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Applications for the 2016 New Energy Pioneers are Now Closed.

The final deadline for applications was 14 December 2015. Winners will be announced at our Future of Energy Summit in New York, April 4-5, 2016.

Apply next year with your own company or nominate a company you think could be the next New Energy Pioneer. Applications for New Energy Pioneers 2017 will open in September 2016. For any questions, please contact us at pioneers@bloomberg.net.

What is New Energy Pioneers?

Each year, we identify 10 game-changing companies globally in the field of clean energy technology and innovation. Winners are unveiled at the Future of Energy Summit, offering invaluable press attention and networking opportunities.

Winners are chosen by a panel of industry experts from, academia, corporations, utilities, finance and technology incubators. Our BNEF technology experts advise the panel through the assessment stages.

Congratulations to our New Energy Pioneers Award – 2015 Winners!

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Criteria

New Energy Pioneers are typically in the start-up phase but have innovative, proven technologies, robust business models, the ability to demonstrate traction and momentum in their activities and the potential for global scale. New Energy Pioneers:

  • Will have been operating for 10 or less years
  • Do not have to be technology companies but their service or product must be new, different and disruptive
  • Will generally have annual sales of under $50m
  • Will typically be privately held, often with venture capital investors
  • May be quoted, though more likely on a venture or junior exchange
  • Will generally not be part of larger conglomerates
  • Winners are expected to attend the annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit

 

Applicants are judged on three fundamental criteria:

Potential scale
What is the scale of the opportunity being addressed? Is it a nice niche but of limited scale? Will it transform a major industry, or could it change the world impacting everyone? Is your business local or can it be rolled out in multiple geographical markets? Will it spawn an entire ecosystem of new supporting businesses?

Innovation
How original is your technology or business model? Is it a ground-breaking modification of what others are doing, or is it something completely new? Is your technology patented or otherwise protected from being copied? Do you have a plan to stay ahead of the game?

Momentum
Can you demonstrate strong traction? Are you still funded by R&D grants or are you making real commercial sales? Do you have strong industry partnerships in place? Have you established distribution channels to take your product or service to market? Are making meaningful and consistently growing sales? Is your executive team experienced in successfully launching new ventures?

Winners of the Award receive unique opportunities to expand their businesses through several channels:


Attend the Future of Energy Summit and present your company’s vision


Receive unrivaled media coverage during and after the Future of Energy Summit


Be recognized as a New Energy Pioneer – a leading innovator in the technology industry


Grow your business or raise financing just like past winners have done


Network at Future of Energy summit with global leaders in energy


Join the prestigious group of past winners

Winners

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BBOXX designs, manufactures, distributes and finances innovative solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world. More than 50,000 BBOXX products have been sold in more than 35 countries, improving the lives of more than 250,000 people. BBOXX will provide 20 million people with electricity by 2020.
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Blade Dynamics’ mission is to reduce the cost of wind energy through the development of highly innovative wind turbine blade technologies. These provide higher energy capture, increased blade durability, low transport costs and enhanced global supply chain options with reduced capex.
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Cool Planet is poised to revolutionize three of the world’s largest markets–food, water and energy–with its pioneering clean energy solution. The company’s proprietary process transforms renewable, non-food biomass into hydrocarbon fuels like gasoline, jet, diesel and a biocarbon soil enhancement called CoolTerra™, which increases crop yields and reduces fertilizer and water inputs.
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Elevance is a high-growth specialty chemicals company that creates novel specialty chemicals from renewable feedstocks. The company uses a proprietary, Nobel Prize-winning technology called olefin metathesis to help industry deliver everyday products that exceed the performance of existing ones, while leaving a smaller environmental footprint.
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Greensmith is the leader in grid-scale, distributed, intelligent energy storage technologies and solutions. Greensmith’s systems combine cloud computing with battery storage and management technologies to help solve complex problems related to critical changes unfolding on the electrical grid.
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Lehigh Technologies manufactures a range of micronized rubber powders (MRP) from end-of life tires. MRP is used as a raw material in a wide range of industrial markets – offering lower cost, equivalent or improved performance and an improved sustainability profile compared to oil-based inputs.
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Locus Energy helps drive the wide-scale adoption of solar energy by providing real-time monitoring and analytics intelligence tools to stakeholders in the residential, commercial and utility-scale PV markets. Locus’ platform supports solar developers, asset managers, owners and financiers in managing their sites, maximizing energy yields and minimizing operating costs, while also reducing operational risk.
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Proterra is a world leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission, battery-electric vehicles that enable bus fleet operators to reduce operating costs and deliver clean, quiet transportation to the community. The world’s most fuel-efficient bus, the Proterra Catalyst™, is available with on-route, fast-charge technology that enables infinite range and in-yard slow charging.
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Sonnenbatterie develops and manufactures intelligent storage systems for renewable energies. Their customers are homes and small businesses that want to be independent from conventional power supply.
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Stem combines powerful learning software and advanced energy storage to reshape the way energy is distributed and consumed, simultaneously helping businesses better manage electricity use and enhancing grid operations.
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Breathing Buildings is an ultra-low energy ventilation company that provides a unique range of patented natural ventilation products as well as innovative ventilation modelling services.
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1366 Technologies has developed an innovative manufacturing technique for producing silicon wafers, the basic building blocks of solar cells, at a fraction of today’s cost.
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Bridgelux is a pioneer in LED and solid-state lighting technologies, developing next-generation embedded light source solutions.
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Coolerado designs and manufactures super-energy-efficient air conditioning for commercial and industrial use, based on a proprietary, patented and proven technology.
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Genomatica develops and licenses complete manufacturing processes for producing many of the world’s most widely-used chemicals from alternative bio-feedstocks, at competitive cost and with greater sustainability than petroleum-based processes.
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Green Energy Group provides turn-key modular geothermal wellhead plants, which reduce capital expenses and project risk and allow for quicker payback on investment.
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M-KOPA Solar brings together asset financing, mobile technology and solar innovation to connect off grid, low income homes to energy.
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Oasys Water is providing sustainable solutions to transform the world’s most difficult and contaminated waters into valuable resources.
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Renmatix is a technology licensor that enables the production of petrochemicals from plants, with a process that has a low cost method for converting a wide range of non-food biomass into cellulosic sugars.

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Younicos is a technology-open system integrator and provider of control and energy management software, for storage applications ranging from ramping of renewables to frequency regulation and renewable islands grids.
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Advantix Systems, a global clean energy company based in Sunrise, FL, has harnessed a breakthrough, patented technology using salt water that reduces HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) energy consumption by 30 to 50 percent.

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BuildingIQ is a leading provider of advanced energy management software that actively predicts and manages HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) loads in commercial buildings. As the only supplier of patent-pending Predictive Energy Optimizationtm technology, BuildingIQ’s cloud-based solution is powering energy savings in buildings across the globe with reductions in HVAC energy costs by up to 25 percent.

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d.light is a for-profit social enterprise whose purpose is to create new freedoms for customers without access to reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future. Improving the lives of 15 million people in the developing world since its founding in 2007, d.light will transform the lives of at least 100 million people by 2020. d.light serves over 40 countries, with more than 10,000 retail outlets, 10 field offices and regional hubs in the U.S., China, India and Africa.

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Draker’s proprietary Clarity DC hardware and Intelligent Array software provide PV system owners and operators tools to increase energy yield and lower operating and maintenance costs through pinpoint troubleshooting and ROI-based O&M decision-making.

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EcoNation is the inventor of smart daylight technology and smart daylight business. Through proprietary technology and a customised financial model, EcoNation invests in clients’ roofs and in their energy savings.

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Ecosphere Technologies (OTCQB: ESPH) is a water engineering, technology licensing and innovative US manufacturing company that develops non-chemical water treatment solutions for industrial markets.

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Harvest Power diverts discarded organic materials from landfills and produces renewable energy and soils, mulches and natural fertilizers through anaerobic digestion and composting.

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Joule capitalizes on global abundance of waste CO2 to economically produce renewable fuels and chemicals from sunlight. The company’s Sunflow™ products drop into conventional fuel blendstock in high percentages, displacing more oil than biofuels and allowing seamless adoption. Manufactured without feedstock constraints or complex processing, Sunflow fuels achieve high volumes and low costs with no dependence on subsidies or precious natural resources.

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Opower’s engagement platform and solution suite enables utilities to involve their customers in programmes that support energy efficiency goals, smart grid and new rate structures, brand loyalty and lowering the cost of service.

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Whitewater technologies is the inventor of a platform-based software solution for smart water network management and a self-learning water analytics software tool that supplements SCADA’s ability to analyse continuous data streams in real time.

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Clean Power Finance is the online marketplace for residential solar financing and leading provider of solar sales software. The company connects the capital and solar markets by managing financing on behalf of institutional investors looking for stable, high-yield investments and marketing that financing as non-exclusive residential solar finance products–power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leases–to qualified solar professionals to brand as their own and sell to consumers.

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ECOtality, Inc. is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. Through innovation, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships, ECOtality accelerates the market applicability of advanced electric technologies to replace carbon-based fuels.

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Emefcy is fundamentally changing the energy economics of wastewater treatment with its Electrogenic Bioreactor it is transforming wastewater treatment plants from cost centers to profit centers. Emefcy addresses needs of both municipal and industrial wastewater markets.

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Lanzatech has developed a proprietary microbe technology that converts waste gases to fuels and chemicals, from any source of carbon monoxide with no impact on the food value chain.

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Maxwell Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitors . An energy storage technology used to optimise energy efficiency, performance, reliability and life cycle of a variety of systems such as automotive, heavy transportation, renewable energy, backup power, wireless communications and industrial and consumer electronics applications as well as for radiation-hardened microelectronic components and systems for satellites and spacecraft.

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Silver Spring Networks provides a networking platform and solutions that enable utilities to transform the power grid infrastructure into the smart grid. The smart grid intelligently connects millions of devices that generate, control, monitor and consume power, providing timely information and control to both utilities and consumers.

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Smarter Grid Solutions delivers innovative software applications and industry-leading expertise to help power companies manage the grid more intelligently. Its real-time grid management solutions offer a highly cost-effective way to get ready for a ‘new energy’ future by creating greater grid capacity for low carbon technologies such as renewable generation.

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Tendril is the developer of connected home platforms that enable smart home applications, such as customer engagement, energy monitoring and management, and demand response. The software platform interacts with hardware devices in the home, such as displays, smart thermostats, smart appliances and EV chargers.

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va-Q-tec is revolutionizing the markets for high performance thermal insulation materials by creating innovative vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) which insulate ten times better than conventional materials.

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Xtreme Power provides scalable, real-time digital power management and energy storage system product and service solutions that decouple the rigid electric grid, enabling a more sustainable, reliable and cost-effective electric grid network. It is able to combine customized milli-second controls and high-efficiency power electronics with the energy storage capabilities of the company’s proprietary PowerCell™ technology.

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BrightSource Energy designs, develops, builds and sells large-scale solar thermal power systems that deliver reliable, clean energy to utilities and industrial companies worldwide.

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eMeter’s data management software delivers a fast, cost effective path to smart metering. The platform allows utilities and their customers to manage energy consumption, balance loads, and increase efficiency across the grid.

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Epuramat provides systems for the treatment of municipal wastewater and industrial process water. The patented ExSep® technology enables industrial companies to re-process and re-use water with limited energy and chemical demand. This reduces fresh water needs and wastewater fees. Epuramat is currently performing oil water separation tests in a demonstration plant, and expects a boost in demand following recent tests conducted on behalf on its clients.

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Green Biologics has developed an advanced fermentation process to convert readily available waste and agricultural by-product feedstocks into high value chemicals and biofuels. GBL focuses on the production of butanol, a widely used chemical and advanced next-generation biofuel with superior fuel and sustainability characteristics. Green Biologics’ technology likewise aims to produce biochemicals and biofuels from sustainable feedstocks at a lower cost than their petroleum equivalents.

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Metabolix has pioneered the creation of Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)-based plastics and chemicals, which will enable the displacement of petroleum-based feedstocks. At Metabolix, PHAs are produced via fermentation of sugars, or expressed directly in crops. Fermentation feedstocks can be sugars derived from corn, or lignocellulosic sugars derived from energy crops. In a technical breakthrough, the company has successfully expressed PHAs in both biomass and industrial oil seed crops.

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On-Ramp Wireless has developed the Ultra-Link Processing™ (ULP) system to address a broad spectrum of device communications applications from Smart Grid and other energy efficiency applications, to process automation and homeland security. Deployment of the ULP system can significantly help monitor and lower energy consumption across utilities and energy intensive industries.

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Redwood Systems is re-inventing smart lighting by powering, communicating and controlling LEDs over networks, for maximum energy savings and improved building performance. Their solution fundamentally changes the way we wire, power, and intelligently control commercial lighting.

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SAGE Electrochromics – SAGE is the world’s leading developer of dynamic window glass that optimizes daylight, improves the human experience within buildings and reduces energy consumption.

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TaKaDu helps water utilities worldwide take control of their networks by giving real-time knowledge and alerts about leaks and other problems in their water distribution infrastructure. TaKaDu’s Software-as-a-Service solution is quick to set up and easy to use. It requires no changes to existing equipment or upfront investment.

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Winafrique is an end-to-end renewable energy solutions integrator. The company is commercializing off-grid power systems through small-scale hybrid renewable energy storage using flow batteries.

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British Gas have acquired AlertMe to create the UK’s leading connected homes provider. This exciting move brings together British Gas’ ability to innovate for customers with AlertMe’s next generation Internet of Things technology and expertise. The acquisition has created a highly experienced and fully integrated team which will now accelerate the development of new connected home services in the UK and worldwide.

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Dyesol Limited is a renewable energy supplier and leader in Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC) technology – 3rd Generation photovoltaic technology. The Company’s vision is to create a viable low cost source of electricity with the potential to disrupt the global energy supply chain and energy balance.

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Magnomatics is a high technology company that is developing and manufacturing products for global industries based on its proprietary ground-breaking magnetic gear technology. Production gears are now in operation in a critical down borehole oil and gas application where the torque fuse inherent in a magnetic gear improves system life.

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Novacem, the carbon negative cement company, began as a spin-off from Imperial College London in 2007, and its investors and other backers include Imperial Innovations, the Royal Society Enterprise Fund, the London Technology Fund and the Carbon Trust. The company was listed twice in the Global Cleantech 100. The company’s Technology and Intellectual Property was sold to Calix Limited, a natural resources company headquartered in Australia.

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Topell Energy is a privately funded Dutch clean technology company that has developed a cutting edge patent-protected process for the production of high value solid biofuel from woody biomass. Their technology is proven at commercial scale and can be demonstrated at their own plant in The Netherlands, and is now being commercialized internationally. Their technology process is generally known as torrefaction and the solid biofuel is referred to as torrefied biomass, black pellets, or biocoal.

Committee

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Susan Kish
Master of Ceremony,
Future of Energy Summit

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Michael Wilshire
Head of Renewables Analysis,
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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Doug Arent
Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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Ian George Tuft
Director – Group Operations & Construction,
China Light & Power

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Craig Coburn
President, Ventures & Strategy,
BP Alternative Energy North America

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PJ Deschenes
Principal,
Greentech Capital Advisors

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Peter Gutman
Senior Advisor,
Standard Chartered Private Equity

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Wendolyn Holland
Director,
Holland Consulting

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Bruce Huber
Founder and Managing Partner,
Alexa Capital

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Michael Liebreich
Chairman of the Advisory Board,
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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Hanne May
Head of Energy Communications,
Ergo Unternehmenskommunikation

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Nick Sangermano
Managing Director,
Ambata Capital Partners

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