Breakthrough Energy Ventures joins funding vehicle for small-scale geothermal plants

Alexander Richter 3 Mar 2019

Investor-led investment fund Breakthrough Energy Ventures has invested $12.5 million in Baseload Capital, a funding vehicle for the deployment of small scale geothermal power units.

Breakthrough Energy Ventures, an investor-led venture fund backed by some of the world’s top business executives, has invested in Baseload Capital, the private investment company which Climeon owns part of, to speed up the global deployment of low temperature geothermal heat power.

“Working together with Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Baseload Capital we can now take leaps, rather than steps, toward our vision of becoming the number one climate solver,” says Thomas Öström, CEO of Climeon.

Breakthrough Energy Ventures is an investor-led fund created to accelerate the transition to clean energy. The team funds cutting-edge companies with the potential to eliminate a half gigaton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions per year and invests across five grand challenges: electricity, transportation, agriculture, manufacturing and buildings. These are the broad areas of activity that contribute most to GHG emissions. The Fund’s investment team has identified low temperature geothermal heat power as one of the most significant opportunities available to address GHG emissions in the production of electricity.

“Geothermal energy from low temperatures has the potential to transform the energy landscape. We believe that the combination of Baseload’s implementation expertise and Climeon’s Heat Power technology has the ability to unlock the large potential of low temperature geothermal resources and result in the deployment of significant quantities of renewable electricity, says Carmichael Roberts, Breakthrough Energy Ventures.”

The first prototype of Climeon’s Heat Power system that turns hot water into clean electricity was developed in 2011. Since then, Climeon has delivered Heat Power systems to customers in several countries and the company is now focused on scale-up and global deployment.

“We’ve put a lot of time and effort into making sure that we are building not just a great product but also an ecosystem that enables maximum impact for our technology. It is great to see such a well-renowned team acknowledging this effort and joining our quest”, says Thomas Öström, CEO of Climeon.

Breakthrough Energy Ventures has invested USD 12.5 million in Baseload Capital and in doing so, joins Climeon, Blue, Gullspång Invest and LMK as a shareholder of Baseload Capital. After Breakthrough Energy Ventures’ investment in Baseload Capital, Climeon owns 15.7 percent of Baseload Capital. Climeon’s equity share will be valued at SEK 48.1 million, compared to the 37.7 communicated in the Year-end report in February 2019.

Climeon, Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Baseload Capital will collaborate on the global deployment of low temperature geothermal heat power.

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with such an experienced team and of course very proud to have our technology acknowledged by Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Through this collaboration, we will get to work with some of the world’s most knowledgeable professionals within the fields of energy, technology and finance, which is exactly what we need to achieve our vision”, says Thomas Öström, CEO of Climeon.

Source: Company release by email