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How to Choose the Right Partner for International Joint Venture

Worldwide interest in international joint ventures and strategic alliances has increased dramatically over the past decade. Companies recognize that technology and business processes are becoming more and more complex, making it difficult for one organization to possess alone the necessary competence to emerge in the global market. Joint ventures enable companies to get a fast […]

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Why Bringing New Industrial Products to Market Fails and What Companies Can Do to Avoid That

Long ago Peter Drucker, the father of business consulting, wrote: “Because the purpose of business is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two–and only two–basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. Marketing is the distinguishing, unique function of the business.” Today, many industrial companies successfully […]

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Tackling the World’s Energy Challenges: 7 Recent Innovations from the American National Laboratories

Needless to say that basic and applied research plays a crucial role in addressing world’s energy and environmental issues. Scientific research is a foundation for new innovations that could fundamentally change our energy system in its entirety. Hundreds of promising cleantech companies, including Aquion Energy, Bloom Energy, Ambri and Alphabet Energy were based on the […]

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Cleantech at the Bottom of the Pyramid: 10 Impressive Companies Disrupting Low-Income Emerging Markets

In the age of the Internet, it is difficult to imagine that about 1.5 billion people in the world still lack electricity. More than 1 billion people have no access to any type of clean drinking source of water and about 2.6 billion people lack even a simple ‘improved’ latrine. These aren’t just inconveniences; reliable […]

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Tackling Climate Change: 5 Technologies That Will Remove CO2 from the Atmosphere

Some week ago two Google’s engineers published an article in which they explained why Google stopped its R&D in renewable energy. In 2007 Google launched an ambitious project, known as RE<C, to develop renewable energy technologies that would generate electricity cheaper than coal-powered plants. Thereby, Google wanted to considerably reduce the concentration of CO2 in […]

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How to Increase Bankability of Renewable Energy Projects: Alternative Instruments for Risk Mitigation

Obtaining financing is vitally important for renewable energy and other capital-intensive cleantech projects. These projects are typically high-leveraged, with up to 70-80% of the project total being financed through dept. That’s why the availability of financing and loan’s terms and conditions play a crucial role in project’s feasibility and profitability. From the lender’s perspective, when […]

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Exporting Renewable Energy Technologies: Opportunities and Regulatory Barriers in Brazil, China and India

Over the last decade we have seen a steady development of renewable energy technologies in most high-innovative countries. As the result, today there are hundreds of companies commercializing their unique cleantech technologies and services, and many of them are already well established regionally and nationally. But in order to fully reap the rewards of their […]

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5 European Research Projects Seeking to Recover 5 Critical Materials for Clean Energy

A large number of clean energy technologies, from wind turbines and energy-efficient lighting to electric vehicles and thin-film solar cells, are made with materials that have unique chemical and physical characteristics, including magnetic, catalytic and luminescent properties. In 2011 the U.S. Department of Energy has identified five rare-earth materials – neodymium, europium, terbium, dysprosium and […]

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5 Business Models for Cleantech Companies

Today, a big number of cleantech companies are not working well. In the past few years a lot of green startups filed for bankruptcy, because they couldn’t find a way to capitalize their technological innovations. One of the major causes of these failures is that many cleantech companies still behave as traditional equipment manufacturers, randomly […]

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