The cleantech sector received a huge boost this week from the news that Portugal’s EDP anounced the acquisition of Texas based Horizon Wind for a price of over $2 Bil. EDP operates globally in Spain, Portugal and Brazil. One of the intriguing aspects of this deal is the history. Horizon Wind was formerly Zilkha Renewable […]
About Neal Dikeman
Neal is a venture capitalist and executive. He is currently Senior Venture Principal of Royal Dutch Shell, and concurrently serves on the board of American Electric Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:AETI), as well as Chairman of Greenhome LLC. He was a founding partner of Jane Capital Partners LLC, a cleantech merchant bank whose clients have included the technology arms of multinational energy companies. He has served as a director of several technology companies, is chief blogger for Cleantech Blog, named one of the 50 Best Business Blogs by the London Times, and chairs industry portal Cleantech.org.
He is a cofounder of venture backed smart grid company Smart Wire Grid, Inc., where he served as founding CFO and director, and venture backed carbon IT startup Carbonflow, a Jane Capital spin-out in SaaS worfklow for the carbon markets where he served as founding CEO and raised the first two rounds of finance.
He advised Meridian Energy Ltd of New Zealand on the creation and launch of its solar business, and prior to that he cofounded Jane Capital spin-out SC Power Systems, Inc. and its successor Zenergy Power plc (AIM:ZEN) in superconductor technology for the power grid, helped launch WaiterPad POS Systems, Inc. in wireless hospitality POS solutions, and led the spin-out of Fideris, Inc. in fuel cell test & measurement. He previously served as Director of Business Development for Globalgate, the parent company of Yellowpages.com, and as an associate at private equity fund manager Doyle & Boissiere. Before entering private equity, he began his career in energy investment banking at Bankers Trust, and has a B.A. from Texas A&M University.
Note: all comments and opinions written on this site are his alone, and do not reflect policy or opinion or Shell, Greenhome LLC, or American Electric Technologies, Inc.
Entries by Neal Dikeman
Fuel Tech (Nasdaq: FTEK) is one of the fast growing public greentech / cleantech companies focused on cleaning up dirty coal. I have known John Norris, the CEO of Fuel Tech, and his family for years, and have had the pleasure of following his career for some time. He’s one of the many former nuclear […]
Dell (Nasdaq:DELL), not known as a cleantech company, but long known for being a supply chain expert and direct marketing leader in PCs and electronic devices, is turning its attention to global warming – or at least working to provide consumers some greener product options and more consumer information. Earlier this year, Dell announced its […]
Two interesting cleantech reports came out in the last couple of days. One talking about the problem, the other the solution. On the problem side, as reported in USA Today, a team of researchers working at Texas A&M found that increased pollution in Asia, primarily from the rise of industrialism in China over the last […]
Investment and growth in the cleantech sector has been driven in the last 2 to 3 years by the solar photovoltaic, large scale wind, and ethanol sectors. For years solar PV has, on a per kw basis relative to other technologies, received massive rebates and tax credits that underpinned its growth, and large scale wind […]
Previously posted on Inside Greentech. There was an active discussion around water at the recent Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. As there always is. Everyone knows the old joke, applied to just about everything at one time or another, that runs: “hydrogen is the fuel of the future… and always will be,” or “Brazil is […]
RECs and carbon credits are a GOOD thing, so stop bashing them. As an example a few months ago Inside Greentech had an article attacking renewable energy credits, singling out one such purchase by Wells Fargo, and comparing them to the indulgences sold by the Catholic Church to save your soul in the middle ages. […]
I just returned after two days of action at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco. Over 600 venture capitalists showed up, representative of the tremendous upsurge in investment in the sector. In huge investment news announced in conjunction with the forum – CalPERS commits $400 mm in investment to Cleantech. California strikes again. I tried […]
SustainLane just ranked the top cities for cleantech incubation clusters in the nation and three out of five are in California. They are as follows: 1. Austin, TX2. San Jose, CA3. Berkeley, CA4. Pasadena, CA5. Greater Boston, MA Very detailed discussion on Joel Makower’s blog. Overview of SustainLane from their website: “SustainLane provides online sustainability […]
I had a chance to chat with Dr. Klaus Brandt, EVP of Lithium Technology Corporation (Ticker symbol LTHU.PK). LTC has been in the business of Lion battery development for over 10 years. They are focused on large energy content / high power applications, primarily using lithium polymer technologies. The Company was formed 4 years ago […]
BP announced the award of $500 MM Bioconversion research center to Berkeley. The award follows a process where BP had shortlisted several major universities, so I’m really glad to see a local university win it. I had a chance to meet with some of the BP technology team working on this project some months ago, […]
Aerovironment, Inc. (Nasdaq:AVAV) priced its $114 mm IPO this week, with Goldman Sachs as the lead underwriter. Shares popped up 54%. From the prospectus “We design, develop, produce and support a technologically-advanced portfolio of small unmanned aircraft systems that we supply primarily to organizations within the U.S. Department of Defense, and fast charge systems for […]
Is the time right to invest in alternative energy? We’ve seen a lot of this before in the 1970s and 1980s. Solar and biomass hot, big regulatory pushes, and then companies and investors lost a lot of money when things changed. We’re still a bit skeptical. We’re also all about not getting pulled in to […]
Quick, what do Ethanol, NAFTA, Mexican Tortillas and Walmart have in common? Don’t know? Well here’s the story. I am fascinated by the discussion about ethanol feedstocks issues. There has been a lot of talk about corn production for ethanol either crowding out beef or food production, or driving up the price of food, or […]
As reported in the Energy Blog and Clean Break, EEStor, a perenially stealthy Kleiner Perkins backed energy storage startup (KP invested $3 mm in EEStor according to the Zenn filings), is reportedly slated to deliver product to Canadian electric car maker Zenn (“Zero Emission No Noise”) formerly Feel Good Cars Inc, in 2007. Zenn’s business […]
BP Chief Lord John Browne is stepping down in July. This suprise announcement is over a year earlier than previously expected. BP’s press release. The change will be the end of an era for BP. Despite BP’s recent problems in 2006, it was under Browne’s leadership that BP helped initiate the age of the mega-mergers […]
Energy Independence? Not interested. Why should I care about just getting us out of the oil import hole? Instead, I want to see the US back to being the energy export king of the world. Targeting energy independence in my mind is kind of a defeatist, reactive goal. My personal feelings on what should be […]
In one of the less talked about cleantech mergers and acquisitions of 2006 (but one I think will have a deep impact on alternative energy and the smart metering and AMI market for years to come), First Data recently acquired Peace Software, an early provider of IT, billing, and CRM software to the deregulated utility […]
@ventures continues its push into Cleantech. The venture capital business of CMGI continues building its bench strength in cleantech with the addition of Rob Day, formerly with Expansion Capital, and the author of the popular Cleantech Investing blog. Almost exactly a year ago, @ventures excecs Marc Poirier and Peter Mills had hired Matt Horton away […]
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