At SJF Ventures, we have been investing in the clean energy transition for two decades. In solar, our investments in groSolar (merged with EDF), NEXTracker (merged with Flex) and Community Energy have helped to drive down the cost of power, especially at the utility scale. Companies like ENTOUCH, Ayla Networks, Fieldview Solutions (merged with NLyte) and TransLoc (merged with Ford Smart Mobility) have helped deploy IOT and SaaS solutions to help facilities, devices, data centers and transportation operate more efficiently. In 2015, we wrote on a 100% Clean Energy goal and in 2017 on the rapid scaling of energy storage to help enable this low carbon transition.
The age of coal and combustion engines is coming to an end, displaced by the emergence of renewable energy and the electrification of transportation and infrastructure. Advances in solar module technology, project development and finance, balance of systems and wind power have proven that renewables can be cost-competitive (or better) with fossil fuel. The hero in the next act of this play–the part when clean energy reaches mass penetration and vehicle fleets shift to being predominantly electric–is a 120-year-old invention: the battery.
For some of the most important shifts, from energy production and transportation to drones and consumer electronics, the battery is the core enabling technology and often the bottleneck for performance, cost and form factor. The enhancement of batteries and the process for developing them will spark value across a variety of markets, applications and companies.
Voltaiq is helping to serve battery developers, utilities, EV manufacturers and consumer device companies to help assure that their batteries are safe, powerful and increasingly inexpensive. Voltaiq’s software is helping to foster the 100% clean energy transition, with many of the global auto OEMs who have announced major electrification programs across their fleets, as an example. Similarly on the grid, Voltaiq’s software is helping to assure that batteries have the right capabilities and duration for a variety of applications… from frequency regulation to peak demand management to renewable power firming and time shifting. Finally, as battery powered devices proliferate in our homes, businesses and community – from drones to phones – Voltaiq is helping assure safety and reliability.
To read Dave Kirkpatrick’s entire article, click here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/data-100-clean-energy-electrification-dave-kirkpatrick/