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Innovation Transfer Grants

Funding Year Name Description Team Members
2020 Fall VERNE Verne has designed a high-density, low-weight, and low-cost hydrogen storage system specifically for trucks and ships.

Bav Roy (MBA, GSB), Ted McKlveen (MBA, GSB), David Jaramillo (PhD candidate, UC Berkeley) and Prof. Arun Majumdar (PI, ME)

2020 Fall Empowered Homes Using technology and data, Enpowered Homes will help South Africans gain access to alternative energy sources and provide a great customer service experience through our one-stop-shop solution.

Zweli Mfundisi (MBA, GSB), Thebe Tsatsimpe (Harvard) and Prof. Stefan Reichelstein (PI, GSB)

2020 Fall Kit Switch KitSwitch is a kit of building components and wall panels that assemble into fully-functional housing units within any pre-existing structure.

Anusha Krishnamurthy (MS, CEE), Candice Delamarre (MS, CEE), Alexandra Diabre (MS, CEE), Samantha Liu (MS, CEE), Armelle Coutant (MS, CEE) and Prof. Michael Lepech (PI, CEE)

2020 Spr Renewell Energy Renewell's technology will deploy gravity-based energy storage at a very low cost.

Kemp Gregory (MS, CEE), Stefan Streckfus (MS, CEE), Yuval Tamir (MSx, GSB), Berk Manav (MS, CEE), Walker Colt (Rice, MBA), and PI: Prof. Sally Benson (ERE)

2020 Spr FarmRaise FarmRaise unlocks funding for sustainable agriculture, helping farmers access grants and loans to support on-farm conservation, CO2 mitigation practices, and operational improvements that make farms and ranches more sustainable and profitable.

Jayce Hafner (MBA, MS E-IPER), Sami Tellatin (MBA, MS E-IPER),  and PI: Prof. Rebecca Lester (GSB)

2020 Spr Greency Greency is a gamified social impact app with an automatic carbon footprint tracker and educational components for a sustainable lifestyle.

Ilmir Nasretdinov (MSx, GSB), Hanna Shuvalova (MSx, GSB), and PI: Prof. Saumitra Jha (GSB)

2020 Spr Carbon Down Carbon Down is a mobile climate action platform empowering users to have a scalable impact on climate change.

Leif Gonzales-Kramer (M.S. Earth Systems), Ian Arko (B.S. Electrical Engineering), PI: Prof. Marshall Burke (Earth System Science)

2020 Spr Anthro Energy Anthro Energy is developing a polymer electrolyte for Lithium ion batteries to improve their performance and safety.

David Mackanic (PhD, Chem E), Michael Kao (BS, MSE), and PI: Prof. Zhenan Bao (Chem E)

2020 Spr Distribute Capital Distribute Capital is a new kind of direct-to-investor, direct-to-project sustainable infrastructure investment fund.

Adrien Duroc-Danner (JD, Law & MS, E-IPER), Rob Auger (GSB), Juliana Lu-Yang (ChemE BS), and PI: Prof. Stefan Reichelstein (GSB)

2020 Spr Archive Archive is developing a circular economy marketplace that will bring clothing buyers, sellers, and fashion brands together on one platform.

Emily Gittins (MBA, GSB; MS Environment and Resources), Harry Emeric (MS, Statistics), Arafat Mohammed (BS, Computer Science and Global studies), Zoe Mhungu (BS, Biomedical Engineering and Management) and Prof. Stefan Reichelstein (GSB)

2020 Spr Federato Federato aims to help insurance underwriters distribute future risks and identify investments critical in achieving a sustainable future.

Will Ross (MBA, GSB), William Steenbergen (MS, ICME), and PI: Prof. Seungjin Whang (GSB)

2019 Fall AgAi AgAi enables anyone in the field to collect information by using computer vision and a smartphone based camera.

Edward Silva (MBA/MS, GSB E-IPER) and PI: Prof. Stefan Reichelstein (GSB)

2019 Fall Resonant Link Resonant Link builds the world's best wireless chargers, eliminating the most expensive component in conventional wireless chargers and improving efficiency.

Grayson Zulauf (PhD, EE) and PI: Prof. Juan M. Rivas-Davila (EE)

2019 Fall Yocto An all-optical, label-free platform to detect contaminants in food, water, and soil.

Amr Saleh (Postdoc, MSE) and PI: Prof. Jen Dionne (MSE)

2019 Fall ElectroFlame ElectroFlame uses a plasma flame that operates only on electricity and atmospheric air to replace natural gas burners.

Ben Wang (PhD, ME) and PI: Prof. Mark Cappelli (ME)

2019 Fall ReMatter ReMatter is creating a digital network to connect waste producers, recyclers, and end-users, which will give facilities the ability to efficiently exchange materials and reduce the waste of valuable material feedstocks.

Wyatt Pontius (MS, MS&E), Thomas Colburn (BS, ChemE), Drake Hougo (BA, Social Sciences), Sean O’Bannon (MS, CS), PI: Prof. Matteo Cargnello, (ChemE)

2019 Spr PeroPure PeroPure has developed a portable, electrochemical hydrogen peroxide generating water purification device with the goal of deploying it in the developing world as a reliable and scalable solution for low-cost, clean energy water purification.

Zhihua Chen (PhD Chemistry), Shucheng Chen (PhD Chem E), Fan Yang (PhD AA, University of Illinois), and PI: Prof. Tom Jaramillo (ChemE)

2019 Spr ReSource ReSource’s goal is to produce economically competitive commodity plastics using CO2 as the carbon source. The team has invented a chemical technology to produce FDCA from waste biomass and CO2 that enables drastic cost and GHG reduction.

Aanindeeta Banerjee (PhD, Post doc, Chem), Amy Frankhouser (PhD, Chem), and PI: Prof. Matthew Kanan (Chem)

2019 Spr Suryodaya Suryodaya developed and are deploying a new high-performance and affordable solar drying system for chili farmers in India. Their goal is to pilot a drying-as-a-service busines

Michael Machala (PhD MSE, Post Doc ERE), Andrey Poletayev (PhD MSE), Frederick Tan (BS ME), Rushil Prakash (MBA GSB, MS E-IPER), and PI: Prof. Sally Benson (ERE)

2019 Spr LaderaTech LaderaTech's goal is to adapt, optimize and deploy biomimetic and environmentally-benign fire retardant mobilization agent(s), enabling preventative treatments on landscapes at high risk fire areas.

Anthony C. Yu (PhD MSE). Jesse Acosta, and PI: Prof. Eric Appel (MSE)

2019 Spr Nitricity Nitricity is developing a device that produces carbon-free, low-cost ammonia using a novel metal-cycling process.

Joshua McEnaney (Post Doc, Chem E), Nico Pinkowski (PhD, ME), Brian Rohr (PhD Chem E), and  PI: Prof. Thomas Jaramillo (ChemE)

2019 Spr WindBorne Systems WindBorne is developing balloons which fly 60 times longer than usual and fill gaps underserved by existing atmospheric data tech.

Paige Brown (BS MSE), Kai Marshland (MS MS&E) John Dean (MS EE),  Andrey Sushko, and PI: Prof. John Pauly (EE)

2019 Spr 12 Tides 12 Tides aim to develop high-value consumer product applications for seaweed that will help drive the industry forward.

Team: Pat Schnettler (MBA), and PI: Prof. Harikesh Nair (GSB)

2019 Spr Pulsar Pulsar is developing a fully-automated monitoring system for industrial production management.

Matias Castillo (MBA, MS EE), Juan Cristobal Ruiz-Tagle, and PI: Prof. Hau Lee (GSB)

2019 Spr HighTide HighTide quantifies the financial and socioeconomic impacts of climate-driven natural disasters to generate actionable information on asset climate risk.

Arnav Mariwala, (BS Phys, MS GeoPhys) Ian Bick (MS CEE), and Adrian Santiago Tate (PhD GeoPhys), Professor Jenny Suckale (GeoPhys)

2019 Spr ReGen Partners ReGen proposes to collect seed from the remaining wild groves of the Moringa peregrina tree, start a domestication program in Baja, Mexico, and be the first to produce it at commercial scale in 1400 years.

Neal Spackman(MSx) and PI: Prof. Hau Lee (GSB)

2019 Spr Anza Anza will drive utility-scale clean energy development and electric vehicle adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Nathan Ratledge (PhD, E-IPER), Fred Krynen (MS, MechE), Mauricio Gomez (MS, MechE), Prof. David Beach (MechE/PRL), and PI: Prof. Stefan Reichelstein (GSB)

2018 Fall Ohi Ohi is developing a distributed warehousing system, enabling storage of e-commerce goods significantly closer to consumers, improving both delivery and return times and markedly reducing the number of delivery miles driven.

Ben Jones (MBA) and and PI: Prof. Seungjin Whang, (GSB)

2018 Fall SunAsAService SunAsAService's technology will enable drones to fly continuously, improving existing technology and enabling more ambitious applications such as an infrastructure-free wireless broadband internet.

Yonatan Weintraub (PhD BioPhys), Kent Lee (PhD BioPhys), and PI: Prof. Adam de la Zerda, (Structural Biology)


2018 Fall Frost.d The Frost.d unit provides ice sellers with a reliable, energy efficient way to store ice.

Maya Ambady (BA Hum Bio), Kaitlyn Olah, (BS Product Design, MS ME), Quint Underwood (MS EE), Ganesh Ramakrishnan (MBA GSB), and PI: Prof. Jim Patell, (GSB)

2018 Spr XFlow XFlow Energy is developing robust, inexpensive, and efficient vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT) technologies focused on reducing the cost of wind energy generation.

Ian Brownstein (PhD, ME), Ben Strom (PhD, University of Washington), and PI: Prof. John Dabiri, (CEE & ME)

2018 Spr Aeromutable Aeromutable has designed an add-on active flow control device capable of reducing the power required to overcome aerodynamic drag in trucks by over 16%.

David Manosalvas-Kjono (PhD Aero & Astro) PIs: Prof. Juan J. Alonso (Aero & Astro) and Prof. Antony Jameson (Emeritus Aero & Astro)

2018 Spr Banyan Banyan focuses on capacity optimization (minimizing empty miles for carriers) as a means of reducing environmental and infrastructure toll, lowering total transportation costs, and improving pay and quality of life for motor carriers.

Bishop Ravenel (MSx, GSB) and PI: Professor Saumitra Jha (GSB)

2018 Spr Mawa Modular Mawa Modular (from the Arabic word for shelter) provides a sustainable solution to address the shelter needs of displaced populations and refugees. The solar powered modules are designed to be safe, cost-effective, net-zero energy, and off-grid.

Bushra Bataineh (PhD, CEE), Ruth McGee, Leni Peterson (BS, ME), Prof. Raymond Levitt, CEE (PI), and Prof. Rishee Jain (PI)

2018 Spr Weave Grid 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.

Apoorv Bhargava (MS E-IPER; MBA, GSB), John Taggart (PhD, MS&E), Prof. James Sweeney (MS&E)

2017 Fall Buzz Solutions Buzz Solutions automates the process of power line inspection using data collection from autonomous drones as well as fault detection using a software platform with predictive analytics.

Kaitlyn Albertoli (BS Intl Relations & Psych),  Vikhyat Chaudry (MS CEE), Dennis Chang (BS Eng, MS MS&E), Prof. Arun Majumdar, ME (PI)

2017 Fall Fervo Energy Fervo Energy is a geothermal energy company founded to leverage recent innovations from the oil and gas industry to dramatically lower the cost and expand the resource base of geothermal energy.

Tim Latimer (MBA, MS-EIPER), Ankush Singh (PhD Geophysics), Ahinoam Pollack (PhD Energy Resources Engineering), Prof. Tapan Mukerji, ERE (PI)

2017 Fall FullMoon FullMoon has built a chemical sensor that is selective to chemicals of interest (especially methane), capable of detecting different gases, while simultaneously being inexpensive and not requiring a lot of energy to power.

Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Gross (postdoc, BioE), Dr. Ehsan Sadeghipour (postdoc, BioE), Prof. Tom Kenny, ME (PI) and Prof. Tom Jaramillo, ChemE (co-PI)

2017 Fall IRCool Textiles IRCool is developing commercially-ready infrared (IR) radiative cooling fabrics based on photonic structure textiles.

Peter Catrysse (Sr. Research Engineer, EE), Prof. Yi Cui MSE, Prof. Shanhui Fan EE (PI)

2017 Fall Kukua Labs Kukua is an at-home chicken egg incubator that is energy-efficient enough to run on solar power and is designed to interface directly with Off-Grid Electric’s existing home-solar systems in Tanzania.

Amy King (BS Earth Systems, MS CEE ), Nick Azpiroz (BS Science, Technology, and Society, MS  ME), Eric Reynolds Brubaker (MS/PhD ME), Prof. Jim Patell, GSB (PI)

2017 Fall Safi Analytics Safigen plans to disrupt the status quo of energy for businesses in emerging markets through a low-cost, simple energy management platform that helps businesses unlock energy savings and connect with the best solution providers.

Lauren Dunford (BA, MBA), Weston McBride, Prof. Rebecca Lester GSB (PI)

2017 Fall ScrapWorks ScrapWorks is a service that can dramatically reduce the food waste from industrial kitchens caused by faulty or non-existent demand forecasting.

Sonia Baltodano (PhD, ME), Prof. David Beach, ME (PI)

2017 Fall Antora Energy Antora Energy is an inexpensive, long-duration energy storage solution that combines high-temperature thermal energy storage with novel, high-efficiency thermophotovoltaic energy conversion to support the widespread deployment of renewable energy.

Justin Briggs (PhD, AP), Andrew Ponec (BS, EE), Prof. Jen Dionne MSE (co-PI), Prof. Bill Dally EE(co-PI)

2017 Spr ClimateAI ClimateAI has developed a cloud based enterprise software platform for existing (or planned) energy generation assets (including hydropower plants) which will enable stakeholders to undertake precise evaluations of climate change related impacts.

Himanshu Gupta (MBA, MS E-IPER), Max Cody Evans (MBA, MS E-IPER), Prof. Hau Lee (GSB) 

2017 Spr OXO OXO is a fast and reliable matching service that pairs car owners with trustworthy professional drivers, who want to resolve issues of parking and car latency by creating an accountable network of car owners and drivers.

James Pelly (MBA), Prof. Seungjin Whang (GSB)

2017 Spr HomeIntel HomeIntel is a new type of service business that is built on a new pay-for-performance contract being piloted by California utilities.

Ben Sowers (MBA), Prof. Stefan Reichelstein (GSB)

2017 Spr HowPower HowPower is a virtual ‘concierge’ that ushers people around their home to make their own upgrades without requiring a human expert.

Carrie Armel (Research Associate, PEEC), Prof. James Sweeney (MS&E)

2017 Spr SalCell SalCell proposes a scale-up and commercialization of the mixing entropy battery (MEB) to be used as an electrical generator run by saltwater.

Jianqiao Xu (Eng, CEE), Kristian Dubrawski (PostDoc, CEE), Prof. Yi Cui (MSE), Prof. Craig Criddle (CEE)

2016 Fall Indrio Technologies Laser sensor for monitoring chemicals at high temperatures and pressures in order to enhance engine performance and reduce emissions

Ritobrata Sur (PostDoc, PhD, ME), Shengkai Wang (PhD, ME), Prof. Ronald K. Hanson (ME)

2016 Fall ClearFlame Engines Diesel-engine-replacement technology that allows for greater efficiency, higher performance, and cleaner emissions

Julie Blumreiter (PhD, ME), Bernard Johnson (PhD, ME), Prof. Chris Edwards (ME)

2016 Fall Airity Technologies Airity Technologies develop novel and proprietary circuit topologies that allow for extremely small and power dense high voltage sources.

Luke Raymond (PhD EE), Wei Liang (PhD EE), Johan Andreasson (Post Doc BioTechnology, PhD Physics) and Prof. Juan Rivas-Davila (EE)

2016 Fall Gemini Energy Solutions Energy management technology that devises energy-savings programs marketed to small and medium-sized businesses

Anthony Kinslow (PhD, CE), Johnny Mazraani, Prof. Martin Fischer (CEE)

2016 Fall Mendo A pocket-sized, battery-powered device used in the detection of microorganisms causing food spoilage

Nate Cira (PhD, Bioengineering), Morgan Paull (PhD, Bioengineering), Jason Khoo (BS, Human Biology), Dr. Adam White, Prof. Steve Quake (Bioengineering)

2016 Spr donut Optimization model that integrates clean energy technologies in the design of microgrids

Brock Taute (MS, CEE), Dan Sambor (MS, CEE), Miles Evans (MS, CEE), Prof. Gil Masters (CEE)

2016 Spr SHYFT Power Solutions Software platform that provides data-driven design of residential grid-assisted energy systems

Cole Stites-Clayton (MS, CEE), Ugwem Eneyo (PhD, CEE), Prof. Gil Masters (CEE)

2015 Fall Aerial Intelligence Remote sensing with state-of-the-art computing methods to rapidly deliver crop yield forecasts

Parthsarathi Trivedi (MBA), Adam Heffez (MBA), Omkar Joshi (MS, EE), Derrick Liu (BS, CS) and Prof. David Lobell (ESS)

2015 Fall Gallop Semiconductor Developing low-cost high-quality semiconductor devices

Garrett Hayes (PhD, MSE), Xiaoqing Xu (Stanford Nanofabrication Facility) and Prof. Bruce Clemens (MSE)

2015 Fall TruckLabs Device that covers the gap between the tractor and the trailer of trucks, making trucks more efficient and reducing fuel consumption by 3-5%

Daniel Burrows (MBA), Annissa Alusi (MBA/MS-EIPER), David Folette, Roger LeMesurier, and Prof. Stefan Reichelstein (GSB)

2015 Fall SkyCool Passively reject heat to outer space from residential and commercial buildings to reduce energy consumed for cooling

Aaswath Raman (Research Associate, EE), Eli Goldstein (Postdoc, EE) and Prof. Shanhui Fan (EE)

2015 Fall Tandem PV Mechanically-stacked perovskite/silicon tandem solar cells

Colin Bailie (PhD, MSE), William Nguyen (PhD, Chemistry) and Prof. Michael McGehee (MSE)

2015 Fall Healyx Solar/battery powered portable therapeutic device

Cameron Hutton (MS, ME), Madeline Sides (MS, ME), Matias Rivera (MBA), Cassie Ludwig (School of Medicine), Tiffany Kung (School of Medicine) and Prof. David Beach (ME)

2015 Spr Cuberg Cuberg - Ultra-lightweight next-generation lithium metal batteries

Mauro Pasta (Post Doc, MSE), Richard Wang (PhD, MSE) and Prof. Yi Cui (MSE)

2015 Spr eDROP (OhmConnect) Commercial demand response customer segmentation tools

Siddharth Patel (PhD, CEE), Matt Duesterberg (MS, ME), Curtis Tongue, and Prof. Ram Rajagopal (CEE)

2015 Spr Humblade Miniature ultrasound sensor system for structural monitoring applications

Alex Guo (Post Doc, PhD, EE), Kevin Zheng (PhD, EE), and Prof. Boris Murmann (EE)

2015 Spr ClearMetal Reducing the transportation sector's carbon footprint through predictive demand and optimization of shipping-container logistics

Adam Compain (MBA, GSB), Will Harvey (BS CS; MS MS&E), Diego Canales (BS CS; MS MS&E), and Prof. Seungjin Whang (GSB)

2015 Spr Spark Thermionics A novel thermionic energy converter (TEC) based on a microfabricated architecture

Dan Riley (PhD, Phys), Jared Schwede (PhD, Phys), Nandita Bhaskhar (PhD, EE), and Prof. Roger Howe (EE)

2015 Spr Spectrum Cloud based architectural analysis software platform for real-time sustainability feedback on building design

John Basbagill (Post Doc, PhD, CEE), and Prof. Michael Lepech (CEE)

2015 Spr VISDOM Stanford Energy Visualization and Insight System for Demand Operations and Management

June Flora (CEE), Chin-Woo Tan (CEE), Sam Borgeson (CEE), and Prof. Ram Rajagopal (CEE)

2014 Fall Opus 12 Turning CO2 into fuels and chemicals

Kendra Kuhl (PhD ChemE/SLAC), Etosha Cave (PhD, ME), Nicholas Flanders (MBA/MS E-IPER), and Prof. Tom Jaramillo (ChemE)

2014 Fall Keewi Energy management system targeted towards users seeking control over their electric bills

Jennifer Tsau (MS, CEE), Hedi Razavi (PhD, BioEng), Rommy Joyce (MS, EE), Joe Kendall (MS, Product Design),  Andrew Ging, James Ging, and Prof. Ram Rajagopal (CEE)

2014 Fall PastureMap Transforming agriculture and land management through the mobile cloud based PastureMap platform

Christine Su (MBA/MS E-IPER), Joel Kek (CS), Dapheny Wono, and Prof. Peter Vitousek (Biology)

2014 Fall Vorpal Small, low energy devices for sterilizing liquids using pulsed electric field (PEF) technology

Luke Raymond (PhD, EE), Wei Liang (PhD, EE), and Prof. Juan Rivas-Davila (EE)

2014 Spr Citrine Informatics Big Data / Analytics applied to Sustainable Materials Discovery and Development

Bryce Meredig (MBA, GSB), Greg Mulholland (MBA, GSB) Dr. Kyle Michel and Prof. Jens Norskov (ChemE)

2014 Spr Ceres Imaging Remote Spectral Imaging for Sustainable Ranching and Agriculture

Robbie Bunge (PhD, AA), Ashwin Madgavkar (MBA/MS, GSB/E-IPER), Robert Heilmayr (PhD, E-IPER) and Prof. Peter Vitousek (Biology)

2014 Spr Glow Novel heat pumps

Jake Saper (MBA/MS Environment & Resources), Thomas Hand (MBA), Andreas Zoellner (PhD, ME) and Prof. Gil Masters (CEE)

2014 Spr NexTint Films Low cost organic electrochromic windows

David Abram (PhD, ChemE) and Toby Sachs-Quintana (PhD, MatSci), with Prof. Michael McGehee (MatSci).

2013 Fall NGEN Technologies Energy generating waste water treatment system

Yaniv Scherson (Postdoc, CEE) and Prof. Craig Criddle (CEE)

2013 Fall Aurora Integrated cloud based PV design software

Samuel Adeyemo (MBA, MS E-IPER), Chris Hopper (MBA), Al Karim Lalani (BA, MS, MS&E), Meseker Yohannes (MS, CS), Tomas Tinoco du Rubira (PhD, EE), Haley Sims (BS, Engineering), and Prof. Gil Masters (CEE)

2013 Fall Dragonfly Systems Novel electronics for reducing PV installation cost

Eric Mansfield (MS, MatSci), Andrew Ponec (BS, MatSci), Daniel Maren (BS, CS), Darren Hau (BS, EE), and Prof. Bill Dally (CS).