December 21, 2011 source: this article by Eric Wesoff appeared in GreenTechEnterprise
GMZ Wins VC From KPCB for Thermovoltaics and Waste-Heat-to-Electricity The year of living thermoelectrically
Venture capital tends to move in waves, like sets of breakers on a beach or lemmings off a cliff.
In September, we witnessed two early-stage waste-heat-to-energy firms receive VC funding. They are both still in the pre-product phase.
MTPV raised $6.5 million in the initial closing . . .
→ Read full post: Claremont Creek Ventures’ portfolio company Alphabet Energy covered in GreenTechEnterprise article
It’s nearly impossible to succeed as an energy startup without a little help from some friends and partners. It’s always challenging to perfect a new technology, launch a product and secure early customers in any market. In energy sectors, these challenges are amplified given the enormous investment in existing assets and infrastructure, well-established incumbents, regulation, and processes that place a premium on high reliability and minimizing risk. One step founders can take . . .
→ Read full post: Robert C. McFarlane, former United States National Security Advisor, joins Alphabet Energy’s Advisory Board
Nat Goldhaber, managing director of Claremont Creek Ventures in Oakland, said a monster showing by BrightSource could spark a “Google effect” that leaves investors as enthusiastic about pioneering energy firms as they have been about information technology.
May 3, 2011 source: New York Times
BrightSource Energy Inc.’s plan to go public this year could spur a wave of clean technology startups looking to follow suit if investors flock to the solar developer in large . . .
→ Read full post: BrightSource IPO Could Spark Clean-Tech ‘Gold Rush’
March 23, 2011 source: Building 43 Videos – Robert Scoble interview
— “… Very little has changed since 1979-1980 in energy [management]…” Nat Goldhaber (1′ 30″ into video)
Much of the technology-related startup news today is focused on companies in the social media or Internet application spaces. Today, however, we are meeting with Claremont Creek Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in, among others, early stage cleantech and healthcare companies.
“One of . . .
→ Read full post: Nat Goldhaber interview with Robert Scoble: Investing in early stage cleantech and healthcare
March 8, 2011 source: GreentechEnterprise
– “When you are looking at waste heat, there is an interest if there is a very fast payback of less than two years when you are thinking of the stationary-furnace-type industries” said Paul Straub –
Activity has been perking up in a once-obscure area. Here’s the report from ARPA-E.
Earlier this month, Venrock and Oak Investment Partners invested $10 million in Phononic Devices’ thermoelectric approach to waste . . .
→ Read full post: Is Waste Heat Going Mainstream?
February 24, 2011 source:PRWeb
– Early-stage company with breakthrough thermoelectric technology for waste-heat recovery continues course toward commercialization with award of two SBIR Phase 2 contracts for delivery of field-test products to Air Force and Army. –
Alphabet Energy Inc., maker of thermoelectric materials for waste-heat recovery, has secured two Phase II contracts from both the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs. . . .
→ Read full post: Claremont Creek Ventures portfolio company, Alphabet Energy awarded $1.48M In SBIR Phase II Contracts
February 1, 2011 source: Techcrunch GreenTech
A company that makes systems to turn heat-waste into electricity, Alphabet Energy, has officially moved its technology out of the lab and into pilot production, the company announced today.
A director at Claremont Creek Ventures, Paul Straub, said of Alphabet Energy: “They’re going after a huge problem. As VCs, we look at investments that can be [in] billion dollar markets. What they’re trying to . . .
→ Read full post: Alphabet Energy’s Waste-Heat Recovery Tech Is Out Of The Lab, Pilot Projects Underway
October 12, 2010 source: AZnanotechnology the A-Z of Nanotchnology
What do a smart window company, a microbial analysis start-up and waste-heat recovery start-up have in common? They’re all located in the San Francisco Bay Area and they’re all based on technology developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory….
Alphabet Energy is another start-up that has seen tremendous investor and market interest in a short amount of time. Founded in 2009, the San Francisco-based . . .
→ Read full post: Berkeley Lab Technology Spawns Successful Start-up Companies
September 21, 2010 source: greentechgrid Michael Kanellos’ article on The Top Ten VCs in Smart Grid; Who has the best investments for fixing the grid and automating power demand? lauds Claremont Creek Ventures and its portfolio companies: “Adura Technologies, EcoFactor (home energy management) Sentilla (energy management for data centers). EcoFactor, whose HAN doesn’t require a smart meter, won the Cleantech Open last year, while Adura won . . .
→ Read full post: Claremont Creek Ventures makes the Greentechgrid: Top Ten VCs in Smart Grid
August 17, 2010 source:Gigaom Most of the recent research into thermoelectrics has centered around using nanotechnology to design thermoelectric materials that conduct electricity but not heat. In March, researchers at Boston College and MIT announced that they had achieved a major thermoelectric efficiency increase in bismuth telluride by breaking it down and “rebuilding it in a composite of nanostructures in bulk form,” according to Boston College physicist Zhifeng Ren. Other startups appear . . .
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