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In the first quarter of 2017, smart grid venture capital reached 1.13 billion yuan

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In the first quarter of 2017, smart grid venture capital reached 1.13 billion yuan


According to Mercom Capital's latest "battery energy, smart grid and energy efficiency" market research report, the smart grid company's venture capital increased threefold quarterly, up nearly 50% on an annual basis and 14 transactions in the first quarter of 2017 (About RMB1.13 billion), which was $ 46 million (US $ 320 million) in six transactions in the fourth quarter of 2016 and 14 transactions in the first quarter of 2016, RMB 7.58 billion).


Energy efficiency firms also maintained strong growth as venture capital groups invested $ 213 million ($ 1.47 billion) for clean technology start-ups in the first quarter, up more than 25 percent year-on-year. Energy efficiency in the first quarter of 2017 was roughly equal to $ 211 million (approximately RMB1.45 billion) in the first quarter of 2016.


On the other hand, the battery storage company's venture capital, including private equity and corporate venture capital investment, fell sharply on a quarterly basis. In the first quarter of this year, 8 transactions totaled $ 58 million (approximately $ 400 million) of venture capital for battery storage companies. By contrast, 9 transactions in the fourth quarter of 2016 were $ 156 million (about $ 1.07 billion) in venture capital, down nearly 99%.


However, the first quarter of 2010 battery energy storage company's venture capital of 58 million US dollars (about 400 million yuan), compared with the first quarter of 2016 54 million US dollars (about 370 million yuan) 7.4% higher.


In the first quarter of 2017, $ 82 million (approximately $ 560 million) of venture capital raised by ChargePoint was the largest venture capital firm. ChargePoint, based in Florida, aims to build an electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the United States. It is worth noting that both Daimler and BMW 1 joint ventures are involved in cash flow.


All in all, 40 investment groups in the first quarter of 2017 participated in smart grid venture capital projects. Which focus on PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) and V2G (car to grid) technology companies to attract the most investment.


Somewhat surprisingly, liquid-flow battery energy storage companies, in contrast to lithium-ion battery companies, have attracted the most investment in the battery energy industry, with 15 investment groups involved in capital investment. Which Primus power to raise 32 million US dollars (about 220 million yuan) is the largest in the first quarter.


Battery storage companies also raised funds in two debt and public market financing transactions, totaling $ 22 million (about $ 150 million), down 60% on a quarterly basis. According to Mercom, a battery energy storage project raised $ 152 million ($ 1.05 billion).


Speaking of energy efficiency start-up companies in the first quarter of venture capital, efficient home / construction companies attracted the most money. In addition, energy efficiency companies raised $ 301 million ($ 2.07 billion) in three transactions through debt and public markets, compared with $ 928 million ($ 6.39 billion) for five transactions in the fourth quarter of 2016, Down significantly.


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