New Frontiers for Cleantech Innovation in the 2010's

Cleantech Forum XXVI panel discussion on promising new innovations and business models

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A panel of cleantech venture capitalist, technology researcher and corporate strategic investors discusses where new areas for innovations will open up and where innovations in business models will emerge as a result. In focus are energy efficiency, water technologies and energy storage as the leading areas of investment interest. Other technologies such as marine energy, fuel cells and solar are also assessed. Recorded at the Cleantech Forum XXVI in San Francisco on February 25, 2010.

Speakers:

Thomas Cain, Managing Partner, SAIL Venture Partners
Issam Dairanieh, Technology Principal, British Petroleum
Peter Williams, CTO Big Green Innovations, IBM
Ashok Gadgil, Acting Director, Environmental Energy Technology Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Moderator:
Richard Trecartin, Senior Counsel, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Topics:
00:09 Overview of top three areas of investment interest
04:49 Energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings
16:26 Water technology
35:14 Energy storage
40:07 Other technologies - concentrated PV, marine energy, fuel cells and hydrogen

Tags: energy efficiency, water, energy storage, concentrated PV, solar thermal, marine energy, fuel cell, Cleantech Forum, SAIL, British Petroleum, IBM, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Morgan Lewis, Thomas Cain, Issam Dairanieh, Peter Williams, Ashok Gadgil

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  • Agostinho Miguel says:

    April 11, 2010

    Saving is not yet something that attracts people. We are all focused on getting more not less. Sustainability requires less and not more. Maybe we need to give incentives to consume less and not more. The less you consume the less you pay, may be the answer. The panelists were a bit too superficial, but interesting conversation and views.

  • Agostinho Miguel says:

    April 11, 2010

    Saving is not yet something that attracts people. We are all focused on getting more not less. Sustainability requires less and not more. Maybe we need to give incentives to consume less and not more. The less you consume the less you pay, may be the answer. The panelists were a bit too superficial, but interesting conversation and views.

  • BeiBei Song says:

    April 26, 2010

    I appreciate your comment, 米高。 As a minimalist and conservationist I would dearly love to see less consumption, and would consider someone who can steer the "system" in that direction my personal hero. The closest to this discussed by the panelists is "energy efficiency", although it's still not the same thing. Consuming less requires human behavior, which is largely outside the realm of investors. Or is it? Could there be a kind of investing that's rewarded by precisely that - people consuming less, in a capitalist society? That would be the innovation of all innovations in my view! One of the benefits of economic recessions is forcing people to consume less, although it likely has no staying power, once the economy picks up again. True innovation would be incentives for less consumption in a long term, sustainable manner regardless of the state of economy, which actually provides a "comfort zone" during hard times. Something I'm taught going up as a Chinese, although it was driven more by necessity.

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