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North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

North Caucasus hydropower to increase with three new projects from RusHydro

Three small hydropower plants developed by RusHydroare set to begin construction...

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

Discrediting advertisements on carbon pollution standards outrages organizations

The Natural Resources Defense Council, and more than two dozen organizations, is...

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

Supercritical steam for super productive solar thermal plants

By using supercritical steam, solar thermal power plants could produce enough en...

Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

Nepal gets first wind-solar hybrid system

The Asian Development Bank has handed over the country’s very first wind-solar h...

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Unsustainable urban life: What's next?

Nutrition plays a critical role in everyone’s chance at a better future. Hunger...

Chile’s largest solar power project officially open

Chile’s largest solar power project officially open

The 100 megawatt Amanercer Solar CAP Power plant in Chile has been officially op...

Five gigantic things happening in sustainability

Five gigantic things happening in sustainability

Understanding this mainly becoming typical ‘S’ word has always been part of the ...

Business

Ascent Solar announces milestone agreement for their J.V. in China

Ascent Solar announces milestone agreement for their J.V. in China

Thursday, 03 July 2014

Thin-film solar module manufacturer Ascent Solar Technologies, Inc. has announced the achievement of a significant milestone for their joint venture i...

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Technology

Politics

Living Green

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Elemooni: Eco-friendliness for kids

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

A new group of nano explorers could change the way children learn about positive values, the environment, and believe it or not, the periodic table of...

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Renewables

Senvion installs its first turbines in Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm

Senvion installs its first turbines in Nordsee Ost offshore wind farm

Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Suzlon Group’s wholly owned subsidiary Senvion SE has installed the first turbines for the offshore wind farm Nordsee Ost in Germany. The Nordsee Ost ...

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Low-Carbon

World Bank to help Kosovo, Kazakhstan become more energy efficient

World Bank to help Kosovo, Kazakhstan become more energy efficient

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The World Bank has approved a $31 million-project for Kosovo and a $21.7 million-grant for Kazakhstan that will both be increasing the countries’ ener...

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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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