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Azuri generates $26m
IP Group has backed Azuri Technologies, which markets pay-as-you-go solar-powered appliances to households in sub-Saharan Africa.
Twaice juices $2.2m
UVC Partners has returned to back TUM battery management software spinout Twaice's latest seed round, after featuring in the company's inaugural transaction in September 2018.
Ampotech amplifies $725,000
The seed funding will help enhance Ampotech’s range of connected power and energy consumption monitoring systems geared towards industrial and commercial clients.
Modvion envelops $548,000
Modvion was founded with support from Chalmers Ventures and will collaborate with Chalmers University of Technology to construct a prototype wind electricity tower made from laminated timber near Gothenburg.
Verv orchestrates $8.3m
SetSquared Bath-affiliate Verv has secured backing from investors including Centrica as it continues the roll-out of its smart energy hub and peer-to-peer trading platform for renewable electricity.
ANL research sustains $180m energy fund
Research from Argonne National Laboratory will support the advancement of emerging battery technology backed by Volta Energy Technologies, which is funded by corporates Equinor, Exelon, Albemarle and Hanon Systems.
IP Group suffers portfolio loss
The firm’s portfolio fell to a $61.8m net loss during 2018 amid difficult market conditions for listed small-cap businesses and the consolidation of its former peer Touchstone Innovations.
Meyer Burger manufactures Oxford PV stake
Meyer Burger picked up an 18% share in solar film manufacturing spinout Oxford PV, following a recent $41m first series D close for the spinout.

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Big deal: Oxford PV begins capturing series D
Goldwind, Legal & General and Equinor have all taken part in a series D that achieved a $41m first close and boosted the Oxford spinout’s total equity and debt to more than $118m.
Larter lands at Calgary
Stephen Larter has become Calgary’s associate vice-president for research and innovation, adding to his duties as chief scientist of the university’s CDL-Rockies accelerator for energy startups.
Pellucere absorbs funding
Based on OSU research, Pellucere Technologies is to begin selling its soil resistant solar panel coating having previously disclosed a $3m equity investment in November last year.
Fraunhofer looks to get Ahead
Fraunhofer Venture has unveiled an accelerator for businesses based on its research in areas including artificial intelligence, digital medicine and industry 4.0.
Centrica gives Mixergy a whirl
The energy supplier's corporate venturing subsidiary has put an undisclosed sum into Oxford's smart water boiler spinout Mixergy.
Kaust accelerator unveils third roster
Kaust is preparing for the third phase of its Taqadam startup accelerator, which is supported by a host of Saudi Arabian academic institutions and claims to have achieved a 35% female participation rate.

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Big deal: Oxford PV begins capturing series D
Goldwind, Legal & General and Equinor have all taken part in a series D that achieved a $41m first close and boosted the Oxford spinout’s total equity and debt to more than $118m.
Big deal: QuantumScape fuels up on VW cash
VW will invest $100m in QuantumScape and form a joint venture with the Stanford spinout to develop batteries for long-range electric vehicles.
Big deal: MIT revs $150m Engine
Massachusetts Institute of Technology has unveiled an incubator that will provide funding, space and expertise to boost commercialisation activities on and off-campus.
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