Energy Technology Exits by Category and by Year – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Energy Technology sector. The graphics include data through March 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in Energy Technology
Exit Activity by Category in Energy Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Energy Technology category. The Solar Energy category is leading the sector with 16 acquisitions and 19 IPOs.

Exit Activity by Year in Energy Technology
Exit Activity by Year in Energy Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Energy Technology by year. 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2016 lead the sector with 16 exits in each year, with 2013 in the second place with 12 exits.

We are currently tracking 744 Energy Technology companies in 12 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $46B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Energy Technology market report.

Energy Technology Companies Founded by Year – Q1 2017

The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Energy Technology sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016.

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Energy Tech Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Energy Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2007 ranks at the top with around 66 companies founded in that year alone. 2010 and 2013 are roughly tied for second, with 54 and 53 companies founded in each year respectively.

We are currently tracking 739 Energy Technology companies in 12 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $42.9 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Energy Technology landscape report and database.

Energy Technology Funding by Type – Q1 2017

The following two graphs summarize the types of funding going into the Energy Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through October 2016.

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Energy Tech Funding by Type – Amount

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by type. From 2007 to 2013, we’ve seen a large increase in the amount of Mid and Late Stage funding events (Series B, C, D, and Late Stage). The amount of overall funding has also seen large growth since 2007 and then somewhat decreased after 2013.

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Energy Tech Funding by Type – Count
The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by type. Over the past decade we’ve seen a gradual upward trend that peaked in 2013 and dipped sharply after 2015. Earlier stage deals (Seed, Series A, B, and C) have seen the largest growth in the number of funding events.

We are currently tracking 732 Energy Technology companies in 12 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $42.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Energy Technology landscape report and database.

Venture Investing In Energy Technology – Q4 2016

The following graph shows venture investing and company count in the Energy Technology sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016.

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Venture Investing in Energy Technology
The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Energy Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Solar Energy category leads the sector with $16.1B in total funding and 159 companies in total company count. Energy Infrastructure is the runner-up with $9.5B in total funding and 156 companies.

We are currently tracking 723 Energy Technology companies in 12 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $41.2 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Energy Technology landscape report and database.

Energy Technology Activity by Selected Investors – Q4 2016

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Energy Technology Activity by Selected Investors
The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Energy Technology investors participated in, and the number of unique EnergyTech companies funded by selected investors. Kleiner Perkins take the lead in both categories, both making the highest number of investments (63) and backing the most companies (28). DFJ, Khosla Ventures, and Vantage Point Capital round out the top of the list.

We are currently tracking 722 Energy Technology companies in 12 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $41 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Energy Technology landscape report and database.

Energy Technology Category Innovation Quadrant – Q4

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Energy Technology Category Innovation Quadrant
Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Energy Technology categories and how they compare with one another.

  • Heavyweights: Categories with high average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
  • Established: Categories with low average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
  • Disruptors: Categories with high average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
  • Pioneers: Categories with low average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the Energy Technology categories represented in the above Innovation Quadrant are as follows:

Bioenergy: Companies that generate energy from biomass. Examples include bioenergy development, research, and monitoring.

Carbon Management: Technologies that aim to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse emissions. Examples include solutions that capture, sequester, and store carbon emissions, carbon emission data analytics, and carbon emission recycling.

Consumer Energy Efficiency Tools: Companies that enables consumers to be more efficient with their energy use. Examples include monitoring devices, predictive/proactive devices, and solutions allowing for the streamlined application of renewable energies.

Energy Infrastructure: Enabling technologies in the production of energy. Examples include smart metering, energy monitoring/data analytics, and smart grid optimization.

Energy Production By-Product Management: Solutions that reduce waste from energy production as well as solutions that recover energy from the production of waste. Examples include treatment of waste water from fracking, treatment of nuclear waste, and conversion of non-recyclable waste into energy.

Energy Storage: New innovations in storing energy to level peak energy demand and store excess renewable energy. Examples include battery solutions, as well as storage brokers and dealers.

Fuel Cell Technology: Companies that generate power by using hydrogen and oxygen for fuel. Examples include fuel cell development, research, and monitoring.

Geothermal Energy: Companies that use geothermal power to generate electricity. Examples include geothermal energy development, design, and monitoring.

Hydropower Energy: Companies that generate power from the energy of moving water. Examples include wave energy converters, run-of-the-river systems, as well as project management and monitoring solutions.

Solar Energy: Companies that generate power by converting sunlight into electricity. Examples include solar panel manufacturers, designers, installers, and monitoring solutions.

Traditional Energy Enhancements: Technologies that improve the effectiveness and sustainability of traditional energy sources. Examples include solutions that make fossil fuel emissions cleaner and solutions that improve the efficiency of extraction.

Wind Energy: Companies that generate power using air flow. Examples includes wind turbine manufacturers, designers, installers, and monitoring solutions.

We are currently tracking 721 Energy Technology companies in 12 categories across 45 countries, with a total of $41 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Energy Technology landscape report and database.

Energy Technology Companies Founded by Year – Q4 2016

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Energy Technology Companies Founded by Year
The above graph summarizes the number of Energy Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2007 ranks at the top with around 66 companies founded in that year alone. 2010 and 2013 are roughly tied for second, with 54 and 53 companies founded in each year respectively.
We are currently tracking 719 Energy Technology companies in 12 categories across 45 countries, with a total of $41.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Energy Technology landscape report and database.