Does clean energy become mainstream?

Does clean energy become mainstream?

The acquisition of sonnen by Shell has attracted a lot of attention in the national and international press. The reason for this is obvious: That one of the world's largest oil and gas companies is investing in clean energy must be seen as a milestone for the energy industry on its way from fossil fuels to clean energy.

Richard Youngman, CEO of the Cleantech Group, a San Francisco-based global cleantech consulting firm, has described the importance of the acquisition particularly well: Youngman underlines sonnen's exceptional position and the importance of the transaction for the industry overall.

You can find Richard Youngman's full commentary at the following link:

For eCAPITAL, this highlights that German startups can be turned into true game changers that not only generate attractive returns but can also change global industries and contribute to solving fundamental problems of our society, such as global warming. Thus, the transaction strengthens our believe that clean energy solutions can indeed become mainstream.

eCAPITAL AG, based in Münster, is a capital management company for alternative investment funds (AIF) in accordance with the EuVECA Regulation. The company is one of the leading venture capital investors in Germany and has been actively supporting innovative entrepreneurs in promising sectors since 1999. The focus is on fast-growing companies in the software / IT, industry 4.0, cleantech and new materials segments. eCAPITAL currently manages six funds with a subscription capital of over 240 million euros. Further information is available at:

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