Applications for 2018 New Energy Pioneers are now open.
Applications for 2018 New Energy Pioneers are now open. Download the application form or nominate a company you think could be the next New Energy Pioneer. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 winners were announced at our Future of Energy Summit in New York, April 24, 2017. For more information, view the press release here.
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.
Watch Future of Energy Summit 2016 Highlights
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 generally 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:
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:
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
Join the prestigious group of past winners
Envirofit develops smart clean cookstoves that cook faster while reducing fuel use, smoke, and toxic emissions. Serving more than 5 million people in energy poverty, Envirofit’s smart stoves reduce climate change, create new jobs, and enable families to save money.
EV-Box is a market leader in Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) and related cloud-based services, with an installed base of over 50,000 charging points worldwide that serve individuals, businesses, facilities and major public charging networks.
Fluidic Energy provides zinc-air energy storage solutions, and is the ultimate clean storage technology in terms of cost and long duration, which has been proven in the harshest environments. They aim to reach 100 million people by 2025.
Romo Wind’s innovative iSpin technology measures the wind at the spinner; at the only point of a wind turbine where the wind flow is understood. iSpin brings an unprecedented transparency on performance, enabling a better turbine control and operation.
Skeleton Technologies manufactures ultracapacitors, key to energy saving innovations in grid, transportation, and the automotive industry. Skeleton’s ultracapacitors charge and discharge in seconds, operate close to full efficiency in hot or cold climates, require no maintenance, and have lifetimes of over 15 years.
SunCulture manufactures solar-powered irrigation systems that make it simpler and cheaper for farmers in Africa to grow high quality crops. SunCulture’s system increases a farmer’s yields by up to 300% and decreases water usage by up to 80%.
SunFunder is a specialist solar finance company that unlocks debt capital for companies and projects in the off-grid, mini-grid and commercial and industrial solar sectors in emerging markets.
Sunna Design produces smart and durable solar off-grid public lighting products and solutions adapted to developing countries’ extreme climates. From African cities street lighting projects to rural electrification solutions like PAYG NanoGrids, Sunna focuses on its positive impact with affordable light and power.
We Care Solar designs and distributes simple and reliable solar electric systems in low resource settings to support health workers address the critical aspect of energy access for global maternal and child health care.
24M answers the world’s need for affordable energy storage by enabling a new, more cost-effective solution–semisolid lithium-ion technology. By re-inventing the design of the battery cell as well as the manufacturing method, 24M solves the critical, decades-old challenge associated with the world’s preferred energy storage chemistry: reducing its high cost while bettering its performance.
AutoGrid is the leading enabler of Software-Defined Power (SDP), providing intelligent, scalable and high-availability software-as-a-service solutions for optimizing supply and demand flexibility across a diverse portfolio of Energy Internet resources.
EWT is the world’s leading manufacturer of medium scale distributed energy wind turbines, and is triggering a revolutionary level of adoption of medium scale distributed wind generation through offering lcoe below grid cost of power, the development of innovative commercial and development solutions, a product meeting many feed in tariffs, long term service providing performance assurance, and active product development.
FirstFuel is the world leader in information-enabled energy services. By combining data science, building science and software expertise, we deliver energy intelligence about what’s going on behind the meter – without going behind the meter.
Mobisol combines solar energy with an affordable payment plan via mobile phone, comprehensive customer service and innovative remote monitoring technology. The Berlin-based company offers low-income customers in developing nations quality solar home systems that are a clean alternative to unhealthy, environmentally harmful, and expensive fossil fuels.
Newlight Technologies uses carbon capture technology to convert greenhouse gas emissions into AirCarbon®: a high-performance plastic material that matches the performance of a wide range of oil-based plastics while significantly out-competing on price, providing a market-driven solution to reducing the amount of carbon in the air.
Sentient Science can extend the remaining useful life of complex machines like wind turbines, gas turbines, drivetrains and the critical bearings and gears that are in almost every rotating machine. Sentient uses materials science and high performance computing to know the earliest point in time when cracks initiate and grow within rotating metal components.
SOLARKIOSK is the renewable energy gateway and last mile distribution to untapped markets in off-grid areas worldwide. SOLARKIOSK intertwines a cutting-edge design and technology with an inclusive business model that is tailored for Base-of-the-Pyramid (BoP) communities.
Vigilent is pioneering the use of IoT, machine learning, and predictive analytics to deliver dynamic resource management for mission critical cooling. Vigilent reduces operating costs, unlocks stranded capacity, and increases reliability across hundreds of data center and telecom facilities worldwide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Strategy,
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Chairman of the New Energy Pioneers Committee
Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis, U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Greentech Capital Advisors
VP – Ventures & Strategy,
Gore Street Capital
Seven Energy, Solar Universe and Pearlshare
Founder and Managing Partner,
Master of Ceremony,
Future of Energy Summit
Chairman of the Advisory Board,
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Head of Energy Communications,
CohnReznick Capital Markets Securities
Ian George Tuft
Director – Group Operations & Construction,
China Light & Power