Blog of Urs Riggenbach

Finnish Cleantech Delegation to San Francisco and L.A.

Posted Monday 30 March 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Last week I visited California as part of a Finnish cleantech delegation led by Ms. Lenita Toivakka, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade of Finland. The business delegation was attended by industry leaders and newcomers in the Finnsih cleantech sector.

Finland hosts a surprising lot of cleantech companies, ranging from sustainable mobility solutions to cloud-based energy monitoring systems and a variety of net-zero technologies and products. In 2014, Finland was ranked second globally in cleantech innovations.

Mr. Juha Markkanen, Consul General to Finland in L.A. supported the delegation by pulling in various authorities from the state. It was distinguishing to see the support of the Finnish embassy. "Every embassy should do this", Markkanen says when asked about his proactive stance in supporting Finnish business abroad.

The highlights of the trip were a visit to Google with a pitch session at Google Green, visiting Tesla’s headquarters and taking part in the Nordic Green Tech Forum organized by Team Finland.

Team Finland is promoting Finnish industries and know-how abroad. Finpro, as a member of Team Finland, organized the trip. We want to thank FinPro and Team Finland for this excellent opportunity and we look forward to being part of upcoming delegations.

Image: ©Idean, Opening Ceremony in L.A.

Interview with Alan Bigelow, PhD, Columbia University

Posted Wednesday 4 March 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Alan Bigelow is a physicist that develops optical and ion-beam technologies at Columbia University. Passionate about solar energy and what it can do to solve our problems, Alan shares his views on solar concentration in this interview.

Arnaud Crétot’s Interview for Libres! Le Film

Posted Tuesday 24 February 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Our thermal engineer Anaud Crétot talks about our energy future in this interview for
Libres Le Film (in French).

Arnaud Crétot, ingénieur thermicien et Directeur Scientifique de, raconte à travers son parcours dans le monde de l’énergie, comment la question des choix énergétiques éclaire les inquiétudes sur la pérennité de nos modèles sociaux, sur la stabilité sociale et sur l’avenir de nos activités humaines. ­­­- Voir sur le site de Libres Le Film

Staten Island Cookoff with GrowNYC

Posted Monday 16 February 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

See the results of Lorin’s training and demonstration day with GrowNYC at the Staten Island Makerspace.

The New Global East Africa Event

Posted Thursday 12 February 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Yesterday we attended an event hosted by The New Global at Aalto University.
Solar entrepreneurs Patrick Ngowi of Helvetic Solar and Rustam Sengupta of Boond gave excellent presentations. This was followed by a discussion with renewable energy developers of Finland about their cooperation with Eastern Africa.

Picture courtesy of Petri Allekotte.

Concentrator Ready at Staten Island Makerspace

Posted Monday 26 January 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Lorin has finished building one of’s solar cookers in record time!

Have a look at his video introducing some of the people at the Staten Island MakerSpace.

The north east United States is expecting a big snowstorm in the next few days but as soon as the sun shines again we’ll be bringing you footage from New York’s most powerful solar cooker!

Les Vagabonds de l’Énergie on Samsø Island

Posted Wednesday 21 January 2015 by Urs Riggenbach.

Yesterday Arnaud Crétot from France joined us in Finland. Arnaud is a thermal engineer with keen interest in the global renewable energy transition, and before getting involved in, he traveled the world as part of Les Vagabonds de l’Énergie, a project documenting energy inventions, technology and infrastructure across the globe.

Here is a teaser from their documentary featuring an interview with Søren Hermansen of Samsø, the island that is producing more energy than its inhabitants consume. Mr. Hermansen of the Energy Academy played a key role in the islands energy transition.

The rest of the footage comes from Arnaud’s travels in Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Last part of the Vagabonds project was India where we met. After that they were supposed to go to Japan but the Fukushima-Daiichi catastrophe happened a few days before the scheduled flight.

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