Role Caneval: Business case development, implementation and management.
Description: Darwind was founded
in 2005 by ATO-NH (Province Noord-Holland) to develop
and market high-power offshore wind turbines based
on direct drive permanent technology. Econcern became
the majority shareholder in 2006 and funded the
design and development of two 5MW prototype turbines,
as well as the buildup of the organisation to 70
FTE by 2009. Following the bankruptcy of Econcern,
Darwind was taken over by XEMC Windpower Co. from
China in August 2009. XEMC-Darwind delivered the
first prototype 5MW turbine in 2011 and plans to
ship the first commercial series in 2015. Caneval
developed the business case in co-operation with
the founders and acted as CCO in Darwind's board
up-to the transfer to XEMC Windpower.
Role Caneval: Business case
Description: General Blade Technology
was founded in 2008 to offer wind turbine blade
design, development and production services. As
part of Econcern's Ecoventures, it was set-up to
supply blades to its 'sister' company Darwind, the
manufacturer of offshore wind turbines. After the
bankruptcy of Econcern in 2009, it continued through
a management buy-out and was renamed Global Blade
Technology. Caneval developed the business case
in co-operation with the GBT management team.
Role Caneval: Business case
Description: BioResource was
founded in 2007 by Econcern to extend its position
in the up- and midstream biomass market. It intended
to create local production facilities worldwide
in co-operation with local partners with access
to agro- and forest-based (2nd generation) biomass
residues and to apply advanced technologies such
as torrefaction. Caneval developed the business
case for BioResource together with its management
Role Caneval: Feasibility review,
business case development, subsidy raising and implementation
Description: HEZEPP Company
developed a novel power generator - the HEZEPP for
High Efficiency Zero Emission Power Plant –
based on Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and Gas Turbine
(GT) technology. It is designed to offer unparalleled
high efficiency power generation in combination
with zero emission and a high fuel flexibility.
The GT and heat exchanger technology were successfully
developed, but the SOFC based on 'hollow electrodes
and loose plates' could not be demonstrated to reach
the required current density. The program was therefore
put on hold in 2011. Caneval verified the thermodynamics
of the design; developed the business case; raised
subsidies and provided ongoing implementation support.
Status: On hold.
Role Caneval: Business case,
financing & publicity campaign to prevent liquidation
of TF Solar PV manufacturer.
Description: Thin film solar
PV manufacturer Helianthos, a spin-off from AKZO
research, was threatened to be liquidated in September
2011 after an unsuccessful divestment program initiated
by its mother company NUON/Vattenfal. Caneval Ventures
joined the ‘Burgerinitiatief’ Helianthos
and prepared a new business case together with the
Helianthos management team to demonstrate the long-term
viability of the company and attract new investors.
Helianthos was secured through the acquisition by
HyET Solar in May 2012.
Transition Group (ETG)
Role Caneval: Founder &
Description: The Energy Transition
Group (ETG) is a partnership of independent consultants,
entrepreneurs and thinkers in the Netherlands with
a shared objective to promote the transition to
a sustainable, affordable and reliable energy system
by supporting regional initiatives. Caneval founded
the company and executed its first project for 'Energiecoöperatie
DE Ramplaan' and the municipality of Haarlem: A
comprehensive and quantitative study of the technical
and financial feasibility of the transition to a
fully self-sufficient and sustainable energy supply
in the Ramplaan district in Haarlem. See the ETG
web-site for further information.