Clean-Tech Investor Summit by IBF and Clean Edge is February 6-7, 2008

International Business Forum and Clean Edge will present the 4th annual Clean Tech Investor Summit ("Fostering Innovation & Investment Opportunities in Clean Technologies") in Palm Springs, California on February 6 and 7, 2008.  This conference wlll provide educational sessions and networking opportunities for those in the cleantech/greentech field, including entreprenuers, corporate leaders, and members of the investment community, including venture capital and private equity firms.

You can view the draft conference agenda (PDF) and register for the conference online.  In addition, some presentations from prior summits are listed below:

Presentations from 2007 Clean-Tech Investor Summit:

Presentations from 2005 Clean-Tech Investor Summit:

Google Invests in Renewable Energy

On Tuesday, November 27 Google announced a renewable energy initiative to which it will be allocating significant resources.  A key part of this initiative is the creation of a renewable energy research and development (R&D) group it is calling "RE<C".  This mission of this group is to "develop electricity from renewable sources cheaper than electricity produced from coal." 

The initial objective of RE<C is to build one gigawatt (enough electricity for a city the size of San Francisco) of renewable energy capacity that is cheaper than coal.  The initial technologies RE<C will be focusing on are advanced solar thermal power, wind power technologies, and enhanced geothermal systems.  Google is currently hiring to staff this new initiative.

To complement these efforts, Google.org will make strategic grants and investments in organizations working to produce renewable energy at a cost below that of coal-fired power plants.  They are already working with two companies — eSolar (solar thermal power) and Makani Power Inc. (high-altitude wind energy extraction). 

Google can be contacted at renewables@google.com regarding renewable energy investment, R&D or project opportunities.  Please note that Google states "Because of the expected volume, we will not be able to sign NDAs at this stage. If there is confidential information that you cannot include without an NDA, do not include it in your email."

Google stated that in 2008 it plans to spend "tens of millions on research and development and related investments in renewable energy."  In addition, as part of its capital planning process, Google also intends to invest "hundreds of millions of dollars in breakthrough renewable energy projects which generate positive returns."

For more information on this announcements and Google’s other "green" initiatives:

Media coverage on Tuesday’s announcement includes:

Al Gore Becomes Partner at VC Firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Part of Broader Collaboration to Accelerate Green Solutions

On November 12 Generation Investment Management (Generation) and the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) announced a collaboration to "find, fund and accelerate green business, technology and policy solutions with the greatest potential to help solve the current climate crisis."  As part of this collaboration former Vice President Al Gore will now serve as a partner at KPCB and KPCB partner John Doerr will serve on Generation’s Advisory Board.  Al Gore is the co-founder and chair of Generation.

The two organizations will work together in areas including renewable energy technologies, building efficiency, cleaner fossil energy, sustainable agriculture and carbon markets.  KPCB, which has previously invested in companies including Amazon.com, Genentech, and Google, currently has a Greentech initiative (some of their current Greentech investments are listed here).

In commenting on this new collaboration, Mr. Gore said, "This alliance brings together world-class business talent to focus on solving the climate crisis. Together, we have a working understanding of this urgent, multi-dimensional challenge and are resolved to help business and government leaders accelerate the development of sustainable solutions."

For more information: