To accelerate the deployment of sustainable energy, the electrification of societies and unlock new growth opportunities, Vestas is launching a new venture investment programme entitled Vestas Ventures.
For four decades, Vestas has been a driving force in innovating technology solutions to create a sustainable energy system. This journey has driven wind energy to become one of the cheapest and most reliable sources of energy and has subsequently made the world’s energy mix more sustainable.
As the corporate venture capital arm of the company, Vestas Ventures will invest in early-stage start-ups within sustainable energy. The programme will partner as a lead or follow-investor with start-up companies globally with promising technologies and solutions within:
- long duration energy storage and grid flexibility solutions for supporting further build-out and integration of renewables
- power to X for electrifying and decarbonising heavy transport and industries via e.g. green hydrogen
- wind energy technologies and solutions to continuously improve the value proposition of wind energy
- sustainability and advanced materials such as improved recyclability of wind turbine blades and reduced waste footprint.
“We want to combine Vestas’ 40 years of experience in pioneering renewable energy with world-class start-ups and help build solutions that will shape the energy systems of the future. We have entered a new decade of transformation and the pace of the energy transition requires new partnerships and targeted innovation efforts”, says Thomas Alsbjerg, Group Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Strategy.
Vestas Ventures is currently identifying its initial potential investments and will aim to leverage its experience from previous engagements and innovation partnerships to guide investment decisions. This includes Vestas’ investment in the Swedish battery manufacturer Northvolt.
Read the article online at: https://www.energyglobal.com/special-reports/25112020/vestas-launch-sustainable-energy-investment-programme/