the battle on two fronts


Samer Salty
Samer Salty is the CEO of Zouk Capital, a private equity and infrastructure fund manager, investing in the clean and efficient economy. Zouk’s portfolio includes companies like Off-Grid Electric, Space-Time Insight and iZettle. Cybersecurity is a sector at the centre of a sustainability revolution. It is one which brings the huge risks created by cybercrime together with a solution that puts two levels of efficiency at its core – improving energy efficiency in the first order as well as saving... Read More »

Technological edge means business: why we’re adding patents to i3


Jules Besnainou
Each investor, innovation executive or business unit manager has their unique process to discover and evaluate companies in a technology area. However, they all share one key criterion to set companies apart: technological edge and the ability to protect it. With that in mind, we have been hard at work on a feature that would allow you to easily navigate a company's IP portfolio. And it is now ready! Here's what we just launched on i3 Connect: A tile showing US and... Read More »

Water Efficiency Innovations in Agriculture


Leo Zhang
California Governor Jerry Brown recently issued an executive order for mandatory water restrictions in order to deal with the state’s worst drought in history. The initiative mostly focuses on urban water use, with the goal of reducing water usage by 25%. Meanwhile, in California, agriculture activities make up more than 75% of the state’s total water consumption. Although the executive order focuses more on urban consumption, improvements in agriculture water efficiency can lead to significant water savings as well. Through... Read More »

As Buildings Get a Brain, Do We Lose Sense Over Cents?


Yakov Berenshteyn
Two weeks ago, Cleantech Group wrapped up its second annual Buildings Get a Brain executive summit in San Francisco. To our delight, the two-day dialogue – among about 120 senior stakeholders to the commercial buildings sector – produced great conversation, great connections, and just the right amount of controversy. Reflecting on our December preview of the event, the event was a great success in digging into these and other topics, but we’ll save some of the conclusions for our upcoming... Read More »

Buildings Get a Brain – Putting Theory to Practice


Sheeraz Haji
Cleantech Group is pleased to host the second annual Buildings Get a Brain executive summit sponsored by Johnson Controls and Navitas Capital. After a few years of talking about the potential for intelligent buildings, this year we will highlight real customers deploying real hardware and software products to make the built environment smarter, more comfortable for occupants, and more energy efficient. Buildings pose a huge untapped resource for energy and other resource savings, yet the market for smart building technologies... Read More »