Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Advent Solar, SV Solar, TrafficCast, Cyber-Rain and other news

[Self-promotion alert] Very pleased to share the announcement acknowledge the scoop by Jonathan Shieber of Venture Wire today, that Advent Solar has raised a $70mm Series D, led by ZBI Ventures (the private equity and venture investment subsidiary of Ziff Brothers Investments), with participation by other new investors Sun Mountain Capital and Globespan Capital Partners, and also including existing investors Battery Ventures, EnerTech Capital, @Ventures, New Mexico Co-Investment Partners and Firelake Capital. The bulk of the financing will be used to expand the company's capacity from 25MW to approximately 70MW.

Other deals to note:
  • Traffic prediction startup TrafficCast has raised a $2mm Series A led by Phenomenelle Angels Fund I LP and NEW Capital Fund LP. Women Angels and a syndicate of individuals also participated in the round. Anything that reduces the number of idling engines stuck in traffic is a good thing...
Sector updates:
  • Solar: Solar industry to continue amazing growth path -- grid parity by 2014? So says RBC Capital Markets... Green buildings: Nice overview of cutting edge approaches here... Smart grid: Nice two-part article (part 1 / part 2) on some of the looming changes to the grid.
Other news and notes: Here's part two of the interview with Erik Strasser that we mentioned last week, including a very good argument in favor of thesis-driven investing... Cleantech is "old stuff"? Sure, and those grapes were probably sour, too... It's tempting to be skeptical of all of the breathless coverage about "free energy" from magnets these days (thanks, Steorn), but perhaps with so much smoke there's a little fire of some kind -- although certainly there's no such thing as free energy, maybe some useful mechanical efficiency gains are hidden in these kinds of results... Finally, here's a pretty good point.

1 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Our firm, Magnetic Power Inc., is developing both solid-state and mechanical magnetic energy conversion systems.

We do not use the term "free energy" because there is always a capital investment required for the equipment.

However, electricity can be developed with these systems at lower cost than existing technology can provide - once they are in mass production. We anticipate that can begin next year.

Magnetic systems can tap an abundant, renewable, energy source that has not previously been commercially viable.

Our website is: magneticpowerinc.com

Mark Goldes, CEO

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