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National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition 2013



University of Arkansas

Picasolar, Inc. has developed a patent-pending technology known as the Hydrogen Selective Emitter (HSE) that increases the efficiency of silicon solar cells by up to 15 percent while reducing manufacturing costs.

Our technology is a process that preferentially alters the top layer conductivity of a silicon solar cell so as to reduce the total required amount of silver by up to 22 percent while simultaneously boosting efficiencies as high as 15 percent. The HSE is an easy to implement technology; a one-step process that can utilize tap water offering an incredible cost-savings for solar manufacturers. Picasolar is unlocking the energy potential of today’s silicon solar cells to further reduce the cost of solar energy.

Picasolar is the North East Region winner of the DOE EERE Clean Energy Prize and the Grand Prize Winner of the MIT Clean Energy Prize (sponsored by NSTAR Electric Utilities).


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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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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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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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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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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