January 26, 2016 - 8:00 AM EST
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sonnen is named in the 2015 Global Cleantech 100 and as Winner of the "Europe & Israel Company of the Year" Award for its sonnenBatterie

sonnen, who is the market leader for intelligent energy storage in Europe with almost 10,000 installed units of its sonnenBatterie, is the winner of the "Europe & Israel Company of the Year" Award and is once again in the Global Cleantech 100 list

WILDPOLDSRIED, Germany, Jan. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- sonnen today announced it was named for its intelligent storage system sonnenBatterie in the prestigious 2015 Global Cleantech 100, produced by Cleantech Group, whose mission is to connect corporates to sustainable innovation through its i3 Connect platform and global events.

The Global Cleantech 100 represents the most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech. Featuring companies that are best positioned to solve tomorrow's clean technology challenges, Global Cleantech 100 is a comprehensive list of private companies with the highest potential to make the most significant market impact.

In addition to being one of the top 100 private companies in cleantech, sonnen was also the recipient of the "Europe & Israel Company of the Year" Award. The Europe & Israel Company of the Year is awarded to the highest ranked company in the 2015 Global Cleantech 100 list, from the region.

"We're deeply honored to be among the Global Cleantech 100 companies and to be the 'Europe & Israel Company of the Year'," said Christoph Ostermann, CEO of sonnen. "It's a confirmation of our vision that everyone in the world should able to cover their energy needs with decentralised and clean energy."

The Global Cleantech 100 list is collated by combining proprietary Cleantech Group research data, with weighted qualitative judgments of hundreds of nominations, and specific inputs from a global 100-person Expert Panel. To qualify for the list, companies must be independent, for-profit, cleantech companies that are not listed on any major stock exchange.

This year, a record number of nominations were received: 6,900 distinct companies from 60 countries. These companies were weighted and scored to create a short list of 323 companies. Short-listed nominees were reviewed by Cleantech Group's Expert Panel, resulting in a finalized list of 100 companies from 17 countries.

The 100-member expert panel was drawn equally from leading financial investors and representatives of multi-national corporations and industrials active in technology and innovation scouting across Asia, Europe, and North America. The composition of the expert panel broadly represents the global cleantech community, from pioneers and leaders to veterans and new entrants. The diversity of panelists results in a list of companies that command an expansive base of respect and support from many important players within the global cleantech innovation ecosystem.

"The Global Cleantech 100 provides us with insight into the collective opinion of key market players on which megatrends and innovation companies are most likely to have a significant impact in the next 5-10 years," said Michele Parad, Senior Manager at Cleantech Group and lead author of the Global Cleantech 100 Report. "Now in its 7th year, the Global Cleantech 100 program reveals which themes are staying relevant and which sectors are taking center stage."

About Cleantech Group              
Founded in 2002, Cleantech Group's mission is to accelerate sustainable innovation. Core to this mission is i3, an online platform that connects corporates with innovation, at scale, by allowing them to find, vet, and connect with start-ups—efficiently building an innovation pipeline. The i3 platform comes to life at our global Events, which convene corporates and start-ups, along with other players shaping the future of sustainable innovation.

Cleantech Group is headquartered in San Francisco and offices in London. For more information, visit; www.cleantech.com

About sonnen
Clean, affordable energy for all is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Headquartered in the German energy village of Wildpoldsried, sonnen GmbH wants to enable all people to determine their own energy future. That means, among other things, the inexpensive production and storage of renewable energy and the intelligent networking of producers and consumers. sonnen thereby gives people around the world the opportunity to become independent of fossil fuels and conventional energy suppliers.

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