Start Up Energy Transition

Start-ups and innovation are playing a crucial role in our net zero future. That is why we want to give a voice to the innovators of tomorrow to ensure that decision makers place innovation in energy at the top of their agendas, while industry leaders employ innovation as the clear path to their decarbonisation goals.

Our annual SET100 List featuring the top 100 start-ups in energy transition is now out!

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SET Award

An international competition for start-ups and young companies worldwide innovating for the global energy transition. In the last six years, the award has received more than 2,700 applications from over 100 countries.

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SET Tech Festival

SET Tech Festival

A one-day event bringing together innovators shaping the future of energy: the best start-ups in the field of energy solutions, innovation-driven corporates, investors, and public organisations leading the energy transition.

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SET Newsroom

Unique content featuring news from the energy world, the successes and challenges of SET start-ups and other trending topics valuable to our network.

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  • Icon DENA SET Award

    SET Award

    An international competition for start-ups and young companies worldwide innovating for the global energy transition. In the last six years, the award has received more than 2,700 applications from over 100 countries.

    Learn more
  • SET Tech Festival

    SET Tech Festival

    A one-day event bringing together innovators shaping the future of energy: the best start-ups in the field of energy solutions, innovation-driven corporates, investors, and public organisations leading the energy transition.

    Learn more
  • Icon SET Newsroom

    SET Newsroom

    Unique content featuring news from the energy world, the successes and challenges of SET start-ups and other trending topics valuable to our network.

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Categories of SET Award 2022

Clean energy generation

For start-ups developing solutions that could help to decarbonise our most energy-intensive sectors, as well as those accelerating the adoption of new solutions through capacity building.

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Demand-side innovation

For innovators working on the next big breakthrough that will aide industries, cities and households to track, manage, reduce or adapt their energy consumption.

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Energy distribution & storage

For tech-savvy start-ups working on distribution and climate-neutral storage solutions for a micro, mini, local or system wide application.

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Smart mobility & transportation

For creative approaches to infrastructure, public planning, logistics, shipping and freight services, vehicles and other modes of transport that are key to a well-functioning & sustainable mobility sector.

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Quality energy access & SDG-7

For start-ups having the potential to make the biggest dent in ensuring access to affordable energy for all.

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In our network

Every year, we select the 100 most innovative energy and mobility start-ups for our SET100 list. We are building an international network of start-ups that will shape the world of tomorrow.

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Skeleton Technologies

The SET Award 2018 winning start-up works to decrease fuel consumption and carbon emissions in heavy transportation by using their Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). In 2021, Skeleton Technologies has raised €29M in Series D.

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Enapter

The SET Award 2019 winning start-up designs and manufactures highly efficient electrolyzers for hydrogen production. In 2021, Enapter won the Earthshot Prize, initiated by HRH Prince William & the Royal Foundation, in the “Fix our Climate” category.

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Einride

Einride is a freight tech company specializing in electric and self-driving vehicles known as Einride pods (formerly T-pods). In 2021, the SET Award 2019 finalist started working with Oatly, becoming one of the world’s first companies to electrify a fleet of heavy trucks.

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    Skeleton Technologies

    The SET Award 2018 winning start-up works to decrease fuel consumption and carbon emissions in heavy transportation by using their Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS). In 2021, Skeleton Technologies has raised €29M in Series D.

    Learn more
  • Logo Enapter

    Enapter

    The SET Award 2019 winning start-up designs and manufactures highly efficient electrolyzers for hydrogen production. In 2021, Enapter won the Earthshot Prize, initiated by HRH Prince William & the Royal Foundation, in the “Fix our Climate” category.

    Learn more
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    Einride

    Einride is a freight tech company specializing in electric and self-driving vehicles known as Einride pods (formerly T-pods). In 2021, the SET Award 2019 finalist started working with Oatly, becoming one of the world’s first companies to electrify a fleet of heavy trucks.

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SET Tech Festival

An annual one-day event bringing together innovators shaping the future of energy: the best start-ups in the field of energy solutions, innovation-driven corporates, investors, and public organisations leading the energy transition. The SET Tech Festival 2022 is coming soon. Stay tuned!

  • Speakers on stage at the SET Tech Festival
  • Reduce, Reuse, Re-energize
  • Start-ups on stage at the SET Award Ceremony
  • Andreas Kuhlmann on stage at SET Tech Festival
  • Winners of the SET Award 2021 standing on stage of the SET Award Ceremony
  • Geraldine de Bastion on stage at SET Tech Festival

SET Newsroom

Our articles and videos keep you informed on the latest news, trends, innovations, events and success stories from the energy sector!

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Elia Group Open Innovation Challenge 2022: A Focus on Sustainability

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SET partners

Our reach is global! We are very proud of our supportive and growing network of partners coming from various sectors from all around the world.