CleanTech OC Daily - 11/21/12

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

10 things to be thankful for this year in cleantech
While 2012 was a difficult year for the cleantech sector, GigaOM looks back on some high points we should be thankful for. Here are 10 things to be thankful for in cleantech:
1). The election
2). New solid customer: Internet infrastructure
3). Digital green, or clean web
4). Smart thermostats
5). Tesla
6). The learning curve
7). Cheap solar panels
8). Wish for big ideas
9). Meat 2.0
10). Collaborative consumption
Tesla Motors has revealed the locations of the first six Supercharger stations for the Model S. Developed in secrecy, the technology uses existing charging technology already used by the Model S, enabling Tesla to create the Supercharger device at low cost. The electricity used by the Supercharger comes from a solar carport system provided by SolarCity.
The global photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing sector continues have difficulties with overcapacity and financial loss. However, a new report from GTM Research titled Innovations in Crystalline Silicon PV 2013: Markets, Strategies and Leaders in Nine Technology Areas indicates that equipment vendors, material suppliers, component manufacturers and startups are pushing for advanced technology concepts to further increase efficiencies and lower the cost curve of crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV technology.

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