20 Emerging Green Companies To Watch

Today U.S. President Bush is hosting a summit in Washington with the world’s biggest greenhouse-gas polluters in the quest to spur action against dangerous climate change.  You can read more about that summit in this BBC online article. 

With that summit as background, I thought I would put together a list of ‘green’ oriented companies that have the potential to help us all change the way we consume fuel.

  1. Akeena Solar – Akeena Solar is one of the largest U.S. installers of solar power systems
  2. AltraBiofuels – AltraBiofuels develops, licenses, and/or acquires biofuels technologies and places them into environmentally-sound production.  The millions of gallons of biofuel that AltraBiofuels produces today – primarily ethanol from corn – are the first planks in a bridge to a more robust, environmentally-smart, bio-energy future.
  3. Amyris Biotechnologies:  Amyris Biotechnologies is leveraging breakthroughs in synthetic biology to produce a consistent, cost-effective supply of biofuels.
  4. Bloom Energy (formerly Ion America)  Bloom Energy wants to short-circuit electric utilities by building a power plant in every home.  This will be a fuel cell that can combine water, oxygen and an energy source, like natural gas or ethanol, to produce efficient power.
  5. CoalTek  Coaltek’s proprietary technology uses electromagnetic energy to reduce the moisture, ash, sulfur and mercury in coal and to make it burn more efficiently and cleanly.  The coal processed is a stable, high-quality end product that allows power generators to optimize efficiency and increase yields.
  6. Energy Innovations    Energy Innovations is planning to deliver cost effective, grid-competitive solar electric power, so it is working on innovations in both the collection of solar energy and the generation of electric power from it.
  7. GreatPoint Energy   GreatPoint Energy is commercializing a process for converting coal and biomass into high value clean natural gas
  8. Imperium Renewables   IRI is a technology driven producer and provider of biodiesel.  The company goal is to develop proprietary technology and processes across the value chain that enable IRI to deliver a gallon of biodiesel cheaper than a petroleum production facility can manufacture #2 diesel.
  9. Miasole is focused on building mass produced solar cell systems.  Miasole’s product takes three of the issues that have slowed adoption of solar cells—their cost, relative fragility, and uncertain availability—and eliminates them.
  10. Nanosolar   Nanosolar is on track to make solar electricity 1) cost-efficient for ubiquitous deployment, 2) mass-produced on a global scale, and 3) available in many versatile forms.
  11. Nanosys   Nanosys is working on a new type of solar cell that performs like a traditional solar cell, but can be configured like a light weight, flexible plastic. If successful, this technology has the potential to provide low cost solar power through currently available, high volume and inexpensive manufacturing techniques based on conventional film based processes such as roll to roll manufacturing.
  12. Pacific Ethanol   Pacific Ethanol is producing and marketing low-carbon ethanol. In addition, Pacific Ethanol is working to identify and develop other renewable fuel technologies, such as cellulose-based ethanol production and bio-diesel
  13. Solaicx   Solaicx is developing breakthrough manufacturing technology yielding low-cost, high-efficiency silicon wafers for the photovoltaic (PV) industry.  The cost and quality advantages are then passed through the value chain of the entire silicon-based solar cell manufacturing market.
  14. SunPower    SunPower designs, manufactures and delivers high efficiency solar electric technology worldwide for residential, commercial, and power plant applications.
  15. Synthetic Genomics  Synthetic Genomics, Inc., is developing genomic-driven strategies to address global energy and environmental challenges.  Recent advances in the field of synthetic genomics present seemingly limitless applications that could revolutionize production of energy, chemicals and pharmaceuticals and enable carbon sequestration and environmental remediation.
  16. Tesla Motors    Tesla Motors designs and sells high-performance, highly efficient electric sports cars — with no compromises. There has been a ton of hype around Tesla and the company hopes to deliver on that hype in 2008.
  17. Verenium (formerly Celunol)  Verenium is developing process technology for cellulosic ethanol — a clean-burning fuel derived from biological feedstocks (such as canes, grasses, hardwoods and softwoods) that are readily available outside the food chain.  Processed cellulosic ethanol can lead to clean fuels with dramatically lower energy inputs and net carbon emissions.
  18. ClearEdge Power.  Clear Edge Power is developing a fuel cell that operates on hydrogen that can be produced from any primary fuel, such as propane, natural gas, or bio-fuel.
  19. UltraCell   UltraCell’s fuel cell technology is a high power density fuel cell system for portable electronics applications. The UltraCell system differs from most other micro fuel cells systems with its use of a revolutionary micro reformer, which generates hydrogen from highly concentrated methanol.
  20. HNNG Development has a proprietary technology for removing nitrogen from natural gas, allowing the company to exploit otherwise unusable natural gas pockets.

Wired’s Geekipedia

I just received my Oct 2007 issue of Wired Magazine in the mail on Friday.  Included was a separate publication called Geekipedia.  This is a fun read and a great resource on all things related to our ever changing mobile & online culture. 

As the name implies Geekipedia is a take off on Wikipedia, the highly successful wiki-based encyclopedia.  In Wired’s version, they are only focused on things the geek in each of us want to know.  There are short articles, on all sorts of people, places and trends that make up our current culture. 

Wired Magazine has put up an online version of the publication.  You can visit it at their Geekipedia wiki site.

Traffic Congestion is a $78 Billion Annual Drain on the U.S. Economy

Traffic congestion continues to worsen in American cities of all sizes, creating a $78 billion annual drain on the U.S. economy in the form of 4.2 billion lost hours and 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel—that's 105 million weeks of vacation and 58 fully-loaded supertankers. 

The Texas Transportation Institute just released their 2007 Urban Mobility report.  I've been waiting for the release of this report for months.  This is report has been two years in the making.  It is a nationally known study of mobility and traffic congestion on freeways and major streets in American cities. Governments and Transportation experts throughout the world have been waiting for its release. 

The 2007 mobility report notes that congestion causes the average peak period traveler to spend an extra 38 hours of travel time and consume an additional 26 gallons of fuel, amounting to a cost of $710 per traveler.  Along with expanding the estimates of the effect of congestion to all 437 U.S. urban areas, the study provides detailed information for 85 specific urban areas.  The report also focuses on the problems presented by "irregular events"—crashes, stalled vehicles, work zones, weather problems and special events—that cause unreliable travel times and contribute significantly to the overall congestion problem.

Top 70 Most Influential Virtual World Industry Leaders

The following is an initial list I put together of the top 70 most influential people involved in shaping how Virtual Worlds will impact the future business Internet landscape.  I developed it by taking a look at who is writing about the industry, who is in the news, who is speaking at conferences, who is leading important industry initiatives, and CEOs of the leading companies.

Why the number 70?  No real reason…I was working with a list of over 200 and this is as far as I could pare it down right now.

The list is sorted alphabetically as I have not attempted to come up with a sort by how influential these people are.

Have any updates for me?  Please post a comment.  I’d like to continue refining the list.

1.  Bridget C. Agabra, Project Manager, Metaverse Roadmap Project

2.  Janna Anderson, Dir. Imagining the Internet & Asst. Prof. of Commun., Pew Internet / Elon University

3.  Dr Richard Bartle, Visiting Professor in Computer Game Design, University of Essex, U.K

4.  John Bates, Evangelist, Entropia Universe

5.  Betsy Book, Director of Product Management, Makena Technologies

6.  Justin Bovington, CEO, Rivers Run Red

7.  Johann Brenner, Partner, Benchmark Capital

8.  Corey Bridges, Co-founder, Executive Producer, & Marketing Director, The Multiverse Network

9.  Nic Brisbourne, VC blogger (www.theequitykicker.com) & Partner, Esprit Capital

10.  Mike Butcher, Journalist/new media expert, www.MediaBites.com

11.  Jamais Cascio, Founder, Open The Future

12.  Edward Castronova, Author-Synthetic Worlds; Dir. of Grad Studies, Indiana University & Arden Institute

13.  Daniel Schiappa, GM, Strategy Entertainment and Devices Division, Microsoft

14.  Beth Coleman, Professor of New Media. MIT

15.  Giff Constable, GM. The Electric Sheep Company

16.  Aaron Delwiche, Co-founder, Metaversatility, Inc.

17.  Cory Doctorow, Novelist, Blogger, Technology Activist. www.craphound.com

18.  John Donham, VP Production, Areae Inc.

19.  Jeska Dzwigalski, Product and Community Wrangler.  Linden Lab

20.  Peter Edward, Director for Home Platform Group, Sony Computer Entertainment

21.  Sasha Frieze, Executive Conference Director, Virtual Worlds Forum Europe 2007

22.  Robert Gehorsam, President, Forterra Systems

23.  Guntram Graef, Co-Founder, Anshe Chung Studios, Ltd., China

24.  Joel Greenberg, VP, Marketing Innovation, The Electric Sheep Company

25.  Bill Gurley, Partner. Benchmark Capital

26.  Adrienne Haik, Co-Founder, Metaversatility, Inc.

27.  John Hanke, General Manager, Google Earth

28.  Will Harvey, Founder and CEO. IMVU

29.  Paul Hemp, Senior Editor, Harvard Business Review

30.  Ben Holmes, Principal, Index ventures

31.  Ian Hughes, Metaverse Evangelist, IBM

32.  Jochen Hummel, CEO, Metaversum

33.  Joi Ito , Blogger; CEO and Founder  Neoteny (also Board Member at ICANN)

34. Toshitaka Jiku, EVP and CTO, 3Di Inc.

35. Mitch Kapor, CEO, Kapor Enterprises

36.  Sandy Kearney, Global Director, 3D Internet and Virtual Business, IBM

37. Christopher Klaus, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kaneva

38.  Raph Koster, President, Areae, Inc.

39.  Aleks Krotoski, Technology Columnist, The Guardian

40.  Christian Lassonde, President, Millions of Us Inc.

41.  Stephen Lawler, General Manager of Virtual Earth, Microsoft

42.  Paul Ledak, VP of Development, Digital Convergence, IBM

43.  Mike Liebhold, Senior Researcher, Institute for the Future

44.  Richard Marks, Dir. of Special Projects, Creator -EyeToy camera interface, Sony CEA R&D

45.  Randal Moss, Manager of Futuring and Innovation Based Strategies, American Cancer Society

46.  Beth Noveck, Founder-State of Play Conf. & Assoc. Professor of Law, New York Law School

47.  Jerry Paffendorf, Research Director, Futurist in Residence, ASF,  Electric Sheep Company

48.  Colin J. Parris, Ph.D., VP, Digital Convergence, IBM Research

49.  Adam Pasick, Second Life Bureau Chief, Reuters

50.  Guy Piekarz, CEO, President and Co Founder, Unisfair

51.  Steve Prentice, Group Vice President & Chief of Research, Gartner

52.  Scott Raney, Venture Capitalist, Redpoint Ventures

53.  Christian Renaud, Chief Architect, Networked Virtual Environments, Cisco Technology Center

54.  Ren Reynolds, Consultant, philosopher and writer & Founder, Virtual Policy Network

55.  Ben Richardson, VP Business Development, Makena Technologies

56.  Philip Rosedale, Founder and CEO, Linden Lab

57.  Robert Scoble, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft

58.  Christopher V. Sherman, Executive Director, Virtual Worlds Management

59.  Jed Smith, Mgng Partner, Catamount Ventures

60.  Timo Soininen, Chief Executive Officer, Habbo

61.  Reuben Steiger, CEO, Millions of Us

62.  Alice Taylor, Vice President, Digital Content, BBC Worldwide Americas

63.  Sibley Verbeck, CEO, The Electric Sheep Company

64.  Mark Wallace, Journalist, Blogger, Co-Author – Only a Game, 2006, 3pointD.com

65.  Michael Wilson, CEO, Makena Technologies

66.  Susan Wu, Principal, Charles River Ventures

67.  Hui Xu, Founder & CEO, HiPiHi Co., Ltd

68.  Jeffrey B. Yapp, Executive VP, MTV Networks

69.  Nick Yee, Founder, Daedalus Project; Dept. of Communication, Stanford University

70.  Ethan Zuckerman, Fellow, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University