There’s a new renaissance emerging for energy innovation

Gigaom

A renaissance of creativity around developing innovations for energy has emerged in the wake of Silicon Valley’s cleantech bust in the U.S. It’s taken several years to materialize. Bolstered by a series of energy success stories, this newfound creativity has been propped up by increasingly low costs of clean energy technologies and energy storage, and has floated on a change in the political winds.

The excitement is evident in the development of new energy incubator projects, new startups, new funding opportunities, new state and federal incentives and new ideas coming out of universities. Silicon Valley still might be hesitant to fund the next generation of energy manufacturing technologies, but a growing number of eager entrepreneurs and investors are coming together to test out new ideas and projects around the world.

The energy industry is still a very difficult market to innovate in, and many of these new ideas won’t…

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