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CleanTech Highlights: Intel, Islamic Capital, Green BuildingThis week; there were many new investments made into the CleanTech sector; let’s look at some of them and discussions.Intel CapitalOnce again; Smart Grid dominates the investment opportunities; especially in North American markets. Intel Capital, for instance, has made further investments into energy efficiency applications and smart grid technologies; this is the 3rd consecutive month that Intel Capital has made investments into CleanTech companies; for those companies developing technologies in the Smart Grid area; it is certainly a company you should not ignore as a potential capital source.Check Out our Global CleanTech Capital Providers Guide with hundreds of investment firms investing in CleanTech & Renewable Energy sectors: [please contact me for website address] CapitalPrivate equity firm Middle East & Asia Capital Partners Pte (MEACP) plans to introduce a sharia-compliant investment vehicle to its clean energy fund to attract Islamic capital, a company executive said. This is very much a first such attempt to set up a specific vehicle to attract investments from Islamic capital. MEACP, which set up a clean energy fund in 2008, would expand the fund to $500 million from $400 million upon the launch of the fund's sharia-compliant special vehicle sometime next year, he said.Our recent research has shown increasing interests from investors in Qatar, UAE, Kuwait even Libya or expanding their investments in the CleanTech areas: especially relating to Water Technologies; Soil remediation; also Green Building materials.Green Building MaterialsSpeaking of green building materials; we have seen this as a significant market; and this is often not being reported in the media. We met with Eco-Minerals this week; a company which had produced a Green “Concrete” and other Green Building materials; by using kaolin to replace cement. Cement is one of the major pollutant in the world; and industries have been seeking ways to reduce the amount of cement used in building materials. Interestingly; the company had tested the product and found that it is also requires less water for curing; this is considered as an unique selling point especially in the Middle East markets.Chinese Investment is coming again China Investment Corporation (CIC) is paying HKD5.5bn (USD710m) to acquire a 20% stake in GCL-Poly. The firms will also form a joint venture to develop photovoltaic and other solar energy projects. The venture plans to initially invest USD500m, subject to due diligence by CIC.CIC purchased 3.1m shares at HKD1.80 (USD0.23) per share. GCL will use the investment for working capital, to reduce debt and to help fund the newly established joint venture.Last week, CIC acquired a 15% stake in US-based energy firm AES Corporation and a 34% stake in its wind energy subsidiary for a total of around USD2.2bn. In July, GCL bought polysilicon producer Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon Technology Development for around USD3.4bn.We met with CIC representatives earlier in 2009; the Government sponsored investment vehicle had made clearly that it will continue to invest in new opportunities in international markets; to ensure China’s strategy to stay competitive in the global cleantech industry. However; at a moment; it is mainly looking at mid-to-large deals only; and focuses in Asia Pacific markets at moment; but increasingly interested in US.