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Lord Drayson to speak at Cleantech Investor events

Lord Paul DraysonLord Paul Drayson will speak on 13 December 2012 at the EV Investor Club breakfast, hosted by K&L Gates, where he’ll discuss the Formula E electric racing series; and – later on the same morning – at the Cleantech Fund Manager Platform (which runs back-to-back with the EV event), where he’ll talk about the role of venture capital in promoting cleantech innovation.

Lord Drayson is  an entrepreneur, racing driver and politician. He is the founder of Drayson Racing Technologies, which was recently appointed Scientific Advisor to the Formula E electric racing series (which was launched earlier this year by the FIA). He was Minister of Science in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills during the last Labour Government in the UK, during which time he launched the Innovation Investment Fund, a Fund of Funds backed by Government funds which committed over £25 million to cleantech investment.


£10m funding for vehicle prognostics technology

First published on the Cleantech Investor website, November 2012. Copyright Cleantech Investor Ltd.

Lysanda has raised funds from a syndicate of investors led by Disruptive Capital Finance and including the Truell brothers, Danny and Edmund; and Geoffrey Finlay - who has been appointed Executive Chairman to the company. The funding is the first tranche of a fund raising round which is expected to be £10 million in total.


Russian investment in fuel cells

First published on the Cleantech Investor website, 11 October 2012
AFC Energy, a UK-based, AIM-listed, company focused on alkaline fuel cells which do not require platinum components, announced this morning that it has received Russian funding in the form of an £8.7 million investment from Ervington Investments, owned by Roman Abramovich. The investment, at a price of 26.6p per share, represents a 15% stake in the enlarged share capital of AFC.

Russian investors were also behind one of the most significant venture capital deals in the micro fuel cell space this year: a US$40 million funding round (part of a planned US$60 million round) for Massachusetts based Lilliputian. That deal was led by RUSNANO, a Russian investment fund, and will involve Lilliputian establishing a base in Russia. Lilliputian is on the cusp of launching its USB mobile power system, which is based on technology developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and which combines SOFCs with microelectromechanical (MEMS) wafer fabrication methods. Its USB power system is fuelled by recyclable butane cartridges.

Meanwhile, Russian venture capital fund I2BF participated in a £3.25 million investment round for ACAL Energy in the UK. I2BF was an existing investor in ACAL Energy, which has developed FlowCath® technology using a proprietary liquid catalyst to eliminate most of the platinum used in conventional fuel cells. Coinvestors alongside I2BF included the North West Fund for Energy and Environmental (NWF4E&E) and the PFCC2, both managed by CT (Carbon Trust) Investment Partners; and SC Green Tech Ventures LLC (the investment arm of Sumitomo Corporation). ACAL Energy expects to deploy FlowCath® power modules in commercial scale stationary power and automotive applications.


Saab Automobile re-emerges as EV manufacturer: sets its sights on China

First published on the Cleantech Investor website, June 2012. Copyright Cleantech Investor Ltd.

The main assets of Saab Automobile AB, as well as Saab Automobile Powertrain AB and Saab Automobile Tools AB – which had filed for insolvency at the end of 2011 – were acquired out of receivership by National Electric Vehicle Sweden AB (NEVS) in June.

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