Clean Urban Energy

Grand Prize Winner

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Clean Urban Energy optimizes the integration of commercial HVAC operations with the electric grid and energy markets. Designed for use in large metropolitan areas, the proprietary system improves electrical efficiency, cuts expenses and introduces demand elasticity into the grid markets. Clean Urban Energy developed its scalable, online technology in the Chicago Loop, taking advantage of the area’s large, sophisticated office buildings and the challenges of its electric system.

Clean Urban Energy was founded by Vince Cushing and Dr. Gregory Henz, both of whom have extensive experience in building-energy management and electrical utility markets.  CUE’s management team is led by veteran entrepreneurs Rich Earley and John Abernathy, who have each developed and commercialized businesses.

Website: www.cleanurbanenergy.com

NextGen Solar LLC

2nd Place Winner

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NextGen Solar LLC is developing a three-dimensional thin-film solar technology that is projected to be at least two times more efficient and at least 40 percent less expensive than its competitors. NextGen solar cells are made of conductive organic and inorganic nanomaterials (rather than traditional silicon), which reduce or eliminate efficiency losses and lower costs.

NextGen’s CEO is Mil Ovan, a senior high-tech executive with more than 25 years of experience introducing innovative, high-tech products and services to the market.  NextGen’s inventor is Dr. Richard Brotzman of Argonne National Labs, a leading scientist who has developed and commercialized several nanotech products and processes.

Website: www.nextgen-solar.com

Thermal Conservation Technologies

Concept Prize Winner

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Thermal Conservation Technologies is introducing Klimate Kontrol, a high-performance vacuum insulation panel with thermal resistance/inch values significantly higher than conventional insulation. Use of Klimate Kontrol reduces the energy required to maintain temperature-controlled environments.

Alan Feinerman, Ph.D., TCT chief executive and technology officer, is a professor of bioengineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. His research interests include the development of ultra-low thermal conductivity insulation and enhanced heat transfer.  James Park, TCT’s director of product development, has 12 years of manufacturing engineering and operation experience.

Website:  www.tensileVIP.com

Lotus Creative Innovations

Invenergy Renewable Prize Winner

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Lotus Creative Innovations has developed the Wind Turbine Trainer, which is a scaled-down version of a commercial turbine designed for classroom settings. The trainer, which comes in a kit, will teach students about turbine assembly and performance of common field tasks. The components of the Wind Turbine Training System are universal to all commercial turbines.

Ashish Gavali, Lotus chief engineer, created the wind turbine system after working in the industry and discovering holes in the training process. Arvind Gavali, director of business development, has supported, run and owned other concerns.

Website:  www.lotuscreativeinnovations.com

Agentis

Early Stage Finalist

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Agentis Energy has created a platform for electric utilities that assists both the utilities and their customers to achieve energy efficiency goals. Using proprietary algorithms, the Agentis platform analyzes customer-usage and other data sets to determine relevant patterns, costs and opportunities for energy efficiency. The Agentis platform delivers prescriptive recommendations and easy-to-understand visual tools that help consumers save money. Tim Stojka is the founder of Agentis.

Website:  www.agentisenergy.com

Energy Recovery Technologies

Early Stage Finalist

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Energy Recovery Technologies LLC developed a patent-pending, high efficiency energy recovery ventilation system, which separates the energy exchange function into two highly efficient processes. This innovation, combined with the use of high efficiency fans, desiccant belts, heat-exchange sensors and microprocessors, allows the company’s system to run at greater than 90 percent efficiency.

ERT’s management team is headed by Ken Kayser and Ron Fleckman. Dr. Kayser has a proven record of finding flawed technologies, correcting the flaws and developing those products into successful businesses. Mr. Fleckman has worked in green building for more than 20 years and has successfully built his company into a multi-million dollar real estate firm.

Website: http://www.energyrecoverytechnologiesllc.com/

Intelligent Generation LLC

Early Stage Finalist

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Intelligent Generation LLC has created a cloud-based software platform that assembles information from an array of renewable energy producers into a virtual power plant. The plant serves retail electricity customers and wholesale power companies by lowering the cost of solar electricity to less than that of nuclear or fossil fuel-generated power.

The inventor, founder and CEO of Intelligent Generation is Jay Marhoefer, whose 30-year career includes work as an IT executive, consultant to major utilities, attorney and software developer. The president and cofounder, Paul Gazzolo, is a Proctor & Gamble-trained marketer who spent the last decade as a general manager of information service businesses.

Website:  www.integen.com

Power2Switch

Early Stage Finalist

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Power2Switch is an electricity-cost reduction and energy-use monitoring and management portal for small businesses. Small business owners use the portal to compare and switch electricity suppliers to save money on electricity, monitor and reduce their energy use and utilize renewable energy. The portal provides suppliers with consumer-behavior analytics, which in turn enables them to improve pricing models and create savings for customers.

The Power2Switch management team is headed by Seyi Fabode, who has first-hand experience with the deregulated electricity market, and business development expert Phil Nevels.

Website: www.power2switch.com

PVPower

Early Stage Finalist

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PVPower offers a technology platform that makes it simple for solar installers to design, sell and source their solar power projects. SolarBear taps into the PVPower product catalog to pull up real-time pricing and availability of components.  SolarBear then configures multiple custom systems, predicts energy production and financial return for the project. The results are wrapped up in a proposal, helping solar installers win more projects in less time.

PVPower’s President, Dan Kuthy, has considerable marketing experience and is an entrepreneur with a diverse portfolio of ventures. Nick Yecke, PVPower Founder & COO, is an entrepreneur at-heart and 10-year veteran of Chicago’s digital marketing and technology community.

Website: www.pvpower.com

Root3 Technologies

Early Stage Finalist

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Root3 Technologies seeks to maximize commercial facilities’ use of energy-efficient technologies. Root3 offers adaptive, automated software, remote access for one-off changes and visually shows end-users how technology and their own behaviors affect energy use.

Archie Gupta is the co-founder of Root3. With a master’s in electrical engineering and an MBA in progress at the Booth School of Business, he worked with the nation’s first independent transmission company where he focused on energy metering, critical infrastructure protection, energy management systems and electrical infrastructure planning.

Website:  www.root3tech.com

Sol Xorce LLC

Early Stage Finalist

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Sol Xorce LLC cost effectively develops, manufactures and integrates concentrating solar thermal receivers and system components. These products can cut the cost of installed utility and distributed  concentrating solar thermal power systems by 50 percent and provide industrial process heat, hot water and thermal-powered air conditioning to commercial and industrial customers.

Founded in 2009, Sol Xorce is run by Michael Gurin, a serial clean-tech entrepreneur, and Chip Hardt, a former partner at McKinsey & Company.

Website:  www.solxorce.com

General Biomass

Concept Stage Finalist

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General Biomass Company develops engineered industrial enzymes that convert non-food biomass to biosugars for large-scale production of advanced biofuels and bioplastics. Their flexible, specific technology platform unlocks the value of cheaper biomass substitutes for oil.

Dr. Daniel Gibbs, the founder of General Biomass, has more than 25 years of experience in biological sciences and is widely regarded as a biofuels expert.  General Biomass’s team includes Sadira Tash, with extensive grants and small business experience, Neelima Katam, an IIT Masters in Biological Engineering, and attorney John T. Allen, who has worked with hundreds of startups and is a founder of the Technology Innovation Center in Evanston.

Website: www.generalbiomass.com

Orbeon Technologies

Concept Stage Finalist

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Orbeon Technologies will offer proprietary products and services to help realize net-zero energy in tall buildings. Its primary technological innovation – building-integrated thermal heat engines– offers a solution that greatly reduces electricity loads by taking advantage of natural energy phenomena that occur in tall structures. Orbeon seeks to design, engineer and manufacture thermal heat engines for tall buildings, becoming a provider and licenser of turnkey net-zero energy services.

Matthew Shaxted founded Orbeon in 2009 to focus on strategic research efforts in the construction and energy industries.

Website:  www.orbeontech.com

S2E Solar

Concept Stage Finalist

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S2E Solar manufactures and sells proprietary components for solar shingles used in rooftop electricity generation.  The company’s product is S2E Solar Film, which enables customers to produce high efficiency, durable solar shingles that generate electricity below grid prices and at half the cost of existing solar cells.  The company’s foundational IP was developed at Northwestern University.

Jon Servaites is the Founder and CEO of S2E Solar.  Mr. Servaites has 13 years of experience in the emerging energy technology industry, including business development, regulatory, manufacturing, and product development roles.  He is currently finishing a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Northwestern University, where he develops next generation solar energy technologies.

Website:  www.s2esolar.com

Sun Phocus

Concept Stage Finalist

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Sun Phocus has created HoloSun, a unique holographic concentrating film that can be used in building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) windows, skylights and atriums. The HoloSun film allows BIPV modules to maximize power output while minimizing solar cell area. The result is a more aesthetically pleasing and less costly approach to solar glass.

Sun Phocus was founded by Dr. Said Al-Hallaj, who has more than 20 years of experience in renewable energy research and development and is the co-founder of All Cell Technologies. As head of business development for Sun Phocus, Jake Edie brings extensive experience in consulting, marketing and software.

Website:  www.sunphocus.com