Supercritical listed in '50 to Watch' for climate action

Updated: Jan 30

Supercritical, developer of the world’s first high pressure, ultra-efficient electrolyser, is named in Cleantech Group’s New 50 to Watch List, one of only 8 UK based companies selected for the prestigious list.


The 2021 50 to Watch is the third annual list of the top early-stage private companies delivering innovative solutions that take action on the climate crisis. The entrepreneurs on the list are creating new technologies and business models that could support clean hydrogen, increase food availability, eliminate rare earth metals from solar cells and create textiles out of food waste.



Doing nothing is not an option. Our small but growing team is passionate about making a positive difference to the world we all live in.” said Supercritical Chief Executive Matt Bird


“More than ever, we need ambitious innovators to challenge the status quo, lead us to a more sustainable economy and solve some of the most pressing challenges the world faces,” said Jules Besnainou, Director Cleantech Group.


To arrive at the companies on the list, Cleantech Group put together a diverse panel of more than 25 early-stage investment and innovation experts. The Expert Panel nominated the companies they were most impressed with, focusing on innovative solutions to the climate crisis. Next, those nominations were combined with Cleantech Group nominations and added to research on early-stage public awards. The resulting 500 nominations were put through qualitative and impact filters. All nominations were weighted according to their relevance, keeping a sectoral and geographical balance. A shortlist of 150 companies was agreed. The Expert Panel then reviewed and scored this shortlist to arrive at the final 50.



  • The complete list of 50 companies was revealed on 14 September 2021

  • For detailed information on Supercritical's outlook as an innovator, visit Cleantech Group’s market intelligence platform i3 and search for Supercritical.

  • Download the report

Supercritical has gone from strength to strength since incorporating in 2020, being acknowledged globally as a frontrunner in clean hydrogen innovation. In addition to being included in 50 to Watch list, Supercritical have been listed as a top 5 startup by Shell in their New Energy Challenge and selected as a finalist from a global search by OZ Minerals in their Hydrogen Hypothesis challenge. Pairing this with continued investor interest and government support, Supercritical is aiming to double its team within the next year, with multiple opportunities about to be announced.


If you’d like to keep track of Supercritical’s success and to hear about upcoming opportunities to invest, a regular newsletter is in the process of being set up. Keep an eye on Supercritical’s website for the opportunity to register!




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