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BFF Newsletter #9 - October 2020

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BYE, FOSSIL FUELS. HELLO, AUTOMATION!

 Global Grid Inspection Technology Map

Infrastructure maintenance is a challenge. Even more, it is a growing one, as the way we use the infrastructure is changing rapidly, driven by the sustainable energy transition. It is a challenge that when unsolved, can cause enormous damage to the environment and immediate populations, ranging from rolling blackouts to all engulfing fires like we have seen in California, US most recently.

Having invested in three drone companies: Sterblue, Hepta and Thrust Intelligent UAV Systems, we wanted to share our view on automated grid inspection technologies and where we see the solutions developing further.

Check out our deeper dive on the topic here.

  2020 Summit in Numbers

When we look back and reflect at each year's Energy Tech Summit, a number of key themes seem to stand out. For 2020, dialogues were deep and inspiring as new technologies continued to test and transform traditional energy business models confirming our high conviction of the future success of the sector. While we embraced one of the most challenging pandemics in centuries we kept our head straight and continued to focus our efforts more than ever on building a more inclusive energy and
mobility community.

We are excited to build upon the initiatives born out of this year's edition, including the Energy Tech Network, Energy Tech Challengers, and Energy Tech Investor 50. We invite you to join these initiatives as well as include other members of the energy tech ecosystem!

Check out the full report on this year's event here (where you will also find the links to join our network and contact details of the organising committee for collaboration opportunities in 2021)!
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The Annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance Outlook Is Out
🟢 Some good news predicting that coal has peaked and decarbonisation across sectors is accelerating


Private equity shifts its attention to renewable energy
🦖 PE is watching consolidation of the North American oil and gas sector from the sidelines and is focusing energy efforts on renewables

Solar Energy Company NextEra surpasses ExxonMobil in market value
☀️>🛢️Once the world’s biggest equity value holder has been overtaken by green upstart

Hurry-IconBig Moves in the Market

🚌 Cowen Sustainable Investment Advisors led the round, enabling further R&D into battery and electric drivetrain, as well as business development expansion

Romeo Power goes public via SPAC merger at $384 million
🔋 Funds to enable capacity expansion and R&D to further develop battery system technologies for commercial vehicles
Redaptive raised $157 million to help reduce carbon footprint of buildings
💡 The company will expand their energy-efficiency upgrade offering of installing and managing the equipment such as lighting or air conditioning systems for buildings
 

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