About us

“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. Our clients turn to us for the support and expertise they need to succeed in the fields of solar & wind, water, waste, energy storage, green mobility, (green) hydrogen and digital energy.

Guiding you to the best decisions
and opportunities.

We’re headquartered in Berlin with representatives in key established and emerging renewable energy markets all around the world. Our team of experts offers decades of combined technical experience coupled with top management, consulting and finance expertise and has been moving a broad variety of companies forward – from high-tech startups and project developers to financial investors and multi-billion US dollar conglomerates.

How do we realize both efficient and sustainable growth in the dynamic cleantech industry?

Growing a company is a common goal shared by many in our industries. But having the goal and mapping the way forward are two different things. At Apricum, we pair both companies that have just launched and established industry players with the investors and experts that don’t just help a company grow – but know when to grow it and how to do so efficiently.

Whether you’re seeking strategic or financial investors, we have the contacts and the expertise to guide your business development activities to sustainable success. We’re proud to connect today’s cleantech companies around the world with the investment and expertise they’ll need to master tomorrow.

A global network of experts

17

local representatives

250+

projects completed

>€1.5 bn

transaction volume
involvement

30+

countries where our clients
reside

The cleantech industries that our clients are pioneering

Apricum is focused exclusively on solar, wind, water, waste, energy storage, green mobility, (green) hydrogen and digital energy and our expertise spans the entire value chains for these industries. We command a comprehensive overview of the market dynamics, drivers and economics, as well as a deep, engineering-level technical understanding of the relevant technical issues that are the key to creating sustainable businesses.

Solar

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 Managing Partner Nikolai Dobrott 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.

Wind

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.

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 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.

Contact Apricum Partner Florian Haacke for further information.

(Green) hydrogen

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.

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 Partner Florian Mayr for further information.

Water

Water
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.

Hydroelectric energy
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.

Contact Apricum Partner Frank Beckers 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.

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.

Our leadership

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 develop-ment, strategic business plan execution and corporate finance. He speaks at major cleantech and renewable energy conferences worldwide every year.

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Frank Beckers

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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Florian Haacke

Florian Haacke

Partner

Florian Haacke has been a partner since 2008 and is the head of the materials practice group comprising solar, energy storage and green hydrogen materials, chemicals and processes. Florian has profound expertise in strategy development with a focus on the materials enabling those renewable technologies. He speaks at major materials conferences worldwide and contributes to studies and publications regarding his focus areas.

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Charles Lesser

Charles Lesser

Partner

Charles Lesser is a banking and finance expert in the energy sector and focuses on Apricum’s transaction advisory mandates in corporate and project finance, particularly in the energy storage sector in the UK, Europe and global markets.

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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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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

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

Arne Brodersen

Arne Brodersen

Consultant

Master's in renewable energy engineering and management; former consultant, Boston Consulting Group

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

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

Kai Kabath

Kai Kabath

Senior Consultant

Master of science in business administration and mechanical engineering; former consultant, Bain & Company

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

Jesselyn Malimata

Jesselyn Malimata

Senior Consultant

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

Dr. Beatrice Möller

Dr. Beatrice Möller

Senior Advisor

Senior legal counsel specialized in corporate, banking and energy law; former M&A lawyer, Linklaters; banking lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; legal advisor; MVV Energie

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

Joachim Rupp

Joachim Rupp

Senior Advisor

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

Hoora Sarajan

Hoora Sarajan

Senior Industry Specialist

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

Miriam Schmeling

Miriam Schmeling

Office Manager

Former Team Assistant, August Storck KG; Office Manager, Technical University Berlin

Dr. Volker Schlüter

Dr. Volker Schlüter

Senior Advisor

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

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

Dr. Florian Sieber

Dr. Florian Sieber

Senior Advisor

Cleantech consultant in strategy, M&A; former VP E&P business development & commercial, head of legal E&P, MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc

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; former 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

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