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AI and the Future of the Grid: A Peek over the Horizon

This was one MeetUp you didn’t want to miss.  Most of the 30+ attendees said it was our best one ever—and we have had some great ones.  It was so good because we talked a lot about the context and the big issues of the next 20 years.   Our speakers were Daveed Sidhu,...

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West Biofuels Charging Ahead

In 2022, we wrote that “West Biofuels Making the Leap to Commercial Plants”.  Now it is clear they made that leap.  We checked in with COO Matt Summers recently and discovered they are charging ahead with one plant operating, one nearly ready to operate under...

Simpl Global: Bootstrapping Growth

Farid Dibachi likes to do things differently.  That approach has served him well in building Simpl Global.  One is his technical approach.  The other is his way of funding growth. An electrical engineer, Farid founded the company in 2018 based on a very clever—and...

Conscious Container

Have you ever felt guilty about dumping that heavy wine bottle in the trash?  Even if you live in a community that requires separation of recyclables from general trash, the sad fact is that the bottle usually ends up in the landfill anyway–or worse places.  There...

Has Crowdfunding Evolved into Something Useful?

We occasionally check in on the latest advances in crowdfunding to see if it provides some good funding opportunities.  It does seem to have turned a corner, but there are still many perils.  We are now watching what is happening with one of our regional cluster...

Winners of Circular Economy Pitch: Innovating Waste Management

This week we heard from new innovators at the local Circular Economy Pitch Competition.  Western Placer Waste Management Authority (WPWMA) is spending $120 million to upgrade their Placer County facility and they want it to spur innovation in the region. So, WPWMA...

Solar Breakthroughs: Record Growth and Innovations Unveiled

Solar innovation, manufacturing, and adoption are growing faster than ever. Over 30 gigawatts of PV were added in 2023, setting a record in residential and utility segments. The recent CleanStart Meetup featured this whirlwind of innovation, focusing on the latest...

Unlocking Sustainable Energy through Material Innovations

In case you missed it, Zack Spencer of NZT Group joined the CleanStart Perspective and delved into how material science is accelerating the energy transition. At NZT Group they are working on groundbreaking advancements in energy storage and materials science that are...

Tzvi Weber Wins $1,000 in Startup Challenge

Congratulations to one of our Clean Tech CEO Crash Course participants, Tzvi Weber.  He just won $1000 from the regional StartUp Challenge.  That Challenge brought together 11 innovative teams, split into two cohorts: Catalyst and Traction. The Traction Cohort...

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