Global Cleantech 100 Rates Top Cleantech Companies, Ignores China

Sep 14 2009 | 11:56am ET

The UK’s The Guardian newspaper and the Cleantech Group have released the first Global Cleantech 100 list, and commentators have been struck more by what’s not on it – Chinese companies – than what is.

The two organizations say they surveyed “hundreds of cleantech experts” to identify 3,500 companies with “the best commercial potential.” A panel of 35 judges then narrowed that list to the top 100. The Guardian and Cleantech Group bill the list as the first “global, peer-reviewed look at the industry.”

The top 10 cleantech companies, according to the panel, are Tesla Motors (electric vehicles) A123 Systems (lithium-ion batteries), BrightSource Energy (solar energy), Solyndra (solar energy), Fisker Automotive (plug-in hybrid vehicles), Solazyme (biofuels), Sapphire Energy (biofuels), Odersun (solar energy), Novaled (organic light-emitting diodes) and Better Place (electric vehicle infrastructure).

The list included 55 U.S.-based companies, but none based in China, although The Cleantech Group acknowledged China’s importance in the sector in its summary of the list by sector and geography:

“While China has no companies on the 2009 list, China’s importance and leadership in this area should not be understated, nor the evident rise in entrepreneurism and company-building in that region.”

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