19 Oct. 2006

Financing Energy Innovation - 19 Oct.2006

Law Faculty, West Road, Cambridge, 16:30 - 20:30.

We are pleased to say that this meeting was sponsored by The Carbon Trust.

In our previous events we have explored the drivers for change, the different opportunities for: primary energy; electricity production; and ways of getting more for less. This event is designed to begin to look at rolling out new technologies and products. In particular it is focuses on financing the innovative companies that will provide these new services.

We always hope to foster dialogue, so different views are encouraged. We explored financing of innovation from several angles:

  • Why has the Alternative Energy/Climate Change sector become so popular with investors?
  • Why did HMG establish the Carbon Trust, what market failure is it designed to address?
  • Why is the investee company experience so different to the investor company's?
  • What drives the investment experience, Market, Technology, Team?
  • How does financing enhance or retard market deployment of innovation?
A review of the talks and of the subsequent discussion has been produced by Nicky Dee: Download 63 kB.

Dr. Anthony White MBE is Head of Advisory at Climate Change Capital. He has been involved in almost all aspects of the energy industry, ranging from renewable energy research through to strategy, finance, international development and policy. Download 325 kB.

Dr. Peter Davidson, non-executive director of D1 Oils, and served on the ICI Technology Board for ten years, latterly with responsibility for Bio-Science. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. D1 Oils plc is a UK-based global producer of biodiesel which listed on AIM in October 2004. Download 3,848 kB and see also www.d1plc.com.

Adam Workman, Investment Manager at the Carbon Trust. The Carbon Trust is a private company that invests Government funds in new, clean energy and low carbon technologies. Adam is a geophysicist by training and worked for Shell and 3i before joining the Carbon Trust. Download 325 kB.

Lynne McGregor, Imperial College Innovations Ltd. Lynne manages the Imperial Carbon Trust Incubator, a virtual incubator which provides business incubation and commercialisation services under the Carbon Trust's Incubation Programme Lynne has a chemical engineering background with over twenty years of experience in business development, sales and marketing and new business start-ups. Download 325 kB and see also Imperial Innovations.

Ed Gillespie, Creative Director, Futerra. Ed will be speaking about Shell Springboard, a fund for small businesses with big ideas on climate change Shell Springboard is now open for a second round, giving a cash boost to small businesses with a product or service that helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Awards of between 20,000 and 40,000 will be available in early 2007. Download 605 kB and see also www.shellspringboard.org.

All future "energy related" meetings in Cambridge are posted at The Cambridge Network's events calendar.

Cambridge Energy Forum holds regular speaker meetings; we use a 2-part, disputation format.

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