While we were preparing our Green Investors Guide, we carried out an extensive research into what sectors in cleantech / renewable energy are in demand, and here are some interesting findings:
‘¢ Investors in different regions tend to have different demands and interests’¨
‘¢ European investment firms sometimes treat cleantech / renewable energy as part of a broader mandate which often include life sciences and biotechnology, which is quite different from those in North America’¨
‘¢ North American venture capital firms on the other hand, have emerged from technology venture capital firms and are now retraining their investment managers looking into cleantech opportunities.
Canadian investors and American investors also have different appetite when comes to cleantech & renewable energy opportunities. Canadian firms, for instance are highly experienced in minerals & energy sectors; as well as in large infrastructure projects. American investors; on the other hand, have shown stronger interest in energy efficiency technologies, automobile related technologies and solar industries.
‘¢ Australian government is proactive in cleantech and renewable energy and have established multiple grants themselves’¨
‘¢ Chinese companies are very active in investing in cleantech and renewable energy projects ‘” especially solar energy, as well as water treatment technologies and air pollution management applications’¨
‘¢ Japanese investment firms are very active and highly experienced in investing in cleantech opportunities ‘” as well as those engaged in the process’¨
‘¢ Singaporean firms are especially active in investing in water treatment and management opportunities, they also provide export assistance for many companies expanding into China’¨
‘¢ Taiwanese investment firms are interested in investing in water treatment and solar energy as well as energy efficiency applications such as energy storage devices.
‘¢ UK has recently established a large number of investment firms specialized in investing in renewable energy and cleantech opportunities, because of its landscape, wind power applications are particularly of interest from UK investors and utilities companies. ‘¨
‘¢ Germany ‘” It has very strong R&D capability and has a lot of interests investing in solar energy applications as well as advanced engineering systems and energy efficiency, waste management applications. ‘¨’¢ Switzerland ‘” It is a very interesting market and we have seen a large number of renewable energy funds or cleantech funds based in Switzerland, as well as Water Funds, including buying up significant portions of water rights and water assets in North America and Australia’¨
‘¢ Sweden and Norway also have many cleantech investment firms; their governments are also highly supportive in investing in international opportunities; especially those relating to minerals recoveries, wind energies and improvements in oil production & efficiencies.