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Innovation Transfer Grants

Funding Year Name Description Team Members
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, Stanford), Ben Strom (PhD, University of Washington), Prof. John Dabiri, CEE & ME (PI)

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), 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  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), and Prof. Raymond Levitt, CEE (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 Kukua Incubator 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 Safigen 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), Kennedy Nganga, 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 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.

Dennis Chang (BS Eng, MS MS&E), Kaitlyn Albertoli (BS Intl Relations & Psych),  Vikhyat Chaudry (MS CEE), Prof. Robert Sinclair, MSE (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. Beth Pruitt, BioE and ME (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 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 Jengu 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 Solstice 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)