Demand is Growing for Electric Vehicles

Dayna Wafer - Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Demand for electric vehicles is on the rise throughout the world. According to the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research, the total global market for Electric Vehicles (EV’s) increased from 420,000 vehicles to 740,000 vehicles within the last year.

An article by James Ayre examines the latest trends in the EV Market. His findings suggest that the US, UK, and Norway are among the fastest growing markets for EV’s. In addition, he found that the leading companies are Nissan, Tesla, and Mitsubishi.

According to Ayre’s calculations, “if the momentum of recent years continues unabated, the number of electric cars worldwide will exceed one million in just a few months.”

This article highlights that, “roughly one in every three or so EVs in the world is on US roads.” What does this mean for the future of the US?  Click here to check out the article for more information and post your comments here! 

(Photo Credit: Mark Turnauckas

Water, Climate Change, and Sustainability in the Southwest

Dayna Wafer - Friday, June 26, 2015

The current Southwest drought is arguably the most severe drought in history. While the temperatures are consistent with expected effects of greenhouse warming, researchers are finding it difficult to pinpoint the cause. The drought could be correlated with the increased greenhouse gasses or could potentially be a product of natural climate changes.

This article by Glen M. MacDonald discusses the sustainability challenges for the Southwest states: California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. The lack of water has increased fires and pathogenic outbreaks, and has greatly affected agriculture in these areas.

The article emphasizes, “Technical innovations, policy measure, and market-based solutions that increase supply and decrease water demand are all needed.” So, how can you contribute?

MacDonald also mentions how crucial the Colorado River is as a source of water for the Southwest states. How could we, in Colorado, help conserve our water and bring it into these states? Will water restriction regulations aid this problem? Post your comments here!

Cleantech Open Announces 2015 Semifinalists

Karyssa Cox - Monday, June 08, 2015
Denver, CO – May 28, 2015: The Cleantech Open ( announced today that 16 entrepreneurial teams from the Rocky Mountain region and five teams from the South Central region have been selected to participate as semifinalists in the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. 

The teams will compete for regional prizes, including combined cash and in-kind services worth up to $70,000, with the winners advancing to represent the their region and compete at the national level for a grand prize of up to $200,000 in cash and services, and an overall prize chest of nearly $500,000. 

Over the next few months, the 16 semifinalist teams will receive coaching from the Cleantech Open network of talented business mentors, one-on-one consulting with specialists, an intensive business boot camp at the Cleantech Open National Academy, and extensive local supporting events, training and materials. This support helps each team develop a comprehensive business plan and investor pitch that will be presented to professional investors and experts to determine which teams will advance to the finals. 

“We are thrilled with the exciting ideas and opportunities our regional entrepreneurs bring to this year’'s competition,” said Richard Franklin, cCentral dDivision lLeader of the Cleantech Open. “We wish them great success as they embark on the next phase of our proven accelerator program and work with our mentors and sponsors to refine their business plan and go-to-market strategy.”

The semifinalists for the 2015 Cleantech Open Rocky Mountain region, which includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, are: 
Team Category Location
 BoostBox H2
Boulder, CO
Entelligent Information & Communications Scottsdale, AZ
GlycoSurf Chemical & Advanced materials Park City, UT
Infinurja Energy Generation Tucson, AZ
Lightsense Energy Generation Tucson, AZ
Living Ink Technologies Chemical & Advanced materials Denver, CO
NextPotential Energy Generation Phoenix, AZ
Oculus Studio Energy Generation Phoenix, AZ
PIARCS, PBC Agriculture, Water & Waste Boulder, CO
PoG Technologies Energy Efficiency Peoria, AZ
Rayn Innovations Chemical & Advanced materials Scottsdale, AZ
 Sharing Tribes
 Information & Communications
 Tucson, AZ
 Siva Cycle
 Energy Generation
 Boulder, CO
 Agriculture, Water & Waste
 Flagstaff, AZ
 Universal Bio Mining
 Agriculture, Water & Waste
 Tucson, AZ
 Vartega Carbon Fiber Recycling
 Agriculture, Water & Waste
 Arvada, CO
The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by our Global Partner, Wells Fargo. National Sponsors include Arrow Technologies, Cleantech Advocates, PARC, and University of Phoenix. Regional competitions are additionally sponsored by the following corporate partners: Black & Veatch, Dorsey (multi-region), EKS&H, Marsh Fischmann Breyfogle, and Polsinelli. 

The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest cleantech accelerator. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, the Cleantech Open provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships that turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual accelerator and mentorship program, over 1,000 participating companies in the United States alone have raised a total of more than $1.1BN and created thousands of jobs. In 2014, the Cleantech Open’s Global Accelerator was launched, the Global Cleantech Innovation Program. GCIP is a joint program of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Cleantech Open. 

Since 2009, Cleantech Open Global Ideas has been held annually in collaboration with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), and has included entrepreneurs from 43 countries. Fueled by a global network of more than 2,000 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making the cleantech sectors a thriving economic engine around the world. 

For more information, visit, or follow us on @cleantechopen and Facebook. 

Colorado Energy Expo

Karyssa Cox - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Clean Tech Community recently attended the Colorado Energy Expo as an exhibitor.

The Expo, which took place on May 13th at Sports Authority Field, was an incredible opportunity to learn about the latest happenings in the energy sector and engage with some of the state’s top energy influencers in solar, wind, oil, coal, gas, efficiency, and more.

Discussions revolved around the industry’s economic and environmental impact, public policy framework, workforce capacity, present-day operations and systems, as well as innovations in the industry and its and future potential.

We also heard from Keynote Speaker Ellen White, Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA-E). ARP-E empowers some of the most innovative researchers to advance high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E awardees are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store, and use energy. Learn more about how to apply here:

Thanks to the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation for coordinating this great event!

What is the Future of Clean Tech?

Karyssa Cox - Thursday, April 02, 2015

In 2009, the death toll rang on clean tech. Or, at least, that’s what we’re often led to believe. Although the five years since 2009 have shown some setbacks, the sector has recently shown strong signs of momentum—particularly as more governments and organizations around the globe start to make sustainability a priority.

This article by Frans Nauta discusses some excellent points regarding the top global trends that investors are seeing and funding. It also makes the distinction between traditional clean tech and clean tech 2.0, which goes beyond renewable energy to encompass efficiency of energy, material and resources as well as adaptation technology. 

After reading the article, what do you think…Should it be competition or co-opetition? Which do you think is more productive to the advancement of new clean technology? What do you see that is working and what is not? Post your comments here! 

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