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.