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National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition 2014


KAir Battery

Ohio State University

KAir Battery has identified a major need across the entire energy industry. The industry needs large-scale batteries that are both energy efficient and cost effective in order to further implement smart grid technology and renewable energy resources.

KAir Battery is developing potassium air batteries, a patented revolutionary battery that will change how the world stores and uses energy. These batteries are cost effective (half of the Energy Department’s long term price point), 98 percent energy efficient and simple to manufacture. In addition, unlike competing products, KAir’s batteries produce non-toxic byproducts at the end of their lifetime. KAir is a battery company KAiring about the future of energy and the environment.

KAir is the Grand Prize Winner of the Ohio State University Business Plan Competition and the recipient of the Energy Department's Clean Energy Prize from the Rice Business Plan Competition.

The future of energy is here. Do you KAir?


University of Houston

REEcycle is the first company to profitably reclaim neodymium and dysprosium, two critical rare earth elements necessary for a low carbon economy. Neodymium and dysprosium are essential for manufacturing more productive electric motors and more efficient wind turbines, reducing our dependence on coal, oil and natural gas to produce electricity.

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Unified Solar
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Unified Solar is an MIT startup that is commercializing an integrated circuit solution that eliminates most of the adverse effects caused by partial shading in photovoltaic power systems. With its patent-pending design, Unified Solar's solution is smaller, cheaper and more powerful than any competing power optimizer in the market.

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Superior Ecotech
University of Colorado Boulder

Superior Ecotech converts CO2 waste gas from fermentation processes into high value, algae derived oils. By employing a combination of proprietary technologies to grow and harvest photosynthetic algae in high-efficiency greenhouses, Superior Ecotech monetizes waste streams while lowering its co-location partners’ CO2 emissions.

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Energy Internet
Georgia Institute of Technology

Energy Internet is commercializing a software platform for decentralized scheduling of energy-producing or consuming assets on the electricity grid. This scalable system will revolutionize the control of distributed solar generation, electric vehicle charging, intelligent appliances and other smart grid technologies.

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Black Pine Engineering
Michigan State University

Black Pine Engineering is commercializing a disruptive technology in the turbomachinery industry. Using a patented woven composite construction, Black Pine Engineering can make turbomachines (turbines, compressors) that are cheaper and lighter than competing technologies. Using this technology, Black Pine Engineering will sell turbo-compressors which solve the problem of wasted steam in geothermal power plants.

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