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About Matthew Klippenstein

Matthew Klippenstein Matthew Klippenstein is a renewable energy consultant in Vancouver, Canada. He has chronicled the Canadian electric car market for GreenCarReports.com since 2013, and has provided commentary (in English and French) for print, television, radio, web and podcast media. An early guest on "The Energy Transition Show", his work has also been discussed on "The Energy Gang". An occasional contributor to CleanTechnica, he co-hosts our own CleanTech Talk with Nicolas Zart.



Author Archives: Matthew Klippenstein

Business Lessons From A Radical Industrialist (#CleanTechnica Occasional #Bookclub)

March 31st, 2018 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Instead of halfway measures and greenwashing, Ray Anderson oriented Interface to the singular goal of having no net negative impact on the environment, something it calls Mission Zero®. Interface hasn't hit Mission Zero® yet, but that goal has been woven into the company’s DNA. He passed away years ago, but that vision remains integral to the company’s culture.


CleanTechnica Occasional Book Club: Cradle To Cradle

March 7th, 2018 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Cradle to Cradle made industrial ecology and the circular economy a lot more mainstream than they had previously been. They’re both still niche notions, but without Cradle to Cradle they’d be a lot more obscure. And if you’re interested in sustainability, the book (or at a minimum this summary!) is required reading


The Toyota Way (#CleanTechnica Occasional #BookClub)

March 3rd, 2018 | by Matthew Klippenstein

With the Toyota Production System making a guest appearance on the latest Tesla quarterly conference call, this is as good time as any to review what TPS – often referred to as “lean manufacturing” or simply “lean” – actually is. And what better way to do so than to read The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer? The Toyota Way is one of the most influential books about this manufacturing approach — or system of approaches


Tesla’s Rocket Problem, & What Would You YIMBY?

February 13th, 2018 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Tesla’s rocket problem is that Elon Musk’s companies are simply great with challenging stuff, but challenged greatly by simple stuff. Well, that may be a bit too cliche — his companies are also good at simple stuff — but the little details can often jam up otherwise world-changing plans


Eager Beaver: Canadian ZEV Policy Handbook Released

December 14th, 2017 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Canada’s ZEV Policy Handbook was released this week by START, the Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team at Simon Fraser University. Definitions being important in scientific inquiry, it should be noted that the researchers classified battery-electric, plug-in hybrid, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles as ZEVs


Cleantech Talk’s Tesla Truck Take (Episode 41)

December 3rd, 2017 | by Matthew Klippenstein

This week is Cleantech Talk’s Tesla Truck take. Anyone can offer a “hot take” on current events, and darn near every media outlet did! But it takes a brave team (or just a very busy-with-other-work one!) to offer a “cold take” weeks later. In our defense, we were trying to add something to CleanTechnica’s already-substantive coverage and reflections (e.g., this and this)


Amazon’s Mighty Wind (Cleantech Talk #38)

October 31st, 2017 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Episode 38 of Cleantech Talk kicks off with a discussion of how, while China may be overperforming with its solar panel buildout, those panels are underperforming due to the low air quality there. Which is a polite way of saying that coal-combustion aerosols are reducing solar panels’ electricity harvest -- by up to a third! (Dark aerosols, like soot, tend to absorb light; other aerosols such as sulfates and nitrates, reflect light. In both cases, the aerosols prevent light from reaching solar panels below.)


Batteries by Land, Sea or Air! (Cleantech Talk #35)

October 9th, 2017 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Though cars get most of the attention, batteries will participate in our cleantech energy transition on land, in the air and by sea. And in today’s Cleantech Talk, we cover them all. It’s something of a “double-cheeseburger” episode, in that we stretched ourselves around four topics instead of the usual two. Let us know in the comments if you liked the format, and if you have a few minutes, please leave us an iTunes review to make it easier for like-minded folks to find us!


Tesla Model 3 & Nissan LEAF 2.0 Reflections — Cleantech Talk Returns! Again!

September 24th, 2017 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Hello again, listeners and readers. After a longer than expected off-season, Cleantech Talk is back! Season 3’s contributions should be a bit more regular than Season 2 was, given that I’ve moved — “pivoted” in Silicon Valley lingo — from my full-time engineering job to communications consulting, specifically to be able to dedicate more time to the podcast and related activities


RE<<C and IPCC Scenario Compression

December 30th, 2016 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Q. What will be the most important technological development over the next 10 years that will have the greatest impact in reducing climate change risks? A. RE<

Canada Cancels Coal, Nissan Kiboshes Keiretsu (Cleantech Talk)

December 8th, 2016 | by Matthew Klippenstein

Editor's Intro: Nicolas Zart and Matthew Klippenstein recently recorded Cleantech Talk #30 for CleanTechnica. It's an interesting discussion about coal phaseout in Canada, Nissan's sale of 41% of its stake in Calsonic, and Volkswagen's EV transition ... or latest hiccups


We Ain’t Afraid Of No Trump! (Cleantech Talk Returns!)

November 21st, 2016 | by Matthew Klippenstein

After a longer-than-expected summer break, Cleantech Talk is back! With Zachary increasingly busy (alas, ever-expanding cleantech media empires don’t autonomously oversee themselves), this season’s co-hosting duties are now being shared by Matthew Klippenstein and Nicolas Zart



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