New York, April 22— Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the definitive source of insight, data and news on the transformation of the energy sector, today announced EcoNation (Belgium) as a 2013 New Energy Pioneer. The winners were honoured on stage at the sixth annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York City. EcoNation is the only European company that made it to the winners’ list.
Global Companies Recognized as Leaders in the Transformation of the Energy Sector
This year’s winners represent a broad range of sectors including bioenergy, energy efficiency, digital energy, solar and water. By rewarding game-changing innovators, Bloomberg New Energy Finance hopes to highlight the speed of change in the sectors it serves. According to an international experts’ jury, winners like EcoNation are ready to think big, to have multinational impact and to present real solutions for the energy problems we are facing all over the world. They are awarded because of their outstanding technology, their meaningful projects and growth, their competing and winning ideas in the marketplace.
(on the picture: EcoNation founder and CEO Maarten Michielssens receives award from Bloomberg and Ernst&Young.)
Maarten Michielssens (CEO of EcoNation): “The story of EcoNation has been a wonderful rollercoaster ride since day one. Our choice for innovation and R&D was crucial. EcoNation is a story of innovation and sustainability indeed: we try to make a difference for our customers, who are our best ambassadors. And they feel that difference every single day, on their roof, in their building, in their well-being and in their wallets. The “Eco” in EcoNation is for real: living proof that “economical’ and ‘ecological’ go hand in hand.”
EcoNation developed a financial model whereby it invests in its customers’ energy savings, through proprietary daylight and monitoring technology. It offers a no capex-investment whereby it installs intelligent daylight systems on customers’ roofs, which almost completely eliminate the need for artificial light. Customers don’t pay upfront, they just pay part of the generated energy savings. This way, customers can save on their energy bill from day one, without any investment. EcoNation’s technology has been awarded “Best Available Technology” in the European continent.
The awards program, now in its fourth year, selects ten New Energy Pioneers each year. This year the independent panel of industry experts selected the winners from more than 200 candidates from around the world, assessing them against three criteria: innovation, demonstrated momentum and potential global scale.
Michael Liebreich, Chief Executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said: “Tough times make for good entrepreneurs, and this is definitely what we are seeing in this year’s New Energy Pioneers like EcoNation. Once again we need to thank the judges, who had to winnow down a strong field to just ten winners. We wish them all luck in the coming years.”
Gil Forer, Ernst & Young’s Global Cleantech leader, added: “These entrepreneurs and companies represent the technology and business model innovation which will enable the transformation to a more resource efficient and low carbon economy. Congratulations to all of them.”
EcoNation was featured in a special Bloomberg TV report. It is the only European winner and the first Belgian winner ever. Other 2013 winners include: From Israel Whitewater Technologies, from the USA: Advantix Systems, BuildingIQ, d.light design, Drake, Ecosphere Technologies, Harvest Power, Joule, Opower.
For more information on the New Energy Pioneers, visit: http://about.bnef.com/events-awards/new-energy-pioneers/.
For an interview with Maarten Michielssens on Bloomberg Radio, click here: http://media.bloomberg.com/bb/avfile/vHJaI4_OewdI.mp3