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NEW ENERGY PIONEERS
Clean Power Finance is the online marketplace for residential solar financing and leading provider of solar sales software. The company connects the capital and solar markets by managing financing on behalf of institutional investors looking for stable, high-yield investments and marketing that financing as non-exclusive residential solar finance products–power purchase agreements (PPAs) and leases–to qualified solar professionals to brand as their own and sell to consumers.
Clean Power Finance partners with Soligent and SunWize (two of the largest solar equipment distributors in the U.S.) to make financing available to their networks of dealers
Unveiled the National Solar Permitting Database, a project in partnership with the DOE to streamline solar permitting processes by aggregating permitting data and standards from Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs). The database is freely available to the entire solar industry.
Launched the CPF Capital & Trading Service to provide meaningful liquidity for fund investors that translates into more attractive solar financing products.
Clean Power Finance won two additional DOE SunShot grants ($1.5MM) to build an O&M marketplace and online brokerage for solar companies. It is the first company to win two grants in a single round.
Clean Power Finance, Morgan Stanley Solar Solutions and Main Street Power announced the largest consumer residential solar lease facility in the U.S.
Clean Power Finance expanded its residential solar finance products to new markets, making its white label, non-exclusive financing available to solar professionals in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Arizona and New Jersey
Clean Power Finance partnered with Vivint Solar, a division of home energy automation and security solutions provider Vivint, to expand residential solar finance options available to new and existing Vivint customers
Enphase Energy introduced revenue-grade metering and management solution for solar PPA and leasing companies with Silver Spring Networks and Clean Power Finance
Google and Clean Power Finance partnered to create $75MM fund for residential solar projects. The U.S. Department of Energy awarded Clean Power Finance $3MM to develop a database and software to reduce solar permitting and data management costs in the U.S.
ECOtality, Inc. is a leader in clean electric transportation and storage technologies. Through innovation, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships, ECOtality accelerates the market applicability of advanced electric technologies to replace carbon-based fuels.
ECOtality Installs First DC Fast Charger In ‘The Tennessee Triangle’
ECOtality to Install EV Charging Stations at Select Walmart Stores
ECOtality offers Silver Spring Networks’ Platform to Enable EVSE Load Control Solutions
Emefcy is fundamentally changing the energy economics of wastewater treatment with its Electrogenic Bioreactor it is transforming wastewater treatment plants from cost centers to profit centers. Emefcy addresses needs of both municipal and industrial wastewater markets.
Spoke at the World Water Tech Investment Summit in the UK on “Energy and Nutrient Recovery from Wastewater”
Chosen as the “Early-Stage Company of the Year” by the Cleantech Group
Selected as a “Global Cleantech 100″ for 2011 by the Cleantech Group
Been chosen by the Artemis Project as “Top 50 Most Innovative Water Technologies”
Selected as one of the “10 Top Technologies for 2011″ by Pollution Engineering Magazine
Lanzatech has developed a proprietary microbe technology that converts waste gases to fuels and chemicals, from any source of carbon monoxide with no impact on the food value chain.
LanzaTech recently made MIT’s Technology Review 2012 TR50 List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies
LanzaTech closed its Series C round of US$55.8M-
LanzaTech announced its first production facility in the United States, Freedom Pines Biorefinery, located in Soperton, Georgia through acquisition of the former Range Fuels biorefinery.
LanzaTech was recognised globally with 12 awards in 2011 including the Global Cleantech 100, Red Herring Global 100, and a Platts Global Energy Award.
LanzaTech signed its first commercial customer Concord Enviro Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd (CES), marking a milestone in company’s global development. LanzaTech licensed its technology to CES to enable the production of both power and fuels from MSW and waste biomass syngas. LanzaTech will open its first office in India in Q1 2012.
LanzaTech began work on an agreement with Virgin Atlantic to pursue a breakthrough in aviation fuel technology that will see waste gases from industrial steel production being captured, fermented and chemically converted using Swedish Biofuels technology for use as a jet fuel.
In China, LanzaTech formed Joint Venture Companies with two of the major Steel companies: BaoSteel and Shougang Group. The JVs will see the technology develop to both demonstration and commercial scale-
In India, Lanzatech established collaborations with Jindal Steel and Indian Oil to develop fuel ethanol from steel industry waste gases.-
LanzaTech received a US DOE grant to develop a cost-effective technology and to integrate and optimize an alternative process that converts waste biomass-derived ethanol into jet fuel.
Maxwell Technologies is a developer and manufacturer of ultracapacitors . An energy storage technology used to optimise energy efficiency, performance, reliability and life cycle of a variety of systems such as automotive, heavy transportation, renewable energy, backup power, wireless communications and industrial and consumer electronics applications as well as for radiation-hardened microelectronic components and systems for satellites and spacecraft.
Maxwell Technologies Expanding Ultracapacitor Production Capacity With New Electrode Plant and Increased Product Assembly Capabilities
Maxwell Technologies’ Swiss Subsidiary Receives Government Funding to Develop Improved Dielectric Material for High Voltage Capacitors
Maxwell Technologies Inks Agreement with Pana-Pacific to Distribute Its New Ultracapacitor-Based Engine Start Module for Trucks
Bombardier Selects Maxwell Technologies’ Ultracapacitors for Innovative Rail Transit Braking Energy Recuperation System
Silver Spring Networks provides a networking platform and solutions that enable utilities to transform the power grid infrastructure into the smart grid. The smart grid intelligently connects millions of devices that generate, control, monitor and consume power, providing timely information and control to both utilities and consumers.
In connection with a pilot deployment of approximately 120,000 smart meters communicating through an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) mesh network, Illinois utility ComEd and Silver Spring Networks (SSN) began a series of simulated outage tests to learn how to integrate this technology with the existing outage management system (OMS).
Silver Spring Networks signs on for ComEd’s 10-year smart grid expansion an agreement for the smart grid networking platform and solutions company to deploy its Smart Energy Platform to almost 4 million homes, businesses and distribution automation devices as a major component of the utility’s long-term smart grid expansion program.
Silver Spring Networks announced Gen4, the latest version of its smart grid network technology, which enables utilities to be able to mix and match wireless smart grid options, including using cellular connections along with the company’s staple wireless mesh. Silver Spring Networks counts utility customers like PG&E, ComEd and FPL.
Smarter Grid Solutions delivers innovative software applications and industry-leading expertise to help power companies manage the grid more intelligently. Its real-time grid management solutions offer a highly cost-effective way to get ready for a ‘new energy’ future by creating greater grid capacity for low carbon technologies such as renewable generation.
The Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project was launched to develop a smarter, more sustainable electricity system for the Shetland Islands. This is a joint initiative from Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD), who owns and manages Shetland’s electricity network, and Smarter Grid Solutions.
Smarter Grid Solutions has integrated McObject’s eXtremeDB® Cluster distributed database system within its Active Network Management (ANM) technology.
Launched a new website and created a new software platform for real-time grid management applications. For the first time, the applications are on commodity server hardware, which helps power companies manage electricity network congestion issues at a local, regional or national level.
Smarter Grid Solutions began a trial of its new SGv smart grid application with Scottish Power Energy Networks. The trial will release new grid capacity for a hydro-electric generator and could be extended to incorporate other generators seeking grid connections within this area of North Wales.
Smarter Grid Solutions is partners with leading UK communications provider Cable & Wireless Worldwide to develop joint customer offerings that combine cutting-edge communications with SGS’ advanced grid management control systems in order to create greater grid capacity.
Smarter Grid Solutions will trial its latest innovative active network management technology as part of UK Power Networks’ Flexible Plug and Play Low Carbon Networks project, which has received £6.7 million of funding from the UK industry regulator to trial cheaper and faster integration of renewable generation into the grid. The project will also demonstrate a scalable, flexible and interoperable architecture that allows the roll-out of smart grid solutions to increase grid capacity across a wide area of the grid.
Smarter Grid Solutions trials new grid technology as part of Scottish and Southern Energy’s NINES project. SGS’ software applications will coordinate energy production and consumption across the island, including new renewable generation, electrical energy storage and dynamic demand. The goal is to reduce the amount of diesel used to produce energy and allow renewable energy to play a bigger part in meeting the Shetland Isles’ future energy needs.
Tendril is the Energy Platform company, delivering end-to-end consumer engagement products, applications and services powered by Tendril ConnectTM—an open standards-based, secure and scalable platform that takes the complexity out of the Energy Internet. Tendril Connect creates a dialogue between energy service providers, third party providers of smart products and services, and consumers.
Tendril established West coast presence to help meet growing demand of its cloud-based energy platform
BMW Group Technology Office USA partnered with Tendril to demonstrate the power of Electric Vehicle and Smart Energy Home Integration
Tendril’s Cloud Platform supports “Green Button” data and launched App gallery
Consumers achieved 20 percent energy savings using Tendril technology as part of SDG&E’s Biggest Energy Saver campaign
Tendril launched Tendril Connect Application Developer website and contest to unleash power of Application Developers on Smart Grid and Smart Home.
va-Q-tec is revolutionizing the markets for high performance thermal insulation materials by creating innovative vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) which insulate ten times better than conventional materials.
va-Q-tec again ends the financial year with an all-over growth of almost 60 per cent
The company becomes Winner of the ‘Germany – Land of Ideas. Selected Landmark 2012′ Award
va-Q-tec presents its innovative, energy efficient packaging solutions at BioPharma Asia Convention in Singapore
Xtreme Power provides scalable, real-time digital power management and energy storage system product and service solutions that decouple the rigid electric grid, enabling a more sustainable, reliable and cost-effective electric grid network. It is able to combine customized milli-second controls and high-efficiency power electronics with the energy storage capabilities of the company’s proprietary PowerCellTM technology.
Xtreme Power announces the promotion of Alan J. Gotcher, Ph.D., to president and chief executive officer. Gotcher joined the company as chief technology officer in 2011. Xtreme Power co-founder and former CEO Carlos Coe, Ph.D., is promoted to chairman of the company’s board to focus on guiding strategic initiatives as the company expands its global market share.
XP is named to Inc. Magazine’s 500|5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies.
Company secures a deal with Duke Energy to provide 36 MW of energy storage for the 153 MW Notrees wind farm in Texas. Upon completion, this will be the largest energy storage system tied to a wind farm in the world.
BrightSource Energy, Inc. designs, develops and sells solar thermal power systems that deliver reliable and cost-competitive clean energy to utilities and industrial companies worldwide. The company has contracted to sell approximately 2.6 gigawatts of power to be generated using its proprietary solar thermal technology – delivering cost-effective and reliable clean energy at scale.
Following the 2011 Summit & Awards, BrightSource Energy has:
Filed an Application for Certification with the California Energy Commission for the development of two solar power plants totaling 500-megawatts combined.
Launched SolarPLUSTM – a high-efficiency power tower solar thermal power plant solution for utilities.
Closed financing for its 392-megawatt Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. When complete in 2013, Ivanpah will nearly double the amount of commercial solar thermal electricity produced in the U.S. today.
eMeter’s data management software delivers a fast, cost effective path to smart metering. The platform allows utilities and their customers to manage energy consumption, balance loads, and increase efficiency across the grid.
Following the 2011 Summit & Awards, eMeter has achieved the following:
Announced Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) as an eMeter EnergyIP ® meter data management customer, assisting SMECO in reaching the EmPOWER Maryland goals which target a 15% reduction in total electric usage on a per capita basis by 2015.
Announced Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) as an eMeter Energy EnergyIP ® meter data management customer.
Driven expansion of the Korean Smart Grid market through a multi-tiered partnership with Samsung SDS.
Announced Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and its agent National Grid Electric Services LLC as an eMeter EnergyIP ® meter data management customer, supporting future deployment of 1.1 million meters.
Epuramat provides systems for the treatment of municipal wastewater and industrial process water. The patented ExSep® technology enables industrial companies to re-process and re-use water with limited energy and chemical demand, which reduces fresh water needs and wastewater fees.
Following the 2011 Summit & Awards, Epuramat has achieved the following:
Received its first contract in the biogas sector from UK based client Anaerobic Energy Ltd.
Signed a multimillion dollar distribution agreement with Canadian Black Opal Energy Services, kicked off by a repeat order of several containerized wastewater treatment plants “Box4Water”
Green Biologics Ltd provides world leading technology, based on advanced fermentation biotechnology, for the production of renewable butanol and other chemicals from waste and agricultural by-products. Green Biologics has pioneered technology breakthroughs in providing cost effective, sustainable renewable chemicals and biofuels.
Following the 2011 Summit & Awards, Green Biologics has:
Announced a Technical Collaboration Agreement with Songyuan Laihe Chemical Company (Laihe) to use Green Biologics technology in Laihe’s plant, the largest and first commercial cellulosic biobutanol facility.
Metabolix has pioneered the creation of Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)-based plastics and chemicals, which will enable the displacement of petroleum-based feedstocks. At Metabolix, PHAs are produced via fermentation of sugars, or expressed directly in crops. Fermentation feedstocks can be sugars derived from corn, or lignocellulosic sugars derived from energy crops.
Following the summit & awards, Metabolix has:
Received a $6 Million Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Awards to develop renewable biofuels
Metabolix senior scientist Dr. Rajendra K. Krishnaswamy received the Society of Plastics Engineers’s Lifetime Achievement Award
On-Ramp Wireless has developed the Ultra-Link ProcessingTM (ULP) system to address a broad spectrum of device communications applications from Smart Grid and other energy efficiency applications, to process automation and homeland security. Deployment of the ULP system can significantly help monitor and lower energy consumption across utilities and energy intensive industries.
Welcomed Jim Kelly, one of the early pioneers of the Smart Grid, to its Strategic Advisory Board.
Announced its partnership with GridSense to develop the first affordable utility distribution point monitoring system.
Announced the availability of its Ultra-Link ProcessingTM (ULP) System Release 1.2, the first global device monitoring system uniquely developed for Smart Grid.
Announced the availability of its Remote Monitoring Unit (RMU), a certified Smart Grid and infrastructure-monitoring device.
Redwood is re-inventing smart lighting by powering, communicating and controlling LEDs over networks, for maximum energy savings and improved building performance. Its solution fundamentally changes the way we wire, power and intelligently control commercial lighting.
Received $3.5-million investment from Mitsui & Co. Global Investment.
Won a 2011 Architectural SSL Product Innovation Award (PIA). Redwood was awarded the Platinum level, the highest honor bestowed.
Been chosen by Facebook, who has installed the lighting and building management technology from Redwood Systems in its 300,000-square-foot datacenter in Prineville, Oregon.
Been chosen to provide lighting controls for all of the LED fixtures at Volkswagen Group’s brand new center for R&D.
SAGE Electrochromics has developed energy-saving electronically tintable glass for windows, skylights and curtain walls. The dynamic glass enables you to control sunlight without shades or blinds, maintaining your connection to the outdoors – and utilizing the abundant benefits of daylight – while reducing energy consumption.
Since winning the 2011 New Energy Pioneer award SAGE has:
Appeared in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to describe the construction if its new green manufacturing facility.
Earned recognition as one of Sustainable Industries Top 10 Green Building Products award winners.
Deepened its partnership with Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest glass and construction material manufacturers, to identify sales opportunities around the world. Last fall Saint-Gobain made an $80 million strategic investment in SAGE to make dynamic glass an affordable mass-market product.
Made significant strides building its new 324,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, which will create 160 new green collar jobs in Minnesota by 2012.
TaKaDu helps water utilities worldwide take control of their networks by giving real-time knowledge and alerts about leaks and other problems in their water distribution infrastructure. TaKaDu’s Software-as-a-Service solution is quick to set up and easy to use. It requires no changes to existing equipment or upfront investment.
Following the summit & awards, TaKaDu has:
Was invited to speak at the Summer Davos congress of the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China
Announced a partnership with Logica, a global provider of technology business solutions
Was featured in The Economist’s Technology Quarterly
Announced its first customer in Latin America, Aguas de Antofagasta in Chile
Winafrique is an end-to-end renewable energy solutions integrator. The company is commercializing off-grid power systems through small-scale hybrid renewable energy storage using flow batteries.