Monday, December 21, 2009

Recap: 22nd NREL Industry Growth Forum November 3-5, 2009

The 22nd NREL Industry Growth Forum was an overwhelming success, attracting nearly 600 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers to participate in the three-day event highlighting emerging clean energy technology firms and business developments.

The CCIA was a sponsor.

Link to the overview

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ten clean technology predictions for 2010

Continuing an annual tradition, Cleantech Group Executive Chairman Nicholas Parker offers ten trends to watch for in 2010:

1) Private capital growth recovers, record fund year
2) Clean economies become the new space race
3) Electric cars take the back seat to smart mobility
4) Resource constraints beyond carbon rise to the fore
5) Commodity tradeoff debates intensify
6) Energy efficiency, driven by ICT, eclipses solar
7) Marketing suddenly matters
8) Buffett leads the super rich into cleantech
9) Acquisitions and consolidations accelerate
10) The rise of waste-to-energy, geothermal and aquaculture

Link to the full article at the Cleantech Group Web site

Friday, December 4, 2009

CCIA helped host the German wind energy delegation last month

"Colorado caught the attention of several German companies involved in Europe’s wind energy manufacturing industry when their representatives visited the state in a mid-November scouting trip.

The reps spent a day touring the Vestas wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Windsor, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, and the wind energy research lab in Boulder that’s operated by German company Siemans Energy Inc.

The German-American Chamber of Commerce’s Colorado chapter sponsored the group, whose members also spoke at a Nov. 13 networking breakfast. The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade sponsored the breakfast."

Link to the DBJ article: German energy companies tour Colorado

Link to the Nov 6 DBJ announcement

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Sunny Skies Ahead For American Solar -- article quoting CCIA's Chris Shapard

CCIA's Executive Director Christine Shapard was quoted in this national article:

“Colorado's solar manufacturers have noted that they benefit from the state's low business costs, availability existing facilities for ramp up of production, and a local workforce familiar with technologies applicable to solar manufacturing,” says Christine Shapard, executive director, Colorado Cleantech Industry Association.

Link to article posting