Teams participating in 2018 national competition

 NUMiX Materials accepts award at the 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition

NUMiX Materials accepts award at the 2018 Rice Business Plan Competition

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MIDWEST REGION: CLEAN ENERGY TRUST CHALLENGE

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Aerospec Technologies
Northwestern University
Aerospec Technologies uses computer vision technology to accurately analyze asset anomalies.
Technology Area: CleanTech AI backed SaaS Solutio

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Beltech
University of Chicago
Beltech produces patented solid state electrolyte and next-generation anode material for high-energy batteries.
Technology Area: Advanced Materials for Batteries
State of Development: Pre-A

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Aelios Technologies
University of Minnesota
Aelios Technology’s Intelligent Plug for Devices enables healthcare facilities to mitigate life-threatening risks during power outages by enhancing power backup supplies.
Technology Area: Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency
State of Development: Prototype tested at NREL and deployed at healthcare facility , TRL 6
Milestones: MVP tested, seed money for prototype iteration raised, talent acquired.
Connect on Social Media:
https://twitter.com/aeliost

ALLEGHENY REGION: CARNEGIE MELLON CLEANTECH UP

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spotLESS Tech
Pennsylvania State University
spotLESS Materials LLC has developed a non-fouling, easy-clean coating for toilets to reduce water consumption by up to 90% and save janitorial service providers and home-owners cleaning costs.
Technology Area: Coating Technology and Sanitation
State of Development: Scalable Prototype

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Ecotone Renewables
Carnegie Mellon University
Ecotone Renewables is dedicated to building technology that supports a more efficient food system. Our Seahorse transforms food waste into renewable energy as well as nutrient-rich fertilizer to capture and restore wasted nutrients to the planet.
Technology Area: Renewable Energy
State of Development: Prototype refinement
Milestones: Developed and deployed our first portable farm unit in Pittsburgh, secured funding from the Ford Fund, and successfully collaborated to design and build our flagship Seahorse.

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Boundary Laboratories
Case Western Reserve University
Low cost wind turbine gearbox vibration monitoring and machine learning based failure prediction system
Technology Area: Wind Energy
State of Development: Beta Testing
Milestones: Early product prototype development completed, and initial beta testers acquired.

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gridfruit
Carnegie Mellon University
gridfruit combines software with a small hardware product to reduce refrigeration costs and increase savings for food businesses.
Technology Area: IoT, Artificial Intelligence, Smart Grid
State of Development: Working prototype and pilot in operation
Milestones: Two patents pending, $120k funding raised, and pilot in progress.
Connect on Social Media:
https://twitter.com/gridfruit

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ExperiML
Carnegie Mellon University

ExperiML uses AI to enable and improve scientific discovery.
Technology Area: Machine Learning and AI
State of Development:Prototype is near completion

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Zencharge
Drexel University
Zencharge is a revolutionary technology that generates clean, renewable energy from plants virtually endlessly. The applications are highly flexible – installable as gardens, green roofs, bio walls, and like forms of conventional construction.
Technology Area: Cleantech, Sustainable energy, Technology
State of Development: Prototype under developement

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Omnitricity
Carnegie Mellon University

Omnitricity’s mission is to leverage existing infrastructure to increase the number of charging stations available for EVs and take advantage of the emergence of non-traditional economic models (shared economy) to address the phenomenal growth in EVs.
Technology Area: Alternative transportation Infrastructure

GREAT PLAINS REGION: RICE BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION

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Ateios
University of California, San Diego
Ateios has developed the first printed, flexible, and stretchable battery. With applications in wearable electronics, the team aims to create conformal energy solutions that will change people's approach toward technology.
Technology Area: Energy/Batteries
State of Development: Product optimization
Milestones:Develop a MVP, secure seed funding and developmental contract
Connect on Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/stretchytech/

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Polar Panel
University of Houston
PolarPanel is a solar energy startup bringing NASA-developed technology to the refrigerated railcar industry. PolarPanel's solar alternative to diesel slashes operational costs and conforms to regulations in an industry driven by minimizing expenses.
Technology Area: Transportation, Solar Energy Generation
State of Development: Currently raising capital for third generation prototype and rail conditions testing.
Milestones: $20,000 raised with MIT Clean Energy Prize. Refrigerated railcar from Ralco Leasing pledged for use as final prototype.
Connect on Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/polarpanel/
https://www.linkedin.com/company/polarpanel

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NUMiX Materials
Northwestern University
RecoveryNUMiX Materials manufactures and supplies patented sorbents to remove dissolved heavy metals from aqueous streams.
Technology Area: Water/Resource
Connect on Social Media:
facebook.com/numixmaterials
twitter.com/numixmaterials

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SurgePower Materials
Texas State University

SurgePower Materials is a green technology company that produces high surface area graphene for application in advanced energy storage (batteries and supercapacitors), from an abundant agricultural plant at a extremely lower cost.
Technology Area: Advanced Energy Storage Material
State of Development: The graphene product, SP2Hybrid, is at the prototype stage. They are developing the technology for pilot scale demonstration, and seeking funds for construction of our 200 kg annual throughput pilot plant in San Marcos, Texas.
Milestones: Their roadmap is eco-friendly production of high-quality graphene for advanced batteries and supercapacitors. • Technology validation by July 31, 2018 • Obtain seed funding of $400 000 by August 31, 2018 • Start pilot scale production by November 30, 2018
Connect on Social Media:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/surgepower-materials/
https://twitter.com/surgepowermatls
https://www.facebook.com/SurgePower-Materials-144073423058828/

NORTHEAST REGION: RUTGERS LAUNCHR COMPETITION

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Hearth Labs
Princeton University
Hearth Labs is developing sensors that can drastically reduce HVAC energy consumption while improving thermal comfort in buildings.
Technology Area: Building Energy Efficiency, Thermal Comfort
State of Development: Completed functional engineering prototypes and optimizing design for production later this summer.
Milestones: Completed prototypes, successfully demonstrated capabilities in buildings, and received orders for sensors.

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CarbonSul
Columbia University
CarbonSul creates lower-cost, environmentally-friendly chemicals using recycled byproducts from the oil and gas industry. Its patented, platform biotechnology consumes sulfur for energy and removes up to 1 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
Technology Area: Sulfur as Energy, Bio-Chemicals
State of Development: Lab Prototype
Milestones: LaunchR Runner-Up, CleanTech OPEN 2018 Cohort, NSF SBIR Phase I Awarded (2016), NSF SBIR Phase II Application (August 2018)
Connect on Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/CarbonSul/
https://twitter.com/CarbonSul
https://www.instagram.com/carbonsulinc/

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SHIO
University of Delaware
SHIO is a startup solar cell company working to commercialize the next generation low-cost and high-performance solar cells.
Technology Area: Solar Energy
State of Development: Early stage (Proof of Concept)

WEST REGION: CALTECH FLOW COMPETITION

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ETC Solar LLC
California Institute of Technology
ETC Solar LLC is developing manufacturing equipment for solar cell manufacturers, aiming to increase the efficiency of its solar cells are by 5%.
Technology Area: Solar, Manufacturing, Cleantech, Energy Generation
State of Development: Early-stage. ETC Solar has developed a lab-scale prototype of the ETC manufacturing tool that is able to print ETCs on commercial solar cells. In addition, the 5% efficiency increase has been experimentally verified.
Milestones: Expects to reach the following three milestones in the next year: 1) demonstrate a new world-record solar cell, 2) complete prototype beta, and 3) setup pilot line with Alta Devices.

NORTHEAST REGION: MIT CLEAN ENERGY PRIZE

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Lithio Storage
Tufts University
Lithio Storage is making a battery designed for the next generation of grid storage. Our platform technology allows for operation up to 60 Celsius, removing the need for costly, energy-intensive cooling systems, saving up to 10% round-trip efficiency.
Technology Area:  Energy Storage
State of Development:  Prototyping and Pilot Testing
Milestones: Plan to achieve a 6-month pilot program of grid storage system at Greentown, which will operate with a capacity of 1 kWh. Working to close a round of seed funding by the end of this year, which will be capped at $500k.
Connect on Social Media:
https://www.facebook.com/LithioStorage
https://twitter.com/LithioStorage
https://www.linkedin.com/company/lithio-storage/

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Fiat Flux
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fiat Flux is commercializing a special filter system that uses light to continuously clean itself to drastically reduce costs and increase energy efficiency in water purification.
Technology Area: Water
State of Development: Early stage
Milestones: Obtained prototyping funds

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EctoTherm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

EctoTherm has developed a patent-pending technology that serves as an energy source for sensors in the most remote and harshest environments.
Technology Area: Energy harvesting
State of Development: Prototype
Milestones: Pre-seed funding, finish de-risking technology

SOUTHEAST REGION: MEGAWATT VENTURES

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VerdiLife
University of Iowa
VerdiLife produces “wood vinegar”, a 100% organic fertilizer and pesticide, from wood-waste via a unique environmentally-friendly technology with no emissions and zero pollution.
Technology Area: Biomass, Wood Waste
State of Development: Pre-revenue
Connect on Social Media:
https://twitter.com/verdilife

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HYPower Solutions
North Carolina State University
HyPower Solutions is developing long-term energy storage through hydrogen generation using the world's most efficient water electrolyzer.
Technology Area: Energy Storage/Hydrogen
State of Development: Lab prototype