Targeted investment areas

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Energy Technology

Energy technology refers to a spectrum of products, services and processes that improve performance, increase productivity and enhance efficiency while minimizing energy consumption, waste, or pollution. Braemar’s investments focus on three broad segments of energy technology:

  • Stationary: knowledge-based smart grids and sensors, energy efficient lighting and building components
  • Transportation: alternative fuels and vehicles, pollution control and natural resource conservation
  • Portable: energy storage and management such as batteries, semiconductors and capacitors

Management & Energy Efficiency

The increasing consumption and cost of electricity can have a considerable financial impact on residential, commercial and industrial users. Increased use of electricity to operate digital controls and digital devices is an upward trend with no end in sight. Management and energy efficiency areas include:

  • Lighting
  • HVAC
  • Appliances
  • Industrial process controls
  • Computers and related peripherals

Advanced Power Generation

Advanced power conversion for distributed and/or utility scale applications include:

  • Fuel cells
  • Stirling engines
  • Thermal-electronic conversion
  • PV/Solar thermal
  • Wind power
  • Geothermal energy

In addition to stationary applications, we also focus on companies developing advanced power conversion systems for mobile, portable and micro-applications.

Power Electronics & Semiconductors

Power electronics, based on power semiconductors, are required for power management in all digital devices ranging from laptop computers to utility scale high voltage electronic switches. The demand for power electronics is only expected to accelerate as the demand for digital devices continues to increase. Power electronics /power semiconductor target areas include:

  • Power supplies (AC/DC), (DC/DC)
  • Power switching
  • Power conditioners

Electrical & Mechanical Storage

Advances in electric and electrochemical storage systems are having and will continue to have a profound effect on applications ranging from large industrial/utility storage requirements to microelectronics. Mechanical energy storage systems include applications for uninterruptible power systems and electric peak shaving. Electrical and mechanical storage target areas include :

  • Advanced batteries
  • Ultra capacitors
  • Super conductors
  • Flywheels
  • Compressed fluid storage

Clean Fuel Storage

There is a growing focus on clean fuel storage systems for stationary, mobile and portable applications. Significant research and development and commercialization programs for hydrogen storage are being conducted by government labs, universities, large corporations and venture-backed companies. Clean fuel storage areas include:

  • CNG/LNG transportation
  • Compressed hydrogen
  • Hydrogen metal hydrides
  • Chemical hydride slurries
  • Carbon nanotubes

Clean Fuel Processes

We are actively seeking investments in companies developing technologies that will economically extract and/or process clean fuels derived from renewable and non-renewable resources. Clean fuel process areas include:

  • More efficient natural gas extraction
  • Hydrogen production from renewable and non renewable sources
  • Biofuels
  • Waste fuels
  • Clean coal processes

Pollution Control

Pollution control is playing an increasingly important role in energy technology based on tightening environmental regulations and general worldwide concerns regarding environmental protection, health and safety. Pollution control target areas include:

  • NOx, SOx and particulates
  • Hazardous organics
  • Hazardous metals
  • Water treatment
  • Recycling

IT & Energy Communications

Information technology and energy-related communications are essential for the development of “Energy Intelligent Networks” that govern and optimize the delicate relationship between production, transmission, distribution and consumption of electricity in complex competitive markets. Energy Intelligent Network component areas include:

  • Meters
  • Sensors
  • Energy management software/Load curtailment
  • Network communications software
  • Communications hardware