Founded in January 2011, Energy Technology Ventures is a joint venture involving General Electric, NRG Energy, and ConocoPhillips. The fund is focused on the development of next-generation energy technologies. The JV invests in, and offers commercial collaboration opportunities to, venture- and growth-stage energy technology companies in the renewable power generation, smart grid, energy efficiency, oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear energy, emission controls, water and biofuels sectors, primarily in North America, Europe and Israel. With their wide range of deep technical and financial expertise, relationships, services and products, the three companies behind Energy Technology Ventures intend to help start-ups develop next-generation energy technology.
The joint venture brings together three market-leading companies with complementary capabilities and significant strategic interests in the development of next-generation energy technology. This is the first corporate venture investment program by both NRG Energy, owner and operator of one of the country's largest and most diverse power generation portfolios, and ConocoPhillips, the third-largest US integrated energy company. GE Capital, through its business units GE Energy Financial Services and GE Capital, Equity, is already among the world's most active energy technology venture and growth capital investors.
- 04/14/11 -techcrunch.com