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Ze-gen: Commercializing Clean Tech

Authors: Applegate, Lynda M.; Lyons, Kaitlyn; Prozeller, Scott
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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The Ze-gen case covers the first 5 years in the life of a clean-tech start-up. The case enables discussion of the challenges of building capital-intensive, high risk technology ventures, highlighting issues concerning financing, testing, and commercialization/scaling.

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Harvest: Organic Waste Recycling with Energy Recovery (A, B)

Authors: Lee, Deishin; Ata, Baris; Tongarlak, Mustafa H.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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These cases describe the waste management industry and a clean technology solution for landfill diversion and renewable energy production. Students have the opportunity to perform operational analysis on the organic waste to energy process to evaluate whether a potential new plant is economically feasible and attractive.

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Cosan: Thinking Outside the Barrel

Authors: Maurer, Noel; Reisen de Pinho, Ricardo; Reinhardt, Forest L.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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Cosan, based in Brazil, is the largest grower and processor of sugarcane in the world, and the largest sugar and ethanol producer in Brazil. The Cosan case introduces students and executive education participants to political economy and business strategy in the biofuels industry.

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The Fox Islands Wind Project

Authors: Lassiter, Joseph B.; Corcoran, James; Gazor, Max; Hogarty, Dylan; Somers, Alexander H., Jr.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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The market for electricity on the Fox Islands of North Haven and Vinalhaven, Maine is unique and costly for residents. George Baker, a professor at Harvard Business School, decided to lower the energy costs of the island's residents with wind power.

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Baker Hughes: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Authors: Tayan, Brian; Larcker, David F.
Product Type: Cases
Source: Stanford Graduate School of Business
Publication Year: 2010

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Baker Hughes was accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). This case describes the actions taken by the company in response to those accusations.

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Regulatory Pressure and Competitive Dynamics: Carbon Management Strategies of UK Energy-Intensive Companies

Authors: Okereke, Chukwumerije; Russel, Duncan
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: California Management Review
Publication Year: 2010

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This article investigates the impact of two principal drivers of corporate climate change strategies--competitive dynamics and regulatory pressure--on the carbon management strategies of some of the most energy-intensive UK-listed companies.

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Supply and Sustainability: Piecing Together the Energy Puzzle

Author: Knowledge@Wharton
Product Type: Journal Articles
Source: Knowledge@Wharton
Publication Year: 2010

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The global energy sector is at a crossroads. This has sparked a heated debate about the most appropriate energy mix in those countries that are considering the use of nuclear power and renewable energy, and in companies that are committed to tackling climate change...

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In BP's Record, a History of Boldness and Costly Blunders

Author: Lyall, Sarah
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2010

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This article examines the warning signs associated with BP "taking too many risks and cutting corners in pursuit of growth and profit." All of which have arguably, lead to the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010.

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U.S. Department of Energy & Recovery Act Funding: Bridging the "Valley of Death"

Authors: Roberts, Michael J.; Lassiter, Joseph B.; Nanda, Ramana
Product Type: Cases
Source: Harvard Business School
Publication Year: 2010

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The case focuses on the US Dept. of Energy and the $38 billion dollars of stimulus funding the DOE received to encourage clean tech. They focus on "bridging the valley of death" i.e., helping young, innovative companies finance technically risky and very capital intensive development and commercialization programs.

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Solar Industry Learns Lessons in Spanish Sun

Author: Rosenthal, Elisabeth
Product Type: Magazine / Newspaper Articles
Source: The New York Times
Publication Year: 2010

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Two years ago, this gritty mining city hosted a brief 21st-century gold rush. Long famous for coal, Puertollano discovered another energy source it had overlooked: the relentless, scorching sun.

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