Congratulations to the 2019
Winners and Finalists!
ALL 6 FINALISTS WILL COMPETE IN THE CLEANTECH OPEN GLOBAL FORUM NOVEMBER 11-12 IN LOS ANGELES.
Aeroshield has developed a highly transparent, super-insulating silica aerogel. The nanoporous glass is composed of 95% air. By placing Aeroshield between two panes of glass, performance is now competitive with triple-pane windows at the cost and installation ease of a double-pane. This makes for a window 50% more energy efficient than 80% of windows installed in today’s homes.
Enersion Incorporation has invented a green cooling solution that saves up to 70% on electricity by utilizing unused waste/heat, without using any harmful refrigerants. Enersion’s chiller uses any thermal energy - such as solar energy or low-grade waste heat (an existing by-product of operations) to produce cooling power. It also can be paired with a CHP (Combined Heat and Power) unit to offer cooling, heating and electricity as one integrated solution.
Feedback Solutions technology utilizes raw data produced by people-counting and tracking sensors to apply their algorithm via an Intel Gateway, resulting in 95+% accurate, real-time occupant counts that are communicated via BACnet/IP to the Building Automation System (BAS) optimizing ventilation rates to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions. This technology has the ability to normalize the raw data received for in and out counts across multiple access points for a zone or zones to provide accurate, real-time occupant data that is reliable enough to be used by the BAS to optimize the ventilation rates in the space. This technology has proven to be capable of reducing HVAC-related energy consumption by 30%, or greater, in numerous environments.
FLUX MARINE LTD (winner)
The automotive industry has recently undergone an electric revolution, yet the marine industry lags far behind. REvolution OUtboards has set out to design, manufacture, and market electric outboard marine motors to the boating industry. Our motors hold several tremendous advantages over gasoline counterparts; decreased maintenance costs, increased reliability, and minimized pollution. Flux Marine’s electric outboards are designed to minimize failure points and utilize long-life solid state components, making them extremely reliable and virtually maintenance free. The electric outboard motors do not leave a footprint on the environment, and have the potential to reduce overall recreational outboard CO2 pollution levels by 240 million pounds annually with a 1% market capture.
QUATCARE is striving to solve global industrial water microbial contamination. Today, this problem is addressed by using expensive chemicals that cause bacteria to develop resistance and mutate. QUATCARE’s approach is more sustainable, eco-friendly and does not create microbial mutations- all at a low cost while allowing water waste to be better recycled and reused while controlling the spread of microbes, further reducing the impact on the environment. QUATCARE embeds a mix of quaternary ammonium compounds permanently into the surface of a product, allowing the surface to have continuous antimicrobial activity against a broad spectrum of pathogens.
TERATONIX LLC (winner)
Currently, IoT sensors and active medical devices are mainly powered by batteries and there is no commercially available remote powering solution for either. Teratonix is aiming to address the limited lifespan of a battery, which leads to high battery replacement/maintenance cost and huge amount of battery waste. Teratonix has developed an ultrahigh-speed Metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) heterojunction diode. This diode’s speed is 100-1000x times faster than other known diodes, and has zero-bias cutoff frequencey > 100 GHz, making it the only known technology capable of rectifying broadband radio signals into DC power.
FINAL ROUND JUDGES
Managing Director | Constellation Technology Ventures at Exelon
Scott leads Constellation Technology Ventures (CTV), the venture investing arm of Exelon Corp. In this role, Scott oversees CTV investing strategy, management of the CTV portfolio and commercialization of new energy technologies and solutions within the Exelon commercial platform.
Prior to CTV, Scott was part of the Strategic Systems and Business Operations group where he led a team responsible for market data management, IT governance and supporting business process improvement projects, new business/growth initiatives and integration projects. He held several other roles within the Constellation commercial organization prior to that.
Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Fairfield University and an MBA from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.
Dr. Carolyn Kissane
Academic Director and Clinical Professor at the Center for Global Affairs
New York University
Dr. Carolyn Kissane serves as Academic Director and Clinical Professor at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University where she teaches graduate level courses examining the geopolitics of energy, Central Asian region, transformations in China, and energy, environment, and resource security. Dr. Kissane was awarded the esteemed NYU Excellence in Teaching Award in 2007 and nominated for the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award in 2008, 2016, and 2018. Complementing her academic, public service and consultant experience,
Dr. Kissane is the author of numerous publications including an article on history education in Comparative Education, Freedom House: Countries at the Crossroads report on Kazakhstan, Central Asia, Great Decisions Series, and Evaluating Human Rights Education. She also has chapters on transitional challenges in education in Central Asia and human rights education in Europe, an article on Girls’ Education and Democratization in the Post-Taliban Era and another focusing on the oil extractive industry published in Globalization, Societies and Education. She is currently writing a book on oil. Dr. Kissane received her Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Senior Partner | Braemar Energy Ventures
Jiong Ma has more than 20 years of research, operating and venture capital experience in the technology industry. Prior to joining Braemar, she was with the venture group at 3i, a global private equity firm. At 3i, Dr. Ma was responsible for investment in the information technology and clean tech sectors. Prior to 3i, Dr. Ma held several senior positions at Lucent Technologies and Bell Labs. Dr. Ma was also a founding team member of Onetta, a fiber networks start-up company, and a technical staff member of Nortel Networks.
Dr. Ma received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.S. in electrical engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, and a B.S. in physics from Lanzhou University, China. She is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program, has published or co-authored 15 technical papers, and holds one U.S. patent. Dr. Ma served on the boards of prior investments. She currently serves on the boards of Aledia, Fulham, Laser Light Engines, MC10, and Voxel8.
Program Manager, Technology to Market | NYSERDA
Nicholas Querques is Program Manager for Technology to Market at NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. NYSERDA advances innovative energy solutions in ways that improve New York's economy and environment. Nick leads the Technology to Market team at NYSERDA where he is directly responsible for a $130 million portfolio of innovation, technology development, and investment programs targeted to entrepreneurs, innovators, and early-stage companies in the energy space. Nick’s team is driving New York’s efforts to deploy world-class clean energy innovation assets throughout the state and accelerate the time to market for NYSERDA’s portfolio companies. Nick joined NYSERDA in 2014 as a Project Manager with the former Innovation Capacity and Business Development team.
Prior to NYSERDA, Nick was Assistant Vice President for Clean Energy Programs at SUNY Polytechnic Institute's Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. In 2010, he co-founded MICROrganic Technologies, a biotechnology startup that is commercializing microbial fuel cell technologies for wastewater treatment applications.
Nick holds a BS in finance and management magna cum laude and an MBA in information technology and nanotechnology from the University at Albany.
Managing Director of Investments | Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
Tibor has over 20 years of private equity and venture capital investment and entrepreneurial experience, including closing new investments in over 25 cleantech startups since joining the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) in 2013 to lead the Investments Division. MassCEC invests equity and debt in early-stage and growing clean energy technology companies, provides incentives for the adoption of renewable energy, and develops programs to prepare workers for the next generation of clean energy jobs. Tibor has focused in the clean energy sector since early 2010, when he joined a clean energy company, QGEN, as its CFO. Previously, Tibor has worked at Babson Capital, Ascent Venture Partners, Lee Capital and Berkshire Partners. Tibor is an Adjunct Professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School and serves on several corporate and non-profit boards. Tibor holds business and engineering degrees from MIT and Northwestern University.