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  1. $1.1bn spent on start-ups by EU energy firms

    European energy companies have spent around $1.1bn on start-ups in a bid to adapt to the changed circumstances facing their industries in recent years. Reuters have calculated the figure, with several deals announced in the past month as they accelerate a quest for new technologies to outpace rivals. Germany's I nnogy , France's EDF and Dutch Eneco, as well as oil majors like Total, have set up their own venture capital funds to scour the globe for potentially disruptive technologies. Included in the list of technologies being examined are batteries to store solar power in massive amounts to those creating systems to better manage the use of household appliances like washing machines and thermostats. In the past month, Statkraft's fund, Statkraft Ventures, has invested in smart meter software company Greenbird, while Engie's fund has bet on US home services startup Serviz and Canadian smart grid management platform Opus One Solutions. Reuters says the motivation to adapt has been fed by the sheer amount of damage done to businesses struggling to deal with the transition to renewable energy. Capgemini reports that energy firms have taken $27bn (EUR26bn) worth of impairments on unprofitable power plants. The consultancy also reported that Europe's 25 biggest energy companies lost as much as 23 per cent of their market capitalisation between June 2015 and May 2016 mainly due to huge write-downs and weak energy prices. Venture Capital funds are no longer seen as luxuries in the new order, but vital to finding innovations capable of helping firms to survive. Analysts at investment bank Macquarie said inflexible utilities would be the losers of the radical transformation happening in the sector. "Investors will increasingly favour European utilities which have an exposure to the technologies that will reshape the utilities sector," they said.

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    Mon, 5 Dec 2016

  2. Backup power distorting UK capacity market - report

    Backup power installations funded by tax incentive schemes have distorted the UK's capacity market and negatively affected taxpayers, a new report has claimed.

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    Mon, 17 Oct 2016

  3. Total Energy Ventures invests in smart grids with AutoGrid

    Total Energy Ventures, the venture capital arm of Total that invests in start-ups, has acquired an interest in AutoGrid, a company that develops digital solutions to manage and optimize energy supplied to and from the power grids.

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    Mon, 19 Sep 2016

  4. Backup power funding distorting UK capacity market - report

    Backup power installations funded by tax incentive schemes have distorted the UK's capacity market and negatively affected costs for taxpayers, a new report has claimed.

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    Mon, 17 Oct 2016

  1. Argonne National Lab, Exelon launch R&D partnership for clean energy, power grid

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016

  2. Venture capital smart grid funding reaches $405 million

    There were 94 total venture capital investors in 2013, with 12 active investors participating in multiple deals

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    Wed, 22 Jan 2014

  3. Venture capital funding in smart grid sector goes flat

    Smart grid venture capital funding in the first quarter of 2013, totaled $62 million in nine deals

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    Wed, 24 Apr 2013

  4. LEIF: Venture capital investment in water technology bubbling up

    A report released today by the London Environmental Investment Forum reveals increasing venture capital investment activity in companies that are providing innovative water solutions to the oil and gas and mining industries.

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    Fri, 11 May 2012

  5. Smart grid venture capital funding hits $383m

    Venture capital funding into smart grid technology companies hit $383m in 2014, according to new research.

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    Tue, 27 Jan 2015

  6. Nth Power Technologies raises $120.5 million for its second energy venture capital fund

    Nth Power Technologies, Inc., a provider in the field of energy and power industry venture capital , announced today that it completed raising $120.5 million last week from new and existing investors for its second venture capital fund.

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    Tue, 17 Oct 2000

  7. Renewable Energy: Statoil launches USD 200m new energy investment fund

    Statoil launched a new venture capital fund dedicated to investing in attractive and ambitious growth companies in renewable energy, supporting its strategy of growth in new energy solutions.

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    Tue, 16 Feb 2016

  8. Mitsubishi, Shell and Johnson Matthey establish venture capital company for the hydrogen economy

    Mitsubishi Corporation, Shell Hydrogen and Johnson Matthey plc announced the creation of a venture capital company focused on the high growth area of fuel cells and related hydrogen technologies.

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    Mon, 4 Feb 2002

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