Cleantech Group Reveals the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 List

List Recognizes the Top Private Companies in Clean Technology Industry

Washington, DC – October 17, 2011:  Cleantech Group, the leading research firm focused on cleantech innovation, today released the third annual Global Cleantech 100 list at the Global Cleantech 100 Gala Dinner.  The list recognizes the 100 most promising and innovative companies in areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, water and waste, and low carbon transportation.  The Global Cleantech 100 program is produced in collaboration with the UK’s Guardian News and Media.

“We are proud of how quickly the Global Cleantech 100 list has gained recognition as a leading resource in the cleantech sector,” said Sheeraz Haji, Cleantech Group CEO. “Stakeholders including members of the corporate community, investors, and regulators now watch the Global Cleantech 100 list closely to gauge which sectors look most promising and which companies are poised for growth.”

The list recognizes the Cleantech companies most likely to make a significant market impact over the next 5-10 years.  The full list of Global Cleantech 100 firms and the full report are available online for free on the websites of Cleantech Group ( and the Guardian (  Complete profiles of all 100 companies can be found in i3, Cleantech Group’s market intelligence platform, at

To qualify, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies not listed on any major stock exchange.  This year, 4,274 companies were nominated from more than 45 countries. 70 members of the expert panel, including leading global investors and a wide range of corporate executives from multi-national enterprises such as ABB, BASF, BP, Coca-Cola Company, DuPont, GE, General Motors, Procter and Gamble, and Vestas, gave their input on the shortlisted 213, to get to the final list of 100 companies from 16 countries.

“This year’s Global Cleantech 100 shows once again that there is no end to the innovation that entrepreneurs are capable of creating in order to attack some of the most pressing resource challenges and in the process will introduce to the world some outstanding companies,” said Rodrigo Prudencio, Partner at Nth Power and member of the expert panel.  “The annual list proves that companies are being formed around the world to pursue a wide variety of opportunities and that investors, customers and partners see these markets as global and larger than ever imagined.”

A closer look at the list reveals important trends in clean technology investment.  A full report with commentary and insight on the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 is available via two publications: 1) A report authored by Cleantech Group and sponsored by Autodesk, Deloitte and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.  Global Cleantech 100: A Barometer of the Changing Face of Global Cleantech Innovation is available for download (; 2) A special online newspaper supplement written by the UK’s Guardian, sponsored by Ernst & Young.

“The third Global Cleantech 100 exemplifies the best in cleantech innovation across the world,” said Richard Youngman, Managing Director, Europe & Asia, Cleantech Group and the founder of the Global Cleantech 100. “This list is based on the collective wisdom and experience of the world’s cleantech leaders and this year it truly reflects not only the most interesting companies, but also the mainstreaming of this dynamicinnovation theme.”

Global Cleantech 100 Quick Facts:

  • The United States leads with the most companies on the list in absolute numbers.
  • Weighted for size of economy, the frontrunners are smaller countries such as Denmark, Israel, the Netherlands and Sweden.
  • Over 350 investors, from 28 different countries, hold shares in the 100 companies.
  • Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is the most prolific shareholder this year, with investment in 14 companies on the list. Generation Investment Management has the highest percentage of its investee companies on the list.
  • GE and Siemens are the most active partners with 2011 Global Cleantech 100 companies.
  • TaKaDu heads the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 ‘Lust List’, made up of the companies who were most consistently admired by the expert panel, with no dissenters.
  • Four other companies made the 2011 Lust List this year: Coulomb Technologies; Hara; Opower; and Silver Spring Networks.
  • LanzaTech topped the charts for the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Better Place is the 2011 Global Cleantech 100 company that most strongly divided opinion across our expert panel and as such heads this year’s ‘Marmite List’.


About Cleantech Group

Cleantech Group’s research, events and advisory services accelerate market adoption, stimulate demand, and remove barriers to cleantech innovation.  We help 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.  Cleantech Group also produces the premier Cleantech Forum® and Focus™ events worldwide.  Details are available at


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