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29 January 2013

The automation renaissance – technological progress drives demandp

At first glance, industrial automation offers an attractive value proposition: lower manufacturing costs, improved productivity, enhanced product quality and safer manufacturing operations. However, while many of these arguments hold true, up to now few industries besides the automotive sector have experienced a high degree of automation in their manufacturing processes, writes Cécile Churet, senior analyst, RobecoSAM Sustainable Global Equities Strategy.

25 January 2013

Crowdfunding to gain momentum in 2013p

Crowdfunding could raise as much as £1.9bn in 2013, double the £900m raised in 2011, according to a new report.

23 January 2013

Japan to lead resurgent wind industry in 2013p

Mitsubishi_170SQ1The extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and reinvigorated interest in renewables in Japan should give a boost to the wind industry in 2013.

23 January 2013

Lumina Decision Systems aims to provide investor certainty to future energy mixp

A US technology developer has identified an interesting market in the management of uncertainty within the energy sector. The company told NewNet that its tools will be able to help big utilities, investors and private equity companies make decisions around future risk.

21 January 2013

Climate challenge needs $36bn of public fundsp

Scaling up global cleantech public sector funding by $36bn annually could be enough to unlock the private finance needed to tackle climate change.

18 January 2013

Renewable energy venture capital deal-flow drops to six year lowp

Despite renewable power accounting for the majority of US energy venture deals in 2012, the segment also had its worst year in six years, with just 69 deals raising $1.2bn, according to a new report.

17 January 2013

US renewables accounts for 50 per cent of new capacity in 2012p

Renewable energy accounted for 49.10 per cent of new US generating capacity in 2012, according to the latest statistics from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's Office of Energy Projects.

16 January 2013

US population already suffering from climate change, says Gov reportp

Climate change is already affecting the American people and represents a major challenge for society, according to the draft of a major US government report.

15 January 2013

Renewables soon to compete with fossil fuels on price, says IRENAp

Falling costs mean low carbon generation could soon out-compete fossil fuels, according to research from the International Renewable Energy Association.

14 January 2013

Cleantech investment value rises while volume stallsp

The value of private equity and venture capital investment in global cleantech companies rose for the third year in a row in 2012, advancing to $14.76bn but volume has slowed, according to data compiled by Zephyr and Bureau van Dijk exclusively for NewNet.

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