Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Unveils this year’s SET100 List and the Finalists of the 6th Annual SET Award 2022, Nominating the Top Energy Start-ups.

The SET100 List gives insight into the most promising start-ups of the energy transition start-up scene in 2022 / 15 start-ups nominated in five categories and announced at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue on 29 March, 2022 / Winners of the sixth SET Awards will be revealed at the SET Tech Festival later this year.

Dr Linda Davis and Andreas Kuhlmann announcing the finalists for the SET Award 2022 (Picture: Deutsche Energie Agentur GmbH / Phototek)

Berlin 30.03.2022. Start Up Energy Transition (SET) yesterday unveiled their SET100 List for 2022, the annual compilation of the most promising global innovators in the energy transition who are transforming the industry and shaping the future of energy. This year’s SET100 list recognises 100 start-ups from 31 countries, including Canada, Colombia, Estonia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the United Kingdom and Zimbabwe.

The SET100 list is a selection of the 100 best innovations from the SET Award application phase, which features 5 different categories, including: Clean Energy Generation, Demand-side Innovation, Energy Distribution & Storage, Smart Mobility & Transportation, Quality Energy Access & SDG-7.

Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO of the German Energy-Agency (dena) said: “Going into the 6th edition of the Start Up Energy Transition (SET) Award, we continue to see our network of energy sector stakeholders grow and reach new heights. Despite the challenges that we face today, the global energy start-up ecosystem has continued to prove resilient and produce solutions. We have seen the immense power that innovation and thinking outside-the-box has had, namely during the current times of environmental, diplomatic and economic uncertainty. In these moments, I believe that innovation presents an incredible opportunity to build a stronger net zero future.

We are proud to have created a global platform which enables deep connections between start-ups, investors, corporates, and the public sector. We once again received a significant number of impressive start-up applications, which deserve global attention and support to have the maximum impact on reversing climate change.’’

Along with the SET100 list the finalists of the Start Up Energy Transition Award 2022 have been announced yesterday evening at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, in Berlin. To compile the list, SET collaborated with an international jury of experts, including Dr. Angela Wilkinson, Secretary General and CEO, World Energy Council, Danny Kennedy, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund, Dr. Antje Danielson, Director of Education, MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), David Addison, Climate, Innovation, Purpose & Sustainability, Virgin Group and Javiera Aldunate, Representative of the MIT Sloan Latin America Office (MSLAO), MIT, and more.

Together, they carefully selected the top 15 start-ups from over 360 applications from 69 countries. The finalists were announced by Andreas Kuhlmann, CEO of the German Energy-Agency (dena), and Dr. Linda Davis, Founder and CEO of Giraffe Bioenergy.

The Finalists of the SET Award 2022:

Category Clean Energy Generation

iNex Circular, France,

iNex Circular developed the SAAS B2B tool “iNex sourcing”, a technology of identification and qualification of waste for biogas recyclers and industrials. Thanks to statistical models, machine learning and data from open-data sources, iNex sourcing makes the circular economy on the ground a reality.

Modvion, Sweden,

Modvion develops demanding designs made of laminated wood, nature's carbon fibre, for large-scale applications. Thanks to their patented module system, Modvion has been able to develop the next generation of wind turbine towers that enables climate-neutral wind power at lower total cost.

PowerUP Fuel Cells OÜ, Estonia,

PowerUP produces hydrogen fuel cell based generators. These smart generators are sustainable, compact, light weight, noise-free, odourless and require minimal maintenance. The UP product range can help revolutionize various industries such as marine, construction or hospitals.” 

Category Demand-Side Innovation

Envio Systems, Germany,

Envio Systems’ affordable end-to-end solution can transform any commercial facility into a smart building. Their innovative technology enables end-to-end universal connectivity between all building equipment and systems, such as HVAC, lighting, metering, and more.

NEU Energy, Colombia,

NEU Energy is reinventing the process of producing and consuming energy. As a next generation AI-driven electricity retailer, their goal is to digitalise and democratise clean energy to lower costumer's energy bills.

R8 Technologies, Estonia,

R8 Technologies has developed an AI based tool called “R8 Digital Operator”. The software solution for commercial buildings automatically analyses the HVAC systems performance of the building, detects faults, and enables to adjust optimal indoor climate with simple clicks.”

Category Energy Distribution & Storage

Green Li-ion, Singapore,

Green Li-ion has developed a technology that fully rejuvenates Lithium-Ion batteries, with a zero toxic discharge. Their unique innovation not only helps to reuse precious materials but also speeds up the current recycling processes and drastically lowers costs.

LeydenJar Technologies, the Netherlands,

LeydenJar develops pure silicon anode technologies boosting the density of Lithium-Ion by 70% while reducing the CO2 emissions of the production by 85%. LeydenJar thus enables the growth of the battery industry whilst making battery production more sustainable.

LiveEO, Germany,

LiveEO is a real-time earth observation application that uses AI and satellite imagery to deliver innovative infrastructure monitoring in the verticals railway, electricity, and pipelines. Their technology allows operators to save on operational expenses by observing dangers from external threats.” 

Category Smart Mobility & Transportation

CAKE, Sweden,

CAKE develops high-quality and sustainable electric off-road motorcycles. The start-up makes no compromises: Everything, from frame, to wheels have been specifically engineered and manufactured to reach the intended level of performance in riding, durability and overall quality.


ONOMOTION offers environmentally friendly urban logistics solutions by synergising micromobility, standardized containers, the physical internet and AI. Their ONO eCargobike, is an emission-free solution revolutionising transportation of goods within cities.

Pantonium, Canada,

Pantonium develops on-demand, macrotransit solutions allowing a scalable, pop-up transportation service anywhere. Their software builds and self-adjusts routes and schedules in real-time, based on dynamic changes, delays, cancellations and more without any need for human intervention.” 

Category Quality Access & SDG7

Jaza Energy, Canada,

Jaza Energy provides access to clean electricity in rural villages in Tanzania and Nigeria through solar energy hubs. Each hub is operated by local women and offers customers home electrification kits and rental battery packs.

Manamuz Electric, Nigeria,

Manamuz Electric deploys cutting-edge electrical and solar energy systems in Nigeria. They have developed a solution called Coldbox Store, a temperature-controlled supply chain for perishable agricultural products aiming to boost the resilience of agricultural supply chains.

NeedEnergy, Zimbabwe,

NeedEnergy provides smart and clean energy solutions using data intelligence. Their AI-based technology allows users to manage grids based on distributed energy resources, monitor energy and power consumption, generate energy, analyse data, and more. They are focusing on off-grid microgrids and grids with minimum connectivity”

Download the full list here.


The SET Award and the SET 100 list are part of the Start Up Energy Transition initiative, which is powered by the German Energy Agency (dena) and the World Energy Council. In addition to the annual competition, the initiative offers start-ups from all over the world a platform to present themselves: the Global Innovation Platform. The network aims to bridge the gap between innovative business models and political will in order for start-ups in the energy sector to scale-up impact, accelerate the global energy transition and in the end reverse climate change.

To join the network on social media, follow #SET100


About Start-Up Energy Transition (SET)

SET is a global innovation platform founded in 2016 by the German Energy Agency (dena) with the support of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWk). The initiative identifies leading start-ups in the fields of energy transition and climate protection and connects them with companies, investors and other start-ups. At its core, the SET platform is built on three pillars: the SET Award, the SET Tech Festival and the SET Newsroom. The SET network now counts more than 500 innovative start-ups from all over the world and over 90 global partners.

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