California Clean Tech Open, TED 1000 and the Refrigerator-Unit Electricity Measure

November 1st, 2007

I attended the California Clean Tech Open Finals this week, a business plan competition for emerging companies in the clean technology area. The companies were impressive and the event sold out at 900 tickets- both great signs for the sector.

Having reflected on it, two thoughts stick in my head about the event:

1) The tradeshow format (someone I know likes to refer to it as a “science fair”) is brutal, and perhaps hardest on new businesses. With no context (esp name recognition) other than the information the companies present it is very hard to tell which companies have real prospects.

2) One of the evening’s speakers was Noah Horowitz from the NRDC. He gave a fascinating talk about the power drain of consumer electronic devices. Per my recollection, a 2 or 3 tuner digital video recorder such as Tivo uses as much energy per year as a refrigerator. An Xbox360 or PS3 uses huge amounts of peak power, and if inadvertently left on will drain as much electricity as two refrigerators per year.

I had no idea I had so many refrigerators in my house. If nothing else, the event prompted me to buy a TED 1000 to display real-time electricity usage in my house. I’ll be interested to see how many more refrigerators I have hiding in my house.

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  • dunton

    I also went to the show and was hoping to find more companies looking to hire people like myself but was very diappointed.Has anyone else besides me looked on http://www.cleantechrecruits.com/ , they seem to have the most jobs and all of the positions are truly in CleanTechnology. Some of the other sites have been diasspointing with jobs listings that include so many positons that are really outside of Clean Tech. I am looking for an Electrical Engineering role with a strong up an comer in WIND, Solar, etc. and so far I have only found the one site to be truly useful !

    Dunton

  • Hi Jay
    Thanks for the update. One thing I have been doing is unplugging my TVs, Stereos, and other items around the house that are not in use and that has greatly saved me on my electric bill.

  • I think green jobs will likely end up in the most practical sectors. Battery technology would certainly be one. Battery operated cars seem to be better option for than bio fuel cars.

    Also, natural gas, without a doubt. The richest county per capita in the world (Qatar) nearly solely produces natural gas and they use it in Europe and Asia. I believe Nuclear and wind will not yield many jobs because they are less likely to succeed in the near future. Nuclear has too many political obstacles in the US to work in the short term and they don't seem to be able to get wind to generate enough energy. California has been subsidizing it for decades.

  • I think green jobs will likely end up in the most practical sectors. Battery technology would certainly be one. Battery operated cars seem to be better option for than bio fuel cars.

    Also, natural gas, without a doubt. The richest county per capita in the world (Qatar) nearly solely produces natural gas and they use it in Europe and Asia. I believe Nuclear and wind will not yield many jobs because they are less likely to succeed in the near future. Nuclear has too many political obstacles in the US to work in the short term and they don't seem to be able to get wind to generate enough energy. California has been subsidizing it for decades.