The Energy Storage Push to Mass Market


Michele Parad
Energy storage, as THE mechanism for unlocking the full potential of renewable energy, is expected to grow to a $6 billion global industry by 2020. The only thing standing in its way is getting the mass market to understand its potential. Storage companies are now becoming more customer orientated, by providing energy management analytics in addition to the batteries, as a way to engage more end users with the technology. The topic of customer engagement was discussed at Moixa Energy’s... Read More »

Are we starting to see the end of the wave of major venture-backed solar companies?


Michele Parad
By Simeran Bachra and Michele Parad Solar has strong head-winds right now, with the market forecasted to grow 25-50% in 2016 alone. We are seeing a rise in consolidation, and in both horizontal and vertical integration across the industry. Industry leaders, many of whom have appeared on our past editions of the Global Cleantech 100 (GCT100) – are expanding their market share and taking control of solar deployment across the customer value chain (from owning and operating plants, to financing,... Read More »

Beyond the 100: The Ones to Watch List and the Megatrends Continued


Michele Parad
Every year, Cleantech Group runs a rigorous process to identify a top 100 out of more than 6000 companies globally (see Global Cleantech 100 methodology). However, we have recognized that, to many of you corporate scouts and investors out there, 100 seems like a relatively small number when, admittedly, there are hundreds of fast-growing sustainable innovation companies with some very exciting new partnerships and activities. So what lies beyond 100? Who are the rising stars with interesting value propositions and... Read More »

2014 Global Cleantech 100 – CEO Insights on the Internet of Things, Big Data, and Cybersecurity


Michele Parad
QBotix, Ubitricity, Space-Time Insight - What do they all have in common? Yes, they are all Global Cleantech 100 companies, but there is more that ties them together than winning a prestigious annual award. Cleantech companies are increasingly integrating their product into the Internet of Things theme – and this was one of the biggest takeaways from the Global Cleantech 100 summit and roundtables in both Washington, D.C. and London. Below, we share key (anonymized) insights from company CEOs and our own analysis of the concerns... Read More »

Italian Cleantech Innovation on Display


Michele Parad
In December of 2013, Cleantech Group collaborated with Italy Cleantech Network and several prestigious investors and clusters in the Italian ecosystem to conduct a research endeavor into the landscape of sustainable innovation in Italy, one of Europe’s largest and most heavily industrialized manufacturing economies. We’ve also highlighted some of the most promising cleantech SME companies in the country, through a report and video series, where you can view the personalized stories of BM Solar, Directa Plus, Electro Power Systems, i-EM,... Read More »

Cleantech è di moda in Italia. Under the Radar in the World.


Michele Parad
Over the last year we have had the pleasure of working with Italy Cleantech Network to help catalyse more connectivity between innovation activities in Italy, and the international Cleantech innovation ecosystem – believing both stand to benefit. Into the 10th year of Cleantech Group being active in Europe and, to date, we had seen surprisingly little of Italy – given its status as the world’s 9th largest economy and one of Europe’s most diversified from an industrial activity viewpoint. We... Read More »

Rising Cleantech Stars: The Race to the Global Cleantech 100 List is On!


Michele Parad
The nominations are flooding in! This is our fifth year collating the Global Cleantech 100 list and accompanying Summit and Gala, and it looks like 2013 will be the most competitive year yet. With input from the players in cleantech innovation, Cleantech Group runs a rigorous process each year to determine which 100 global private clean technology companies will make the biggest market impact over the next five to 10 years. This is certainly not an easy exercise, especially given... Read More »