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WHY IS CLEANTECH SUCH A DIFFICULT TOPIC?

What will it take for investors to succeed? A recent report published by the MIT Energy Initiative, entitled Venture Capital and Cleantech: The Wrong Model for Clean Energy Innovation, published July 2016, has stirred up a lot of renewed interest in clean energy investment models. It was followed by an article “Software Ate Cleantech: Now What?” written by one of the study’s authors. The study and article concluded that early clean technology investments failed for five key reasons: Long development cycles. Developing breakthrough materials, such as those for next-generation solar panels, can take 20 to 30 years. Significant capital requirements. To reach scale, venture capital money was use

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