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Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

Ozone layer on road to recovery – U.N.E.P., W.M.O.

The ozone layer is on the road to recovery, but unified action is still needed t...

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

Green vacation: Go on an eco-friendly safari

The primary goal of modern-day eco-friendly African safaris is to lessen the ove...

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could lose around 2 percent G.D.P. due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Nepal, the Maldives, and Bhutan could be looking at economic losses of around 2 ...

South Asian countries face economic losses due to climate change – A.D.B. report

South Asian countries face economic losses due to climate change – A.D.B. report

Various countries in the South Asian region are looking at significant losses du...

World Bank aids Laos’ hydropower with $40 million in financing

World Bank aids Laos’ hydropower with $40 million in financing

The World Bank Group has inked two agreements for around $40 million in financin...

Vestas, EP Global Energy partner for donor-funded wind farm in Jordan

Vestas, EP Global Energy partner for donor-funded wind farm in Jordan

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas and private energy asset developer EP Global En...

World Bank commits $5 billion for African renewable energy projects

World Bank commits $5 billion for African renewable energy projects

The World Bank Group has committed US$5 billion towards supporting energy projec...

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Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Climate Summit sees intiatives and commitments

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Various bodies and entities on the Climate Summit in New York have announced their commitments and initiatives that are aimed at curbing the effects o...

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Living Green

Nineteen easy ways students can help save Mother Earth

Nineteen easy ways students can help save Mother Earth

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Students are young, creative, energetic and outspoken that is why they have the perfect qualities to help save mother earth. They can be great eco-war...

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Renewables

Glennmont begins operations at its Sleaford biomass plant

Glennmont begins operations at its Sleaford biomass plant

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The 38 megawatt Sleaford biomass plant has commenced operations. Glennmont Partners, a leading investment manager dedicated to clean energy in Europe,...

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Low-Carbon

Easy modifications to make your car more efficient

Easy modifications to make your car more efficient

Monday, 22 September 2014

There are plenty of reasons why you might be interested in lowering your car’s emissions. In some states, you may be required to pass a mandatory smog...

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Opinion

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger, said Benjamin Franklin once, is the best pickle. Some say “pickle”...

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Energy storage leads Q3 U.S. clean tech investments – Ernst & Young

Energy storage led clean technology investments during the past three months, raising the total amount of venture capital pouring into the United States close to a quarter compared to the same period a year earlier, a report from Ernst & Young LLP published yesterday revealed.

There were 76 companies developing renewable power and energy-efficiency technologies that received $1.1 billion funding recorded in the quarter, more than double the 36 investments last year, the New York-based accounting firm said.

Energy storage companies were the top recipients, receiving $421 million worth of the total, 1,932 percent increase during the same period last year. The segment raised a total of $865.2 million in the past nine months of this year alone

Companies developing fuel cells received $225.5 million, led by $150 million in funding for Bloom Energy Corporation. Fuel cell companies represented nearly 54 percent of the overall investment in the energy storage market for the quarter.

"Confidence in cleantech investing continues despite the challenging investment market. We saw significant commitments in energy storage, which reflects a growing corporate focus on proactively managing their energy mix," said Jay Spencer, Ernst & Young Americas Cleantech director.

VC interest in the power generation market fell behind slightly this quarter with $255.1 million, a 2 percent decrease from last year. Around 77 percent of the investments went to solar energy companies

Investments in energy efficiency totalled $245.1 million. The largest was a $60 million funding round for the California-based light-emitting diode maker Bridgelux Inc.

Companies in the Industry products and services segment, which include biofuels and chemicals, did not fare well with investors compared with other market segments last quarter. Investments dived 22 percent to just $132.0 million. HCL CleanTech Ltd., a North Carolina-based company that converts cellulosic biomass into fermentable sugars, secured the top biofuel deal for the period with $23.5 million

Revenue generating companies led both in number deals and investments in the third quarter with 49 deals and VC investment valued $921.0 million, a 203 percent increase from the comparable period last year.

Ernst & Young said there were no initial public offerings conducted this quarter. However, companies like California-based Intermolecular Inc., Silver Spring Networks and Genomatica, Renewable Energy Group from Iowa and Mascoma Corporation from New Hampshire have already filed plans to go public with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Capital market activity in the industry for the quarter was active with 11 mergers and acquisitions valued $222.0 million according to IHS Herold, as cited by the accounting firm.

The largest was the $131.0 million acquisition by MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. and its subsidiary SunEdison of the United States unit of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, a privately-held Spanish solar photovoltaic power developer, last August. – Oliver M. Bayani



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