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CARB’s Time-Saving Tool to Find Grant Money

CARB’s Time-Saving Tool to Find Grant Money

Struggling to find a way to apply for government grant money to underwrite your sustainability project?  The California Air Resources Board has a great tool to do an efficient search—the Funding Wizard.  Neil Matouka, Local Government Planning Liaison at CARB, gave a...
Community Energy Projects: Creating an Opening for Regional CleanTech

Community Energy Projects: Creating an Opening for Regional CleanTech

We see an opportunity to market new clean energy technologies in the region through a community energy project. This could provide a great platform for regional innovators to demonstrate their products close to home and gain the information critical to expand markets...
Fearless Predictions 2022

Fearless Predictions 2022

We have done pretty good on our predictions in the past, so this year we changed it up. We have predictions on global changes and local developments. Let us know what you think.  Oil prices will fall below $60 per barrel.  The current price is $78 per barrel.  After...
Another Innovation to Boost Battery Life and Capacity

Another Innovation to Boost Battery Life and Capacity

Scientists at Stanford are on the trail of giving degraded lithium-ion batteries a wake-up call to restore them to near-original performance.  Inactive clumps of lithium build up over a battery’s lifetime until they must be replaced to keep EV range intact. ...
Lots of Innovation Coming in Energy Storage…Along with Jobs Here

Lots of Innovation Coming in Energy Storage…Along with Jobs Here

Our December 9th MeetUp demonstrated just how many and how broadly innovations are being made in storage, especially in our own back yard.  There could be tenfold improvements in the technology coming, but these are limited by how fast all the performance claims can...
An Old Idea Helping Fast EV Charging

An Old Idea Helping Fast EV Charging

One of the limitations on fast charging is how much current the cable can carry from the charger to the EV.  It’s a problem of heat dissipation.  The more heat, the higher the resistance and the more dangerous the cable becomes.  The usual solution is to get a thicker...
RECAP of Fearless Predictions for 2021

RECAP of Fearless Predictions for 2021

Every year we make predictions and then see how we did. Overall, our predictions were too conservative for 2021. We got seven right, two wrong, and one undecided.  There were some big improvements in clean tech areas like ZEV, Solar, Batteries, and more.  We also saw...
Con Ed Subsidiary Installs Novel 200-Charger Site in New Jersey

Con Ed Subsidiary Installs Novel 200-Charger Site in New Jersey

Here’s one idea that was sure to happen.  PowerEdison, a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison in New York, has created a large-scale charger site based on battery-filled trailers.  Having those trailers both avoids the need to upgrade the grid to handle the recharge...
Good Visual on the Coming Changes in the Grid

Good Visual on the Coming Changes in the Grid

Michael Pesin, deputy assistant secretary for the Advanced Grid Research and Development division in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Electricity, recently gave a talk on the transformation of the grid to make it more DER-friendly and he included a really...
Four Companies Pitch to Investor Panel

Four Companies Pitch to Investor Panel

We turned the spotlight on four very interesting new startups that are seeking investment in our third pitch night on November 18.  They presented their plans to a panel of five pros who listened and then provided advice on how to improve.  One piece of advice was to...

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