Decentralized energy companies make up over half of Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s (BNEF) 2016 New Energy Pioneers, announced this week.

The awards, given at BNEF’s ninth annual Future of Energy summit in New York, go to ‘game-changing innovators that are revolutionizing the energy sector’, according to BNEF.

Of the 10 winning companies selected by BNEF analysts and industry experts, six either work directly in supplying decentralized energy, energy efficiency or heating and cooling solutions, or have developed technologies designed to maximize their potential.

Michael Wilshire, selection committee chair and BNEF’s head of analysis and transformation, said: ‘We were delighted to see the breadth of innovation that is happening in the industry and struck by the impact that those organizations could have on the energy system of the future.’

According to BNEF’s press statement, the winners include:

§  US-based 24M, which ‘addresses the world’s need for affordable energy storage with a new, more cost-effective approach’ through its semi-solid lithium-ion battery technology;

§  US-based AutoGrid Systems, which offers a software-as-a-service solution ‘designed to optimize supply and demand flexibility across a diverse portfolio of distributed energy resources’;

§  Netherlands-based Emergya Wind Technologies, which provides ‘localized, distributed energy, at below grid power pricing, to a wide variety of customer segments’;

§  US company FirstFuel, which offers ‘advanced data analytics and insights that help improve and optimize energy consumption in buildings’;

§  Germany’s Mobisol has ‘since 2012, equipped more than 40,000 rural homes and businesses with solar home systems in Tanzania and Rwanda – making it one of Africa’s largest and fastest growing providers of off-grid solar systems to homes and businesses’;

§  Germany’s SolarKiosk, which offers modular off-grid solar powered business centres, ‘enabling last-mile distribution of products and services to untapped markets in remote rural areas worldwide’; and

§  US-based Vigilent, which ‘is pioneering the use of internet-of-things, machine learning and predictive analytics to deliver dynamic cooling management in mission critical environments such as data centres’.