How GaN Systems helped win the $1,000,000 Little Box Challenge
April 27, 2016

After months of excitement and speculation, the results of the Google Little Box Challenge were recently revealed, and Chrysalix portfolio company GaN Systems was proud to learn that their gallium nitride power transistors were used in the winning design. The $1 Million prize, awarded by Google and the IEEE, went to Belgium’s CE+T’s Red Electric...

Beyond COP 21: To buy or sell clean energy?
April 26, 2016

2015 was a stressful but interesting year for the energy industry with the need for innovation and sustainability becoming more important than ever. From the conclusion of COP21 in Paris where 195 countries committed to a landmark agreement to combat...

Losing Weight
April 26, 2016

The automotive industry needs to lose weight. Lighter cars and trucks use less fuel. Less fuel means that automotive companies can meet their corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) requirements by selling higher margin, larger vehicles, rather than lower...

Industrial Innovations that Matter
January 1, 2016

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, will be big and impactful. We don’t know how big.  We don’t know exactly when. But as a VC investor, we should be exposing ourselves to take advantage of this opportunity.  And we are. 

Innovation by itself...

Investing in Innovations that Matter for Industries that Matter
June 25, 2015

Chrysalix is pleased to announce that four of our portfolio companies have just raised more than CAD$70 Million in venture funding to support their commercialization of breakthrough innovations in industrial technology. GaN Systems, General Fusion,...

The End of the Beginning of a New Innovation Supercycle
June 15, 2015

The opportunities for creating business advantages through innovation are accelerating exponentially:

  • Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) has reported that clean energy investment jumped 16% to $310 billion in 2014, despite falling oil prices...
Top 5 Cleantech Predictions for 2015
December 17, 2014

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has forecasted the global demand for energy will increase by more than 30% to 2040. To meet this demand, the world will need all of the alternative energy sources available today, as well as much cleaner and cheaper...

Valuable Lessons Learned from 13 Years Investing in Sustainable Innovation
December 17, 2014

For many, investing in green has been like riding an enormous rollercoaster. Yet, more careful analysis reveals that most new industries go through similar cycles of enthusiasm, rejection, volatility and acceptance. Today, the cleantech industry has...

The Grid Will Rise Again
December 12, 2014

David Crane, CEO of NRG Energy, has often explained why the grid is in a death spiral. I believe that far from being in a “death spiral” the grid can become the backbone of a vibrant energy trading platform, on which we can all become suppliers and...

It’s Time to Invest in the Disruptive Innovation That Matters
December 5, 2014

There is no denying the obvious: exciting apps create big buzz. With sky high valuations and frenzied levels of investment being put into the latest apps and social media technologies, you don’t have to dig deep to discover that most of these startups don’...

Manufacturing a Sustainable Future
September 15, 2014

Imagine a world where anyone could manufacture any product within the comfort of his or her own home, business, or community.  How would this change our consumption behavior or our very concept of commerce? How might this reduce the amount of energy and...

The Next Era in Power Electronics
September 10, 2014

It’s estimated that 10% of all the power generated around the world is lost as heat through inefficient power conversion – that is when electric energy is converted from one form to another, such as between AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current...

Innovation Partnerships: What It Takes to Tackle Today’s Global Energy Challenges
September 2, 2014

Global demand for energy continues to soar. Powered by a rising global middle class and widespread economic development, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts that global energy consumption will grow by more than 50 percent by 2040....

Innovation and the Cleantech Future: A Perspective from Wal van Lierop
July 9, 2014

We believe the key to a better future is listening to and understanding the perspectives of others. This week, we asked Wal van Lierop, CEO and Co-Founder of Chrysalix Energy Venture Capital, an early-stage cleantech venture capital firm, to share his...

Cleantech 2.0: It’s Time to Get Lucky
April 14, 2014

For many of us who have been in the cleantech industry for the past decade, together we are trying to build the new energy economy. We are coming from an era where an adolescent industry tried to push technologies that weren’t mature into the hands of...

Unlocking Unconventional Oil & Gas Resources with Breakthrough Innovation
April 7, 2014

Q: What are some of the critical challenges the oil and gas industry is facing today?
The oil & gas industry has been changing drastically over the last 10 years, moving from a world of maturing conventional opportunities to one...

Chrysalix Backs Electric Vehicle Game Changer
April 1, 2014

This past February, ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, announced a strategic collaboration with Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd. to supply direct current fast chargers for DENZA electric vehicles (EVs) in China over the...

Clean Capitalism, Innovation, and the Clean Technology Future
March 28, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to share the stage with Bobby Kennedy at the GLOBE2014 conference in Vancouver. We talked for an hour about clean capitalism, innovation, and the future of cleantech. While we didn’t always agree about how and when we would...

Fusion Is Much Closer Than We Might Think
March 24, 2014

This March, TED kicked of its inaugural conference in Vancouver with a Talk from General Fusion Founder and Chief Scientist, Dr. Michel Laberge. TED – which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design – has become a cultural phenomenon of sorts, known...

Why Energy Venture Capital?
February 12, 2014

While venture capital is revered among business school students, energy venture capital sometimes strikes people as an oxymoron.

To be fair, the “cleantech” movement has taken its lumps over the last few years, and there is much less venture capital...

Chrysalix’s Top 5 Cleantech Trends for 2014
January 1, 2014

The year 2013 marked a new era for sustainable energy and cleantech. Innovative sustainable technologies have started to mature and are getting closer to mainstream acceptance. Growing pains are over for many of these technologies and they can now...