- Kachan's widely-referenced taxonomy of cleantech, first published in
2010, has been updated with latest cleantech innovation -
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Cleantech research and advisory
firm Kachan & Co. has issued a new version of its taxonomy of the
cleantech sector, a document that helps clarify which industries and
technologies should be considered under the cleantech umbrella.
"Classic definitions of cleantech had gotten long in the tooth. The
sector has evolved, and other taxonomies hadn't kept up," said Kachan
Managing Partner Dallas Kachan. "When we introduced it in 2010, ours
was the first major reworking of the taxonomy of cleantech by a
research firm since the category's introduction in 2002. This new
edition, first released in draft early last month, reflects even more
analysis and categorizes latest global cleantech innovation as well."
The clean technology sector—a high profile investment theme that
receives billions in venture capital and project investment every
year—had long been a bewildering array of energy, industrial and
vehicular emissions-related products and services.
The Kachan taxonomy brings order to cleantech, grouping clean technology
innovation into eight high-level categories: Clean energy, energy
storage, efficiency, transportation, air & environment, clean industry,
water and agriculture. Each category includes additional sub-categories
by which technologies and the companies providing them may be organized
Many organizations in cleantech use and recommend the Kachan taxonomy.
Some of the specific revisions in this year's edition include:
Addition of collaborative consumption systems, which include systems for
vehicle sharing, collaborative workspaces, time banks, virtual
Embellishments of the energy storage category to reflect latest
More detail in nuclear technologies after a recent Kachan report
investigating and comparing new emerging nuclear technologies and
companies (see http://www.kachan.com/research/emerging-nuclear-innovations-report)
Moving fuel cells from energy storage to clean energy to better reflect
their current state of commercialization
Reorganization of data center technologies, and
Significant expansion to the agricultural category, reflecting recent
work for a forthcoming Kachan report on leading agricultural technology
companies (see http://www.kachan.com/content/agricultural-tech-companies-watch)
Newly updated, this categorization was informed by Kachan staff's years
of writing thousands of clean technology articles and reports. Each
edition of the Kachan cleantech taxonomy was crowdsourced and validated
by the industry before being finalized.
This year's edition was first published to the cleantech sector for
feedback on August 10th, 2012 at http://www.kachan.com/content/two-years-later-revisiting-taxonomy-cleantech - the final version of Kachan's new taxonomy is available at http://kachan.com/about/cleaner-technology-definition-cleantech.
About Kachan & Co.
Kachan & Co. is a cleantech research and advisory firm with offices in
San Francisco, Toronto and Vancouver. The company publishes research on
clean technology companies and future trends and provides consulting
services to large corporations, governments and cleantech vendors.
Kachan staff have been covering, publishing about and helping propel
clean technology since 2006. For more information, visit http://www.kachan.com.
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