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31 May 2011

Can overseas EV-makers prosper in China?

While China has ambitions to push the boundaries of the electrification vehicles, the country is lagging behind in producing leading technology developers in the field, according to Dr Peter Harrop of printed electronics company IDTechEx.

31 May 2011

Hotbed aims for early June final close for Burcote Wind investment

UK private investor syndicator Hotbed will aim to reach a final close of its investment into renewable energy company Burcote Wind in early June, NewNet has learnt.

31 May 2011

Huron River Ventures reaches first close on inaugural $15m fund

Michigan-focused seed and early-stage investor Huron River Ventures Partners has completed the first close of its inaugural fund Huron River Ventures I. Huron River Ventures was formed last year as the only Michigan-based investment firm with an exclusive focus on early-stage, clean technology enterprises. The firm said in a statement that its focus on cleantech[...]

31 May 2011

First Reserve energy infrastructure fund closes at $1.2bn

Global energy focused private investor First Reserve has closed its energy infrastructure fund at over $1.2bn, following the $9bn close of its buy-out fund First Reserve Fund XII in 2009. First Reserve has invested exclusively in the energy and natural resource industries for nearly three decades and has over $20bn in assets under management. It[...]

31 May 2011

E.ON, Deutsche Telekom partner to deliver hydropower to Europe

E.ON is to make hydropower available to energy consumers in Europe through a partnership with German telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom.

31 May 2011

Vermont opts for solar registration system in 2012

Vermont is to introduce the first alternative registration system in the US for solar projects early next year to reduce the impact of costly permitting processes.

31 May 2011

Arclight closes in on $600m for latest fund

US energy-focused private equity firm Arclight Energy Partners has raised almost $600m towards its latest fund, and has set its sights on a $2bn final close. According to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, the firm has raised $596.1m for its Arclight Energy Partners Fund V, a limited partnership it launched in[...]

31 May 2011

Australia allocates A$100m to Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund

The government of Australia has boosted its support of the renewable energy sector, budgeting for a A$100m ($106m) Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund and allocating A$60m to the new Emerging Renewables programme. The Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund is aimed at supporting early-stage renewable energy companies, in order to compete with other energy companies. The[...]

31 May 2011

Thailand’s SPC seeks capital for development of solar portfolio

Thailand’s Solar Power Company (SPC) will look to raise 24 billion baht ($79m) in capital to finance the development of a series of solar farms. According to local news reports featured on the website of SPC, the company is looking to build 34 plants with a combined capacity of 204MW. The funding opportunity will allow[...]

31 May 2011

Canadian Solar and GCL announce manufacturing joint venture

Listed solar technology developer Canadian Solar is to partner with Suzhou GCL Photovoltaic Technology, a subsidiary of GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited (GCL), China's largest polysilicon producer.

31 May 2011

Solar Impulse in talks with EU to advance commercialisation of PV flights

The masterminds behind the Solar Impulse solar-powered plane Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg have met with European political authorities to promote new technology and renewable energy.

31 May 2011

Investors eye potential of China New Energy listing

Investors have locked on to the potential of one of AIM’s recent addition, Asia-headquartered China New Energy, with its share price rising since its listing last week.

31 May 2011

Oil company Cenovus Energy invests $2.5m in renewable desalination

Canadian oil company Cenovus Energy has joined a number of oil companies in transitioning to greener resources with a $2.5m investment in clean energy company Saltworks through its Environmental Opportunity Fund.

31 May 2011

HaloSource open to partnerships as it establishes Brazilian base

Clean water company HaloSource may look for a strategic industry partner as it sets up a Brazilian subsidiary, NewNet has learnt.

31 May 2011

Solar technology company Sputnik Engineering appoints Raffaele Salutari to target Italian market

Solar inverter manufacturer Sputnik Engineering has hired Raffaele Salutari as the new general manager of subsidiary branch Sputnik Italia.

31 May 2011

Nexterra gains $2.5m from BDC for biomass business

Biomass gasification company Nexterra Systems has secured $2.5m in equity financing from the Business Development Bank of Canada.

31 May 2011

New UK renewable consultancy Xi Engineering Consultants attracts stellar board

Xi Engineering Consultants, a new Scottish specialist engineering company, has attracted inbound investment and a powerhouse list of board advisers.

31 May 2011

M&C Energy Group consultancy bolsters US team

Lyceum Capital-backed energy procurement consultancy M&C Energy Group (M&C) has taken its first step into the lucrative US power market by appointing energy procurement expert Trip Garner to spearhead the company’s North American expansion.

31 May 2011

Aqua Guardian, Srithai announce joint venture to deliver water conservation technology to South-East Asia

Water conservation company Aqua Guardian Group (AGG) has signed an agreement with Bangkok, Thailand-based distributer and manufacturer Srithai Superware to set up a joint venture to accelerate the sale and installation of AGG’s AquaArmour product in South-East Asia.

31 May 2011

UK university launches climate change research team

While analysts have placed a value on the estimated impact of climate change and huge investment volumes have been put towards averting dangerous global temperature inclines, less is said about the efforts to minimise its effects.

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