Comments by Alex Salmond, Scotland’s First Minister, were a highlight of my fascinating introduction to RPAG – Renewable Power at Scale, this week. With 206 GW of offshore renewable energy potential (wind and marine), despite it’s small size, Scotland has 25% of Europe’s wind power potential and 25% of its tidal resource potential. Keep in […]
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
I had a fascinating presentation today from John Robertson, managing director of BiFab, one of the first movers in offshore wind platform fabrications. They just rolled off doing a 31 unit, 14 month project for Vattenfall’s 150 MW Ormonde project (which still counts as large in the offshore wind business), and built the original Beatrice […]
According to pick your favorite cleantech and carbon media outlet, California is at war. AB 32 is California’s carbon cap and trade law. The law is most the way ready to implement, with the rulemaking in process now. It’s aimed squarely at two goals, one, reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions, and two, since such a […]
By Sanford Selman We live in an age of intense global competition for more sustainable ways of providing food, water, energy and transportation to a growing population against a backdrop of diminishing and deteriorating natural resources. And thus, the race is on to create the next generation of technologies, business models and companies to provide […]
Solyndra CIGS Panels on South Houston High I had a chance to see my first Solyndra solar panels in action today. Three organizations run by friends of mine, HARC, Ignite Solar, and American Electric Technologies, are partnered up to install a 145 kW uber photovoltaic test bed on two schools (Sam Rayburn and South […]
Jane Capital Partners LLC Acquires Leading Green Ecommerce Company Greenhome.com Greenhome.com’s ecostore is the market leader for online sales of green and environmental products The acquisition provides Green Home with capital to grow, and expand its green business efforts, including its offerings of compostables and green cleaning supplies Online sales of green products have grown […]
I had a chance to stop in at the Campus Sustainability Day at my alma mater, Texas A&M today. It was great to see all the activity. We definitely didn’t have such when I was in school. The turnout included various Texas A&M facilities and utilities departments, a number of student committees and organizations, and local […]
A few weeks ago I blogged a very bad experience trying to get an energy audit done on my home. The vendor, Standard Renewable Energy, part of Gridpoint, just didn’t do the job. After our blog article, the company came back to do the audit right for me, complete with a IR camera looking for […]
My article last week was entitled Can I Hate the Solar Bill of Rights and Still Love Love Solar? The comments back ran the gamut, including posters ripping me suggesting I must have oil company ties (to be fair I kind of do) and one asking did someone “pee in my cornflakes” and calling me […]
by Neal Dikeman A few of you may have run across the Solar Bill of Rights Petition that’s floating around the web. I was really excited at the idea, until I read it. For a good environmental conservative like me, I had a lot of trouble swallowing the actual demands, despite the fact that a […]
Voices from the cleantech venture sector whine at least once a quarter about lack of M&A activity. In carbon that hasn’t been the case this year (though only a handful of US venture capitalists could stomach that “obscene” foreign policy risk in carbon, and so largely non traditional investors made the bucks). Despite the carbon […]
By Tom Rooney, CEO SPG Solar Conservatives, let’s talk about energy. And why so many conservatives are so wrong — so liberal, even — on wind and solar energy. Let’s start with a recent editorial from the home of ‘free markets and free people,” the Wall Street Journal. Photovoltaic solar energy, quoth the mavens, is […]
Bad day for energy efficiency the other day. I have a new house (actually a new to me 55 year old house), and was all excited to have an energy auditor come out and energy audit me. After all, I write Cleantech Blog, and did an article not too long ago urging all homeowners to […]
Guest Blog – Max Branzburg, Clean Pacific Ventures Despite cries to the contrary, the venture capital industry is not broken. The poor performance over the past decade leading critics to write VC off as “fun while it lasted” has been driven by an isolated segment of the industry: large funds. The red flags are ubiquitous, […]
I’ve had a number of conversations in the past couple of weeks about the state of cleantech and the various sectors that make it up. No real answers, just food for discussion. The IPO market – a few threads that keep perking up. A need for the IPO market in cleantech to get healthy. A general […]
For those of you interested in the sector under the sector in electric vehicles, the guts of Li Ion battery technology, the week just got more interesting than an overpriced, over hyped Tesla IPO. Check out a very quiet unnanouncement in A123’s SEC filings noting a multi-year supply deal with ConocoPhillips’ Cpreme, the emerging leader in […]
This year picking the Top 10 Cleantech companies felt a little more challenging than 2009 and 2008. The sector is growing (and growing up), and struggling under its first cycles. Biofuels is a bit smashed up (as we’ve been predicting), water tech still has not emerged, solar is learning how to play with the big boys, […]
To start off with, I have to say like many people I’m deeply concerned with the oil spill at Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. It is a generational environmental hit that cannot be overstated. Perhaps BP deserves more credit than it’s getting for responding fast with a massive amount of resource, no finger pointing, […]
Most of my friends know I’m not a huge fan of EV startups. They take massive amounts of capital, the end customer (i.e. you and I) tends to be very sophisticated, demanding, and a pain in the neck, the technology is extremely challenging and I don’t believe the startups understand their long term costs as […]
It’s been a big week in Greenhouse Gas regulation land. Huge boost for cleantech sales executives and afficianados everywhere. EPA announces a slightly delayed and somewhat more limited GHG regulation rule. Starting in July 2011, all facilities greater than 75,000 tons per year in emissions will have to get GHG permits. And John Kerry and Joe […]