Airware specializes in the development of autopilots for unmanned aircraft systems. Created as the development platform for extending the innovative capabilities of unmanned aircraft to entrepreneurs, educators, and enthusiasts, the os-Series autopilots allow users to create unique unmanned aerial systems (UAS)
for specific applications while maintaining their own intellectual property.Providing unprecedented utility for users looking to integrate unmanned aircraft technology into their projects, the design of the os-Series autopilots combine modular hardware, an embedded Linux computer, and open architecture software released under a royalty-free license.
All solar power plants require inverters to convert DC electricity from the panels into AC electricity to feed onto the grid. Array Power is pioneering a new class of solar inverters called Sequenced Inverters. The product line combines industrial-grade high reliability with very low costs by applying digital signal processing techniques to power conversion, and thus accomplishes in silicon much of
the task that would traditionally be done with more expensive and failure prone discrete analog components. Array’s inverters are competitive at large commercial and even utility scale, and lower the overall cost of electricity generated from solar plants, driving solar costs to be competitive free of subsidies in more areas of the world.
C2F is working to validate a photo-chemical route to capture dilute CO2 and convert it to high-value chemical products, thus capturing enterprise value from two sources.
The management and disposal of atmospheric CO2 is an important global market opportunity and existing CO2
management solutions are limited in scope and have not won general acceptance. C2F’s proposed solution would lead to a reduction in atmospheric CO2 while at the same time providing investors with an attractive rate of return.
EnerG2 engineers advanced nano-structured carbon materials for energy storage and is focused on the production of these materials for energy storage devices. Proprietary manufacturing technologies allow its products to surpass the material limitations of naturally occurring carbons, producing high surface area, high performance
materials that improve power density and cycle life in batteries and other energy storage devices. EnerG2 is currently delivering its advanced carbons to customers for ultracapacitors, lead acid batteries, and lithium ion batteries.
EOS Climate is a producer of high-quality, verified emission reductions (VERs) generated from the destruction of ozone depleting substances (ODS), which are also extremely potent greenhouse gases. While ODS such as CFCs are no longer manufactured, they are still emitted by leaky, old air conditioning units and refrigeration equipment. As greenhouse gases (GHGs), ODS are up to 11,000 times more powerful than carbon-dioxide and represent a ticking time bomb for our global climate system. Current inventories of ODS are equivalent to approximately 2.5 times the total annual GHG emissions of the United States.
The company's pioneering work is supporting a new global effort to create market-based incentives to prevent emissions and accelerate transition to more advanced,
efficient technologies. EOS Climate offers VERs created by the transparent aggregation, transportation and incineration of ODS that is no longer being produced. These credits can come from destruction of ODS collected from recycled residential refrigerators or from commercial chillers and air conditioning units.
In 2010, the Company started the first ever project for the destruction of US ODS according to the newly approved CAR (California Action Reserve) Protocol and generated over 1,000,000 CRTs in the first 7 reporting periods. These CRTs were then sold in the voluntary cap and trade carbon market which will become a compliance market in California commencing January 1, 2013.
Sitting at the confluence of population growth, growing demand of a global middle class, rising fuel prices, and the maturation of aquaculture, Global Fresh Foods (GFF) is a technology-enabled logistics company that will re-map global flows of seafood products through fundamental reductions in the cost structure of moving fresh fish and other perishable meats to market.
Seafood is the fastest growing food category for human consumption, and the most species diverse. These species can only be grown in certain climates, and combined with their high value and perishability, currently travel to market in huge volumes via expensive air freight. The high, fuel
price-driven cost of air freight limits the markets where seafood producers can competitively offer their products.
GFF extends a fish fillet’s normal shelf life of 12-14 days to up to 47 days through a modular, pallet-based controlled atmosphere transport solution. GFF uses its proprietary system to offer a more sustainable and less expensive global logistics option compared to air freight. The company’s first commercial application is fresh salmon ($11B global market), followed by tilapia, pangasius, and barrimundi. Beyond fish, GFF’s system can be applied to many protein types including other seafoods as well as poultry, pork, beef, lamb, and veal.
HydroPoint's WeatherTRAK solution delivers a multitude of financial and environmental benefits by reducing the greatest area of waste in urban water use: landscape irrigation. Landscapes consume 58% of urban water, and are overwatered by 30-to-300%.
Drawing on information delivered wirelessly from 40,000
weather stations, Hydropoint’s WeatherTRAK smart evapotranspiration controllers automatically adjust irrigation schedules based on landscape needs and local weather conditions. The result is higher property values, lower water bills and a healthier environment. Hydropoint offers solutions for residential, light commercial and commercial irrigation markets.
Integrated Photovoltaics (iPV) is an early stage company working to create a drop-in replacement for crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells. Rather than casting an ingot of polysilicon and then sawing it into wafers (to be processed into solar cells), iPV’s approach skips these steps and creates a wafer directly (although we can’t say how) with a high quality crystal structure suitable for solar cells. This
process uses less silicon, less energy, and fewer steps than the existing state of the art and offers the possibility of silicon wafers at one third of today’s costs. Combined with the fact that iPV’s process is also significantly less capital intensive than traditional wafer manufacturing, this technology holds the promise to drive solar costs down to be competitive free of subsidies worldwide.
Kurion is an advanced materials company providing solutions for isolation and long-term storage of nuclear waste. It was the only U.S. company and the only startup to participate in the unprecedented cleanup effort of the Fukashima nuclear disaster. Kurion's technology centers around two critical tasks: separating nuclear waste from water or other liquids, and isolating that waste in a way that stabilizes it for the hundreds of years required for it to naturally decay.
Kurion’s systems are modular, reliable, and substantially reduce total costs for cleanup. The company was founded
by veterans of the nuclear services industry, with experience in commercial nuclear operations, as well as the cleanup of Three Mile Island. The cleanup at Fukushima adds significant credibility to their marketing effort. Future prospects include government nuclear waste at Hanford, Washington, which is an estimated addressable market of $10 billion, European government nuclear waste with a smaller amount, and commercial operations globally with over $100 million a year in addressable market each.
Liquidia Technologies is developing highly precise particle-based vaccines and therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of human disease. Combining a deep understanding of particle-based drug development with breakthrough small molecule and biological therapeutics, Liquidia is engineering vaccines and therapies that have the potential to dramatically improve the quality of human life.
Utilizing a novel platform known as PRINT® technology, Liquidia is designing highly specific carriers for delivery of small molecules and biological cargos. This breakthrough platform technology makes it possible for the first time to design vaccines and therapies with precise control of particle size, shape, and composition.
Nanosolar prints solar cells and assembles panels to enable the most cost-efficient solar electricity. Nanosolar’s proprietary approach to printing CIGS (Copper, Indium, Gallium, Selenium) and nanoparticle inks using an annealing process minimizes the use of expensive, high vacuum deposition manufacturing equipment. This allows the Company to utilize equipment from the industrial printing and roll-to-roll manufacturing industries to produce solar-electric foil at high speeds, bringing the economics of printing to the world of solar PV semiconductor manufacturing.
Through the application of the latest in robotic manufacturing—primarily from the automotive industry—Nanosolar assembles solar cells into solar panels with high throughput and high quality. The printed CIGS solar cells and panels are forecast to reach efficiencies competitive with crystalline silicon panels in the next several years. In addition, the Nanosolar panel’s innovative design significantly reduces balance-of-system costs through less mounting hardware, electrical cabling and installation labor. The end result is a lower levelized cost of energy than competing solar technologies.
Nanostellar develops nano-material catalysts for a broad range of markets. Nanostellar has both issued and filed patents covering materials, systems and processes. The company designs new catalysts using a proprietary technology platform based on Rational Design. This allows it to develop products significantly faster and more effectively than using traditional design methods.
The Company has commercialized its first products in diesel vehicle emissions control and is in the pre-commercial
testing phase with its second emissions control product. Its pipeline includes catalysts for non-automotive applications such as hydrogen peroxide production, synthesis gas (syngas) reformation and waste-heat recovery systems. These solutions satisfy essential market needs such as complying with emissions control standards at lower cost, reducing harmful by-products of industrial processes, cost-effectively generating alternative fuels, and increasing energy efficiency for heating and cooling.
Nano-Tex is a leading fabric innovation company providing nanotechnology- based textile enhancements to the apparel, home and commercial/residential interiors markets. To date, more than 80 textile mills worldwide are utilizing Nano-Tex treatments in products sold by more than 100 leading brands Worldwide.
Nano-Tex uses nanotechnology to transform the molecular structures of fibers and create fabrics that offer superior performance and comfort. By working at the nano-scale, its textile enhancements provide significant functional
improvements without changing the natural characteristics of the fabric. Since the technology permanently bonds with the individual fibers of the fabric, durability is greatly enhanced. As a result, Nanotex’s innovations create exceptional performance in everyday items which serve to enhance appearance, provide protection, improve comfort, increase longevity, and make textiles easy to care for and maintain. The current portfolio of products addresses six key textile technology segments, including repellency/stain resistance, moisture management, odor control, static elimination and wrinkle free.
Electric motors account for 45% of global electricity consumption, and two thirds of power used in industry. But electric motors haven't evolved in decades, there's no room for further innovation, right? Wrong. In a way that only an outsider to the industry could have dreamed up, NovaTorque has disrupted the design of the electric motor to bring to market a motor that is both less expensive upfront as well as more efficient to operate. In the industrial markets NovaTorque targets, this combination is of enormous interest. The company’s motor achieves this with the added advantage of being more compact than comparable state-of-the-art motors and not requiring the use of expensive rare earth magnets.
NovaTorque is initially selling standard frame motors directly for applications in fans, pumps, and HVAC, an entry point to NovaTorque's $8.1B variable-speed integral horsepower motor market segment. Standard frame motors are attractive as a starting point because they are built to standard electrical and mechanical specifications, making them easy for customers to adopt. But industrial applications are just the start. As electric motion continues to displace combustive and hydraulic methods, NovaTorque's motors will show up in a broad spectrum of places.
Plextronics specializes in printed electronics. The company's focus is on organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays and lighting, specifically conductive inks and associated process technologies. Plextronic's technology will enable the mass production of these printed devices and therefore lower the cost.
Plexcore® technology comprises solution-processable inks. The company’s ink systems, whether conductive, photoactive, or semi-conductive, are designed to maximize the efficiency, lifetime and stability of printed electronic
devices. Also, the tunable nature of its inks enables customized material solutions across a broad range of printed electronics applications. In order to deliver high-performance materials to the printed electronics market, Plextronics is focused on not only polymer design and ink formulation, but also device physics and analysis. The company’s three main product categories are: organic conductive inks, organic semiconductive polymers and organic photovoltaic ink systems. Plextronics has teamed up with multinational companies in joint development agreements, strategic alliances and research partnerships.
A solar panel that tracks the sun throughout the day produces up to 30% more electricity than one that does not. Solar project developers install single-axis tracking for most utility-scale sites, balancing upfront costs versus electricity revenues to maximize rates of return. QBotix disrupts today's cost curve of fixed-tilt, single-axis tracking, and dual-axis tracking with an innovative tracking solution that offers dual-axis tracking at single-axis price. This reduces the levelized cost of energy by 10-20% while providing the added benefit of higher reliability and system intelligence.
QBotix breaks the design constraint of having to balance the cost of tracking motors and controllers against the cost of steel and concrete of larger trackers carrying more panels. A single tracking robot visits a series of small, lightweight trackers, adjusting each to point toward the sun, and returning as frequently as is required to maintain optimal energy generation. This innovation leads to a reduction in costs throughout the project from land preparation and installation labor to materials and equipment, as well as ongoing operations and maintenance costs. QBotix shows how a startup can deliver value to a rapidly maturing, high-volume industry such as solar using the familiar and proven toolset of software and electronics.
Ruckus Wireless is a company that makes specialized Wi-Fi equipment that uses the company’s proprietary smart antenna technology, derived from algorithms used in electronic warfare. The company initially produced high-throughput wireless access points, which could be used inside the home to stream HD video, or outdoors for municipal Wi-Fi access. Last year the company started shipping a carrier-grade Wi-Fi access point for use by
wireless carriers in public places, to provide data access for smart phone users in places where the traffic is so dense that it overloads the 3G network. The company’s access points ship with software for authentication and management functions needed by carriers, including hand-off between 3G and WiFi. The systems have been widely deployed in Japan.
Electricity is moving out to the edge, to our mobile devices, our cars, and everything in between. This requires dense energy storage -- battery technologies based on lithium. Combined with other industrial uses of this strategic element, volumes of lithium demanded worldwide are increasing and its price has more than tripled in the last six years. As vehicle electrification continues, new lithium sources and production technologies will be required to keep up with demand.
Simbol Materials answers the global call for secure, high performing and environmentally responsible critical materials for the energy storage industry, including lithium. The company’s patented processes integrate with existing geothermal power plants, inexpensively extracting lithium, manganese and zinc from brines. The company’s first commercial plant will be located in California’s Imperial Valley, and as a result of Simbol's technology, will be one of the lowest cost lithium production operations in the world.
Solexant is developing third generation thin film PV technologies which dramatically increase solar cell efficiency and reduce manufacturing costs, therefore enabling the commercialization of solar modules that generate electricity at competitive rates without depending
on government subsidies. Using printable nano-material technologies exclusively licensed from leading universities, Solexant's flexible solar cells harvest energy from the entire solar spectrum.
Solicore offers a product portfolio of advanced ultra-thin, flexible, lithium polymer batteries for powered cards, RFID and micro medical devices. Solicore also offers technology integration services that enable customers to accelerate their time to market and increases product design efficiencies. The company’s patented and proprietary technology is based on polyimide chemistry that has created a solid-state electrolyte.
New products and applications that require on-board battery power are emerging every day. From smart cards to RFID (radio frequency identification) security and informational devices, to thin film medical products, Solicore’s batteries provide the power required in a variety of shapes and sizes. The result is a product which can be thinner, smaller and lighter, yet more powerful than ever before.
As solar panel prices continue to plummet, residential customers, with their higher utility rates will be among the first to benefit from solar on a pure economic basis, free of subsidies. Over 100,000 residential rooftop systems have been installed in the U.S. as of today, but continued rapid cost declines drive the opportunity to over 40 million within four years.
Sungevity specializes in the sales and marketing of residential rooftop solar systems, with a particular focus on creating an unparalleled experience for the customer. They combine this culture with a business model that scales radically into the imminent U.S. residential rooftop market opportunity. Sungevity’s scaleability comes from a technology-enabled sales model, combined with focusing
only on the segments of the business that scale efficiently and outsourcing everything else, all while maintaining full control over the customer experience from the first touch through to installation and ongoing operation of their system.
Sungevity employs proprietary software utilizing aerial photography and image analysis to automatically design solar arrays for customers’ rooftops remotely, without ever having to visit the home. They leverage this software’s efficiency with social media outreach and selling techniques to drive the lowest cost sales. This technology platform and reputation for high customer experience also make Sungevity a strong partner for channel sales relationships with other consumer brands.
ZeaChem will change the world by creating high margin and sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based fuels and chemicals. Able to use wood chips, wheat straw, corn stover, or grasses to make a range of drop-in products for the $1T+ chemicals and fuels markets, ZeaChem can profit today without any subsidies and is competitive with $50 per barrel oil. ZeaChem’s advantage centers around its fermentation process which converts 100% of the carbon in the sugars into end products, delivering unmatched yields
with what is a low risk, highly efficient, and robust process using standard industrial equipment.
The profit margins ZeaChem will deliver have never been seen before in the petroleum industry, and the price stability from its fixed cost renewable feedstocks will enable customers to decouple from oil-driven fluctuations in their own business’ profitability, causing a ripple effect of change and opportunity.
ZT3 is developing high performance thermo-electric materials. These materials may be incorporated into devices that convert waste heat into electricity. An example would be converting the waste heat from automobile exhaust
into electricity thus enhancing the overall efficiency of the host system (the automobile) by increasing the useful output (miles driven) per input of energy (gallons of gasoline).