BERC’s Tenley Ghan reflects on her experiences at Cleantech Forum 2016, especially how innovative companies and investors are trying to do “more with less” in providing energy access to energy poor communities in Kenya and India.
The emergence of the cleantech cloud is also transcending more and more into manufacturing environments. The enhanced capabilities of the cloud, along with the rise of additive manufacturing process, have the potential to reshape both the future of manufacturing and the type of devices that can be integrated into a larger network.
The 2015 Cleantech Forum, hosted by SF based industry research firm Cleantech Group, involved talks and panels from several industry leaders and promising start-ups in the clean tech space. The central theme of this years’ Cleantech forum was “Cleantech meets the Cloud: The Emergence of Clean tech-as-a-Service”.
Over 95% of the 1 billion cars in the world are parked at any given time and 95% of the energy consumed by a car is spent on moving the vehicle forward, not the person it is transporting. The many shortcomings of the modern transportation that have left tremendous opportunities for innovative cleantech solutions to truly revolutionize the system.
The growing emphasis on the “tech” portion of “cleantech” has not caught on for all clean technologies. For example, carbon sequestration businesses were conspicuously absent from this year’s Cleantech Forum, which wrapped up earlier last week.
Even though the theme of last week’s Cleantech Forum 2014 in San Francisco was decentralized power, the true buzz of the conference was energy storage. In the middle of this buzz, I was fortunate to sit down for 1-on-1 with Hari Subramaniam, the CEO of eCamion Inc., an innovative energy storage start-up from Ontario, Canada.
Jenna Goodward, MBA 2015, describes use cases and design principles for decentralized energy systems presented at last week’s Cleantech Forum in San Francisco.
Brett Foreman, MBA 2015, reflects on his personal highlights for last week’s Cleantech Forum 2014 in San Francisco.