|[October 01, 2012]
Cleantech Group Reveals the 2012 Global Cleantech 100 List and Announces Award Winners in Eight Categories at the Global Cleantech 100 Gala
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Group, a leading global research and advisory firm focused on energy
and environmental innovation, today released the fourth annual Global
Cleantech 100 list and report. The list recognizes the one hundred
most promising and innovative companies in areas such as energy
efficiency, biofuels & biochemicals, smart grid, renewable energy, water
and waste, and transportation.
The list identifies the private cleantech companies most likely to make
a significant market impact over the next five to ten years. "The Global
Cleantech 100 is a natural extension of our companywide mission to help
corporations, investors and financiers, professional service firms and
governmental agencies connect with global cleantech innovation," said
Sheeraz Haji, Cleantech Group CEO. "This report celebrates the best in
innovation and is the industry standard for gauging where cleantech
innovation is headed next."
The full list of Global Cleantech 100 firms and the full report are
available online for free at Cleantech
Group's website. Complete profiles of all 100 companies can be found
in Cleantech Group's i3
market intelligence platform.
"The 2012 Global Cleantech 100 is markedly different in its composition
to that of 2009, our first edition," said Richard Youngman, Managing
Director, Europe & Asia for Cleantech Group. "As such, it is a strong
statement of how the collective market opinion has shifted as to what
type of companies are the most likely to have significant market impact
in a 5-10 year timeframe."
To qualify for the Global Cleantech 100, companies must be independent,
for-profit, cleantech companies not listed on any major stock exchange.
This year, 5,117 companies were nominated from 85 countries. A 75-member
expert panel, including leading global investors and a wide range of
corporate executives from multi-national enterprises such as ABB, BP,
Ecolab, GE, General Motors, IBM, Intel (News - Alert), Johnson Controls, Procter and
Gamble, and Vestas, gave input on the shortlisted 236, to get to the
final list of 100 companies from 13 countries.
The input of the expert panel is an integral component in the selection
process. "The Global Cleantech 100 list reveals an increasing maturity
of the cleantech sector," said Colin le Duc, Partner, General Investment
Management LLP and member of the 2012 expert panel. "In contrast to what
the press and stock markets may have you believe, many private cleantech
companies are gaining real market traction, generating significant
revenues and profits and contributing materilly to the challenges of
resource efficiency and the climate crisis. The best companies in this
sector are demonstrating the value of focus and persistence and are
emerging as stronger organizations for having thrived in a very
challenging environment over recent years."
Cleantech Group presented awards in eight categories to clean technology
innovators at the Global
Cleantech 100 Gala at the Italian Embassy in Washington, DC on
Company of the Year was awarded in each of three regions to the
highest-ranked company with no negative votes from the expert panel:
developer of a software-as-a-service that utilizes customer engagement
and billing analytics for utilities, won for the region of North
developer of energy-saving, long-life organic light emitting diodes
(OLEDs), won for the region of Europe & Israel
designer of integrated circuits for power line communication systems,
utilizing power lines as a medium for transmitting information, won
for the region of Asia Pacific
Rising Star of the Year, given to the highest-ranked new entrant on
this year's list, was awarded to Clean
Power Finance, provider of power purchase (PPA) financing for
solar PV installations as well as customer acquisition software for
The Continued Excellence award, given to the highest-ranked of
companies that have made it onto the Global Cleantech 100 list for at
least the last three consecutive years was awarded to Harvest
Power, which maximizes the value of organic materials through the
production of renewable energy and soils, mulches and natural
Early Stage Company of the Year, given to the highest-ranked product
development stage company was awarded to Siluria
Technologies, developer of methane conversion technology for
creating fuels and chemicals from natural gas.
Awards were also given in two investor categories:
Google (News - Alert) Ventures won Corporate Investor of the Year, as the corporate
investor with the largest percentage of its cleantech venture
portfolio in the 2012 Global Cleantech 100.
An award was given to Bright Capital for Investor of the Year as the
financial investor with the largest percentage of its cleantech
venture portfolio in the 2012 Global Cleantech 100
Over 28 of the companies on the Global Cleantech 100 list were in
attendance at the Gala. "We're thrilled to be named the 2012 Global
Cleantech 100 North America Company of the Year," said Opower President
and Founder Alex Laskey. "In our first five years, we expanded to more
than 75 utility partners in six countries and saved utility customers
more than $170 million on their utility bills. I'm excited that our work
is being recognized by a list widely regarded as the leading standard
for identifying leading industry innovation in the clean tech sector.
Over the next five years, we will continue to work with our utility
partners to drive significant customer engagement and large-scale energy
2012 Global Cleantech 100 Quick Facts:
13 countries are represented in the 2012 list. The United States is
the most highly represented country with 64 companies.
Energy Efficiency remains the hottest and growing sector within
cleantech, with 22 companies on the list, up from 19 in 2011 and 15 in
Solar's representation in the 100 falls again, down 40% from what it
was in 2009.
Corporations continue to be ever more active in global cleantech
innovation - as investors, partners, licensees, customers, and
acquirers of Global Cleantech 100 companies. GE is the most active
overall partner with 2012 Global Cleantech 100 companies, followed by
Siemens (News - Alert), Google, IBM and Waste Management.
Over 400 investing entities, from 28 different countries, have a
shareholding in the 100 companies. Kleiner Perkins is the most
prolific shareholder of 2012 Global Cleantech 100 companies. It has
invested in 19 companies in the list, representing 44% of its overall
About Cleantech Group
Group's research, events and advisory services accelerate market
adoption, stimulate demand, and remove barriers to cleantech innovation.
A global company with offices in North America and Europe, Cleantech
Group helps business leaders make strategic decisions involving
cleantech innovation through the i3
Platform, the most comprehensive, vetted, up-to-date source for
insights into companies, investors, financing and relationships across
the clean technology ecosystem.
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