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Award – Cleantech Group 2017 “100 Ones to Watch”

February 11th, 2018

Gratefully receiving the award from Richard Youngman CEO of the Cleantech Group.




The GCT100 Ones to Watch list seeks to highlight a group of upcoming companies that are catching the eye of leading investors and corporates in the market. They are companies that have yet to become a Global Cleantech 100 company, and that did not have quite enough market support to make the 8th edition of the Global Cleantech 100 list itself (which will be published  January 2018). However, the companies were part of the top 250 nominated and carry pockets of strong support among the GCT100’s expert panel. As such, these companies represent this year’s Ones to Watch

Virtu awarded new funding from DECC to support commercial trials

November 6th, 2015

DECC Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, is a competitive funding scheme to support the development of technologies, products and processes in energy efficiency, power generation and storage.  The latest grant awarded to the company is to support a commercial scale pilot of its revolutionary solar product Virtu.


The product has been in rapid development over the last 2 years, completing testing of its pioneering thermal engine.  The design and development of the hybrid collector has now been demonstrated in field trials in Malta with market leading results.  Commercial pilot projects are now planned for early 2016, with full commercial launch later in the year.



Naked Energy secures €1.3 million of grant funding for Virtu

January 29th, 2014


Christophe Williams receiving award from Ian Ellerington – Head of Innovation delivery DECC


The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has awarded the company €1 million through it’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund to assist in the development of its innovative solar technology.  The focus of the funding will be on optimising production processes accelerating Virtu toward commercial launch.


Virtu is a breakthrough hybrid solar technology providing combined heat and power.  The technology has gained significant interest from around the world and the Naked Energy team are eager to bring this exciting product to market.


“We are delighted to receive this award and vote of confidence from DECC, in what is a highly competitive space.” Said Christophe Williams, Founder and CEO of Naked Energy Ltd.  “The funding will have a dramatic impact on our progress, as we are now able to secure additional talent to our team and partner with some of the best scientific and academic partners in the country,”


Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: “Innovation is vital for the move towards a low carbon economy and it’s great to see so many entrepreneurs rising to the challenge. I wish the winners every success with their projects.”


In addition the company has secured a further €300,000 grant from The Climate-KIC, which is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership, working to address the challenge of climate change.  The company is an affiliate partner and continues to be a part of their ‘acceleration program’ to drive the business towards commercial success.


Now that Naked Energy has secured significant funding the company is accelerating towards its first pilot projects.  The projects will see Virtu installed in carefully selected locations to demonstrate the versatility of the modular collectors in both temperate and high insolation geographies generating thermal and electrical energy to be used for domestic and commercial applications.


Small-scale production is scheduled to begin in mid 2014 with larger volume activity set to start in 2015.


Christophe Williams, is candid about how he sees the future:


“The opportunity is crystal clear.  Despite the consolidation taking place in the worldwide solar marketplace the future is very bright – literally.  Generating clean, unlimited power from the sun is more than viable, its imperative as part of a sensible long-term energy mix.


Virtu captures over four times the energy of a conventional photovoltaic panel and once we reach scale will be priced very attractively.  We have a highly scalable business and a worldwide market.  It is difficult to keep under the radar with such an exciting proposition; we hope our potential customers can continue to be patient.”


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Naked Energy winner of Energy Generation at The Cleantech Open California 2013

November 21st, 2013


The Cleantech Open (, the world’s largest clean-technology accelerator, has announced the winners of the Global Ideas Competition.




Orchestrated in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week (, this annual competition sees startups from around the world competing in their respective countries for national awards, with the national winners then facing off at the Cleantech Open Global Forum.


After two days of intensive judging, a group of five national winners were selected to present to a final jury of investors and technology experts.


Naked Energy was the winner of the Energy Generation category and People’s Choice award.



EIT Awards 2012 Winner (Climate-KIC)

March 23rd, 2012

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Ennesys and Naked Energy winners of Climate-KIC Venture Competition 2011

March 23rd, 2012

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EIT Finalist

March 23rd, 2012

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Shell Springboard Programme 2011

February 23rd, 2011

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