Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Nano for the Hybrid-SUV generation

U.S. firms and Forbes's "Wolfe Nanotech Report" finally discovered what European firms have known for a while. People like saving the environment ... as long as it doesn't impact their lifestyle. And nano provides a variety of new applications for the often hypocritical Hybrid-SUV generation.

Along the "nano is nature" frame that European firms have used for a while (see nanopublic post from August 20, 2006), investors are now jumping on the clean technologies bandwagon in the U.S.

Nano Firms See Green in Clean-Tech Josh Wolfe, Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report, Forbes, 08.21.07

Global warming, pollution, dwindling natural resources and soaring energy costs are very much on everyone's mind these days. So it comes as no surprise that there is a strong investor interest in clean technologies, otherwise known as "clean-tech."

"Clean-tech is the future" goes the pitch, and there are big profits to be made for early investors.
Nanotechnology is rapidly revolutionizing American industry. Click here for the special investor report "Nano 101: An Insider's Guide to the World of Nanotechnology," from Forbes/Wolfe Nanotech Report.

To be sure, we have already witnessed the consequences of Wall Street's enthusiasm for everything clean and green. In the last 12 months, there have been no fewer than 30 IPOs involving clean-tech. And with global markets awash in capital, companies in clean businesses ranging from fuel cells to fuel-efficient vehicles are now the belles of the ball.


Potential clean-tech investors also need to be aware that foreign governments are funding their domestic clean-tech initiatives at a much faster pace than the U.S., with the Asia/Pacific region representing 38% of the pie, followed by Europe and, in third place, the U.S. That means that in addition to competing with large domestic incumbents, U.S. start-ups must also contend with foreign competitors backed by government programs. Notable examples are solar energy in Germany, fuel cells in South Korea and high-performance batteries in Japan.

(Click here for the full Forbes article.)

Ironically, of course, all of this comes on the heels of recent attempts by the EPA and FDA to establish useful regulatory frameworks for the environmental health and safety aspects
of nanotech.