10 Sep '12, 1pm

Assessing the state of a 'Clean Tech Nation'

Assessing the state of a 'Clean Tech Nation'

The cleantech industry, at least as the term has come to be defined, is about a dozen years old. That’s adulthood, if not middle age, in technology years, and it hasn’t exactly been a charmed life. The markets for clean energy, transportation, water, and materials have evolved in fits and starts. There’s been a lot of hype, an impressive amount of progress, and a great deal of pushback in the form of political controversy and an industry shakeout that is natural to every emerging technology. Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder have been watching it all from their perch at Clean Edge , a 12-year-old research and advisory firm focusing on clean technology. (Note: Pernick and I co-founded the company in 2000, though in recent years I have been involved primarily as an advisor.) Five years ago, the two co-authored The Clean Tech Revolution , one of the first books to frame the cleant...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/09/10/clean-tech-nation

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