“We at Apricum are committed to playing our role in accelerating the renewable energy transition, helping to safeguard this beautiful planet for our children and future generations.”
Nikolai Dobrott, Managing partner, apricum
What Apricum can do for your cleantech business
Connecting the cleantech companies with the right investors.
Established in 2008, we’re a globally active transaction advisory and strategy consulting firm dedicated to the cleantech industry. Our growth-oriented services connect investors and companies both public and private, including mergers and acquisition, fundraising, project finance, strategy development, business model design and technology roadmaps.
Guiding you to the best decisions
We’re headquartered in Berlin with offices in London, Paris, and Dubai and representatives in key renewable energy markets around the world. Our team of experts offers decades of combined technical experience coupled with top management, consulting and finance expertise. We move a broad variety of companies forward – from high-tech startups to financial investors and multi-billion US dollar conglomerates.
A global network of experts
countries where our clients
The cleantech industries that our clients are pioneering
Apricum is focused exclusively on renewables and cleantech. Our knowledge spans the entire value chains in these industries. We command a comprehensive overview of the market dynamics, drivers and economics, as well as a deep, engineering-level technical understanding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Energy storage materials
We are engaged across all materials and components used in batteries and capacitors for EV and stationary storage. Ranging from batteries active cell chemistry (cathode and anode), via electrolytes and binders to polymer films/non-wovens as separator membranes. Both liquid and solid state. Special attention in our work is paid to innovative chemistry, novel additives, value-added coatings – all targeting improvements of long-term storage performance.
Hydrogen, particularly when renewable energy is used for its production (“green” hydrogen), will play a key role in the global clean energy transition, helping to decarbonize industrial processes such as the production of chemicals or steel as well as in oil and gas refineries and mobility applications. The green hydrogen economy is set to grow rapidly, driven by falling costs, growing demand and favorable regulatory and market frameworks. Apricum offers a wide range of strategy and transaction advisory services for clients along the entire green hydrogen value chain, including materials and components enabling high performance-cost ratios.
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.
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.
Our heating practice is focused on heat pumps (HP) and covers all different HP technologies and market segments. Heat pumps are an essential element of the new energy system and play a key role in the heating decarbonization of residential buildings as well as in the commercial and industrial sectors. Apricum offers a wide range of strategy, project, and transaction advisory services for clients who wish to enter the heat pump business or expand their existing activities in this sector.
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.
Global water supply and sanitation are facing increasing pressure. Our advisory activities in the water sector help address these issues and focus on project (finance) advice for reverse osmosis desalination plants, wastewater treatment, and sewage treatment plants.
Hydropower plants have always been an integral and vital element of the power mix. In addition to being a sustainable energy source, they provide energy storage and backup power potential. Apricum advises on the structuring and financing of run-of-the-river, pumped storage and other hydropower plants.
Biomethane is amongst the most versatile renewable sources of energy. Its applications, among others, include electricity generation, heating, fuel for cars, trucks, ships or locomotives, the production of green hydrogen or as a base material for plastics and other industrial products. Apricum offers a wide range of strategy and transaction advisory services for clients along the bioenergy value chain, including markets, economics and technologies to achieve the efficient use of bioenergy as part of the renewable energy mix.
The Apricum Team
Expertise, experience and passion characterize and unite our talented and diverse team members. The nature, variety and complexity of our clients’ projects attract the high-caliber management consultants, investment bankers, engineers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders that make up our team. With backgrounds in engineering, economics, physics and business administration and residing currently in 12 countries, we’re well-educated, multilingual and deeply connected to local renewable energy markets around the world.
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.
Florian Haacke has been a partner since 2008 and is the head of the materials & technology practice group comprising upstream solar, energy storage, green hydrogen, CC(U)S and all the chemicals, materials, components, processes and technologies which enable higher efficiencies and competitiveness in Cleantech.
Charles Lesser is a senior corporate financier in the international energy industry. He has over 20 years experience leading a wealth of successful transactions in public and private capital markets, and asset and corporate M&A. His award-winning career includes leading the energy investment banking practices for a number of internationally renowned city firms. He is based in London.
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.
Dr. Amer Alswaha
Former head of IPP program, Saudi Electricity Company; senior vice president, Saudi Electricity Company
Former director and VP of energy and chemicals, Arthur D. Little; founder, Arwas & Associates
Former director BD origination, technical director, First Solar; director project enabling, Desertec Industrial Initiative
Senior Advisor and Country Representative USA
Former president Cratus Energy, board member, Alion Energy
Former head of project finance and advisory at First Abu Dhabi Bank; former senior advisor to McKinsey & Company; held several senior positions in project and asset finance at Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and Dubai.
Dr. Raed Bkayrat
Former VP business development, First Solar; head of technology commercialization and industry collaboration, KAUST; director of system engineering and power electronics, DDS
Chairman, Solar Energy UK; COO, Solivus; MD, Innovo Group; former investment director, Armstrong Capital Management Limited; senior investment director, Foresight Group
Former commercial and contracts engineer / IWPP senior engineer, EWEC, ADWEC, ADWEA
Master's in international trade, finance and development; former intern, KfW DEG
Former vice president, business development – renewable energy, ORIX; investment banking associate, Evercore; senior associate, valuations advisory, PwC
Master's in materials chemistry; former industrial consultant, CNH Industrial, COO Gaia Membranes
Bachelor's degree, King's College, London; senior advisor, Green Future investments; co-founder, Obair partners; board advisor Comparis.ch
Corentin de Ricaud
Master's in finance and strategy; former investment officer, European Investment Bank; financial advisor, ENGIE; analyst, BNP Paribas
Dr. Horst Dietz
Member of the supervisory board, ABB AG, Solon SE, Bilfinger Berger; former CEO, ABB AG
Dr. Garry Felgate
Former partner, Orion Innovations; chief executive and executive board member, Energy Retail Association; managing director, AEA Technology Group; director, The Carbon Trust; director, KPMG
Former member of EMEA senior leadership team, Novell; CIO, Rütgers/ Evonik; management consultant, Arthur D. Little
Master's in management; former strategic management assistant, CNH Industrial; intern, Grant Thornton AG
Master’s in business innovation; former consulting associate, Charles River Associates; former consultant innogy
Former director, Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co; former EU renewable energy manager, EU-China energy & environment programme; technical director, GTZ, China
Master's in energy systems, Bachelor's in physics; internships at Oxford Net-Zero, TopCap Holding, Generali Versicherung
Dr. Detlev Hoge
PhD in physical chemistry. Former manager P&L, R&D, IT at Volkswagen, manager VARTA Batterie AG
Talent Acquisition and Development Manager
Former marketing and communications manager, Apricum; communications strategist, Ikon Communications, strategic planner, MEC
Master’s in business engineering; Master's in international management; former head of segment strategy, Solar Edge
Former senior manager, Strategy& / PwC; senior manager, Santander; engagement manager, McKinsey & Company; associate, Goldman Sachs; analyst, Merrill Lynch
Master's in business administration; Bachelor's in engineering; former senior consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
Master's in Business Administration; founder and managing partner of VUCANION; former consultant, Accenture
Dr. Hendrik Kienert
PhD in climate physics; former senior consultant, Bain & Company
Master's in renewable energy engineering and management; former consultant, innogy Consulting
MBA, Master's in energy science, Bachelor's in chemistry; former manager, E.ON Inhouse Consulting; consultant, Ecofys
Former Director Sales Asia, Photovoltaics, Schott Solar; Director Marketing & Sales South East Asia, Angewandte Solar Energie (ASE) GmbH
Master’s in management and mechanical engineering; former simulation engineer, QuEST Global
Founder and director, SolarNowa; former investment manager and business development manager, Saxovent
Dr. Oliver Langenfeld
PhD in mining engineering; professor for underground mining methods and machinery at Clausthal University of Technology
Master's in management and engineering of environment and energy; Bachelor's in chemical engineering; former commercial planning specialist and energy trader, AES
Master's in management and international finance; former investment banking associate Credit Suisse
Cécile Mayorga Poati
Bachelor's in history and French; former risk and compliance associate, intelligence and cyber security consultancy S-RM
Dr. Richard Mazuski
PhD in physical chemistry; former associate, McKinsey & Co.
Master's in sustainable energy futures, Imperial College London; former associate director, Guidehouse
Marketing & Communications Manager
Master's in comparative studies for social sciences; former media relations and campaign manager for Alstom
Dr. Beatrice Möller
Senior legal counsel specialized in corporate, banking and energy law; former M&A lawyer, Linklaters; banking lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; legal advisor; MVV Energie
Founding partner, Deutsche Ventures; former COO, Younicos; senior vice president, T-Systems; partner, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants
Gretta Marija Nikkare
Master’s in business administration, Master’s in energy systems; former investment analyst, Exor N.V.
Dr. Elena Nikonova
PhD in applied mathematics, former chief strategy officer, Eleport; former director of global partnerships, ENGIE; former director of global partnerships, Shell Recharge
Owner and CEO, TOMM+C; head of business development, EEW Energy from Waste GmbH; former CEO, Schwarze Pumpe GmbH
Bachelor's in mathematics and economics; former M&A lead, Fuse; former analyst, Getir
Per Hornung Pedersen
Member of management board, Suzlon Energy; former CFO, NEG Micon/Vestas; CEO, Suzlon Energy; CEO, Repower; CEO, Pelamis Wave Power
Master's in finance; former intern Banca Sella CIB; former intern, Apricum
Master's in energy systems; former project manager, McKinsey & Co.
Master's in English and American studies; former online trainer, Berlitz; lecturer All Saint's College, Kerala
CEO, Detra Solar; former managing director, Viessmann PV + E-Systems; senior manager, Samsung; marketing manager, Hitachi
Senior Industry Specialist
Master's in renewable energy systems; Bachelor's in energy and process technology, Bachelor's in physics; former student researcher, PVcomB at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin
Prof. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer
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
Co-founder and CEO, Wayu Limited; former co-founder and chairman Yellow Door Energy; co-founder and CEO Adenium Energy Capital
Former Team Assistant, August Storck KG; Office Manager, Technical University Berlin
Founder and CEO of DZ4; former VP asset finance and leasing and renewables / structured products, Deutsche Bank
Dr. Benjamin Silcox
PhD in chemical engineering; former analyst Goldman Sachs & Co.
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
Master's in industrial engineering and management from the Technical University of Berlin. Working student at Enertrag and Enervis energy advisors
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
Founder and president, Future Energy Advisors; former board member ESA; former VP, US strategy & group technology, National Grid; managing director, Early Stage Partners
Master's in corporate finance and banking; Bachelor's in banking and finance; former credit analyst intern, Factorit, Italy
Chairman, FICCI solar energy task force & SEMI PV advisory panel; fellow, IETE; former CEO, Tata BP Solar
Dr. Yoshihisa Tawada
Former chairman, Kaneka SolarTec Corporation; chairman, Japan Solar Energy Society; director, PV Power Generation Technology Research Association
CEO, Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance; manager, renewable energy and BESS products, Vattenfall; analyst, Nuon; consultant, Energie Makelaar
Prof. Dr. Eicke Weber
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