Stanford Energy Innovation Day, November 1, 2022, features an exciting selection of start-up companies and technologies that are emerging onto the energy innovation landscape. Visit these companies at the their booth, hear their lightening talks in the plenary sessions, and network with them during the evening reception. Confirmed companies include: AeroMutable, Anthro Energy, Bundle, Buzz Solutions, Empowered Homes, Enervenue, EvoloH, FLIP, GeCKo Materials, Gemini Energy Solutions, Kitswitch, Magno Motors, Oleo, Pulsar, Renewell Energy, Resource Chemical, Scope Zero, Shyft Power Solutions, SkyCool Systems, SQ40, The Nitrogen Company, Verne, and Working Trees.
Bundle is the first procurement platform that enables builders and suppliers to buy, sell, and manage construction materials from quote to delivery, powered by a two-sided marketplace and project management tools. With Bundle, builders procure materials in 10% the time with 10-20% savings. On Bundle, builders get access to real-time pricing and lead-times all in one place, and they get that information through a few clicks, rather than hundreds of calls and emails. Suppliers benefit from a digitized sales process, custom e-commerce storefronts and access to data to better predict demand. Bundle also handles payments - builders pay once through Bundle, instead of through 100+ vendors, and suppliers get paid on time with their preferred terms.
Buzz Solutions safeguards the world's energy infrastructure by providing AI-powered predictive analytics and actionable insights for power infrastructure inspections. We enable our customer field teams to perform the prioritized maintenance in a timely manner reducing the likelihood of wildfires, forced shutdowns, and power outages resulting from failed grid infrastructure. Using our proprietary tools and algorithms, Buzz customers have seen up to 60% time savings per pole for inspections and continue to see increasing cost savings, up to 50% compared to manual analysis and competitive solutions. Our software platform is powered by AI and Machine Vision technology for visualization analytics capabilities and fault/anomaly detections; delivering insights into where and when faults exist/will exist for built transmission, distribution, and substation infrastructure.
EnerVenue builds simple, safe, and flexible energy storage solutions for the clean energy revolution. Based on technology proven over decades under the most extreme conditions, EnerVenue batteries are refined and scaled for large renewable energy integration applications. It improves up many of the drawbacks of today's lithium-ion batteries by exhibiting no combustion, thermal runaway, or fire propagation risk. OPEX is massively reduced. EnerVenue energy vessels last 30,000 cycles and can be cycled to 100% -- multiple cycles per day. Applicable in almost any environment, EnerVenue can operate in a variety of temperatures while not needing extraneous HVAC or regular augmentation. Ultimately, customers choose EnerVenue because the technology is radically different -- robust, simple, and safe.
EvolOH’s revolutionary electrolyzer solution makes it possible to deliver hydrogen at a scale the world can only dream of today. We started with a clean-sheet to create a platform that meets the real-world needs of systems integrators and plant operators. The electrolyzer solution is made from materials available anywhere and everywhere – nothing precious, nothing rare, domestic sources and local supplies. It allows for robust operation using just pure water – no caustic fluids or delicate pressure balances to manage. It is ultra-compact and lightweight – simplifying logistics, installation and maintenance with the smallest installed footprint available.
geCKo Materials is a bio-inspired dry adhesive that is ultra-strong, reusable, leaves no residue, and requires no force to detach. This enables current solutions to revolutionize while being cost saving and energy efficient. This also opens up new applications in industrial automation, robotic gripping, space & defense and more. Unlimited possibilities!
At Oleo, we recognize palm oil as an environmental and human rights crisis that must be addressed to prevent catastrophic deforestation and global warming. That’s why we are working hard to develop a synthetic alternative to palm oil that can eliminate the need for tropical deforestation and curtail greenhouse gas emissions. We also recognize that many communities depend on palm oil for income, so we are developing a process that can be implemented in producing countries alongside existing operations. Our goal is to create local regenerative economies around a sustainable alternative to palm oil that improves equity for smallholders through income diversification. Additionally, we’ve developed a process that reuses waste from palm oil plantations, making our solution both sustainable and cost effective. We envision a world run on clean, ethical oil, and a palm oil supply chain that incentivizes conservation over deforestation, and values human experiences over profit.
Cleaning up the current 2.6 million inactive oil and gas wells in North America (millions more on the way!) will require $187B, take +100 years, and leak more than 664 million tons CO2e of methane. At the same time, wind and solar will never achieve majority market share without energy storage capable of both short and long duration. Renewell incentivizes oil and gas companies to seal and convert over 1.8M wells to drastically increase the pace of their clean up at a lower cost, while also reducing methane emissions. Renewell will create 132GWh of storage (~5% of market share in 2050) uniquely capable of providing both short duration and long duration energy storage.
ReSource is developing a technology to produce novel materials from sustainable feedstocks for use in applications such as packaging, bottles, and fibers. These materials do not accumulate in nature and outperform incumbent plastics. Current commodity plastic production accounts for 8% of global oil and gas use and nearly 4% of GHG emissions, with these numbers projected to double in the next 30 years. We are commercializing a proprietary process to produce FDCA, a replacement for the petrochemical monomer PTA that is used to make polyesters such as PET, the world’s 2nd largest commodity polymer by volume. Polyesters made using FDCA are 100% recyclable, industrially compostable, and degrade much faster than conventional polyester if released into the environment. They outperform PET, with superior thermal and mechanical properties and an increased shelf life for perishable goods. The commercialization of these materials has been impeded by the high complexity and cost of conventional processes which source FDCA from sugar. ReSource technology produces FDCA from CO2 and waste biomass and reduces the process steps by two thirds, resulting in a dramatically lower production cost that will enable market penetration for high volume applications. Commodity materials synthesized from ReSource FDCA could eliminate >200 Mton yr–1 of GHG emissions.
Scope Zero created a new employee benefit called a Carbon Savings Account (CSA). Employees use CSA funds for eligible home technology and personal transportation upgrades that reduce their utility bills and fuel consumption. The CSA lowers the upfront costs of upgrades in two ways: employer matches (think health savings account), and referral discounts from partner vendors within the CSA marketplace ecosystem. The CSA-enabled carbon reductions contribute to corporate sustainability goals by lowering work-from-home and commute emissions.
Verne develops onboard high-density hydrogen storage and associated refueling infrastructure for heavy duty transportation. Verne technology platform is based on cryo-compression, which enables the thermodynamic optimum for high-density, low-cost hydrogen. Verne's solution doubles the density of hydrogen. This unlocks longer driving ranges (>300 miles), increases truck payload capacity and reduces upfront capital costs, overcoming major paint points for zero-emission trucks today. After successfully deploying high-density hydrogen within a beachhead market of Class 8 long haul trucking, Verne will expand to other heavy duty markets including aviation.
Working Trees’ mission is to grow trees where the interests of farmers and the climate overlap. Incorporating trees into agricultural systems can yield production benefits while storing significant carbon, but adoption has been limited due to cashflow: tree planting has upfront costs, while benefits are years in the future. Carbon markets have the potential to bridge this gap, but measurement and verification is currently expensive, limiting participation to landowners with 1,000+ acres. Working Trees' technology leverages smartphone cameras and LiDAR, satellite remote sensing data, and machine learning models to democratize access to carbon markets for landowners of all sizes by focusing on high-quality ground-truth data collection. Our technology is operational, and we have conducted a double-blind validation of the technology. We have trees in the ground in Tennessee and Arkansas, and have a guaranteed buyer -- the first agroforestry carbon project in the US.