Monthly Archives: April 2011

CEO of Areva on the Shifts in the Energy Landscape

April 28, 2011
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At the January meeting of the Global Competitiveness Forum held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Anne Lauvergeon (CEO of Areva) discusses the future of renewable energies and includes pointed comments about the importance of nuclear energy sources. She points out that the dividing lines between fossil fuels, synthetic fuels, nuclear energy, renewable energies are dead. Sustainable…

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A New Take on Innovation

April 27, 2011
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A New Take on Innovation

http://petersims.com/2011/03/04/little-bets-qa/ Mentored by David Kelley of the d. school at Stanford University, author Sims pursues his methodology to build solutions in incremental steps through what he calls “little bets.” Using experimentation as the foundation of his method, he suggests that solutions emerge from a process of defining specific problems and needs. Rather than focusing on…

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Culligan Franchises… again

April 27, 2011
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Culligan Franchises… again

Owned by private equity firm Dalton, Dubilier & Rice since 2004, Culligan announced that it is franchising over 100 of its company-owned dealerships in the US. Culligan calls itself a “75- year old global leader of innovative water treatment systems.” Treatment solutions for both home and industrial applications include: water softener and deionization systems, coolers,…

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Low-Cost Solutions in Nuclear Energy are not Solutions

April 27, 2011
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Low-Cost Solutions in Nuclear Energy are not Solutions

In a recent interview with Areva CEO Anne Lauvergeon, conducted by Diane Brady of Bloomberg Businessweek, the conversation shifted to the role of nuclear energy in reducing consumer dependence upon imported energy. Areva, the world’s most important integrated nuclear energy companies with activities in all aspects of the business including mining, fuel enrichment, reactor design,…

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