Broadscale News & Insights - September 2015
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    News & Insights from Broadscale Group September 2015   

By now we all know about Pope Francis’s outspoken advocacy on climate change, but did you know about his passion for energy storage?  “There is still a need to develop adequate storage technologies,” he writes in his much-discussed encyclical.  Innovators agree and are responding with major product launches and partnerships such as our Network Member Panasonic’s work with Tesla on its battery Gigafactory.  We’re spending a lot of time on energy storage; please contact us if you want to learn more.

Shapiro co-founds Resourcient to drive more effective investment

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Andrew Shapiro has co-founded Resourcient, a new initiative to drive scalable investment in resource efficient businesses, with Stephan Dolezalek, who has led approximately $1 billion of clean energy investment at Vantage Point Capital Partners, and Stefan Heck, Professor at Stanford and former co-head of McKinsey’s Global CleanTech and Sustainable Transformation practices.  Read their essays in Fortune: Why Bill Gates is Wrong about Clean Energy, and What Clean-Energy Innovators Can Learn from Apple.

Broadscale Network investing in energy storage, software, and sensors
We’ve had a number of exciting growth companies present recently.  Here are a few that received funding from members of our Network:
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National Grid forms New Energy Solutions team
National Grid, one of our founding Network Members, launched a New Energy Solutions team, along with four demonstration projects for New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative. “With the help of customers, communities and regulators, we plan to advance America’s natural gas and electricity infrastructure beyond its 20th century limitations to create an energy network that is more customer-centric, resilient, agile, efficient and environmentally sound,” said Ed White, Vice President of New Energy Solutions.

Broadscale leads TouGas investment round
We’re delighted to announce our investment in TouGas Oilfield Solutions, a German company that enables hydraulic fracturing without freshwater among other innovations that improve the productivity and sustainability of the oil and gas industry. “TouGas can reduce operators’ costs substantially and deliver a game-changing environmental breakthrough,” said Andrew Shapiro. Broadscale joins an investor group that includes the Kuwait Investment Authority and Sumitomo, which has a major distribution partnership with TouGas.

Shapiro to speak at Fortune's Brainstorm E event 

Andrew Shapiro will interview Richard Kauffman, Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York, and discuss the State’s ambitious REV effort to decarbonize and decentralize the grid.  Andrew will also moderate a panel discussing where investment is flowing and new capital sources including corporate VCs and family offices. Colleen Calhoun of GE Ventures, a Broadscale Network Member, will be among the participants.
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