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Technological Breakthroughs in Clean Energy: What’s Next?

The development of new cutting-edge low-carbon technologies is a crucial part of an effective response to the global energy and climate challenge. The urgency of climate change requires new technological advances that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve sustainability of the energy system. While important progress has been made in developing clean energy solutions […]

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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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Corporate Open Innovation Platforms That Can Be Helpful for Cleantech Startups, Universities and Research Labs

Open innovation has been a hot topic in the business world since its introduction by Professor H. Chesbrough in 2003. Having initially evolved in technology and consumer goods corporations (like IBM and P&G), the open innovation paradigm is now spreading to most industries, including energy and cleantech.  In simple words, the open innovation concept encourages […]

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Developing Countries: Not a Mere Market, but a Source of Venture Capital for Cleantech Startups

It is getting more and more difficult for American and European cleantech companies to raise funding.  Today, one can rarely find such massive investments from venture capitalists as it was possible in the early days of cleantech rush. A lot of cleantech investors have lost their money and many of them have left the sector. […]

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European Research Projects in Thermoelectric Materials, Which Can Open New Opportunities for Waste Heat Recovery

According to ‘’Waste Heat Recovery : Technologies and Opportunities in U.S. Industry’’ report published by the U.S. Department of Energy, 20 to 50% of all energy input in the U.S. industrial sector is lost as waste heat in the form of hot exhaust gases, cooling water, and heat lost from hot equipment surfaces and heated […]

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Startups That Can Make Nuclear Fusion Reality

A month ago, The Cleantech Open – the world’s largest clean-technology accelerator in the world- awarded the top cleantech startups of this year in such categories as Agriculture, Water & Waste, Energy Generation, Green Building, Chemicals & Advanced Materials, Information and Communications Technologies. To me the most astonishing discovery was the winner in the Energy […]

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French Cleantech Innovations: 7 Promising Startups to Follow

Some months ago I already wrote about a group of promising French cleantech startups. Today, I would like to expand this list with new startups as well as research projects at pre-commercial stage. Mostly, these startups are coming from French competitiveness clusters (‘pôle de compétitivité’), which is a key mechanism in the French policy for […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Funding Your Startup

It is not a secret that funding is the key point in startups development.  For technological innovations funding often determines the launch of a project and, consequently a company creation. (Exception may be IT sector, where technology can be created without involvement of additional funds, but then anyway startups will need funding to commercialize it). […]

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