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Venture Catalyst Expanding at UC Davis

Venture Catalyst Expanding at UC Davis

Janine Elliott was our guest on October 12 for a Perspectives podcast, explaining her new role.  She comes to us from 6 years at VentureWell in Amherst, MA, one of the best- funded and most complete tech incubators, and from the Los Angeles CleanTech Incubator, which...
Desten Takes Another Step Toward Fast Charging

Desten Takes Another Step Toward Fast Charging

We have written several times about the opportunities and challenges of ultrafast charging systems.  Here is an article on a recent development.   Hong Kong-based company Desten is promoting its 900 kW charging system and the remarkable battery that goes with it,...
VPPs… Big Opportunities, Big Questions, Big Bucks

VPPs… Big Opportunities, Big Questions, Big Bucks

The Electricity Grid needs to be upgraded. Bloomberg New Energy Finance estimates renewable energy will need $14 Trillion in Grid Investment by 2050. Past Meetup discussions on Distributed Energy Resources (DER), Demand Response, and the Future of the Grid have made...
Associate Garcia comments on her experience

Associate Garcia comments on her experience

In the Fall of 2020 I applied for an associate position with CleanStart, and a few weeks later I was interviewed and hired by the Executive Director, Thomas Hall, and Board Member, Mark Humbert, to begin working remotely due to COVID. I couldn’t have asked for a more...
Time to Tummy-Tuck the Duck™

Time to Tummy-Tuck the Duck™

  “Tummy Tuck the Duck” phrase and image are used with permission from Peter Kelly-Detwiler That’s the colorful phrase one of the speakers at our recent MeetUp on evolving the grid used to summarize where we need to head to integrate distributed...
The Other Path to Decarbonizing Transportation

The Other Path to Decarbonizing Transportation

Both California and New York have declared they want people to buy only EVs starting in 2035 and more states are considering joining the push.  But that leaves the existing 276 million gasoline and diesel vehicles still on the road in the US (31 million in California)...
New Vision Aviation Pushing to Get Ready for Electric Aircraft

New Vision Aviation Pushing to Get Ready for Electric Aircraft

In our September 9 Perspectives podcast, New Vision Aviation CEO Joe Oldham described how his nonprofit is trying to push airports and other appropriate places to move faster to get ready for what he sees as a tidal wave of new electric airplanes.  He wants to see...
Project Finance

Project Finance

With the goal of clean tech to decarbonize the world, there are extensive projects that need financing. For that, the usual route is to develop projects at scale using project financing.  Project financing is very different from venture financing. Using debt...
Is it time to focus more on water supply?

Is it time to focus more on water supply?

The recent suggestion by a Democratic candidate in the recall election, Kevin Pallfrath, to build a huge freshwater pipeline from the Mississippi River to California reminded me that there hasn’t been an announcement of new technologies for increasing freshwater...

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