The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy

From Fast Company

1. Tesla Motors
For obliterating the major barrier to wider adoption of electric vehicles. Sure, Tesla has carved out an undisputed lead in the electric-car industry with its revolutionary Model S, but the unveiling of the company’s charging stations was equally noteworthy and less heralded. Billed as “the fastest charging station on the planet”—because it is—the Tesla Supercharger can fuel up a Model S in as little as 40 minutes, removing the so-called range anxiety that has been the biggest bugaboo of EV doubters. But in January, Tesla took another leap: It expanded its rapid-charging station route to more than 70 locations, letting Model S owners drive coast-to-coast for the first time. Read more >>

2. GE
For harnessing the Industrial Internet to build the world’s first intelligent turbine. The huge multinational corporation continues its work in a variety of energy domains, but one of its new wind turbines, known as the “2.5-120,” is of special significance. A new design harnesses the Industrial Internet—GE’s network of sensors and analytics that can significantly optimize machines—and can generate large amounts of power in low winds, a gargantuan leap forward. The turbine also incorporates battery storage systems to account for wind power’s intermittency, resulting in efficiency gains of about 25%. This is, one could argue, the world’s first “truly intelligent” wind turbine. Read more >>

3. XL Hybrids
For wooing vehicle-fleet owners to adopt its emissions-reducing tech. XL Hybrids, a Boston-based startup spun out from one of MIT’s petri dishes, retrofits fuel-thirsty vans and trucks with a more-efficient hybrid diesel-electric technology. It’s a novel and hugely important strategy in reducing emissions. It’s also a steadily growing business, as fleet owners that may be unswayed by environmental arguments opt for the XL retrofits to save on fuel costs. The company is currently working with FedEx and a host of local companies. Read more >>

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