Extreme events will drive technology innovation Permalink Submitted by Bob Paul (not verified) on Tue, 01/28/2014 - 13:32. This is a great write-up on the forecast for Cleantech in 2014. Yes, we fell into a trough and innovators will be coming out of it in 2014. Given the continued pressures on supply chains to source more sustainably and combined with pressures on corporate expenditures to look for efficiency and effective solutions, embracing innovation will bring a rise to corporate solutions not seen before. California’s drought and water crisis and the deep freeze from the mid-west to east coast will help to spur some advancement in technologies for energy, energy efficiency and water and waste recovery.