An exciting Innovation Showcase featuring more than 30 diverse Bay Area startups will be held on November 1, 2018, the first day of the Global Energy Forum (GEF). Each company exemplifies the breakthrough technologies and products that are emerging from the local innovation ecosystem. Forum attendees and showcase exhibitors will have opportunities to network with each other on November 1 -- during lunch and the 6 pm reception when the showcase will be taking place, and through appointments that afternoon made via the GEF mobile app.
Here is a list of showcase exhibitors:
Axiom Exergy is an industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT) company focused on transforming the world’s cooling systems into intelligent, cloud-connected energy storage assets. Its Refrigeration Battery® technology enables historically-inflexible commercial and industrial refrigeration systems to operate flexibly and intelligently for the first time. With deep expertise in supermarket energy management, thermal energy systems engineering, cloud software development, and data analytics, Axiom Exergy provides its customers with turnkey power management solutions that reduce operational costs and business risk. Axiom Exergy also offers fully-financed “Storage-as-a-Service” so that supermarkets and commercial buildings with high refrigeration-based energy loads can save more than they pay from day one.
Gemini Energy Solutions provides cost-effective energy audits for small commercial spaces (<20,000sq.ft.). Typically an ASHRAE Level 2 Energy Audit requires significant labor hours, cost, and specialized training. We have developed a platform and business model that enables Gemini trained employees to perform this audit with minimal technical knowledge and ~70% reduction in labor hours resulting in a considerable cost reduction. Gemini has achieved this by embedding our platform with necessary engineering knowledge and auditing skills. This includes: guiding the employee through the entire audit process, selecting energy efficient equivalent equipment, identifying available utility incentives, calculating energy savings, performing financial analysis, etc. The result is a report that includes everything the client needs to make an informed energy investment decision. Our service also includes selecting vetted contractors and vendors to perform any energy equipment retrofits.
OXO – it’s like Tesla and Airbnb had a lovechild. Parking wastes resources -- time, real estate, cars themselves. Also, it sucks. OXO is fixing this. We’re an international team of Stanford-educated engineers, data scientists and an MBA. We help commuters save time and money by connecting them with car-less Uber and Lyft drivers. And we’re just getting started. OXO’s matching model emulates autonomous vehicle patterns. We will use these glimpses into the future to ensure that self-driving cars make people’s lives not just easier, but better. Talk to us about: - autonomous vehicles - future of mobility - sharing economy
Sunfolding is fueling the future of smart solar with simpler technology. We reinvisioned how solar trackers harness energy, making solar power plants easier to install and smarter to operate. Our approach replaces dozens of high wear components typically used in a machine, including motors, gearboxes, torque-tubes, bearings, and more, with a single non-wear maintenance-free part: the AirDrive. Our approach reduces components, streamlines installation, and maximizes land usage – power plants built with sunfolding install 3x faster and are built to last for decades nearly maintenance-free.
Tandem PV is a local start-up commercializing high-efficiency, low-cost tandem photovoltaic (PV) solar. The $100 billion global PV industry provides clean reliable locally-produced electricity and is growing rapidly as energy economics shift demand away from traditional fuels and toward lower-cost PV-generated power. However, PV is increasingly commoditized, PV supplier margins are low, and PV technologies are nearing their efficiency and cost limits.The key to increasing profits and accelerating industry growth rates is to increase sunlight-to-electricity efficiency. Tandem PV has unique high efficiency technologies in which two solar cells operate in tandem, boosting the output power by 50% or more and decreasing the cost of electricity by 20-40%. Tandem PV can make high-power tandem panels at about the same $/W cost as typical PV panels, and PV systems installers – e.g. Vivint, Sunrun, etc. – say that they will pay twice the typical $/W price for these panels. Tandem PV is led by Colin Bailie – a world-leading expert in tandem solar cell technology – and Chris Eberspacher – a pioneer in scaling and commercialization of thin-film PV.
Verdigris is an artificial intelligence that optimizes building operation and energy consumption. Our core technology combines magnetic sensors with machine-learning techniques. Our unique ability enables us to "learn" and distinguish various equipment and appliances. As a result, our platform is massively scalable, beneficial and easy-to-adopt.
As electric vehicle adoption accelerates, associated charging loads are expected to generate significant problems for local electric system operation and planning. Weave Grid integrates data from multiple sources to provide distribution system awareness and coordination. Weave Grid brings together utility, automotive and driver data to remotely optimize and control electric vehicle charging, thus addressing grid integration challenges from EV adoption and enabling a faster transition to electric transportation. By utilizing machine learning to predict consumer driving patterns and create “virtual fleets”, we aggregate the EVs into a powerful and flexible grid asset that can jointly optimize across system and user needs. This enables Weave Grid to reduce the need for costly grid upgrades, integrate renewable energy better through flexible demand management, and save EV owners money on their energy bills. Our EV and charger agnostic software delivers a simple, robust, and elegant solution to multiple EV-related challenges faced by electric utilities while delivering the maximum value from vehicle aggregation.