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The week that was

Rob Day: March 25, 2007, 5:55 PM
Tough week for posting this past week -- here's the overdue catch-up:
  • PE Hub is reporting that Advanced Electron Beams (AEB) has raised a $17.5mm Series B, led by RockPort Capital, and including existing investors Atlas Ventures and General Catalyst. This follows a $10mm Series A in 2005. The company's technology has applications in sterilization, polymer treatment, and pollution (VOCs) abatement.
  • Smart-grid technology developer Serveron announced a $5mm inside round of financing. The company's investors include El Dorado Investment Company, Nth Power LLC, Cascadia Pacific Management, Oregon Life Sciences LLC, Perseus 2000 Expansion LLC, Siemens Venture Capital and Ventures West...

MIT Energy 2.0 and other updates

Rob Day: March 14, 2007, 4:49 PM
Had the pleasure of attending the MIT Energy 2.0 conference this past weekend, which was really a sign of the times -- a rough count appeared to be 500 people in the room on the main day, which was officially sold out, and rumors were that the previous night's open poster session had brought in 700 participants.

Jeff Immelt, the CEO of GE, gave a compelling keynote in which he described GE's rationale for getting into cleantech, and some of their strategies for targeting the market. Good coverage of his speech here and here. Notably, Immelt wrapped up his talk by making a plea for students at MIT and elsewhere to join GE: "Entrepreneurship and venture capital may be fun, but we see...

Cleantech investing this week — CleanEdge/ Nth Power survey

Rob Day: March 9, 2007, 6:52 AM
  • Extremely pleased to share this announcement (self-promotion alert): Waste-to-ethanol producer Earthanol has announced a $7.1mm Series A round, including a total commitment of $2mm from @Ventures alongside other investors Nth Power, Sail Venture Partners, and Calvert Funds. The company focuses on technologies for the production of ethanol from alternative feedstocks to corn.
  • Algal biotech developer Solazyme has raised an $8mm+ Series B, plus $2mm of debt, according to VentureWire. The Roda Group led the financing, and Harris & Harris contributed $500k of the round (with other undisclosed investors also involved). The company's technologies have applications in biofuels and other...

Cleantech around the web

Rob Day: March 4, 2007, 10:58 AM
Just a few news items of potential interest:


Rob Day: March 1, 2007, 6:44 PM
Recent deals in the news:
  • VentureWire reported earlier this week that CoalTek raised a $33mm Series C, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation by existing investors Braemar Energy Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Element Venture Partners, Technology Partners, and Warburg Pincus. There's been a bit of controversy lately over whether coal-related technologies can be considered "cleantech" or not. However one cares to classify it, in the case of CoalTek, Jonathan Shieber reports in VentureWire that "according to the company, the coal it treats has a BTU content that is up to 33% higher than normal coal, while at the same time has 70% less sulfur dioxide content than...