Industrial Technologies

Arete Corporation

Contact: Robert Shaw
Work P.O. Box 1299 Center Harbor NH United States Work Phone: 603-253-9797 Website: http://www.arete-microgen.com/

Biography

As manager of the Micro-Generation Technology Fund, Arete participates in the origination of ventures to address unfilled needs in the micro-generation market. The Fund expects to focus its investments on companies offering products and related services in the areas shown below. Typical investments are in the range of $500,000 to $3,000,000. Renewable Micro Generation: Solar, Wind, Biofuels, Emerging Technology. Fossil Fuel Micro Generation: Turbines, Fuel Cells, Stirling Engines, Alternate Cycles, Thermal PV. Micro Storage and Power Quality: Micro SMES, Flywheels, Batteries, Ultra-Capacitors. Hydrogen Technology: Fuel Cells, Storage, Reformers, Electrolyzers.

Categories: $1M - $2M, $2M - $5M, $500,000 - $1M, Canada, Energy: Any, Equity, First Outside Round, Follow-on, Industrial Technologies, Materials, Seed, US: Anywhere, Venture Capital Firm

Arete Corporation

Contact: Robert Shaw
Work PO Box 1299 Center Harbor New Hampshire 03226 United States Work Phone: (603) 253 9797 Website: http://www.arete-microgen.com/

Biography

Aretê Corporation has been managing venture capital funds focused on energy firms located in North America since 1983. The five Utech Funds addressed ventures related to the needs and interests of the electric and gas utility industries and the Micro-Generation Technology Fund made investments in small scale electric generation technologies. Our most recent fund, SC Green Tech Ventures, focused on investments in alternative energy.

Our most recent fund, SC Green Tech Ventures, completed at the end of 2009, focused on four areas in the alternative energy investment space. We are particularly interested in: Solar energy, particularly high efficiency crystalline silicon based systems, CIGS, and other novel technologies; Hydrogen systems, including SOFC’s, disruptive innovations in PEMFC’s, hydrogen production and hydrogen storage; Biofuels, with particular emphasis on cellulosic ethanol technologies; and Advanced battery technologies.

We have made a number of investments in a number of clean energy companies including: Angstrom Power, Hydrogenics Corporation (fuel cell), Evergreen Solar (Solar), and Proton Energy Systems (hydrogen). We typically invest from $500K to $3 million at the first outside round and follow on stages of investment.

Categories: $1M - $2M, $2M - $5M, $500,000 - $1M, Energy: Any, Equity, First Outside Round, Follow-on, North America, Venture Capital Firm