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The Champion’s League of Cleantech


As a big football (aka soccer) fan, I’m enjoying one of my favorite tournaments right now — the Champion’s League. It got me thinking about what would be “the Champion’s League of Cleantech.”

I was planning to lay out some brackets of what I thought were the top countries for renewable energy, then I thought I’d do the top renewable energy companies, then it hit me: the Zayed Future Energy Prize is essentially the Champion’s League of cleantech!

However, something the Zayed Future Energy Prize does that I really like but that doesn’t lend itself well to this metaphor is that it just has a few finalists in the “Large Corporation” category and then also prizes for SMEs and nonprofits (as well as a Lifetime Achievement Prize for individuals). The Champion’s League is more like a massive grouping of “large corporations.” So, I think I can go on with this idea after all.

Also, instead of including big users of cleantech (like IKEA), I’m just going to include producers and installers. Here are my groups:

Group A:

First Solar
Siemens
Enel Green Power
SMA

Group B:

SunPower
SolarCity
Enercon
LG

Group C:

Vestas
Sharp Solar
Jinko Solar
Canadian Solar

Group D:

Tesla
Yingli Green Energy
Suntech
JA Solar

Group E:

Panasonic
Trina Solar
Hanwha SolarOne
Rimac Automobili

Group F:

Siemens
Schneider Electric
Gamesa
SunEdison

Group G:

ABB
Nissan
Suzlon Group
Goldwind

Group H:

BYD
GE
Toyota
Solarcentury

 

Admittedly, almost all of the Large Corporation finalists from all 7 years of the Zayed Future Energy Prize have made it into the Champion’s League. In my opinion, this goes to show how strong I think the prize is and how well the review process is conducted.

I’m not going to get into the messy part of this metaphor and actually send the “best teams” on to the next round, but it was fun to create the groups!

Originally published on Sustainnovate.