Startup Digest

Energy & Clean Tech

August 15, 2016

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Each ECT digest consists of three parts - News, Analysis and Calendar. Topics include energy generation, storage, digitalization and future mobility. 

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Energy & Clean Tech Startup Digest is curated by:
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News 1. Audi developing regenerative damper technology

Mick Chan - Paultan

While all the automakers and software companies chase each other in the self-driving race, it is nice to see some energy efficiency design progress for conventional autos. With this solution, Audi captures some of the energy ordinarily lost in suspension damping.

News 2. WM Motor, an unheard-of car startup raised $1 billion

C. Custer - Tech in Asia

WM Motor is a Chinese carmaker founded by Freeman Shen. Shen is known for his work at Volvo and at Chinese carmaker Geely.

If you work in the arena of EVs, you shall not be unfamiliar with the ambitious moves Chinese investors and manufacturers are making. Though you might have doubts about inflated valuations and lack of know-how, the policy moves these days in China, some clearly protectionist, will likely drive domestic hardware and software players to prosperity.

If policy-related topics interest you, email/tweet me so I can provide a deeper dive.

News 3. Nigeria to auction 1GW of renewable energy projects


The deal between off-taker NBET and 14 developers is the first non-hydro utility-scale tender in Africa’s largest economy and would add 1,125MW to the national grid. The tender will help to plug the nation’s 8-gigawatt energy shortfall.

Details about PPA term, tariff, currency risk hedge can be found through the link. 

Having worked on Nigerian energy projects, I personally would add payment default risk to the well-known political risk.

News 4. Tesla is playing catch-up with China’s BYD in nearly every business category

Matthew Klippenstein - GTM

No pressure, Tesla!
More quality, more press, more Chinese support. BYD may may result in B.A.T. (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent) becoming B.B.A.T.

Analysis 1. Where the commercial storage market is heading

Stephen Lacey - GTM

As with many things in life, one can have many well-recognized merits, but never see the "grand jour" of success. Energy storage has been one of them.

Commercial deployment typical rests on cost-benefit analysis. Hardware manufacturers, software startups, policy makers and utilities have continually sought use cases where energy storage can be economically viable. 

This excellent podcast points to the opportunities investors and startups should look at in the realm of commercial energy storage.

Analysis 2. Autotech insight webinar

Kerry Wu - CB Insight

To discern beyond the noise in the space of autonomous cars, it is critical to have a clear view of the key players and each's initiatives. 

This brilliant piece from CB Insight analyzes the "power hubs" in this battlefield - century-old automakers, big software giants, and fearless startups. It also sheds light onto some adjacent industries that hold business opportunities. 

Who do you think will be the winners in the self-driving race? 

You can download this piece through the link embedded in the title.

Calendar 1. Energy Storage North America 2016 (October 4-6, 2016 in San Diego, CA)

Tiffany X. Wang - ENSA

Energy Storage North America (ESNA) is the largest conference, exhibition and networking event for the North American energy storage industry. Now in its fourth year, ESNA connects developers, energy users, utilities and policymakers to advance understanding and deployment of energy storage and ultimately build a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient grid.

For ECT subscribers, ESNA offers a special discount of 15% and you can use discount code ESNASTARTUP.

Calendar 2. US Solar Market Insight Conference (October 25-26, 2016 in San Diego, CA)

Tiffany X. Wang - GTM

Underpinned by six years of in-depth market analysis, and organized in conjunction with the Solar Energy Industries Association, this U.S. Solar Market Insight conference will give exclusive access to the top industry executives and thought leaders while providing actionable insights into the U.S. solar industry.

Attendees can learn how to navigate complex market dynamics and local policies to access innovative project finance and unlock hidden growth markets.

ECT Digest subscribers can benefit from a discounted rate of $895 (a discount of $1000). Discount code is STARTUPDIGEST.

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