BNEF Announces 10 Companies As 2016 New Energy Pioneers

Bloomberg New Energy Finance announced the 10 companies chosen as its 2016 New Energy Pioneers this week.

Pioneers-2016Announced on Monday, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) revealed the 10 companies that it deemed were “game-changing innovators that are revolutionizing the energy sector.” The 10 companies were recognized on stage at the 9th annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, in New York.

The 10 winning companies were selected by an independent panel of industry experts, with assistance from BNEF’s analysts and technology experts, and represent a wide swath of industry including advance transportation, bioenergy, energy storage, solar, wind, and energy smart technologies.

“This year, we were impressed by the very strong set of candidates we received for the New Energy Pioneers program, and the range of activities that they cover – including solar, wind, storage, transport, bioenergy, energy smart technologies and machine learning,” said Michael Wilshire, selection committee chair and head of analysis and transformation at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “We were delighted to see the breadth of innovation that is happening in the industry and struck by the impact that those organizations could have on the energy system of the future. We are as always very grateful to our group of external judges on the selection committee who had the challenging task of narrowing the field of entries to a final set of 10 winners.”

From BNEF’s press release, the 10 winning companies are as follows:

  • 24M (USA) addresses the world’s need for affordable energy storage with a new, more cost-effective approach – semi-solid lithium-ion technology.
  • AutoGrid Systems (USA) is a leading provider of intelligent and scalable software-as-a-service solutions that optimize supply and demand flexibility across a diverse portfolio of distributed energy resources.
  • Emergya Wind Technologies (The Netherlands) is revolutionizing wind energy by providing localized, distributed energy, at below grid power pricing, to a wide variety of customer segments.
  • FirstFuel (USA) offers advanced data analytics and insights that help improve and optimize energy consumption in buildings.
  • Mobisol (Germany), since 2012, has equipped more than 40,000 rural homes and businesses with solar home systems in Tanzania and Rwanda – making it one of Africa’s largest and fastest growing providers of off-grid solar systems to homes and businesses.
  • Newlight Technologies (USA) uses carbon capture technology to convert greenhouse gas emissions into AirCarbon, a high-performance material that replaces a wide range of oil-based plastics by out-competing on price and performance.
  • Sentient Science (USA) predicts failures in wind components before they happen, using materials science and high performance computing to determine the earliest point in time when cracks initiate and grow within rotating metal components.
  • SolarKiosk (Germany) offers modular off-grid solar powered business centers, enabling last-mile distribution of products and services to untapped markets in remote rural areas worldwide.
  • Verdezyne (USA) is a bio-based chemicals company, with a synthetic biology platform that produces a variety of chemicals from renewable, non-food sources.
  • Vigilent (USA) is pioneering the use of internet-of-things, machine learning, and predictive analytics to deliver dynamic cooling management in mission critical environments such as data centers.

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One thought on “BNEF Announces 10 Companies As 2016 New Energy Pioneers

  • “Game-changing innovators”? Bloomberg sells financial news, so it has a stake in hyping useful ideas that are well short of revolutionary. For instance, there are dozens of offgrid solar companies in Africa applying essentially the same model. Mobile payments were a game-changer ten years ago, as were the first solar lanterns and phone chargers.

    For me, the biggest RE innovation in 2015 was Trina’s breaking the 20% efficiency bar with a multicrytalline industrial (not lab) module. But that was clearly incremental improvement by an established company, not a “breakthrough ” by a brave little startup.

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