The state of Montana has a diverse, innovative and entrepreneurial community and workforce, and an increasingly desirable quality of life, that have contributed to Montana producing companies and leaders in environmental remediation, wind and solar technology, and innovations in the clean technology sector.
The Montana CleanTech Alliance’s (“MCA”) mission is to be a resource for clean technology industry in Montana by increasing cleantech jobs, company growth, access to capital, investments and improving Montana companies’ ability to compete in the global marketplace.
What is “CleanTech”?
Cleantech is new technology and related business models that offer competitive returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges.
Montana’s established and growing cleantech industry segments currently include:
- Air and Environment (Environmental Remediation)
- Water and Wastewater (Water Resource Technologies)
- Recycling and Waste
- Materials (Pharmaceuticals, Progressive Chemistry)
- Transportation (Fuels)
- Energy Generation (Renewable Energy)
Rivertop RenewableFounded with technology innovated at the University of Montana, and with encouragement of business, academic and environmental leaders, Rivertop Renewables® was founded in Missoula in 2008.
15 August 2014
China has attracted much attention in recent years from Western industries looking to expand to the Far East. With rapid industrial and economic growth, the country is on a path to becoming an international powerhouse. Yet despite its upward trajectory, the nation is also home to some of the harshest environmental conditions across the globe, exemplified by heavy smog and high toxicity levels upwards of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5). Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, recently “declared war” on smog and emphasized that “fostering a sound ecological environment is vital for people’s lives and the future of our nation [China].”1
What does this mean to Western companies looking to enter the China cleantech market? What opportunities and challenges, lie ahead in successfully deploying Western clean technologies in China?
Opportunities in China
China’s interest and capacity to commercialize clean technologies is no less than what we’ve seen in North America and Europe. Leveraging the country’s favorable industrial policy, the government can provide capital and support for projects that are aligned with their strategic interests. For Western cleantech companies, this can result in any combination of private and public partnerships, sizable market deployment, an established export base, and multiple financing platforms to …