Over MorgenWonen — MorgenWonen. Wingssprayer : Een #brabantse #innovatie De ... As solar panels boom, it was the simple business model that the big energy players missed. Solar panels are now remaking the energy equation in the U.S. and breaking records for installations every quarter: There were more solar panels installed in the U.S. over the last 18 months than the last 30 years.
But when it comes to making money off of this solar boom, some of the largest energy companies in the U.S. have (so far) left money on the table. Why? It wasn’t that they didn’t have access to some obscure panel technology patent that was invented years ago in a university lab. Or that they didn’t have deep knowledge of how cheap solar panels would one day become. It was a drop-dead simple business-model innovation that they — for whatever reason — didn’t jump on. At the World Energy Innovation Forum at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. this week, the CEO of GE, Jeff Immelt, said during an onstage interview that GE had focused so intently on how bad the solar panel business was that they “missed SolarCity.” SolarCity actually didn’t even pioneer this business model. 7 lessons for successful cleantech investing.
The “Blood and Gore” fund (because it was founded by Al Gore and David Blood), also known as Generation Investment Management, has been on a roll lately.
The firm, founded in 2004 with $10 billion under management, funds both startups and public companies in sustainability, and has seen big exits from some of its startup bets in recent years, including smart thermostat maker Nest (sold to Google for $3.2 billion), and solar installer SolarCity (went public in late 2012). At the Cleantech Group’s forum in San Francisco on Thursday, Generation Partner Colin le Duc laid out seven guidelines that Generation has adhered to when it comes to backing cleantech startups, but also public companies.
Have faith: Have faith in our thesis and courage of conviction, said le Duc. Use an investing thesis that fits the opportunity: Generation invests in both public companies as well as private equity in growth companies and startups. De volgende stap in smart homes: sensors die hun eigen energievoorraad verzamelen. Tesla could be big disruptor, says GM – no kidding. General Motors is a company that represents both the endless possibilities of automotive technology, and the “old guard” that often seems just behind of trends in innovation.
Under the reign of CEO Dan Akerson, GM is being proactive, and a small team of analysts has been assigned to study market “disrupter” Tesla Motors to see how it might affect GM’s business. In an interview with Bloomberg News, vice chairman of GM Steve Girsky said that Akerson thinks “…Tesla could be a big disrupter if we’re not careful.” Girsky rightly notes that history is full of companies that failed to innovate and were ultimately wiped out by upstarts like Tesla. Kodak, which ignored digital photography until it was too late, is one such company. Akerson had made his disdain for GM’s corporate culture well known, and he is pushing his engineers to develop and patent technologies customers will actually pay for.
Ampyx Power Airborne Wind Energy. Zes Nederlandse oplossingen in duurzame top 100. MIT Develops ‘GHG-Free Steel’ Researchers at MIT have found a way to manufacture steel without greenhouse gas emissions.
Steel from the new process should be of higher purity, and — once the process is scaled up — cheaper, according to a paper that was published this week in the journal Nature. Worldwide steel production totals about 1.5 billion tons per year. The prevailing process makes steel from iron ore — which is mostly iron oxide — by heating it with carbon; the process forms CO2 as a byproduct.
Production of a ton of steel generates almost 2 tons of CO2 emissions, according to steel industry figures, accounting for as much as 5 percent of the world’s total GHG emissions, according to MIT. In addition to producing no emissions other than pure oxygen, the process lends itself to smaller-scale factories. The industry has met little success in its search for carbon-free methods of manufacturing steel.
In addition to eliminating GHG emissions, the process yields metal of exceptional purity, Sadoway says. Dutch innovations in air quality. The environmental policy debate has been taken over by climate change for years.
With some backlash lately because of climate denialism. Most discussion about climate change focus on reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide into the air. In this post I will argue that it is better for both public health and fighting climate change to shift focus to non-CO2 greenhouse gases and air pollution for the short term, leaving the reduction of actual CO2 emission to the future. Do I hear some climate fighters cry wolf already? Let me be very clear: I trust climate scientist when they say irreversible climate change is upon us if we don’t act now. The problem A few years ago I attended a workshop about the interconnection between transboundery air pollution and climate change. Carbon black, as soot was called by the researchers, is formed mainly through incomplete combustion of both fossil and biofuels. A second good reason to focus on carbon black has to do with human health.
Accede: Cairbags. Biomimicry Solves Age-old Industrial Air Pollution Problem. Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com/CC BY 2.0 One of the most interesting audits I ever conducted took place at a fragrance factory.
Every couple of steps, the odor of the air would change markedly, from roses to raspberries, from lavender to lemons, as small quantities of each scent escaped from the processing units. Chemists call the property that gives fragrances their rich perfume "volatility". Volatility means a substance evaporates easily, filling the air with molecules that trigger our sense of smell. In some cases, such as fragrances, the escaped chemicals may be harmless, or even pleasant -- although even fragrance factories must take caution with their air pollution equipment to ensure neighbors are not overwhelmed by a jungle of odors. Controlling Volatile Air Pollutants To an air pollution control engineer, volatility means work: methods must be found to control these chemicals in the interest of keeping the air clean.
Nature Offers a Better Solution Low Energy, Natural Air Treatment. How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation - James Allworth. If there’s been one topic that has entirely dominated the post-election landscape, it’s the fiscal cliff.
Will taxes be raised? Which programs will be cut? Who will blink first in negotiations? For all the talk of the fiscal cliff, however, I believe the US is facing a much more serious problem, one that has simply not been talked about at all: corruption. But this isn’t the overt, “bartering of government favors in return for private kickbacks” corruption. The corruption to which I am referring is the phenomenon of money in politics. Lawrence Lessig’s Republic, Lost, details many of the distortions that occur as a result of all the money sloshing around in the political system: how elected representatives are being forced to spend an ever-increasing amount of their time chasing donors for funds, for example, as opposed to chasing citizens for votes. The process by which firms do this is rarely overt, and usually couched in the language of regulation.
Automotive. Intellectual Property. How a $20 tablet from India could blindside PC makers, educate billions and transform computing as we know it. Suneet Tuli, the 44-year-old CEO of UK/Canadian/Indian startup Datawind, is having a taxing day.
“I’m underwater,” he says as he struggles to find a cell signal outside a restaurant in Mumbai. Two days from then, on Sunday Nov. 11, the president of India, Pranab Mukherjee, will have unveiled the seven-inch Aakash 2 tablet computer Tuli’s company is selling to the government for distribution to 100,000 university students and professors. (If things go well, the government plans to order as many as 5.86 million.) In the meantime, Tuli is deluged with calls from reporters, and every day his company receives thousands of new orders for the commercial version of the Aakash 2. Already, he’s facing a backlog of four million unfulfilled pre-orders. We’re speaking over the same overtaxed cellular networks that he hopes will enable Datawind to educate every schoolchild in India through the world’s cheapest functional tablet computer. It’s $20. Disrupting the world’s largest tech companies. IRWES: Wind of change. Clean tech is broeinest van innovatie - Vincent wil zon.
Brabant krijgt glow-in-the-dark wegbelijning. Www.detechniekachternederland.nl. Energienulwoningen met een huurprijs inclusief energie. Banks in Danger of Becoming the "Dumb Pipes" of the Mobile Payments Industry. The industry movement created of any disruptive technology will create winners and losers.
What entities create value out of disruption in the early stages will set a base for future success. In the mobile payments sector we have talked a lot about the confluence of technology companies with payment processors and debated who will ultimately emerge as winners. One sector that is often forgotten in this discussion is the fact that banks already play a central role in the day-to-day lives of consumers. There is huge potential for the banks to profit from the mobile payments evolution and they need to move quickly before the industry passes them by. It is no secret that many U.S. The Dangers of Getting Passed By I think for the financial institutions, they don't want to become a dumb pipe. Juniper predicts that mobile payments will be a $670 billion industry in 2015. The major players are already setting up foundations to profit on the mobile payments revolution.
Gaining Consumer Mind Share. As Movies Debut on Facebook, the Era of Social Cinema Begins. If anybody could pull it off, it would be Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.
The comedy duo and stars of the often demented Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job! Have a rabid and loyal enough fan base that releasing their new movie in an experimental new way just might work. Tomorrow night, Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie will debut on Facebook, a full two weeks before it arrives in theaters.
For $10, fans will be able watch the movie and chat with its stars in real time. The model represents a new sort of social cinema that, while not widespread, appears poised to become a potentially major trend. Magnolia Pictures, who is releasing the film, is no stranger to the concept of making movies available before they hit theaters. "Everything that we've done with them has just been huge," said Andrew McGraime, Magnolia's Vice President of Interactive Marketing. To make it happen, Magnolia partnered with a company called Milyoni, which specializes in live entertainment events on Facebook.
Raspberry Pi, a Tiny But Powerful $25 PC, Coming Soon. The holidays have been particularly jolly for the gang making Raspberry Pi, the tiny Linux-based PC that's going to cost just $25. If the reports coming from the site are to be believed, you could be able to buy one as early as next month. Right before the holiday, the creators got a batch of circuit boards in for testing. The site says all the initial testing showed the boards to be performing "as solid as a rock," despite an issue with the power supply. However, that problem was easily fixed via a red wire and a quick soldering job, and the team promises it won't appear in any future units.
Once fixed, fired up and connected to a display, the prototype Pi appeared to effortlessly output a 1080p video through its HDMI port: The final Raspberry Pi will come in two flavors: A $25 version with 128MB of RAM and no network connection and a $35 one with256MB and Ethernet. The site promises to auction off the recent crop of boards before Raspberry Pi goes on sale next month. [via The Verge] City Windmills Enables Clean Energy And Unique Advertising Opportunites.
Solar powered advertising boards have provided companies with ways to advertise their products in an environmentally friendly way, and it appears that wind power is following suit. UK-based City Windmills is giving companies the chance to not only generate clean power (and thus cheaper energy bills) for themselves, but to use their installation as a unique advertising platform.
With the XLT wind turbine, City Windmills creates wind arrays for companies that can achieve multiple objectives. Operating in groups of between 10 and 50, the wind turbines are primarily designed to generate low cost clean energy wherever it is needed. As the turbines are approximately 30ft tall, they can be situated on the roof of any building or wherever is most convenient. This means that no energy is lost over distance as long distance transmission lines are reportedly capable of losing up to 55% of its energy. However, the unique aspect of the wind array is its advertising potential. . + City Windmills. Making Solar Panels As Ubiquitous And Efficient As Leaves. Apple Wins Europe-Wide Blockade Of Samsung Tablets; Guess Which Tablet Apple Is Scared Of Most? Man, is Apple ever freaked out by the Samsung Galaxy Tablet. We already pointed out that Apple succeeded in getting it banned in Australia, and now it's got an injunction blocking it in most of Europe as well.
And, of course, the lawsuit in the US continues. It's really sad that Apple simply doesn't want to compete in the marketplace. The thing is, I've used both the iPad and the Galaxy Tab, and the iPad is nicer. The Galaxy Tab is definitely the best Android tablet I've seen so far, but Apple has the ability to compete and win in the marketplace. Innovatie vergt meer durf dan nu. Oracle Deletes Jonathan Schwartz's Old Blog; Which Excitedly Celebrated Google's Use Of Java In Android. There was a bit of an embarrassment in the ongoing patent dispute between Oracle and Google. Oracle, of course, is claiming that Google's Android violates some of the patents it acquired from Sun concerning Java. Google pointed out that if its use was so problematic, why did Sun celebrate Google's Java usage in Android? They pointed to a blog post from then-Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz (who was the first Fortune 500 CEO to blog -- and who, unlike many corporate bloggers, actually spoke his mind on the blog), which happily celebrated Google basing Android on Java/Linux: Of course, that looks bad for Oracle... so it's response was to delete Schwartz's entire blog.
Poof. I imagine that Oracle also wanted to erase other former Schwartz blog posts, like the one we spoke about years ago, in which he pointed out that suing over patents is a sign of desperation and that real companies innovate, rather than litigate. Now, many of you who will be quick to point out that none of that matters. How The Patent System Is Like A Broken Web Cache. Rick Falkvinge has posted a thought-provoking piece that analogizes the patent system to various forms of web caching and their impact on discussions. As he notes, in online discussion forums and blogs, if there's a delay from when your comment is made to when it appears, the conversations tend to be slower and less involved.
It gets really bad when all comments need to be moderated and that's because you don't get that immediate fulfillment. Honestly, one of the reasons why I think Twitter took off at the level it did was because it felt so realtime (and became more so over time). And yet, the patent system is quite different. The whole basis is that you have to delay things. You can observe the same phenomenon on moderated blogs, but on a much tougher scale. The obvious retort is that innovation is different than a discussion. So, with that in mind, Falkvinge's point is even stronger than you might think. Patents As Theft: How Oracle & Microsoft Seek To Profit From Android Despite Having Nothing To Do With It. Europe's Silicon Allee: Berlin on the Road to Becoming a Start-Up Mecca - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International.
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