Climate Change

Jump to navigation Jump to search

Climate Change
Project logo 02.png
Project Information
Has title Climate Change
Has owner Shrey Agarwal
Has start date
Has deadline date
Has project status Complete
Has sponsor McNair Center
Has project output Content
Copyright © 2019 All Rights Reserved.

The purpose of this page is to record notes about entrepreneurship and innovation that pertain to climate change.

Jim Baker's article was an inspiration ( Note: a pdf if in: e:\mcnair\projects\ClimateChange


Measuring Innovation:

  • Carbon credit prices (from Cap and Trade) exchange reflect degree of innovation. California as an example.
  • Rise in alternative fuels?
  • Measures of energy production over time by source?

Possible avenues:

  • VC in energy efficiency/alternative fuels/green energy
  • Patents on CO2 scrubbing
  • IPOs of thses companies

Relevant VC industries (VentureXpert Sub Group 3)

6500	Alternative Energy                                               
6510	Solar Energy                                                
6511	Photovoltaic Solar                                     
6512	Other Solar                                            
6520	Wind Energy                                                 
6530	Geothermal Energy                                           
6599	Other Alternative Energy (incl. nuclear energy)             
8500	Environmental Related                                  
8510	Air Filters & Air Purification & Monitoring Equip.          
8520	Chemical and Solid Material Recycling                       
8530	Water Treatment Equipment & Waste Disposal Systems          
8599	Other Environmental Related                         
4330	Biotech Processes for Pollution/Toxic Waste Contrl          
4340	Biotech Processes for Enhanced Oil Recovery/Mining

See also:

Programs to Explore

Initiatives by Tech Giants

Government Labs

National Renewable Energy Laboratory has some entrepreneurship programs ( These include:

  • Lab-Corps (they participate - DOE runs the program)
  • NREL Commercialization Assistance Program - Provides free assistance to help emerging renewable energy and energy efficiency companies overcome technical barriers to commercialization.
  • Procurement opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses

They also partner with the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator...

Lab Corps

The following is taken from the Lab-Corps website ( DOE’s Lab-Corps program is a specialized training curriculum aimed at accelerating the transfer of clean energy technologies from national laboratories into the commercial marketplace. The training provides an entrepreneurial education to national laboratory researchers and connects them to potential customers and industry partners, helping to close the knowledge gap between researchers and the marketplace. As part of Technology-to-Market’s Lab Impact portfolio, DOE’s Lab-Corps focuses on fostering collaboration between the national laboratories and the private sector. Built on the validated National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Model, the two-month program provides scientists with a better understanding of the commercialization process. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) manages the program and supports teams from other national laboratories, including:

  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Sandia National Laboratories

With the fourth class of participants graduating in December 2016, more than 50 teams have undergone DOE Lab-Corps' rigorous entrepreneurial training. The program continues to expand, adding more national labs and DOE offices with each class. Lab-Corps alumni from our first four classes have gone on to meet with representatives from major retailers and secure over $8 million in follow-on funding, with four registered start-ups so far and more on the way.

Links to Other Sources

  • Private firm that sells carbon credits to individuals and businesses for offsetting their costs

  • Article on American Business Act on Climate Pledge which will inject roughly $140b in low-carbon investments and sets individual goals for each company that joined.

  • Another article on the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, total of 72 companies pledged. Act specifically supported the Obama Administration so may be a mute point.

  • Statistics on cap and trade of Carbon rights in California, including a useful graph on decreasing carbon prices, hinting at innovation.

  • Identifies Lab Corps centers and discusses the program for accelerating climate change research

  • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Private Sector Initiative, which lists private businesses across the investing in sustainable and profitable action in areas vulnerable to climate change

  • Discusses the Breakthrough Energy Coalition by Bill Gates and co., and the types of companies these founders invest in.

  • International map of implemented or planned Carbon tax programs, including multiple ones in the same country (such as the US)

  • List of 100 "cleantech" companies identified by the Cleantech group to be big players in clean energy. Subdivided into sections based on potential (i.e. "ones to watch", "potential")

  • Founded in 2002, the mission of Cleantech Group (CTG) is to accelerate sustainable innovation. Our subscriptions, events and programs are all designed to help corporates, investors, and all players in the innovation ecosystem discover and connect with the key companies, trends, and people in the market.
  • Has graphs tracking VC investments and the number of deals for a variety of energy categories over the past five years
  • Industries:
    • AIR
    • SOLAR
    • WATER
    • WIND

More Random Thing

  • List of claimed top 10 energy entreps in NY city