About2024-01-23T08:54:34+00:00

NICL supports projects that make a positive contribution to humanity and the environment.

Increasingly, firms are relying on technology to generate leads. We embrace technology, but we also recognise that behind every good project are capable individuals.

We place great importance on doing business with honesty and integrity. We align interests to ensure we and our partners succeed together.

NICL both advises on and invests in energy and digital infrastructure ventures that make a positive contribution to humanity and the environment.

Increasingly, firms are relying on technology to generate leads. We embrace technology, but we also recognise that behind every good project are capable individuals.

We place great importance on doing business with honesty and integrity. We align interests to ensure we and our partners succeed together.

NICL both advises on and invests in energy and digital infrastructure ventures that make a positive contribution to humanity and the environment.

Increasingly, firms are relying on technology to generate leads. We embrace technology, but we also recognise that behind every good project are capable individuals.

We place great importance on doing business with honesty and integrity. We align interests to ensure we and our partners succeed together.

OUR STORY

CORE SECTORS

Energy

Green Mobility2022-02-04T10:08:12+00:00

The mobility sector is witnessing the most radical transformations since the introduction of the internal combustion engine over a century ago. 

Climate change is among the top priorities of governments around the world and coupled with shareholder activism and consumer demand, we are seeing an acceleration in the shift from fossil fuel to electrification and eventually, green hydrogen.

The climate crisis is forcing individuals, businesses and governments around the world to decarbonise and only through collaboration can organisations profitably deliver a green mobility ecosystem whilst advancing sustainability in transport.

What is NICL doing? 

We have deep insights to the green mobility sector and can support firms looking to invest in or deploy green vehicles by:

  • identifying your USPs and advise on how to increase your market share.
  • developing complex financial models with alternative revenue models.
  • leveraging our network to identify synergies through vertical integration, from kit-manufacturers to developers and installation companies. 
Renewable Power2022-02-04T10:08:22+00:00

Renewable energy is energy that has been derived from earth’s natural resources that are not finite or exhaustible, such as wind and sunlight.

A new wealth of opportunities is opening up around distributed green heat and power generation. Depending on local market regulations, we may find it profitable to finance mini-grids, whereby energy can be generated, stored and consumed locally. Surplus energy may be injected into the public network for economic gain, thus offering ancillary services to the local distribution networks. 

What is NICL doing? 

NICL invests in the development and construction of utility scale and rooftop solar PV plants across Europe. 

We are opportunistic and may co-invest with EPC contractors who identify new projects, in turn stabilising the EPC cost and creating mutual investment opportunities. 

We are flexible and adaptable, and do not shy away from small projects. Naturally, our priority is to deliver strong economic returns but we are also a socially conscious firm prioritising for example, the social housing sector, where we look to exploit synergies with our digital investments arm to monetise carbon credits stemming from renewable projects regardless of their size and location. 

The NICL team have been active in the renewable energy industry since 2005 and have vast experience in financing renewable power projects internationally. 

Energy Storage2022-02-04T10:08:33+00:00

Battery energy storage systems (also known as BESS) is a relatively new concept in the electricity industry. However, there are already a number of technology options and the market is developing fast. With renewable power generation gaining market share of the electricity production, with it too comes greater intermittency in power supply, stressing the national grid and creating greater uncertainty for energy supply companies. 

BESS allow renewable power plant owners to get more out of their assets by storing energy and dissipating the same when required, not only relieving the pressure on energy supply companies through grid balancing, but also giving asset owners the opportunity to increase revenues through frequency response, i.e. selling electricity back to the grid during times of peak demand. 

Energy storage solutions will eventually become a ubiquitous component of the electricity grid. But today it is still an unfamiliar area for the electricity industry, and many players lack in-house expertise. 

What is NICL doing? 

NICL both advises and invests in the development of BESS projects in the UK and the CEE region. Our preference is to support BESS projects co-located with renewable power plants as we feel this strikes the right balance between bankability and arbitrage opportunities. 

We have relationships with strategic and institutional investors that are active in the sector and with whom we can either partner to finance and develop projects or with whom we can secure an exit.

Circular Economy2022-03-06T21:40:41+00:00

The circular economy is a term that has gained popularity among businesses and governments. Although there is some consensus within the market as to what constitutes circular economy, there continues to be a lack of clarity about what “circular” actually means in practice.

In our world, circular economy is about rethinking how we use our raw materials and resources to create a sustainable economy free of waste and emissions. It is about shifting our mindset away from over-consumption to an economy where we reduce consumption, and reuse and recycle wherever possible.

What is NICL doing? 

The NICL team are experienced in the financing of waste-to-energy and recycling projects. We understand the regulatory, economic and social drivers for this sector and the ability to differentiate between real versus perceived risks. Our depth of knowledge in this sector helps our clients to preempt potential shortfalls and future-proof projects in the development and construction phases. 

This sector requires financiers to be able and willing to understand the technical benefits and limitations of various technologies and processes, from fluidised-bed reactors to anaerobic digestion and gasification. We have the skill to simplify terminology so it is easily understood by both economists and engineers, giving projects that we advise on the highest chances of securing finance.  

Digital

Digital

Blockchain2022-02-04T10:12:17+00:00

In the crypto world, blockchain is used to secure, verify and scale information at hand, whether that be DeFi, Dapps and transaction peer-to-peer with full transparency and no middle man involved, making it one of the most groundbreaking technological advancements for a long time.

In the energy sector, we utilize blockchain as an audit and validation tool to record and facilitate micro transactions between generators and consumers of energy, which includes various use cases, such as: Peer-to-peer electricity trading which allows the sale of excess renewable energy to other network participants through bespoke automated smart contracts on an immutable ledger.

What is NICL doing? 

NICL specialise in a partnering approach to Blockchain technology application can provide prosumers and consumers greater efficiency and control over their energy sources and generation. Utilising bespoke immutable ledger technologies which provides secure and real-time updates of energy usage data to include dynamic containment and aggregation, market prices, marginal costs, energy law compliance and fuel prices.

Mobile & Digital Infrastructure2022-02-04T10:09:31+00:00

Connectivity is important. It drives business and society, bringing people together. That’s why we use our insight and experience to connect people and companies, anywhere in the world.

The UK has a target to achieve Net Zero by 2050, Scotland – by 2045. We understand it is not going to be straightforward and to facilitate this transition we have developed a portfolio of services that will help public and private sector organisations prepare for this change in the smartest way possible.

What is NICL doing? 

We have an in-depth understanding of wireless connectivity including virtual radio access networks, 5G and mobile infrastructure. 

NICL has first-hand experience in advising organisations developing cutting edge technology in the UK and abroad, on corporate finance, debt advisory and business optimisation. 

We leverage our experience and know-how in renewable energy and infrastructure finance to create sustainable, predictable cashflows through which technology firms can secure cheaper and longer-term capital. 

Digital Assets2022-02-04T10:09:41+00:00

Outside of Bitcoin there are thousands of different types of digital assets ranging from altcoins to stablecoins and NFTS. Some of the most well-known are Ethereum, Solana, USDT, Terra LUNA and games such as Sandbox and Decentraland… The list could go on all day.

Cryptographical digital assets are secure technology on the blockchain used to record who owns what, for making payments between users like electronic cash, and being able to help contribute towards ecosystems in DeFi (Staking, Liquidity Pools, etc.). This all exists electronically and are generally decentralised systems dependent on the network it is built on top of and require no middle man (bank or government) to confirm these transactions for you.

What is NICL doing? 

NICL partner, advise and invest in decentralised tokenisation and digital asset-based projects which include both fungible and non-fungible tokens, minting collectables and memorabilia, DeFi launch pads, Play to Earn, e-sports and Gamification across the energy landscape. Dedicated to the pursuit of Carbon Neutral through innovative blockchain technology.

CORE SECTORS

Energy

Green Mobility2022-02-04T10:08:12+00:00

The mobility sector is witnessing the most radical transformations since the introduction of the internal combustion engine over a century ago. 

Climate change is among the top priorities of governments around the world and coupled with shareholder activism and consumer demand, we are seeing an acceleration in the shift from fossil fuel to electrification and eventually, green hydrogen.

The climate crisis is forcing individuals, businesses and governments around the world to decarbonise and only through collaboration can organisations profitably deliver a green mobility ecosystem whilst advancing sustainability in transport.

What is NICL doing? 

We have deep insights to the green mobility sector and can support firms looking to invest in or deploy green vehicles by:

  • identifying your USPs and advise on how to increase your market share.
  • developing complex financial models with alternative revenue models.
  • leveraging our network to identify synergies through vertical integration, from kit-manufacturers to developers and installation companies. 
Renewable Power2022-02-04T10:08:22+00:00

Renewable energy is energy that has been derived from earth’s natural resources that are not finite or exhaustible, such as wind and sunlight.

A new wealth of opportunities is opening up around distributed green heat and power generation. Depending on local market regulations, we may find it profitable to finance mini-grids, whereby energy can be generated, stored and consumed locally. Surplus energy may be injected into the public network for economic gain, thus offering ancillary services to the local distribution networks. 

What is NICL doing? 

NICL invests in the development and construction of utility scale and rooftop solar PV plants across Europe. 

We are opportunistic and may co-invest with EPC contractors who identify new projects, in turn stabilising the EPC cost and creating mutual investment opportunities. 

We are flexible and adaptable, and do not shy away from small projects. Naturally, our priority is to deliver strong economic returns but we are also a socially conscious firm prioritising for example, the social housing sector, where we look to exploit synergies with our digital investments arm to monetise carbon credits stemming from renewable projects regardless of their size and location. 

The NICL team have been active in the renewable energy industry since 2005 and have vast experience in financing renewable power projects internationally. 

Energy Storage2022-02-04T10:08:33+00:00

Battery energy storage systems (also known as BESS) is a relatively new concept in the electricity industry. However, there are already a number of technology options and the market is developing fast. With renewable power generation gaining market share of the electricity production, with it too comes greater intermittency in power supply, stressing the national grid and creating greater uncertainty for energy supply companies. 

BESS allow renewable power plant owners to get more out of their assets by storing energy and dissipating the same when required, not only relieving the pressure on energy supply companies through grid balancing, but also giving asset owners the opportunity to increase revenues through frequency response, i.e. selling electricity back to the grid during times of peak demand. 

Energy storage solutions will eventually become a ubiquitous component of the electricity grid. But today it is still an unfamiliar area for the electricity industry, and many players lack in-house expertise. 

What is NICL doing? 

NICL both advises and invests in the development of BESS projects in the UK and the CEE region. Our preference is to support BESS projects co-located with renewable power plants as we feel this strikes the right balance between bankability and arbitrage opportunities. 

We have relationships with strategic and institutional investors that are active in the sector and with whom we can either partner to finance and develop projects or with whom we can secure an exit.

Circular Economy2022-03-06T21:40:41+00:00

The circular economy is a term that has gained popularity among businesses and governments. Although there is some consensus within the market as to what constitutes circular economy, there continues to be a lack of clarity about what “circular” actually means in practice.

In our world, circular economy is about rethinking how we use our raw materials and resources to create a sustainable economy free of waste and emissions. It is about shifting our mindset away from over-consumption to an economy where we reduce consumption, and reuse and recycle wherever possible.

What is NICL doing? 

The NICL team are experienced in the financing of waste-to-energy and recycling projects. We understand the regulatory, economic and social drivers for this sector and the ability to differentiate between real versus perceived risks. Our depth of knowledge in this sector helps our clients to preempt potential shortfalls and future-proof projects in the development and construction phases. 

This sector requires financiers to be able and willing to understand the technical benefits and limitations of various technologies and processes, from fluidised-bed reactors to anaerobic digestion and gasification. We have the skill to simplify terminology so it is easily understood by both economists and engineers, giving projects that we advise on the highest chances of securing finance.  

Digital

Blockchain2022-02-04T10:12:17+00:00

In the crypto world, blockchain is used to secure, verify and scale information at hand, whether that be DeFi, Dapps and transaction peer-to-peer with full transparency and no middle man involved, making it one of the most groundbreaking technological advancements for a long time.

In the energy sector, we utilize blockchain as an audit and validation tool to record and facilitate micro transactions between generators and consumers of energy, which includes various use cases, such as: Peer-to-peer electricity trading which allows the sale of excess renewable energy to other network participants through bespoke automated smart contracts on an immutable ledger.

What is NICL doing? 

NICL specialise in a partnering approach to Blockchain technology application can provide prosumers and consumers greater efficiency and control over their energy sources and generation. Utilising bespoke immutable ledger technologies which provides secure and real-time updates of energy usage data to include dynamic containment and aggregation, market prices, marginal costs, energy law compliance and fuel prices.

Mobile & Digital Infrastructure2022-02-04T10:09:31+00:00

Connectivity is important. It drives business and society, bringing people together. That’s why we use our insight and experience to connect people and companies, anywhere in the world.

The UK has a target to achieve Net Zero by 2050, Scotland – by 2045. We understand it is not going to be straightforward and to facilitate this transition we have developed a portfolio of services that will help public and private sector organisations prepare for this change in the smartest way possible.

What is NICL doing? 

We have an in-depth understanding of wireless connectivity including virtual radio access networks, 5G and mobile infrastructure. 

NICL has first-hand experience in advising organisations developing cutting edge technology in the UK and abroad, on corporate finance, debt advisory and business optimisation. 

We leverage our experience and know-how in renewable energy and infrastructure finance to create sustainable, predictable cashflows through which technology firms can secure cheaper and longer-term capital. 

Digital Assets2022-02-04T10:09:41+00:00

Outside of Bitcoin there are thousands of different types of digital assets ranging from altcoins to stablecoins and NFTS. Some of the most well-known are Ethereum, Solana, USDT, Terra LUNA and games such as Sandbox and Decentraland… The list could go on all day.

Cryptographical digital assets are secure technology on the blockchain used to record who owns what, for making payments between users like electronic cash, and being able to help contribute towards ecosystems in DeFi (Staking, Liquidity Pools, etc.). This all exists electronically and are generally decentralised systems dependent on the network it is built on top of and require no middle man (bank or government) to confirm these transactions for you.

What is NICL doing? 

NICL partner, advise and invest in decentralised tokenisation and digital asset-based projects which include both fungible and non-fungible tokens, minting collectables and memorabilia, DeFi launch pads, Play to Earn, e-sports and Gamification across the energy landscape. Dedicated to the pursuit of Carbon Neutral through innovative blockchain technology.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Gaurav Singh NICL

Gaurav
Singh

CEO

Jan Ondrich NICL

Jan
Ondrich

Partner

Jon Jepson NICL

Jonathan
Jepson

Partner

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