“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
As a new year begins for the clean tech industry, maturation is a theme that comes to mind. And if we think of clean tech not only as a growing global industry, but as a fundamental global transition – as so many of its leaders and participants do – we can chart its progress along Gandhi’s oft-cited dictum of other transitions in history.
Renewable energy (from wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and other sources) accounted for 49 percent of the nation’s added electricity capacity in 2012 – its largest share ever and more than the 33 percent share of new generation capacity from natural gas.
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have designed a low-cost, long-life “flow” battery that could enable solar and windenergy to become major suppliers to the electrical grid. Clean Edge News