Cleantech Group Names 2020 Global Cleantech 100 – Top Private Companies in Clean Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 16 January 2020 – Cleantech Group released the eleventh annual Global Cleantech 100report

Announcing the 2020 Global Cleantech 100The Global Cleantech 100 is a guide to the most innovative and promising companies poised to impact the market and the future of global industries in the next five to ten years. From transportation and logistics to agriculture, energy, food, chemicals and resources, the report covers six sectors and provides analyses of the themes and trends shaping the market and corporate investment. 

It feels right that our first list of the future-defining 2020s, should see a continued strengthening in the representation of truly impactful and necessary innovations to transform our diets, to enable a more renewable-heavy energy system, and to capture and utilize the vast levels of CO2 we have been freely emitting for decades,” said Richard Youngman, CEO, Cleantech Group. “Also included in our 2020 list are some big and critical shots at solving global problems – from proving out fusion and next-gen batteries to zero carbon aviation.”

Selection process

To qualify for the Global Cleantech 100, companies must be independent, for-profit and not listed on any major stock exchange. This year, 8,312 companies from 80 countries were nominated. The selection process combines Cleantech Group’s research data with qualitative judgements from nominations, third party awards, and insight from a global 80-member expert panel comprised of leading investors and executives from a wide-range of industrial corporations active in technology and innovation scouting. From pioneers and veterans to new entrants, the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community and results in a list with a powerful base of respect and support from many important players within the global cleantech innovation ecosystem. The list is sponsored by Chubb.

Special Awards

Cleantech Group presented a series of awards at the Global Cleantech 100 Awards Dinner on 27 January on the opening night of  Cleantech Forum San Francisco.

Company of the Year was awarded in each of three regions to the highest-ranked company from that region:

  • North America: Carbon Cure, a producer of carbon-sequestering equipment for ready mix and pre-cast concrete production.
  • Europe & Israel: tado, a developer of a smart thermostat and SaaS platform allowing users to control their home heating and cooling systems from their smart phones.
  • Asia Pacific: Husk Power Systems, a developer of distributed mini-grids which utilize solar PV, biomass gasification and batteries
Other categories:
  • Rising Star of the Year, given to the highest-ranked new entrant(s) on this year’s list: EVgo, an installer and servicer of fast-charging stations for electric vehicles, and Amp Robotics, a developer of machine learning and robotic technology for waste recycling.
  • Early Stage Company of the Year, given to the highest-ranked early stage company: Leap, a developer of an energy exchange platform (Virtual Power Plant) for distributed energy resources/
  • Graduate of the Year, awarded to the most impressive exit (as rated, by the financial investors in the expert panel) of a list alumnus.  The exit must have happened in the 12 months prior to the cut-off date: Beyond Meat, a developer of a plant-based protein meat substitute.

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The company was established in 2002 and is headquartered in San Francisco with a growing international presence in London. Our parent company, Enovation Partners, is based in Chicago.