About Apricum - The Cleantech Advisory

About Us

We offer an integrated suite
of growth-oriented consulting
services for companies and investors

Get to know Apricum

 

Advantages we offer our clients

 

We are a globally active transaction advisory and strategy consulting firm dedicated to the cleantech industry. Established in 2008, we serve our clients as their independent advisor to help them succeed in the fields of solar & wind, water, waste, energy storage, green mobility and digital energy. We offer a wide range of growth-oriented services to investors and companies both public and private, including mergers and acquisition, fund raising, project finance, strategy development, business model design and technology roadmaps.

We have assembled an enviable team of experts with impressive industry experience in top management, consulting and finance roles. We work with a broad variety of companies from high-tech startups and project developers to financial investors and multi-billion US dollar conglomerates. We are headquartered in Berlin with representatives in key established and emerging renewable energy markets around the world.

Expert knowledge

Our team of more than 50 senior experts combines profound market and technology expertise as well as decades of industry experience in top management, consulting and finance roles.

Proven track record

We’ve completed over 250 cross-border consulting and transaction projects with the highest levels of client satisfaction. Visit our References page to read some of their testimonials and view some recent projects.

Vast network

We have access to key decision makers around the world and can connect you to high level contacts in the global cleantech and financial industries.

Global presence

We are headquartered in Berlin and serve clients around the world. We have representatives in the USA, UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, China, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan. Through our widespread global presence, we offer you valuable local market insights and access to potential business partners.

Apricum's global presence and network can help you realize growth

 

Growth may come in many guises: Whether you seek strategic or financial investors, a strategic acquisition or divestment or a smart internationalization strategy, we have the contacts and the expertise to guide your business development activities to success.

While we are headquartered in Berlin, we proudly serve clients around the world. Through Apricum, you can access our large international network of senior advisors, local representatives and partners in countries such as the USA, UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, China, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan.

Our high-caliber, international network is one of our key differentiators and we’ve put it to good use in more than 250 cross-border consulting and transaction projects completed with the highest levels of client satisfaction.

Explore our impressive global network with local representatives and dedicated content experts below.

Apricum has an impressive global network with local representatives around the world

Team

 

Nikolai Dobrott about Apricum's approach in the renewable energies industry

“We offer our clients more than just outstanding capabilities – our team of financial experts, global network and international track record is second to none. We proudly offer our specialist knowledge of the cleantech industry and most importantly our passion for renewable technologies.”

Expertise, experience and passion characterize and unite our talented and diverse team members. The nature, variety and complexity of our clients’ projects attract these high-caliber management consultants, investment bankers, engineers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders to our team. With backgrounds in engineering, economics, physics and business administration, PhDs and MBAs are common among us. Residing currently in 12 countries, we are multilingual and deeply connected to local renewable energy markets around the world.

Leadership

 

Apricum Managing Partner Nikolai Dobrott

Nikolai Dobrott

Founder & Managing Partner

Nikolai Dobrott has profound technology and market knowledge in the solar, wind, water and integrated renewable energy industries, combined with deep functional expertise in strategy development, strategic business plan execution and corporate finance. He speaks at major cleantech and renewable energy conferences worldwide every year.

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Apricum Managing Partner Nikolai Dobrott

Frank Beckers

Partner

Drawing on over 25 years of experience at First Abu Dhabi Bank, McKinsey & Company and Deutsche Bank, Frank Beckers brings considerable expertise to Apricum’s global transaction advisory and corporate strategy practices, with a focus on Europe and the Middle East.

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Apricum Partner Dr. Moritz Borgmann

Dr. Moritz Borgmann

Partner

Moritz Borgmann focuses on strategy and business model design, due diligence, capital raising and M&A and project finance engagements along the entire value chain of the solar industry and in the “digital energy” sector. Prior to joining Apricum, Moritz was the cofounder and member of the management board of digital semiconductor company Celestrius AG.

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Apricum Partner Florian Haacke

Florian Haacke

Partner

Florian Haacke is the head of the solar materials and energy storage materials practice group at Apricum. He has expertise in strategy development with a focus on materials enabling photovoltaic and energy storage technologies. Florian speaks at major materials conferences worldwide and contributes to studies and publications regarding this topic.

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Apricum Partner Florian Mayr

Florian Mayr

Partner

Florian Mayr brings a wealth of management consultant experience to Apricum, combining an enviable knowledge of both the conventional energy and renewable energy sectors. Prior to Apricum, he spent eight years in senior positions at McKinsey & Company and RWE.

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Our team

 

Dr. Amer Alswaha

Dr. Amer Alswaha

Senior Advisor and Country Representative Saudi Arabia

Former head of independent power producers program, Saudi Electricity Company; senior vice president, Saudi Electricity Company

Paul Arwas

Paul Arwas

Senior Advisor

Former director and VP of energy and chemicals, Arthur D. Little; founder, Arwas & Associates

Masataka Asano

Masataka Asano

Senior Advisor and Country Representative Japan

Former member of board and senior managing director, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation

Ricardo Barreto

Ricardo Barreto

Senior Advisor

Former CEO, Elia Grid International; regional director EMEA, Gaffney, Cline & Associates; senior business development, M&A manager, Wintershall

Hamid Can Baş

Hamid Can Baş

Consultant

Master’s degree in environmental management; former summer associate, Renew Power; quantitative analyst, ACWA Power

Hannes Beushausen

Hannes Beushausen

Principal

MBA, master’s degree in physics; former junior consultant, Daimler AG

Dietmar Blank

Dietmar Blank

Senior Advisor

Former commercial and contracts engineer / IWPP senior engineer, EWEC, ADWEC, ADWEA
Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Dr. Raed Bkayrat

Senior Advisor

Former VP business development, First Solar; head of technology commercialization and industry collaboration, KAUST; director of system engineering and power electronics, DDS

Christina Brandt

Christina Brandt

Office Manager

Former senior management assistant, European Central Bank; assistant at Deutsche Börse AG, Deutsche Bank, ANZ Bank

Corentin de Ricaud

Corentin de Ricaud

Vice President

Master’s in finance and strategy; former investment officer, European Investment Bank; financial advisor, ENGIE; analyst, BNP Paribas

Dr. Horst Dietz

Dr. Horst Dietz

Senior Advisor

Member of the supervisory board, ABB AG, Solon SE, Bilfinger Berger; former CEO, ABB AG

Dr. Garry Felgate

Dr. Garry Felgate

Senior Advisor

Former partner, Orion Innovations; chief executive and executive board member, Energy Retail Association; managing director, AEA Technology Group; director, The Carbon Trust; director, KPMG

Henning Franke

Henning Franke

Senior Advisor

Co‑founder and managing director INPUT Ingenieure GmbH; former head of project development, Linde-KCA GmbH; general manager, Bühler AG 

Heinrich Grabowski

Heinrich Grabowski

Senior Advisor

Former member of EMEA senior leadership team, Novell; CIO, Rütgers/ Evonik; management consultant, Arthur D. Little

Robin Friedrich von Hammerstein

Robin Friedrich von Hammerstein

Project Manager

Master’s degree in industrial engineering; former consultant, Siemens Management Consulting

Frank Haugwitz

Frank Haugwitz

Senior Advisor

Head of Intersolar conference development, Solar Promotion International; former EU renewable energy manager, EU-China energy & environment programme; technical director, GTZ, China

Cate Holtz

Cate Holtz

Manager Marketing & Communications

Former senior project manager, Young Internet GmbH; communications strategist, Ikon Communications

Adam Janas

Adam Janas

Senior Advisor

Former CFO, ProWind Group and CPC Germania; corporate finance advisor, Helbling Business Advisors; head of acquisitions and due diligence, agri.capital; manager treasury and corporate finance, Grohe AG

Dr. Hendrik Kienert

Dr. Hendrik Kienert

Project Manager

PhD in climate physics; former senior consultant, Bain & Company

Solbin Kim

Solbin Kim

Consultant

Master’s in renewable energy engineering and management; former consultant, innogy Consulting

Erik Klaassen

Erik Klaassen

Project Manager

MBA, master in energy science, B.Sc in chemistry; former manager, E.ON Inhouse Consulting; senior consultant, Ecofys

Horst Kruse

Horst Kruse

Senior Advisor

Former Director Sales Asia, Photovoltaics, Schott Solar; Director Marketing & Sales South East Asia, Angewandte Solar Energie (ASE) GmbH

Christian Langen

Christian Langen

Senior Advisor

Non-executive board director, Oxford PV; former executive vice president, SMA Solar Technology AG; chief sales officer, Sovello AG; board director, EPIA

Jaesung Lee

Jaesung Lee

Senior Advisor

Inha Technical College, South Korea; former new business development manager at SK Innovation; former senior manager of new business development at LG Innotek; former manager of battery division at Samsung SDI

Jesselyn Malimata

Jesselyn Malimata

Consultant

Master’s in management and engineering of environment and energy; B.Sc. in chemical engineering; former commercial planning specialist and energy trader, AES

Christian Müller-Elschner

Christian Müller-Elschner

Senior Advisor

Founding partner, Deutsche Ventures; former COO, Younicos; senior vice president, T-Systems; partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

Thomas Obermeier

Thomas Obermeier

Senior Advisor

Owner and CEO, TOMM+C;  head of business development, EEW Energy from Waste GmbH; former CEO, Schwarze Pumpe GmbH

Dr. Fabio Oldenburg

Dr. Fabio Oldenburg

Consultant

PhD in energy storage materials; co-founder and chief technology officer, Gaia Membranes AG, former research scientist, Paul Scherrer Institute

Per Hornung Pedersen

Per Hornung Pedersen

Senior Advisor

Member of management board, Suzlon Energy; former CFO, NEG Micon/Vestas; CEO, Suzlon Energy; CEO, Repower; CEO, Pelamis Wave Power

Deniz Selkan Polatkan

Deniz Selkan Polatkan

Senior Advisor

Founder and managing director, Motif Project Ltd

Andreas Rückemann

Andreas Rückemann

Senior Advisor

Director of sales Europe, Eguana Technologies; former head of sales Europe, Mercedes-Benz Energy; CEO, Heliatek Germany; director global electronic chemicals, Evonik; CEO Evonik/ Degussa Novara Technology

Joachim Rupp

Joachim Rupp

Senior Advisor

Former managing director, Viessmann PV + E-Systems; senior manager, Samsung; marketing manager, Hitachi

Hoora Sarajan

Hoora Sarajan

Consultant

M.Eng. in renewable energy systems; B.Sc. in energy and process technology, B.Sc. in physics; former student researcher, PVcomB at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Prof. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer

Prof. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer

Senior Advisor

Professor for electrochemical energy conversion and storage systems, RWTH Aachen University, Germany; Project leader, division for electrical energy systems, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg

Sebastian Schierenbeck

Sebastian Schierenbeck

Principal

Master’s degree in business administration and mechanical engineering, former senior consultant Booz & Company

Dr. Oliver Schmidt

Dr. Oliver Schmidt

Senior Consultant

PhD in energy storage; founder of Storage Lab; former analyst, IEA; former senior consultant, E.ON In-House Consulting

Janet So

Janet So

Senior Advisor

Director, Trinergy M&A Advisory; Director, Translink Corporate Finance; former senior consultant for PR firms; former consulting director for McGraw Hill’s AviationWeek / MRO Exhibition in Beijing

Moritz Sticher

Moritz Sticher

Senior Advisor

Cofounder and managing director, GA Power Group; former managing director, Quast Nahrath Group; cofounder and managing director Credence Power Group; business development manager Europe, SolarPark Korea

Richard Stuebi

Richard Stuebi

Senior Advisor

Founder and president, Future Energy Advisors; board member ESA; former VP, US strategy & group technology, National Grid; managing director, Early Stage Partners

Giovanni Sturiale

Giovanni Sturiale

Analyst

M.Sc. in corporate finance and banking; B.Sc. in banking and finance; former credit analyst intern, Factorit, Italy

Krishnappa Subramanya

Krishnappa Subramanya

Senior Advisor

Chairman, FICCI solar energy task force & SEMI PV advisory panel; fellow, IETE; former CEO, Tata BP Solar

Dr. Yoshihisa Tawada

Dr. Yoshihisa Tawada

Senior Advisor

Former chairman, Kaneka SolarTec Corporation; chairman, Japan Solar Energy Society; director, PV Power Generation Technology Research Association

Michael Voigtsberger

Michael Voigtsberger

Senior Advisor

Managing director, DPM Management GmbH; former managing director, Steca Elektronik GmbH; project manager operations, Kathrein-Werke KG

Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber

Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber

Senior Advisor

VP, ISES; former CEO, Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore (BEARS); director, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE; professor of physics and applied sciences, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

Industries

 

Apricum is focused exclusively on solar, wind, water, waste, energy storage, green mobility and digital energy. Our expertise spans the entire value chains in these industries. We have a comprehensive overview of the market dynamics, drivers and economics, as well as a deep, engineering-level understanding of the technical issues at play.

Solar energy

We are active across the full range of solar technologies including photovoltaics (PV), concentrated solar power (CSP) and solar hot water (SHW). We span the entire solar value chain from component manufacturing, module manufacturing (e.g., crystalline silicon, thin-film, CPV concentrators), system integration and project development to power generation.

Contact Apricum Partner Dr. Moritz Borgmann for further information.

Solar materials

Our activities span the complete spectrum of solar materials required in the production of PV modules, ranging from active cells (cell materials, coatings, connectivity) via cell packaging (encapsulant, backsheet, glass) to value-added coatings (light-shifting, anti-reflective, anti-soiling) up to frames and mounting systems for the finished modules.

Contact Apricum Partner Florian Haacke for further information.

Energy storage

Energy storage is a key element of the new energy system, be it mechanical, (electro)-chemical or thermal based. On the one hand, energy storage provides flexibility by mitigating or managing the impact of a growing share of variable renewables and bi-directional energy flows. On the other hand, storage is increasingly chosen as the preferred infrastructure option to defer investments in grid or generation or to increase system resiliency in the face of extreme weather events. Apricum offers support to participate in this growing business opportunity through our extensive knowledge of use cases, markets, economics, technologies – and how they all fit together.

Contact Apricum Partner Florian Mayr for further information.

Energy storage materials

We are engaged across the gamut of materials (chemical components, polymers, metals) employed in batteries and super capacitors, ranging from batteries cell chemistry, via electrolytes and binders to polymer films and non-wovens as separator membranes. Special attention is given to value-added coatings, novel additives and structuring, which may improve storage performance.

Contact Apricum Partner Florian Haacke for further information.

Wind energy

Our wind practice is focused on the utility-scale segment in both onshore and offshore wind. We engage along the entire wind value chain from upstream materials, component manufacturing and integration to downstream project development, EPC, O&M services and power generation.

Contact Apricum Managing Partner Nikolai Dobrott for further information.

Green mobility

Along with the ongoing electrification of the transport segment, we offer strategy consulting and transaction advisory services for both e-mobility and power-to-mobility (see also Power-to-X). We have a deep understanding of the applicable business models, from manufacturing of vehicle components and charging/fuelling infrastructure, to charge point operation (CPO), electric mobility provision (EMP) and innovative mobility services. As green mobility is closely interrelated with our activities in energy storage (e.g., vehicle-to-grid, second life) and digital energy (e.g., smart infrastructure), we are able to provide our clients with unparalleled coverage of all relevant aspects.

Contact Apricum Partner Florian Mayr for further information.

Digital energy

Digital infrastructure such as sensors, software platforms and communication networks are increasingly applied across the energy sector to realize cost savings for example, by  optimizing asset utilization, streamlining O&M and facilitating transactions. Furthermore, digital energy is applied to unlock new revenue streams by aggregating distributed energy resources to access attractive market schemes, among others. Leveraging Apricum’s vast experience in applicable industries such as solar & wind, energy storage and green mobility, we provide strong guidance to understand and seize the benefits from the growing digitalization of the energy world.

Contact Apricum Partners Florian Mayr or Dr. Moritz Borgmann for further information.

Waste-to-energy

An integral part of the waste hierarchy is the generation of energy, primarily in the forms of electricity and heat, from waste. Following waste reduction, waste reuse and waste recycling, the transformation of residuals into energy and valuable materials, for example, as refuse-derived fuels and solid-recovered fuels, creates an equally important and rare possibility of clean electricity baseload generation. Simultaneously, inevitable landfilling is reduced significantly while waste-to-energy fulfils its unique task to defang a vast number of hazardous substances. Apricum offers advisory and support in the waste industry with particular focus on waste-to-energy, wastewater treatment and municipal solid waste management. Building on our vast industry network and transaction advisory experience, we provide our clients with comprehensive M&A support, strategy advisory and project finance expertise.

Contact Apricum Managing Partner Nikolai Dobrott for further information.

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