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National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition 2013



University of California-Berkeley

Pyro-E's energy conversion device provides a unique solution to boost the efficiency of small, distributed energy systems. Recently, advances in photovoltaics have led a paradigm shift towards direct energy conversion. This shift also points to the need for effective heat to electricity conversion where no solution currently exists for one of the largest and most accessible energy source in the country. That is, the US in 2010 released 56 percent of the total energy produced into the atmosphere in the form of waste heat and pollution. Yet, no viable solution exists given the engineering challenges in manufacturability and cost. By overcoming the above, the proposed technology will address the critical need for increasing the energy-use efficiency of 1) fuel cell and diesel generators; 2) gasoline automobile and hybrids; and 3) industrial furnaces and gas pipelines. The broad, long-term objective is to achieve cost-parity with turbines for power generation, 4-times longer life, and the equivalent savings on maintenance. This provides benefit to society in the form of cheaper energy, less reliance on fossil fuel, and improved environmental quality.


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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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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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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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 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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