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Renewable energy’s next frontier: heat (and coolth)

March 8th, 2018

As Europe is currently experiencing extremely cold weather much attention has been given to the question of heat.  Long overdue in our opinion, as heating accounts for around 50% of all energy used globally and 40% of all CO2 emissions.  Extreme weather and geopolitical uncertainty also draw attention to the potentially serious issues around security of supply.  Although the overall demand for heat is still rising it is being outpaced by the need for cooling.  Renewable thermal energy is gaining a lot of attention with governments around the world acknowledging that despite good progress in decarbonising the generation of electricity by a switch to renewable solutions there is much than can and must be done to make heating and cooling sustainable.


Electrification of heating may provide part of the answer, but creates additional challenges at times of peak demand which could be exacerbated by a simultaneous push towards the electrification of the transport sector.  Advances in storage of electricity will play a role, but may not be sufficient. There is no magic bullet and no doubt the best solution will be a mix of technologies.  Solar thermal could play a major role when combined with inter-seasonal storage and district heating systems.  At the other extreme solar thermal is likely to play a significant part in fulfilling the growing demand for air-conditioning where demand and supply are perfectly matched (allowing solar electricity to be used for other applications).


Here are a few interesting articles and websites going onto more detail:


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

Of 12,300 nominations, we made Global Cleantech Group ‘Ones to Watch’ list of upcoming private companies in clean technology!

November 9th, 2017

“We are delighted to be recognised by Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch.  Naked Energy continues to innovate and is on an exciting trajectory, with its technology validated and a Fortune 200 company ready to ramp up production to get Virtu to market”, said Christophe Williams CEO


“The Global Cleantech 100 program is our annual in-depth research exercise to identify the innovation companies leading players in the market are most excited by right now,” said CTG’s CEO, Richard Youngman. “By the nature of the list, the Ones to Watch truly represent the next cadre of exciting disruptive companies.”


This year, a record number of nominations for the annual Global Cleantech 100 list were received: 12,300 distinct companies from 61 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 312 companies, with these nominees reviewed by the 86 members of Cleantech Group’s Expert Panel. The Ones to Watch list, a sister list to the annual Global Cleantech 100 list, is created from the top 250 of the shortlist.


The complete list of the Global Cleantech 100 Ones to Watch list was revealed on 7th November, 2017.  See the full list at


The complete list of Global Cleantech expert panel members is available at