The Cleantech Group, a San Francisco-based global clean technology research and advisory company, released its third annual Global Cleantech 100 list and announced a number of awards at its first Global Cleantech 100 Summit and Gala awards dinner, which was held in October in Washington DC.
The Global Cleantech 100, produced with the UK’s Guardian News and Media, is a compilation of the 100 most promising private companies in clean technology. The feedback of 70 cleantech experts are incorporated into this report.
Companies that received additional recognition were:
"Company of the Year" was awarded in each of three regions to the highest-ranked company with no negative votes from the expert panel:
- Silver Spring Networks, an advanced metering and home energy management company, won for North America
- TaKaDu, a SaaS water monitoring solution for utilities, won for Europe & Israel
- LanzaTech, a waste-gas-to-fuel company, won Company of the Year in Asi
"Rising Star of the Year" was awarded to SCIEnergy (fka Scientific Conservation), maker of a cloud-based building efficiency solution, as the highest-ranked company finding itself on the Global Cleantech 100 list for the first time.
BrightSource Energy, developer of solar thermal power systems, won the "Continued Excellence" award, given to the highest-ranked of companies that have made it onto the Global Cleantech 100 list for all three consecutive years.
Emefcy, a wastewater treatment company, won the award for "Early Stage Company of the Year," given to the highest-ranked pre-revenue company.
In addition, awards were also given to three companies not included on the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 list:
- Landis+Gyr, which was acquired by Toshiba earlier this year, won for Exit of the Year, awarded to the highest-rated exit by any Global Cleantech 100 company in the past 12 months.
- GE, which made 22 investments in emerging energy technology companies this year, won for Corporation of the Year.
- An award was given to Generation Investment Management for Investor of the Year as the global investor with the largest percentage of its portfolio devoted to cleantech.