Maritime Shipping – Sector Watch 9 August 2019


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Once considered slow-moving and outdated, the maritime shipping industry has experienced a recent influx of digitization and the implementation of new technologies, including autonomous ships, blockchain, drones and geospatial analytics. According to the 2018 Review of Maritime Transport, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) considers technological advances and efforts to curb the industry’s carbon footprint two of the key trends shaping the future of the maritime shipping industry.AttractivenessShips are powered by heavy fuel oil, the most polluting... Read More »

Recent Deals – 9 August 2019


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Agriculture & Food:   Inari, a developer of genetic engineering tools for the agricultural sector, raised $89 million in growth equity. Investors included Flagship Pioneering, Investment Corporation of Dubai, EDBI and Acre Venture Partners. The new round of capital will be used to further the company’s computational and genomic tools, as well as accelerate the commercialization and introduction of its corn and soybean seeds to the US market. Within the next two years, Inari plans to expand into other crops.... Read More »

Challenges and Opportunities for a Distributed Grid: Opinions from the Latest Power Breakfast


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With 80 million smart meters currently in use and 40 million anticipated in the home by 2020, falling electric vehicle (EV) battery costs, smart buildings and growth in renewable energy and energy storage, the centralized grid of the past is becoming more distributed, drawing electrons from these grid edge resources for increased flexibility and reliability in anticipation of a carbon-free energy generation. Recently, we teamed up with Silicon Valley Bank and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to host a Power... Read More »

EV Charging: Software and Grid Services


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Vehicle-to-grid, or V2G, is becoming a buzzword in the electric vehicle (EV) charging industry with 50 V2G projects  around the world trying to figure out how to make it work for all participants - EV owners, utilities, auto OEMs and EV charging developers. V2G technology involves communication between EV chargers and the power grid to delay charging and/or dispatch stored electricity back to the grid, providing demand response and frequency regulation services. This effectively turns EV batteries into an energy... Read More »

Recent Deals – 28 June 2019


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Agriculture & Food: ZeaKal, a developer of plant science technology to increase photosynthesis, improve crop yields and enhance nutritional profiles of various agricultural crops, raised $10 million from Canopy Rivers. As a result of this investment, Canopy Rivers will own approximately 8.7% of ZeaKal and the two companies will enter a strategic collaboration. ZeaKal’s initial commercial focus has been on major row crops but will expand its program to cannabis and hemp following this investment. Energy & Power: Arnergy, a... Read More »

Urban Air Mobility – Sector Watch 28 June 2019


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Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is the movement of air passengers and cargo in an urban space using, mostly electric, Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This sector of mobility currently has 70+ manufacturers, including Boeing, Airbus and Bell Helicopters, as well as other major mobility and e-commerce players, including Uber and Amazon. Attractiveness The interest in this sector lies in its ability to reduce travel and delivery times, reduce transport costs (particularly in the transportation... Read More »

Are Plants the Solution to our Plastics Problem?


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Plastic made with inexpensive feedstock, supported by large investment in infrastructure dominated by oil and gas companies, appears not only to be here to stay, but poised for production growth. At the same time, media and social pressure to do something about plastic waste is increasing. Recycling is one solution, but the underlying question persists: is there a more environmentally attractive replacement? Fossil fuel-based chemicals, largely ethylene and propylene, are used in 99% of plastics production.  Many of the largest... Read More »

If Robots Could Recycle: How Technology Innovation Can Help Solve Plastic Pollution


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Global plastics production has increased from 225 million metric tons in 2014 to 335 metric tons in 2016: only about 16% of this is recycled. The other 84% is either dumped into landfill or makes its way into the ecosystem, causing a tremendous amount of pollution. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that, by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight). The Great Pacific Garbage patch, 99.9% of which is plastic, covers an area three... Read More »