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Added Insights From 2022 Progress Report

Added Insights From 2022 Progress Report

In response to requests for more discussion on the results of our latest survey of the regional core clean tech cluster, we held a Zoom call on June 23.  Here are some of the points we covered: The increase in jobs and opportunities here is making the area much more...
Water From Thin Air:  A New Frontier?

Water From Thin Air:  A New Frontier?

It is hard to tell whether sustainable energy or water shortages will be the biggest crisis in the future, but both are big. We have been watching for any new ideas to deal with water shortages. The standard approaches of desalination continue to be the dominant...
New Frontiers in Load Flexibility and Load Management

New Frontiers in Load Flexibility and Load Management

On May 12 we returned to the hot topic of grid edge technologies to match supply and demand while avoiding as much new investment as possible.   These technologies involve a combination of hardware for sensing and control and sophisticated software that can use that...
Updates on Low Carbon Fuels Projects from Two Waste-to-Energy Pioneers

Updates on Low Carbon Fuels Projects from Two Waste-to-Energy Pioneers

On June 2, we gathered for our second post-pandemic in-person MeetUp in Davis to hear from two companies that have spent two decades in innovating systems to convert wastes to energy products profitably.   First up, Michael Kleist, VP of Business Development, took us...
MatterCup Wins Big Bang! Sustainability Award

MatterCup Wins Big Bang! Sustainability Award

At the final Big Bang! event on May 26, cup recycler MatterCup walked away with $11,000 from the SMUD Energy and Sustainability Award and one of the Little Bang awards. MatterCup was also a finalist in the UC Berkeley Big Ideas competition.  Congratulations to Chantal...
An Insider’s View of Clean Energy and Climate Policy

An Insider’s View of Clean Energy and Climate Policy

Bob Weisenmiller has been on the inside of clean energy and climate policy in California since 1977, when he started as an advisor to CEC Commissioner Ronald Doctor, pretty much straight out of graduate school at UC Berkeley.  With 45 years of engagement, he has a...
Applications Open in Summer for SMUD SHINE Awards 2022

Applications Open in Summer for SMUD SHINE Awards 2022

On June 1 through August 1 the window is open for applications for SHINE Awards from SMUD.  These awards can create sales opportunities for clean tech companies to install clean energy tech in underserved communities.  Here’s one example:   With a $10,000 award, a...
State Of CleanTech

State Of CleanTech

Since 2005 CleanStart has been working to build the Greater Sacramento region as a clean tech hub. Because of this work and the growing community Sacramento is well positioned to capitalize on the energy transition. Becoming a self sustaining beehive of activity...
Happy Accident Could Lead to Cheap 2000-Mile EV Battery

Happy Accident Could Lead to Cheap 2000-Mile EV Battery

Battery scientists have always lusted for a way to use sulfur as the cathode in lithium-ion batteries because sulfur can donate up to 8 electrons per atom—and it is really cheap and abundant.  It is largely a waste by-product today.  To date, the use of sulfur has...
Return of ECOS Earth Day

Return of ECOS Earth Day

ECOS (Environmental Council of Sacramento) Earth Day returned to Southside Park in Sacramento this year after a 2 year hiatus due to the pandemic. Sustainability minded community members and over 100 organizations flocked to the park to connect with each other and...

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