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New Energy Pioneers

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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 technology experts advise the panel through the assessment stages.

New Energy Pioneers 2016 application opening September 2015 – stay tuned for more information.




With special thanks to the 2015 New Energy Pioneers Sponsors:

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Meet the 2015 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

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

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 Renewable Sciences

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

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

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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Meet the 2014 Winners


Breathing Buildings


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


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


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


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


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

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

Attend the Future of Energy Summit and become part of the conversation on the future of energy through presenting your vision

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

Get connected to the Bloomberg New Energy Finance network of finance, business and government leaders in energy

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

Join the prestigious group of past winners


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?

Selection Committee

Susan Kish
Head of Cross Platform Initiatives,
Bloomberg L.P.
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
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Wendolyn Holland
Holland Consulting
Bruce Huber
Founder and Managing Partner,
Alexa Capital
Michael Liebreich
Chairman of the Advisory Board,
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
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Hanne May
Head of Energy Communications,
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Nick Sangermano
Managing Director,
Ambata Capital Partners

Register your interest: Future of Energy Summit London – October 12-13, 2015 >>