About Apricum - The Cleantech Advisory

About Us

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

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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 40 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 200 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 UK, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and the USA. 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 UK, Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia, India, China, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and the USA.

Our high-caliber, international network is one of our key differentiators and we’ve put it to good use in more than 200 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 14 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 Partner Dr. Moritz Borgmann

Dr. Moritz Borgmann

Partner

Moritz Borgmann focuses on strategy, technology, corporate and project finance projects along the entire value chain of the solar industry. Prior to joining Apricum, Moritz was the cofounder and member of the management board of 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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Apricum Partner Duncan Ritchie

Duncan Ritchie

Partner

Duncan Ritchie leads Apricum's project advisory practice. He has over 25 years’ experience in investment banking, finance and project development in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Before joining Apricum, Duncan was head of power & renewables at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd.

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Apricum Partner Kenny Whitelaw-Jones

Kenny Whitelaw-Jones

Partner

Kenny Whitelaw-Jones is one of the leading financial modeling instructors in the world and a recognized expert in his field. He has trained over 1,000 modelers from the world’s leading commercial and investment banks, top tier accounting firms, infrastructure funds and project developers.

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Our team

 

Stephanie Adam

Stephanie Adam

Senior Consultant

Master’s degree in environmental economics and climate change; former senior consultant, Siemens Management Consulting; analyst, Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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

Masataka Asano

Masataka Asano

Senior Advisor and Country Representative Japan

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

Hannes Beushausen

Hannes Beushausen

Principal

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

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

Dr. Jan Hanno Carstens

Dr. Jan Hanno Carstens

Senior Advisor

Former head of power plants business, director systems technology, Solon SE; sales and technology manager, Alstom

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

Francisco Galeano

Francisco Galeano

Senior Advisor

Former investment acquisition specialist, Entropy Investment Management; director, business development, Enel Green Power North America

Hanns-Joachim Garms

Hanns-Joachim Garms

Senior Advisor

Former member of the executive board, tse AG (ENRO AG)

Aditya Gupta

Aditya Gupta

Financial Modeller

Bachelor of commerce, MBA, former assistant manager, KGS; project manager, F1F9

Robin Friedrich von Hammerstein

Robin Friedrich von Hammerstein

Senior Consultant

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

Dr. Hendrik Kienert

Dr. Hendrik Kienert

Project Manager

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

Horst Kruse

Horst Kruse

Senior Advisor

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

Philipp Kunze

Philipp Kunze

Senior Advisor

Cofounder and managing director, OneShore Energy GmbH; former managing director, Solaria Corporation; director, Germany Trade & Invest

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

Danny Leitch

Danny Leitch

Senior Advisor

Former director, F1F9; assistant director, EY; associate director, Grant Thornton; head of financial analysis, United Utilities; management accountant, Unilever

Jesselyn Malimata

Jesselyn Malimata

Consultant

Master’s in management and engineering of environment and energy, IMT-Atlantique, France; B.Sc. in chemical engineering, University of the Philippines, Philippines; Former commercial planning specialist and energy trader at AES Philippines, Inc.

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

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

Minitha Poikudiyil

Minitha Poikudiyil

Office Manager

Former team assistant, International Atomic Energy Agency; project assistant, United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Deniz Selkan Polatkan

Deniz Selkan Polatkan

Senior Advisor

Founder and managing director, Motif Project Ltd

Roland Quast

Roland Quast

Senior Advisor

Cofounder & managing director, German ASEAN Power; cofounder & managing partner, Quast Nahrath Group;       member of management team, former head of strategic corporate development, Inventux Technologies

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

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

Sebastian Schierenbeck

Sebastian Schierenbeck

Principal

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

Dr. Volker Schlüter

Dr. Volker Schlüter

Senior Advisor

CEO, ChemAdvice; former CEO, Triplan AG; management consultant, Arthur D. Little

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: former director, Corporate Comm/Marketing, TransAsia Airlines

Dan Solomon

Dan Solomon

Consultant

M.Sc. in applied earth science, M.A. in technology management; B.Sc. in mechanical engineering; former investment banking intern, Alantra; sales and business development, DNV GL; analyst, BP

Richard Sowter

Richard Sowter

Senior Advisor

Former vice president Europe, Carmanah Technologies; president, BP Solar Inc. USA

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

Dr. Kornelia Stycz

Dr. Kornelia Stycz

Senior Consultant

PhD in physics; former team head Berlin Risk Center, Deutsche Bank AG; physicist, DESY

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

Frank Wouters

Frank Wouters

Senior Advisor

Director EU-GCC Clean Energy Network; director, Gore Street Capital; former deputy-director general, International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA); director, MASDAR Clean Energy

Industries

 

Apricum is focused exclusively on solar, wind, water, 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 Partner Florian Mayr 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.

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