Europe’s cleantech businesses that are leading the way

Earlier this week the Global Cleantech 100 list which is in its 10th year was announced, showcasing the world’s top 100 companies in sustainable technology innovation.

The list is published by research firm, Cleantech Group, who themselves are a company that support the development of clean technologies. The Cleantech Group own the term ‘cleantech’ as a registered trademark, so to be listed by them in the top 100 in the world list, is quite the honour for companies within the industry.

We’ve profiled some of the companies from Europe that made the final list.

Azuri Technologies (UK)

A major player in pay-as-you-go solar products, Azuri technologies provide PayGo solar systems to rural off-grid communities. Their technology has been known to stretch as far as the deepest depths of Africa. Azuri technologies are committed to fixing the problem of energy access for those who are out of reach of the grid. An issue that affects up to 1.3 billion people globally. Through innovation, Azuri has managed to create the solar home systems, which allows individuals to pay for solar power on a pay-as-you-go just the same as they would do to top up their mobile phone.

Black Bear Carbon (Netherlands)

Using a unique formula, Black Bear have managed to create a revolutionary process of extracting valuable materials mainly carbon black, from used tires which can then be used in the production of new products such as fresh tires, technical rubber products, plastics, paint and ink. Alongside this from the process an important bi-product is green energy, which is a form of high calorific gas and oil which can be converted into heat, electricity or steam. Black Bear have plans to resolve this issue for every country in the world. We’re excited to see how they progress.


Meet the Chiswick based tech firm that has developed a solar plan to power much of Africa. To date BBOXX has deployed more than 150,000 solar systems and helped nearly 1 million people across 35 countries. BBOXX is working towards improving customer’s quality of life through affordable, clean energy solutions. Their aim for the future is to expand and be able to provide other vital utility services such as cooking, internet access and water. At the heart of the business is a management platform called Pulse, which continuously monitors and collects data enabling BBOXX to reach previously remote locations.

EasyMile (France)

Founded in 2014, EasyMile is one of the leading companies that specialise in autonomous vehicle technology. With experts in robotics, computer vision and vehicle dynamics, the France based company have created revolutionary driverless vehicles which have been introduced to 20 countries around the world. Currently EasyMile have three products on the market including the EZ10 Driverless Shuttle which can carry up to 15 passengers at a time, whilst being supervised by EasyMile’s fleet management software.

Moixa Technology (UK)

The UK’s number one home battery business and platform for managing storage services. Moixa’s ground-breaking smart energy management software helps renewable energy work (yeah you guessed it) smartly, for both individuals and businesses. The smart battery and Solar Panel system that Moixa have created could save you up to 60% on your energy bills every year! Watch out for Moixa as we expect 2019 is going to be a big year for the smart tech firm.

Sonnen (Germany)

Take your relationship with energy into your own hands. The sonnenBatterie isn’t just like any other battery, it’s an intelligent storage system that automatically regulates the energy usage in your household. In conjunction with solar panels the sonnenBatterie will enable you to supply yourself with clean energy. The bonus of using a Sonnen system is that you make yourself independent and self-sustainable and become protected against any future rising energy prices. Sonnen have also tried and tested their batteries and declared that all their batteries have a minimum lifespan of 10,000 charging-cycles. So, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be supplied with clean energy for many years to come.

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