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This weekend I made it to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in beautiful Monterey, California.   Having living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 13 years, I would have thought I would have made it there, but life I suppose has conspired against me.   Regardless, I finally made it and thoroughly enjoyed the majesty of the sea life housed in the aquarium.   Penguins, sharks, fish, jellyfish, seahorses, colorful fish, dull fish, birds, squid, turtles, eel, worms, camouflaged animals, bright animals- the aquarium has it all.   Overall though, I’d have to say the jellyfish stole the show! (more…)

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This past week, I attended an interesting Silicon Valley TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Cleantech event titled: Green Building Materials.   The promotional materials cited the following descriptions of the panelists: Founder of the US and World Green Building Council, Head of Research for Abu Dhabi (Masdar) Green City, along with executives from leading start-ups including Serious Materials, LED Engin and Calera.

Additionally, some statistics cited in the promotional materials included a recent estimate from Pike Research valuing untapped energy efficiency projects at $400B as well as study from McKinsey which estimated that $520B in green building materials and efficiency initiatives by 2020 will yield $1.2 trillion in economic benefits.   (more…)

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Tonight, I went to an Intel Alumni (I spent 5 years at Intel) seminar featuring Intel alumni who are now focused on clean technologies.  Legendary Andy Grove was the keynote speaker.  It was great to see Andy Grove— it’s always a treat to hear his perspectives on business, technology, and the issues of the day.     While he remains a senior advisor to Intel’s board and management, he is also actively interested in energy policy and often gives speeches on the topic.  Along, with Grove’s perspectives, Intel alumni in the entrepreneur, product, or investor spaces of clean technologies provided additional perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing these technologies.    Below are some of the key points made by Grove and others and my observations of the night. (more…)

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When thinking about ways to reduce the usage of traditional paper beyond simply changing usage patterns, some of the technologies that can contribute to that goal include electronic paper, erasable paper, erasable ink, and alternative resource (besides tree) paper.  There have been exciting developments in each of these technologies, but want to focus on two technologies: electronic paper and erasable paper.

Electronic Paper

Electronic paper (e-paper) is a display technology that is designed to have an appearance of ordinary ink on paper.  Electronic paper reflects light like ordinary paper and is capable of holding text and images indefinitely without drawing electricity, while allowing the image to be changed later.   (more…)

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