Applications for the 2016 New Energy Pioneers are now open.

The deadline for applications is 30 November 2015.

Apply now with your own company or nominate a company you think could be the next New Energy Pioneer.  Please send all completed forms to pioneers@bloomberg.net.

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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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?

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?

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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Susan Kish
Master of Ceremony,
Future of Energy Summit

Michael Wilshire
Head of Renewables Analysis,
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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

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

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

PJ Deschenes
Greentech Capital Advisors

Peter Gutman
Senior Advisor,
Standard Chartered Private Equity

Wendolyn Holland
Holland Consulting

Bruce Huber
Founder and Managing Partner,
Alexa Capital

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

Hanne May
Head of Energy Communications,
Ergo Unternehmenskommunikation

Nick Sangermano
Managing Director,
Ambata Capital Partners