Science is the cleantech. Well, sort of. My thoughts on the evolving way for VCs to fund tough problems.
Is there a new dawn of smarter power grid tools emerging? Finally?
More efficient power electronics might not be all that sexy. But a startup is scaling up the process to make next-generation power conversion a reality.
Shapeways has raised $30 million led by new investor Andreessen Horowitz to grow its 3D printing service, marketplace, and reach of its API.
Despite the hand-wringing over the cleantech investing cliff, it actually could be the best of times for investing in energy tech, resource management and sustainability, for investors that stick with it.
Lux Capital has closed on its third fund, of $245 million, and remains committed to investing in energy technology, despite that many VCs have backed out of cleantech investing.
A new type of smart grid is emerging that includes power electronics and specifically solid state transformers. That’s the type of power grid that looks a lot more like the Internet with distributed and decentralized power grid management.
A startup that makes more efficient power conversion devices has raised money from, and partnered with, a group of Japanese electronics giants. Transphorm is a venture-backed startup and its move is a symbol of the growing importance of corporate partners as well as overseas investors in cleantech.
Three greentech IPO hopefuls pulled the plug on their public market plans this month. There’s a lot that these companies have in common, and it’s not that they’re green: it’s the lack of profits and even revenues.
Nuclear waste cleanup startup Kurion (which I once called the most successful greentech startup you haven’t heard of) says it’s responsible for removing 70 percent of the radioactivity from the waste water at the Fukushima nuclear plant after last year’s disaster.