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Applications such as military use have been mapped out by Renovagen

Renovagen uses crowdfunding to raise funds for solar system

Transportable solar power system Renovagen has generated £263,000 of equity investment through a pitch hosted on Crowdcube.

New innovation: IKEA's venture arm is aligned with its sustainability initiatives

IKEA's venture arm backs Scottish LED business

Design LED Products has secured an undisclosed investment from IKEA GreenTech, the venture capital company of global furniture retailer IKEA.

Ecovision helps consumers save money on energy bills in different ways

Cleantech firm Ecovision gets equity support from Business Growth Fund

Heap pump, solar panel, biomass and gas boiler installer Ecovision has raised £3.6 million of new finance led by founder Peter Randall.

Chargemaster is looking to grow its charging points in the UK and Europe

Chargemaster raises £3 million after aborted 2013 flotation

Electric vehicles infrastructure company Chargemaster has raised new growth funds as it looks to build out into Europe.

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New Energy & Cleantech Awards 2014 photo gallery

If you missed the annual New Energy & Cleantech Awards, we've provided a photo round up of the evening.

A great year for cleantech in the UK

As ever, our annual New Energy & Cleantech Awards brought together the best of the industry and highlighted some groundbreaking developments.

Bill Westwater believes there are numerous applications for the Xeros bead tech

Neil Woodford-backed Xeros on life after IPO

An initial public offering is never an easy thing to get away, especially in a market of fluctuating valuations. We find out how the clean technology company Xeros went about achieving the feat and what it has in store for the future.

The awards were held at the Park Plaza Victoria hotel in London

Meet the winners of the New Energy & Cleantech Awards 2014

From Investor of the Year to New Energy Champion of the Year, GrowthBusiness puts the winners in front of the camera and asks what has gone into producing such a successful year.

Finished product: Loowatt's toilet system has gone through many iterations

Loowatt looks to music festivals for growth of its waterless and energy-generating toilet

Tackling two big global problems in sanitation and energy generation, Loowatt tells GrowthBusiness all about the novel technology.

Adapt and change: Mark Robinson has exploited developments in the market

Mark Robinson’s journey from early data to dotcom bubble to cleantech trailblazer

With new energy and clean technology offering entrepreneurs a number of new opportunities, Mark Robinson represents a business builder who has directed his company to take advantage of the growing market.

Waterless toilet backed by Bill Gates lauded at New Energy & Cleantech Awards

Having launched a pilot of its waterless toilet system in sub-Saharan Africa and received interest from music festivals in the UK, Loowatt was awarded Innovator of the Year during an evening dedicated to celebrating success in the clean technology and renewables market.

Securing funding for cleantech ventures

Cleantech businesses and projects are notoriously difficult to get off the ground, with cyclical changes in the cost-effectiveness and market potential for technologies having a big impact.

New Energy & Cleantech Awards 2015

Recognising those who play a pivotal role in the process and shaping of the future green energy and cleantech industries, companies, entrepreneurs, investors and specialist advisers.

Bowman Power is hoping to take its heat recovery technology to new markets

Octopus returns to Bowman Power to fund global growth of energy firm

Heat recovery business Bowman Power has raised £3 million of new growth capital so that it can grow its footprint.

Xeros and Bill Westwater have been successful with VC funding so far

Smart laundry business Xeros makes move towards public markets

Xeros is set to build on the venture capital funding it has already received by floating on London's Alternative Investment Market.

Chelsea owner: Roman Abramovich has also backed telecom firm Truphone

Roman Abramovich's Ervington Investments backs biotech company Weedingtech

Weed management business Weedingtech has added to the funding it received in the summer of 2013 by bagging a further £750,000.

Iceotope's cooling technology installed at the University of Leeds

Iceotope raises £6 million of VC capital two years after entering administration

Cleantech start-up Iceotope has closed its Series A fundraising round with help from venture capital firm Aster Capital.

Cleaner: Econic polycarbonates result in 30-40 per cent cost reductions

Cleantech spin-out Econic Technologies closes £5.1 million Series A round

Technology commercialisation investor Imperial Innovations has led a £5.1 million investment into cleantech business Econic Technologies.

As Cameron headed east, UK cleantech went west

Visiting Colorado with the best of the UK cleantech sector to develop contacts with investors and partners.

Green Biologics is in the biofuels space, and now hopes to grow in the US

New investors added by Green Biologics through £15.4 million round

Green Biologics has now raised over £28 million of venture capital investment following an eight-figure Series B round.

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