On January 25th the Cleantech Group published its annual list of the most interesting innovative companies in the cleantech sector in 2015, selected by a panel of experts coming from the most significant international companies. KiteGen is named in the category 100 Ones to watch, a subset that the selection committee follows with particular focus.
This year, 6,900 companies were nominated and progressively filtered to a short list of 323 companies for consideration by the expert panel. The 100 panelists evaluated the 323 shortlisted companies based on the following three criteria: innovation, market and ability to execute.
Among those almost 7 thousand cleantech actors, KiteGen turned out to be the only Italian company named in the prestigious list. And this time, it is not only a matter of prestige. The organizers are determined in explaining why the Cleantech 100 is something more concrete than a list of the champions. “Cleantech Group has designed the Global Cleantech 100 to achieve two unique objectives that distinguish it from other lists: the list offers a fair representation of global innovation and private company creation, and it is not our editorial voice, but the collective opinion of hundreds of individuals within the wider global cleantech innovation community.”
It is worth noting that KiteGen is the only Italian company named in the list. This was someway preannounced in the report published by the Italian Council of Innovation, clearly showing that KiteGen is the Italian company that owns the highest number of patents in the Renewable Energy Generation category (the report numbers 14 patents, but that data refers back to 2013. Meanwhile the number increased up to 18 patents, which considering their international extensions become around 3000), thus surpassing both ENI and Fiat.
This means for KiteGen a further demonstration of the goodness of the chosen path, aimed at developing an intellectual property that today allows to operate freely in the high altitude wind power field and widely criticized by those who sustain the uselessness of the patenting activity. This way of thinking is particularly widespread in the Italian academic and entrepreneurial environment. The same environment that shows an almost total absence from the innovation scenario as it is represented by the organizations aimed at investing money to make it possible.