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2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

Now in its second year, the 2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition is inspiring university teams across the country to create new businesses to commercialize promising energy technologies developed at U.S. universities and National Laboratories. The competition is designed to build regional networks of student-focused business creation contests across the country, and was launched in 2011 as part of President Obama's Startup America Initiative. 

After pitching their business plans to panels of judges at the regional semifinals and finals, the six regional winners featured below have advanced to the national competition for a chance to compete in the popular vote and a grand prize determined by an expert panel of judges.

Vote for your favorite competitor to increase their chances of winning the People's Choice Award.


Bioadhesive Alliance
North Carolina A&T State University

Bioadhesive Alliance Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of “PiGrid”, bio-based adhesive that is green, low cost, and durable and can be utilized as a substitute to petroleum-based asphalt binder.

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University of Arkansas

Picasolar wholly owns the hydrogen selective emitter (HSE) technology. HSE can increase the efficiency of solar cells by up to 15 percent and remove up to 33 percent of the silver grid lines in a conventional silicon solar cell.

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Bearing Analytics
Purdue University

Bearing Analytics is a leading-edge equipment monitoring company aimed at pioneering a new era in industrial bearing condition monitoring. Our objective is to consolidate the needs of customers, environment, and manufacturers to improve asset management and energy efficiency capabilities one bearing at a time.

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University of California-Berkeley

Pyro-E, LLC is developing a solid-state device for waste heat harvesting at the distributed energy scale. The device is designed based on the pyroelectric effect and can be used to improve the fuel-use efficiency of 300 million vehicles and generators in the United States.

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SiNode Systems
Northwestern University

SiNode Systems is a battery materials venture developing silicon-graphene anodes for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. SiNode anodes offer higher battery capacity and faster charging rates, all while being produced via a low cost solution chemistry-based manufacturing process.

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Brigham Young University

PlasTek™ is patent-pending technology created by Inviroment™ that facilitates the biodegradation of all types of plastic found in landfills. PlasTek™ is sprayed onto waste as it enters a landfill and begins to decompose any plastic it touches, resulting in additional landfill capacity. It also accelerates methane output from plastics, which can be collected from landfills as a source of clean energy.

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How is your 'like' counted? The number of 'likes' cast for each company will determine the winner. Voting will stop on June 12 at 4 p.m. EDT. The winner of the online vote will be determined by the number of 'likes' cast for their company. The number of 'likes' will not be considered in the matrix for scoring the grand prize winners of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. Members of the winning team of the online vote will receive an in-kind prize.

Note: Individuals can 'like' one company or multiple companies more than once; however, if tampering by bots or other automated voting methods is suspected, the affected teams' voting entries ('likes') may be inspected and corrected to give an accurate representation of valid likes.

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Disclaimer: This exercise does not represent an endorsement of these companies by the U.S. Department of Energy.