Solar Roads and Faith in Innovation

Whenever I see something a wildly create idea like the solar road idea, it renews my faith in the power of innovation and its potential to address our toughest sustainability problems. Given the number of people who sent me links to this project, the idea seems to have captured the…

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Innovation Lessons of the Internet

In the midst of a trend to credit the federal government with all of the great things that have been invented or built since WW II, it is important that we study the history and the lessons it has to offer. The WSJ has a useful op-ed about the start…

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My New Gig(s)

It's been almost a year since the Oracle deal closed, and I've been fortunate to work on a lot of interesting projects since then, including the Energy Innovation Tracker, which I'll write more about soon. By last fall I was feeling like it was time to settle down somewhere again.…

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In Search of Energy Innovation Role Models

We have compelling reasons to drive for clean, cheap energy, but we lack the technology to get there today. Threats of climate change, national competitiveness and energy security (OK, "clean, cheap, domestic energy") all contribute to the urgency of this innovation challenge. Given the scale of the challenge, coupled with…

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Earth Day Thoughts on American Innovation

Today, on the 40th Earth Day, we look back at where we've come from, but also look forward to where we'd like to go. And while, as Americans, we're compelled to look towards Washington and focus on what our politicians have done in past, and may or may not do…

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Energy Innovation: How Can We Keep It Blooming

Bloom Energy's recent announcement of their fuel cell-based "energy server" drew lots of attention from the press, and for good reason. It set some nice marks for performance, and, if successful, will likely be the first of a new market category of energy products. At Sun we looked at this…

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US Innovation Talk Outline

Outline for Talk at US Innovation Panel Washington, DC 12/1/08 Today I want to talk about enabling "national scale" innovation, or how to create innovation with thousands, or even millions of people, spanning public and private investment. Why national scale innovation? Simple. Many of our problems are national…

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