You are here

National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition 2013


Bearing Analytics

Purdue University

Avoidable bearing failures cost the US industrial economy $50B in damage and downtime every year. Current bearing health monitoring systems do not adequately detect failure until it is too late. Bearing Analytics offers a patent-pending micro-sensor technology that monitors temperature and vibration directly on the bearing cage helping predict performance degradation and impending failure while improving operating, performance, and energy efficiencies. Our technology does all of that with a better accuracy, faster response time, and increased reliability over any other competing solution today.

We intend to target the wind turbine industry as our initial target point for entry. This industry spends $500M-$700M annually on bearing related gearbox failures and replacements alone – making unexpected bearing failures the most expensive component of wind turbine maintenance today. Improved condition monitoring and failure prediction capabilities enabled by our technology can reduce this cost by over 65%. 

This platform technology addresses a $30B pain point in the US industrial economy across multiple markets, and is worth $100s of Billions globally. Energy efficiency is a by-product of improved lubrication and maintenance – enabled by improved condition monitoring. We make going green and economical decision!


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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More
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.

Learn More