The failure of a Solyndra or the shift of some commodity manufacturing to China does not necessarily signal the loss of US competitiveness.
To learn more about clusters, check out these great posts on clean energy cluster initiatives across the nation.
If Washington wants to enable the growth of American’s clean energy economy, it must think globally and act regionally.
I was recently asked to take part in an online debate about our energy challenges at CommentVision. The question posed was "Which technology innovations will meet the world's energy challenge?" Here is my response.
Hopefully, data points like these will continue to highlight the existing and growing importance of our sector. The thing I find most interesting, however, is the clear indication that innovation clusters matter -- particularly sector-focused ones.
Innovation is when Invention solves a Problem (ideally at sufficient scale to create a sustainable and high impact solution).
Mark Muro, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has a characteristically excellent post at The New Republic on the value of cleantech clusters.
We talk a lot about clusters at the Clean Energy Council – Peter Rothstein’s post yesterday, for example - but what exactly do we mean?
If the U.S. is going to be a cleantech world leader, cleantech clusters need to be effective innovation engines, connecting and accelerating the lab to market cycle. But what does support to entrepreneurship and innovation actually look like?
Clean energy innovation requires both federal R&D support along with private industry investments. It also requires the third leg of the stool: regional public-private partnerships to accelerate innovation and enable new markets.
In order to bridge the gap between academic research and entrepreneurial innovation, state and federal officials, universities, and members of the business community are beginning to collaborate on “innovation ecosystems” or “innovation consortia” to help address the gap between university discovery and commercial success.