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22 July 2009

Smart grid company eMeter secures $32m in financing from Sequoia Capital and Foundation Capital

US smart grid software company eMeter Corporation has closed a $32m private financing led by venture capital investor Sequoia Capital and joined by existing investor, Foundation Capital. The funds will be used to accelerate eMeter's sales and marketing in new markets and continue investing in new products, the company said.

21 July 2009

US smart energy company Advanced Telemetry closes Series B fundraising, led by Quercus Trust

Advanced Telemetry, a US developer of the smart energy and resource management systems has successfully closed its Series B investment round with funding lead by cleantech investor Quercus Trust and a co-investment from venture capital firm 21Ventures. Both Quercus Trust and 21Ventures were investors in Advanced Telemetry's Series A round.

21 July 2009

Vinod Khosla continues to raise venture capital funds despite downturn

Vinod Khosla, the renowned venture capitalist with a cleantech interest, is on the verge of announcing two new funds, according to reports.

21 July 2009

NewNet Investor Profile: Nigel Meir, Ludgate Environmental Fundp

Nigel Meir of Ludgate Environmental Fund looks at which areas are particularly attractive in the economic downturn, which countries are soaring ahead in the clean energy race and why management plays such an important role. 'You are far, far better off with a decent idea but a fantastic management team than with the greatest idea anyone has ever had, but with a poor management team.'

16 July 2009

Cleantech company Voltaix raises $9m, appoints industry veteran Reidar Langmo to its board of directors

Voltaix, a provider of materials that enhance the performance of semiconductor chips and solar cells, has closed a $9m investment from clean energy investor Novus Energy Partners. Voltaix will use the funds from the Novus investment to further develop its manufacturing capabilities to meet growing demand for thin film-based solar power and advanced CPU and DRAM products, the company said.

14 July 2009

Printed silicon electronics company Kovio raises $20m in venture funding

Kovio, Inc., a privately held pioneer in printed silicon electronics, has raised $20m in Series E financing, from its investors. These include Bessemer Venture Partners, Duff Ackerman & Goodrich Ventures, Flagship Ventures, Harris & Harris Group, Jerusalem Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mitsui Ventures, Northgate Capital, Panasonic Venture Group, Pangaea Ventures, Pinnacle Ventures and Yasuda Enterprise Development.

13 July 2009

China-focused cleantech investor Keytone Ventures closes venture capital fund on $200m

China-focused venture capital group Keytone Ventures has closed its Keytone Ventures fund on $200m. The firm will focus on early growth investment opportunities in the technology, cleantech, media and consumer sectors in China.

9 July 2009

Solar technology company SolFocus raises over $77m in Series C funding

SolFocus, a developer of Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) systems, has closed its Series C funding on $77.6m. The round was led by Apex Venture Partners, a Chicago-based venture firm focused on investments in companies with high potential for value creation in a variety of sectors including technology, software, IT infrastructure and telecommunications.

8 July 2009

Siemens Venture Capital focuses on green investment with acquisition of stake in India’s Transparent Energy Systems

Siemens Venture Capital (SVC), a subsidiary of Siemens, has acquired a minority stake in Indian waste heat recovery company Transparent Energy Systems. Financial details were not disclosed.

7 July 2009

SouthWest NanoTechnologies gains $3m investment for carbon nanotube products from US growth capital investor Insight Technology Capital Partners

Michigan, US-based growth capital investor Insight Technology Capital Partners is to invest up to $3m in SouthWest NanoTechnologies Inc., a developer and manufacturer of single-wall carbon nanotubes and specialty multiwall nanotubes.

7 July 2009

Low carbon investor Osmosis Capital expands investment team with hire of Monica Pradhan

Osmosis Capital, an asset manager focused on the development of low carbon investment solutions for institutional investors, has expanded its investment team with the appointment of Monica Pradhan.

7 July 2009

Water treatment company inge secures €5m in venture capital funding

German water treatment company inge watertechnologies has concluded a financing round of €5m. This round also included the securing of new investments from BayTech Venture Capital GmbH in addition to longterm investors Taprogge Watertech, Emerald Cleantech Fund I, Sustainable Performance Group, (SPG), Siemens Venture Capital, StoneFund and Entrepreneurs Fund.

6 July 2009

Alternative energy and cleantech-focused private equity firm Black Coral Capital hires Rob Day as a partner

Alternative energy and cleantech-focused private equity firm Black Coral Capital has appointed Rob Day as a partner, according to reports.

6 July 2009

WHEB Ventures holds latest closing on cleantech fund, expands German operations

European cleantech-focused venture capital firm WHEB Ventures has held a third closing of its second clean technology fund, WHEB Ventures Private Equity 2, on £90m. WHEB's target for this fund's final closing is £150m by the end of this year.

2 July 2009

NewNet Profile: Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Conservative Shadow Minister for the Environmentp

Conservative Shadow Minister for the Environment Greg Barker MP discusses the need for UK energy reform and the importance of private capital to the development of the UK's clean technology and renewable energy industry. 'I believe the private sector will make handsome returns if we catch the lead in these sectors early enough.'

1 July 2009

Venture capital investment in cleantech totals $1.2bn in second quarter of 2009

Venture capital investment in cleantech totaled $1.2bn in 85 deals in the second quarter of 2009, up from $836m in 59 deals in the first quarter of 2009, according to a new report.

30 June 2009

QuantaSol unveils 28.3 per cent efficient single-junction solar cell

QuantaSol, an independent designer and manufacturer of strain-balanced quantum-well solar cells, has developed what it believes to be the most efficient single junction solar cell ever manufactured. Developed in the last two years, QuantaSol's single-junction device has been independently tested by Fraunhofer ISE as achieving 28.3 per cent efficiency at greater than 500 suns.

30 June 2009

Viewpoints from the Private Equity and Venture Capital Clean Energy Investor Forump

NewNet's Private Equity and Venture Capital Clean Energy Investor Forum was an exclusive event, attended by over 170 leading decision makers and investors. Here, speakers and delegates discuss their outlook for the industry, and the opportunities available for investors.

29 June 2009

French energy efficient technology company Tiempo closes a €5m private equity investment

French energy efficient technology company Tiempo has closed a €5m Series B financing round with two new investors, private equity firms Viveris Management and Oddo Private Equity. Previous Series A investors, EmerTec Gestion, Schneider Electric Ventures, INPG Entreprise and Alma Capital Finances, also participated to the round, according to the company.

29 June 2009

US cleantech investor Mohr Davidow Ventures hires Alex de Winter

Alex de Winter has joined technology-focused venture capital firm Mohr Davidow Ventures. He will focus on life sciences and personalised medicine, and biotechnology-based cleantech, according to the firm.

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