“We’re Seeking Startups Tackling Our Biggest Environmental and Infrastructure Challenges,” says Elemental Excelerator
Elemental is seeking startups whose technologies improve the critical systems that impact people's lives, including energy, mobility, agriculture, water and the circular economy.
PR Newswire | February 6, 2019
Vector and Chargetrip partner to ease ‘range and charge anxiety’ among EV users
Vector and Chargetrip are adapting a popular EV journey planning app for the New Zealand market, that equips EV drivers with journey planning information that is tailored to them, their trip, and their EV. To help fund the app’s adaptation to the New Zealand market, Vector and Chargetrip have been awarded a grant from Elemental Excelerator.
Vector News Release | February 7, 2019
Elemental Excelerator and Conservation International Partner to Catalyze Technology Startups in the Agriculture and Water Sectors
Conservation International joins Elemental Excelerator's Innovation Partner Program, a collaboration designed to scale impact investments in sustainable infrastructure and facilitate project deployments.
Elemental Excelerator News Release | January 30, 2019
Where Can Cleantech Startups Find Funding in 2019?
A roundup of VCs, accelerators, incubators and billionaires investing in cleantech.
Greentech Media | January 24, 2019
Talking Global Startups & Diversity in Tech with Dawn Lippert of Elemental Excelerator
A conversation about Elemental’s mission and goals, and how we can really bring true diversity to teams, and to tech in general.
Cleantechnica | January 15, 2019
How Cody Friesen extracts water from air and kindles hope at Zero Mass Water
Cody Friesen had a big dream, and with Zero Mass Water he is making it come true. His team has figured out how to extract water from air, using nothing more than a solar electricity-powered panel.
VentureBeat | January 12, 2019
7 ways startups can collaborate more successfully with utilities and corporates
Entrepreneurs prize nimbleness. Established companies emphasize stability. Elemental Excelerator's Ramsay Siegal explains how to harmonize those two agendas.
GreenBiz | December 20, 2018
Opus One Solutions Closes Series B Funding Led by Renewal Funds
Opus One Solutions, the leader in transactive energy and distributed energy software solutions, today announced it has closed a Series B funding, which was led by Renewal Funds, to further the company’s mission to embed their energy solutions across North America and the globe.
Associated Press | December 14, 2018
LO3 Energy, eMotorWerks partner to connect EVs to microgrids, optimize renewables
Enel subsidiary eMotorWerks and LO3 Energy have teamed up to explore connecting electric vehicle (EV) chargers with microgrids, in a partnership that will utilize both companies' technologies to optimize the use of renewable energy.
Utility Dive | December 6, 2018
FreeWire Raises $15 Million to Expand Portable Charging Technology for Electric Vehicles
FreeWire Technologies, a startup that creates portable charging technologies for electric vehicles (EVs) and other devices, has closed a $15 million series A round of funding led by BP Ventures, with participation from Volvo Cars Tech Fund, Stanley Ventures, and other investment funds.
VentureBeat | December 4, 2018
Microvi MNE Solution to Restore Billions of Gallons of Drinking Water in California at Cucamonga Valley Water District
The multi-million-dollar turnkey project will reduce nitrate contamination without producing a significant waste stream.
Microvi | November 28, 2018
Carbon Lighthouse’s Commercial Clean Energy and Efficiency Projects Benefit from HSB Group’s Portfolio Level Insurance
Technical Solutions and Insurance Coverage combine to decrease risk even further for building owners turning energy waste into guaranteed financial value
PR Newswire | November 27, 2018
Pan-United to produce greener, stronger concrete with CarbonCure technology
Pan-United announced that it has signed an agreement to use technology from Canada-based cleantech company CarbonCure Technologies. Using this technology, carbon dioxide released by industrial emitters would be turned into a nano-mineral that becomes permanently embedded within concrete.
Straits Times | November 19, 2018
American Efficient Acquires Energy Analytics Firm PlotWatt
American Efficient and PlotWatt are joining forces to accelerate the arrival of metered energy efficiency
Business Wire | November 15, 2018
How BlocPower’s Donnel Baird Is Building an Ethical Billion Dollar Company
On “Start to Sale,” the BlocPower founder discusses how to battle climate change and help low-income communities while turning a profit.
Eater | November 9, 2018
Elemental Excelerator and PG&E Working to Bring Clean Energy Innovation to Disadvantaged Communities in California
The collaboration is intended to help increase access to clean energy and transportation technologies among California’s underserved populations, while also improving economic opportunities and local air quality.
Elemental Excelerator News Release | November 7, 2018
Go Electric to Build Microgrid at Hawaii’s Largest Cattle Ranch
Go Electric Inc., an Indiana-based microgrid solutions provider, has received a contract to design and build a 400-kilowatt microgrid system at Parker Ranch on Hawaii's Big Island. The microgrid system will be located on the Waimea ranch property and serve the dual purpose of providing energy resiliency for Hawaii's largest cattle ranch while also supporting overall grid resiliency on the Big Island.
Pacific Business News | October 31, 2018
Four Elemental Excelerator Portfolio Companies Get Follow-on Funding
Several of Honolulu-based Elemental Excelerator's portfolio companies received investments this week, including Carbon Lighthouse, Zero Mass Water, CarbonCure and FreeWire Technologies.
Pacific Business News | October 26, 2018
Volvo Buys a Stake in Electric Charging Firm FreeWire
Swedish luxury vehicles company Volvo Cars has bought a stake in FreeWire Technologies, a California-based electric car charging business.
CNBC | October 25, 2018
Carbon Lighthouse Raises $65 Million to Make Buildings Efficient
A clean-energy company that uses sensors and software to help businesses cut their carbon emissions and energy costs has lined up $65 million in funding to serve hundreds of commercial buildings.
Bloomberg | October 23, 2018
Nonprofit Aids Startups Finding Green Solutions in Energy, Transportation
Start-up companies offering battery-operated airplanes, a video-based monitoring system to verify how fish are caught and new ways to install, track and store solar technology are among Elemental Excelerator’s newest cohort for 2019.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser | October 14, 2018
Solar Finds Its Place in the Sun Among America’s Poor
In a white hard hat, cargo work pants and sunglasses, Krystal Ruiz climbs the scaffolding of a multifamily public housing unit on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Ruiz is installing solar panels on the building as an installation supervisor with GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit providing solar energy to low-income communities in cities across the U.S. She’s excited. A public housing tenant herself, Ruiz is helping to realize the potential of solar power for communities that simply couldn’t access it a decade ago.
Ozy | October 10, 2018
5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About Hawaii’s Clean Energy Future
Clean energy advocates say we’re on the right track to continue reducing emissions that lead to climate change. Here’s why, plus some of the challenges that we’ll have to overcome.
Hawaii Business | October 4, 2018
Bridging the Gap Between Government and Startups
Aki Marceau landed her “dream job” in 2016, when she joined Elemental Excelerator as the program’s director of policy and community for the Hawaii region. Marceau joined the Honolulu-based accelerator after spending six years at Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation where she ran the rail agency’s sustainability and land use program.
Pacific Business News | September 27, 2018
How this startup accelerator is scaling ‘Earthshot’ ideas with $8 million
Electric scooter startup Scoot is rolling out a pilot program in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood thanks to $750,000 from Honolulu and Palo Alto-based Elemental Excelerator. The company hopes to develop mobility services targeting lower income communities. “What I love about the accelerator is it’s looking for solutions that can scale,” said Scoot president Justin Dawe.
San Francisco Business Times | September 27, 2018
Billionaire-Backed Breakthrough Energy Ventures Makes 7 More Investments
The fund started by Bill Gates backs R&D into fusion power, capturing water from the air and carbon in concrete, and other long-range efforts.
Greentech Media | October 1, 2018
Elemental Excelerator taps 20 startups for 2019 cohort
Elemental Excelerator (EEx), a Hawaii-based innovation accelerator, will offer $8 million in total funding to 20 new startups in its 2019 cohort. The announcements bring the accelerator’s portfolio to 82 companies.
Smart Cities Dive | August 25, 2018
Elemental Excelerator Announces Its 7th Cohort
The innovation infrastructure accelerator awards $8 million of funding to 20 startups. Its newest cohort includes companies with new technologies in electric aviation and circular economy, as well as its first cohort of projects in California's low-to-moderate income communities.
Elemental Excelerator News Release | September 25, 2018
kWh Analytics receives 2018 Finance Innovation Award at the Global Climate Action Summit
kWh Analytics was awarded the 2018 Finance Innovation Award at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) for its invention of the Solar Revenue Put, a credit enhancement that de-risks the performance of solar power plants, enables investors to deploy more capital into solar assets and reduces the cost of solar.
Solar Power World | September 17, 2018
Leading the Charge for Startups
Elemental Excelerator has been on a high growth trajectory over the last several years, garnering new investments from a major philanthropic organization as well as renewing a multimillion-dollar commitment from the U.S. military.
Pacific Business News | September 13, 2018
20 Cleantech Startups That Support Your Dream of Owning a Tesla
Each of these cleantech companies is connected to building a clean energy future, either through innovation for electric vehicles (EVs), EV charging, transportation, solar power, energy storage, or energy management.
Candidates debate energy, climate issues in last major public forum before primary election
Several of Hawaii's gubernatorial candidates discussed the issues of climate and energy at the first "Business of Climate & Energy Candidate Forum," which took place on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa on Monday.
Hawaii News Now | August 6, 2018
Hawaii gubernatorial candidates take on energy, climate at public forum
With the primary election coming up this Saturday, candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and congress tried one last time to set themselves apart from their opponents in the last major public forum before the primary.
Pacific Business News | August 6, 2018
Social ROI is goal of new Palo Alto accelerator backed by Emerson Collective
The accelerator targets projects done by startups that promise to improve systems that impact people’s lives: energy, water, agriculture and transportation.
Silicon Valley Business Journals | July 25, 2018
Hawaii’s Elemental Excelerator raises $30 million, expands its sustainable accelerator to California
Hawaii-based Elemental Excelerator announced it has raised $30 million from the U.S. Navy and will expand its socially minded accelerator program to California.
Venture Beat | July 25, 2018
“Intern and Fellowship Opportunities…and Netflix”
Know someone who might be a fit as an EEx intern or fellow? Send them our latest newsletter, "Intern and Fellowship Opportunities...and Netflix".
Elemental Excelerator | July 2, 2018
VERGE Hawaii Sidebar Discussion on HCEI
Check out this VERGE Hawaii Sidebar Discussion with our CEO Dawn Lippert, Hawaii Governor Ige, and CRO Honolulu Joshua Stanroe. What's discussed? The transition to 100% clean energy, activating stakeholders, a user-centric future, and public + private partnership.
Greenbiz | July 1, 2018
Ceres Imaging gets $25M to intelligently scan crops from above
Agtech startup Ceres Imaging, which uses computer vision and spectral imaging tech to deliver insights about crops to farmers, has closed a new round of funding.
TechCrunch | June 28, 2018
Bytemarks Café Episode 513: EEx & Carbon Lighthouse
We learn about accelerating clean energy startups from our friends at Elemental Excelerator, we’re joined by Aki Marceau from EEx and Louis Concato from Carbon Lighthouse.
Bytemarks Café | June 27, 2018
Fuel cost risk sharing order for Hawaiian Electric seen as ‘landmark’ clean energy driver
The idea, regulators explained in a statement, is to "more fairly share the risk of fuel price increases and decreases between Hawaiian Electric and its customers." The risk sharing is capped at $2.5 million per year to protect the utility from "significant unanticipated increases in fuel prices," while prodding it to reduce prices and fuel use.
UtilityDive | June 26, 2018
How TransitScreen helps city dwellers preserve a valuable asset: time
CEO and Co-founder Matt Caywood said by curating transit information, people can make better and more efficient mobility decisions.
SmartCities Dive | June 21, 2018
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Smart Yields | May 31, 2018
Mitigating Weather Damage & Saving Crops: Smart Yields at 5,500 Feet in Colorado
Smart Yields wireless monitoring stations alert farmers to issues in real-time, allowing them to activate heating systems in the most critical areas.
Smart Yields | May 31, 2018
“Climate Solved” by Carbon Lighthouse
Climate change may seem like an insurmountable challenge. But while politics and passions paint a bleak picture of inaction, Carbon Lighthouse recognizes climate change as just another problem — and problems are meant to be solved. Many of the tools for profit-driven carbon elimination already exist — what matters is finding the combination of willpower, business sense, and financial structure that make it possible.
iTunes | May 17, 2018
PastureMap: Creating a More Sustainable Steak
Through her startup PastureMap, entrepreneur Christine Su hopes to improve beef production practices while helping ranchers increase their bottom line. PastureMap helps ranchers raise climate-friendly beef. The software platform helps them manage their grazing land and strategically graze their herds in a sustainable way.
Stanford Business School | May 8, 2018
Bidgely Expands Reach of Personal Energy Insights with Voice Assistant Function for Smart Speakers
Bidgely has broadened the omnichannel reach of its artificial intelligence platform by launching a new disaggregation-enhanced Voice Assistant function for utilities to reach their customers via Smart Home speakers.
Bidgely | May 8, 2018
Pathways to Sustainability 2018
The companies featured provide solutions that are innovative, efficient and save money. This guide will help you to plan better practices that will benefit your company and community.
Hawaii Business Magazine | May 1, 2018
PastureMap: A Digital Ranch Hand
Christine Su started building PastureMap in 2014 with local cattle ranchers on the California coast, to help family farms and ranches — the backbone of the food system — become more productive and profitable.
Canadian Cattlemen | April 27, 2018
AI Will Give Us Better French Fries
Oakland-based Ceres Imaging flies planes over crops to capture data. That data is crunched using artificial intelligence, and it can tell a potato farmer if fields are getting too much or too little water.
Bloomberg Technology | April 26, 2018
Inspiring the World to Shoot for the Moon
At the recent Earth Day Energy Summit in Honolulu, Miki Tomita, co-founder of the Education Incubator’s Moonshot Laboratory, sat down with Astro Teller, X’s Captain of Moonshots, to discuss how anybody — regardless of age or expertise — can try their hand at 10x thinking.
X | April 26, 2018
Hawaii Upends Utility Model, Adds Incentives for Solar
Governor David Ige signed legislation that directs the state's Public Utilities Commission to create a framework for rewarding utilities based on performance. Criteria for rewards or penalties include "rapid integration of renewable energy sources, including quality interconnection of customer-sited resources."
E&E News | April 26, 2018
Congresswoman Hanabusa Attends Earth Day Energy Summit
Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa encouraged the continued diversification of Hawai‘i’s energy sources and stressed the need to accelerate the pace of efforts to move the state closer to clean, sustainable sources of power.
Big Island Now | April 20, 2018
Hawaii Can Get to 80% Clean Twice as Fast — Study
Hawaii can accelerate its switch from fossil fuels to renewables, hitting more than 80 percent clean in 2030, according to Transcending Oil, an independent report commissioned by EEx.
Energywire | April 20, 2018
Report Says Hawaii Can Reach Renewable Energy Goal Faster, and Cheaper
Hawaii can achieve 84 percent of its clean energy goal by 2030, more than double the state’s target for that year, and that it would be cheaper than not doing anything according to Transcending Oil, a report commissioned by EEx.
Pacific Business News | April 20, 2018
SoCalGas and Opus 12 Successfully Demonstrate Technology That Simplifies Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into Storable Renewable Energy
Southern California Gas Co. and Opus 12 successfully demonstrated a new process to convert the carbon dioxide in raw biogas to methane in a single electrochemical step.
The Virginian Pilot | April 19, 2018
FreeWire and Off the Grid Partner to Deliver Clean Onsite Power to Weekly Street Food Events
FreeWire Technologies, maker of mobile electric vehicle chargers and mobile energy storage systems, and Off the Grid, a scalable experiences platform and organizer of the San Francisco Bay Area's most popular series of outdoor street food markets, announced a partnership to use FreeWire's Mobi Gen for clean onsite power at Off the Grid events.
FreeWire Technologies | April 18, 2018
Hawaiian Electric Teams up with Canadian Software Company to Boost DER Integration on Oahu
Hawaiian Electric Co. has teamed up with Toronto-based Opus One Solutions to tackle one of the biggest challenges on the Oahu grid, managing an ever increasing number of distributed energy resources.
Pacific Business News | April 18, 2018
No Sun? No Problem! Solar Power Now Comes With Insurance
kWh Analytics new Solar Revenue Put drives down the cost of solar by lowering risk to investors.
kWh Analytics | April 18, 2018
Going Vegan? Eating Sustainable Beef Can Be Good For The Environment
Christine Su, the millennial co-founder and CEO of PastureMap, a San Francisco-based social venture, is building a technology platform for the meat industry to help reward producers for regenerative practices. PastureMap’s ranch management software is making regenerative grazing easier for over 9,000 livestock producers in 40 countries with grazing planning, soil, and rainfall tools.
Forbes | April 14, 2018
Electric vehicles to dominate Hawaiian roads by 2045, HECO predicts
Hawaiian Electric filed its "Electrification of Transportation Strategic Roadmap" with the state's Public Utilities Commission, outlining how it will utilize growing EV adoption to lower system costs, bring more rooftop solar onto the grid and ultimately help meet the state's 100% renewables goal!
Utility Dive | April 2, 2018
VIA Unveils Refreshed Brand
VIA has revealed their newly refreshed brand! At the core of the refresh, VIA is updating “Via Science” to “VIA” and using "Solve with VIA" as their brand anchor.
VIA | March 29, 2018
Y. Hata, Kunoa Cattle Company team up to launch local beef line
The locally grown and produced beef is finally here! During a recent invitation-only launch event at the Grove Farm Company, it was announced that Y. Hata, a locally owned and Hawaii- based broadline food service wholesale distributor, was selected to support the recently honored Mana Up awardee Kunoa Cattle Company in launching its local beef production line on Kauai.
The Garden Island | March 18, 2018
Hawaiian Electric and Amber Kinetics Begin Kinetic Energy Storage Demonstration with Support from Elemental Excelerator
Hawaiian Electric and Amber Kinetics are testing the 8 kW / 32 kWh storage system for local grid reliability and support and aid in the integration of renewable energy. One 8 kW unit can power approximately 25 homes for one hour. Technical field data is being collected and is expected to guide planning for future utility-owned energy storage projects in Hawaii.
Press Release | March 12, 2018
Can California’s Carbon Queen Recycle Pollution?
Cave co-founded the startup Opus 12 with two fellow Stanford grads, their mission statement to transform CO2 into a clean technology resource. Figuring out how to get cheap renewable energy is part of Cave’s plan, and at scale, she believes she could potentially counteract one-third of global CO2 emissions.
OZY | March 12, 2018
When it comes to Pi or pie, math counts!
As we come up on Pi Day next week, it seems fitting to give a shout out to Hawaii’s young “mathletes” who recently competed in the Oahu Chapter MATHCOUNTS® Competition sponsored by the Hawaiian Electric Companies and the Hawaii Society of Professional Engineers Educational Foundation (HSPEEF) with support from Kamehameha Schools.
Medium | March 7, 2018
Ceres Imaging is Helping to Fine-Tune California’s Irrigation
Almond growers have new technology available from an Oakland, CA, company called Ceres Imaging that recently received a ringing endorsement from University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Farm Advisor Blake Sanden.
Growing Produce | February 26, 2018
Nv Energy Taps Bidgely to Help Reinvent Home Audit
NV Energy, the Nevada utility, has selected Bidgely to help it personalize offerings and reinvent its home assessment, leveraging the company's cloud-based machine learning tools to improve customer experiences.
Utility Dive | February 21, 2018
Penn Beats Out Harvard, Columbia in New Campus Transportation Ranking
TransitScreen ranked the country’s most transportation-friendly college campuses. That is, schools with quick and easy access to buses, trains, taxis, bike share programs, and ridesharing services. The University of Pennsylvania sits at the top of the list with a perfect score of 100.
Philadelphia Magazine | February 16, 2018
This Startup Is Disrupting Public Transit (With Ford and Samsung Along for the Ride)
Swiftly is a transportation platform based in San Francisco and funded by industry leaders like Ford Smart Mobility, RATP Dev, Via ID, and Samsung NEXT. Swiftly is bringing big data and predictive algorithms to transform how public transportation systems operate. In short, their technology is helping to create more efficient public transit networks and eliminate inefficiencies that currently exist.
Inc. | February 9, 2018
East Meets West Second Day Delivers Info Packed Panel Talks
Dawn, our CEO, joined Mark de Groh, Stephen Forte, and Chenoa Farnsworth on stage at East Meets West to talk about investing in mission-based companies.
Hawaii Business Magazine | February 5, 2018
kWh Analytics, Coronal Close the First Solar Revenue Put
kWh Analytics and Coronal Energy announced a new development in reinsurance that kWh Analytics says can significantly reduce the cost of solar finance, closing on the industry’s first solar revenue put for three solar projects totaling 30 MW.
PV Magazine | January 31, 2018
Electric Vehicles: BP Invests $5 Million in Charging Business FreeWire
Oil major subsidiary BP Ventures has invested $5 million in FreeWire Technologies, a U.S. company that specializes in mobile electric vehicle rapid charging systems.
CNBC | January 31, 2018
Stem Lands $80 Million to Fuel Its Growing Behind-The-Meter Battery Business
Behind-the-meter battery startup Stem has raised $80 million in a Series D round, with three new investors -- including one that’s helping bring the company’s lithium-ion battery systems to a new international market.
Greentech Media | January 23, 2018
Gov. Ige Gives 2018 State of the State Address
Vincent and Smart Yields were named in Governor Ige's State of the State address as a local ag-tech startup bringing international attention to the islands through their participation in the Vatican’s first tech accelerator.
KITV | January 22, 2018
Bidgely Raises $27 Million to Scale Energy Disaggregation for Utilities
Bidgely has raised a $27 M Series C round to help it serve more than 10 million homes with a blend of efficiency reports, energy usage alerts, and home energy audits.
Greentech Media | January 16, 2018
Solar Trackers Find a New Home on the Roof
Edisun Microgrids completed the installation of the world’s largest (and only!) rooftop solar tracking system on a cold storage building in Oxnard, California. The 1 MW system uses more than 2,900 trackers attached to individual panels.
Solar Power World | January 15, 2018
Can We Actually Stop Using Fossil Fuels?
Dawn, our CEO, and a handful of our portfolio companies were featured in this Popular Science article on the state's radical goal to generate 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.
Popular Science | January 10, 2018
Why Millions of People Rely on This A.I. Startup to Keep Their Lights On
Read how Colin, CEO of Via Science, recruits talent in what today has become one of the hottest areas: A.I. and machine learning.
Inc. | January 9, 2018
Buoy Labs Announces Partnership with Cross Country Home Services to Power Company’s Nationwide, On-Demand, Plumbing Services
Buoy Labs is partnering with Cross Country Home Services to offer a nationwide, on-demand network of licensed plumbers to install the Buoy device and to make repairs in response to Buoy insights.
Buoy | January 8, 2018
TransitScreen Will Be Helping CES 2018 Attendees Sort Through Ride Options
TransitScreen's displays and the CES 2018 app will provide conference attendees access to real-time transportation information.
TransitScreen | January 5, 2018
Canadian Cleantech Startups Get Ready for a Breakout Year
Canada's global reputation for cleantech innovation is on the rise. The Toronto Globe and Mail named Opus One Solutions as a startup ready for a breakout year.
The Globe and Mail | January 3, 2018
Hawaii’s Mayors Just Committed To 100% Renewable Transportation By 2045
Dawn, our CEO, and Mayor Kirk Caldwell of Honolulu co-authored a piece on why Hawaii's mayors and the startup community are coming together to make this happen now.
Fast Company | December 21, 2017
Military Microgrid Startup Go Electric Wants to Bring Energy Resilience to the Private Sector
President and CEO Lisa Laughner has her eyes set on a broader market: commercial and industrial customers that want the kinds of bill reductions storage can provide and the resilient backup and uninterrupted power that comes with a proper microgrid.
Greentech Media | December 20, 2017
Hawaiian Electric to Deploy Varentec’s Grid Edge Voltage Regulation Technology for Increased Rooftop Solar Grid Capacity
Varentec and Hawaiian Electric are scaling their pilot project and deploying 100 Edge of Network Grid Optimization (ENGO) devices and Varentec's Grid Edge Management System (GEMS) platform at three Oahu substations with high penetrations of solar PV. The project, co-funded by EEx, aims to minimize voltage fluctuations and allow for additional rooftop solar capacity.
Varentec | December 19, 2017
Eight Great Women in the Business and Science of Solar
Renate Egan, Co-founder & Chair of Solar Analytics, was named one of eight great women in solar!
Renewable Energy World | December 15, 2017
Farmers Spot Diseased Crops Faster with Artificial Intelligence
Ceres Imaging utilizes aerial spectroscopy and AI to help farmers efficiently allocate resources. Their technology identifies trouble, such as fungus growth and water shortages, in corn and soybean crops 2-3 weeks before the naked eye would ever realize it.
CNN | December 14, 2017
Tokyo’s TEPCO to Test Stem and Sunverge Behind-The-Meter Batteries as Virtual Power Plants
Sunverge and Stem, two California-based behind-the-meter battery startups, have landed their first international projects in Japan, joining mutual investor Mitsui in a series of virtual power plant projects for massive utility Tokyo Electric Power Co.
Greentech Media | December 13, 2017
CRC Awards Solar Analytics $1.9M for Residential Energy Management System
Solar Analytics wins $1.9M in grant funding from the Australian Cooperative Research Centres Program to develop a solar monitoring platform to a smart home energy management system.
ecogeneration | December 13, 2017
Bidgely Surpasses 10 Million Homes Under Contract with Utilities for Energy Disaggregation
Bidgely has crossed over a milestone of 10 million homes under contract, now providing disaggregation solutions to 25 leading utilities across 12 countries, including Origin Energy Limited, NV Energy, and Innogy.
Business Wire | December 12, 2017
California Energy Storage Companies Wade Into Japan Market
Stem, a California-based predictive analytics and energy storage startup, is entering the Japan market! In partnership with Mitsui & Co, they will be deploying a “virtual power plant” made up initially of aggregated storage systems that will supply 750 kWh of capacity to the grid.
Bloomberg | December 11, 2017
Blue Pillar Recognized by JMP Securities “Efficient Fifty” as a Leading Private Company in Industrial and Energy Technology
JMP Securities, a San Francisco-based investment bank, recognizes Blue Pillar, Inc. in its inaugural Efficient Fifty Private Companies listing as a distributed resource management technology that helps energy providers and Commercial and Industrial (C&I) companies overcome reliability and resiliency challenges.
Blue Pillar | December 7, 2017
The Solar Industry’s Most Active Investors
Elemental Excelerator makes the list of the top 5 most active investors to solar startups.
CBInsights | December 6, 2017
Smart Yields Makes Final Pitch in Vatican-Blessed Accelerator Program
Honolulu-based Smart Yields presented its final pitch at the Laudato Si’ Challenge demo day in Rome. This was part of their participation in the inaugural Vatican-blessed accelerator program.
Pacific Business News | December 5, 2017
Amber Kinetics + HECO Install & Test Flywheel Technology in Hawaii
Amber Kinetics and Hawaiian Electric announce the installation of the world's first commercially available, 4-hour flywheel energy storage system at Campbell Industrial Park on Oahu.
CleanTechnica | December 1, 2017
How Startups Should Do Customer Discovery
Customer discovery guru, Steve Blank, interviews the CEO of Ceres Imaging, Ashwin Madgavkar on their customer discovery process.
ThinkGrowth | November 27, 2017
Podcast: Andy Karsner and Dawn Lippert on Solving Our Energy Future
Andy Karsner is managing partner of Emerson Collective and a former Assistant Secretary of Energy. He spoke with Dawn and Joel Makower, chairman and executive editor at GreenBiz, at the VERGE Hawaii in June. They discussed how transforming markets and scaling technologies, programs and platforms can strengthen the symbiosis between nature and humanity, while delivering reliable clean energy.
GreenBiz Center Stage Podcast | November 27, 2017
Origin Energy Launches Smart Home Kit for Optimizing Energy Usage
People Power and Origin Energy launch a new smart home kit for optimising energy usage. At AU$199, the starter kit comes with sensors and other internet-connected things to help Origin's customers better manage energy usage.
ZDNet | November 20, 2017
25 People Shaping the Future in Tech, Science, Medicine, Activism and More
Rolling Stone names Opus 12 founders Kendra, Nicholas, and Etosha in their list of 25 people shaping the future.
Rolling Stone | November 17, 2017
29 Start-Ups That Prove Silicon Valley Innovation Isn’t Dead
CNBC interviewed angel investors, partners who invest in venture firms, and senior investment partners with funds in San Francisco, Boston, and New York to get a sense of which start-ups are likely to raise big rounds soon. See which EEx portfolio company made the cut.
CNBC | November 14, 2017
Hawaii’s Elemental Excelerator Announces 2018 Cohort
Elemental Excelerator, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, has just announced its 2018 cohort of companies. The 12 companies focus on three major trends: applying machine learning to energy and mobility, commercial application of peer-to-peer energy sharing, and finding ways to reach underserved communities.
CleanTechnica | November 2, 2017
Ceres Imaging Scores $2.5m to Bring Machine Learning-Powered Insights to Farmers
Agtech has largely seemed underserved by emerging startups, though farmers have largely proven more receptive to adopting new tech than most might assume.
TechCrunch | November 1, 2017
New Connectivity Technology Brings Down Solar Installation Costs
ConnectDER is allowing utility consumers in Ohio and Nebraska easy connectivity between their solar arrays and other varieties of renewable power systems to the grid.
CMFE News | October 30, 2017
Honolulu-Based Elemental Excelerator Selects 12 Companies for Latest Cohort
Honolulu startup accelerator Elemental Excelerator has selected 12 startups to participate in next year’s cohort.
Pacific Business News | October 19, 2017
Edisun Puts Online the World’s Largest Rooftop Tracking System
The 1 MW project is being followed by a 20 MW pipeline of C&I rooftop projects, all of which will utilize dual-axis tracking.
pv magazine | October 11, 2017
Is This Obscure Bean Tree Hawaii’s Next Bigtime Crop?
A startup is using former sugar cane land on the North Shore to “grow oil” — pongamia trees whose seeds can be turned into biofuel.
Civilbeat | September 27, 2017
MobilityScore Tells You Exactly How Easy A Place Is To Get Around Without A Car
America is a place where a disturbingly large proportion of people, faced with the prospect of traveling somewhere less than a mile away, get in their car to do so.
Fast Company | September 22, 2017
Hawaii-Based Investment Fund Reef Capital Ventures Closes First Investment
Reef Capital Ventures, a Hawaii-based investment fund focused on commercializing Hawaii’s technology-based research assets, is proud to announce it has made an investment in local tech company Ibis Networks.
Reef Capital Ventures | September 14, 2017
Go Electric Awarded Advanced Energy Storage Contract for Fort Custer Microgrid Demo Program
Go Electric Inc., a provider of advanced energy solutions, announced today it has been awarded a $499,506 contract by Electricore, Inc. for a demonstration microgrid project at the Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan.
Solar Power World | September 14, 2017
GTM Research Launches Trailblazers Partnership With Leading Cleantech Incubators
GTM Research is announcing the launch of Trailblazers. The initiative’s goal is to engage with cleantech incubators to support the growth and evolution of early-stage companies.
Greentech Media | September 12, 2017
Why Are Storage Firms Selling Their Project Portfolios?
Amber Kinetics and Powin Energy are pivoting toward product development. It may represent a broader shift.
Greentech Media | September 11, 2017
Array Changing Technologies
Since 2015, pv magazine has been recognizing excellence in innovation for solar components and PV power plant development and operation in the Array Changing Technologies feature and award.
pv magazine | September 8, 2017
How FreeWire’s Second-Life Battery Packs Could Help EVs Go Mainstream
As electric cars become more powerful, battery-backed fast chargers may prove critical to protecting the grid from demand spikes.
Greentech Media | August 31, 2017
Kevala is Mapping Oahu’s Electric Grid
In collaboration with Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and More Than Smart, Kevala will be hosting a series of collaborative workshops to crowdsource data from energy stakeholders.
Pacific Business News | August 28, 2017
TransitScreen – Welcome to Our New Home
For the past few years, we've been working out of the amazing offices at 1776's downtown location. It was all we could ask for, but the time has come to graduate into our own space.
TransitScreen | August 22, 2017
Stem and CPower to Combine Behind-the-Meter Batteries and Demand Response
CPower and Stem announce they’re combining their technologies into an “integrated solution for managing electricity demand” for commercial, industrial and institutional customers, starting in California.
Greentech Media | August 8 2017
Origin Energy Putting Customers in the Picture on Use
Origin Energy and Bidgely will soon be launching a trail of the Bidgely platform to 5,000 customers. The solution allows customers to track which appliances in their homes are using power as part of a deepening trend that sees retailers working more closely with consumers.
The Sydney Morning Herald | August 6, 2017
Go Electric to Deploy $1.7 Million Advanced Battery Storage Microgrid at Tooele Army Depot in Utah
Go Electric wins a $1.7 M contract to install a 1 megawatt (MW)/1 megawatt-hour (Mwh) advanced battery-based energy storage system at the Tooele Army Depot in Tooele, Utah.
Microgrid Media | July 28, 2017
ICTSI Melbourne Terminal Becomes the First Fully Automated International Container Terminal in the World
For its project on Elemental Excelerator’s Demonstration Track, Bright Light Systems deployed 350 energy-efficient luminaires with integrated controls, three Gateway communications devices, and the smart digital management system in partnership with the Port of Melbourne, Australia at the Victoria International Container Terminal. In July, the terminal became the first fully automated international container handling facility in the world.
PortNews | July 28, 2017
Two-Factor Authentication Utilizes Data Intelligently to Protect Users
Karl Holmqvist, co-founder and CEO of internet security system firm Lastwall, spoke with TechRepublic's Dan Patterson about the flaws of two-factor authentication.
TechRepublic | July 28, 2017
The Transformative Power of Renewables in Hawaii
Our colleague, Andy Karsner, and CEO Dawn Lippert took the stage at VERGE Hawaii to discuss the ongoing energy transformation in Hawaii.
Emerson Collective | July 2017
PRIME Coalition Closes Seed Round for Rebound Technologies
Rebound Technologies, a Denver-based startup developing a novel refrigeration technology that will dramatically reduce energy consumption, has closed its $1.2M seed round with support from PRIME Coalition, Closed Loop Ventures, and Investors’ Circle.
PRIME Coalition | July 20, 2017
Dawn Lippert, CEO of Elemental Excelerator, and John Davies, VP & Senior Analyst at GreenBiz, talk the transition from 'Energy' to 'Elemental', deployment in the Asia Pacific, and why Hawaii.
GreenBiz | July 13, 2017
8 Water Technology Startups Helping Agriculture Grow Up
This article names eight water technology startups helping farmers siphon less water while keeping yields at their maximum. Ceres Imaging operates at the nexus of water and agriculture, utilizing their aerial spectral imagery technology to save farmers both money and precious resources
Nanalyze | July 12, 2017
In Corporate Energy Management, Expect More Consolidation and Verticalization
A few important trends stood out at GTM's Grid Edge World Forum last month: the coming consolidation, the growing diversity of delivery models, verticalization, and improved clarity in the technology stack. Portfolio companies Whisker Labs & Blue Pillar, Inc. are a couple of the main players mentioned in this maturing landscape.
Greentech Media | July 10, 2017
What Will Happen To Clean Energy Startups Under Trump?
How will the current administration’s policies affect innovation in renewable energy? “Washington cannot determine the path of industry, the path of technology, in many of these cases, and so those organizations are really redoubling their efforts to innovate and deploy,” says Dawn Lippert, CEO.
Fast Company | July 6, 2017
#Solar100’s Danny Kennedy: The Most Interesting Man in Solar
Rich Matsui, CEO and Founder of kWh Analytics, sits down with Danny Kennedy, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the California Clean Energy Fund and the most interesting man in solar.
PV Magazine | July 5, 2017
Start-Ups Descend on Dublin for ESB Pitch Off
Some of the world’s most innovative energy start-ups flew into Dublin to compete in a pitching competition organized by ESB as part of Free Electrons. Elemental Excelerator was selected in February to facilitate the global utility accelerator program. HST Solar, an EEx portfolio company, will be working with ESB and Bord na Mona on a joint venture solar power project.
TechCentral | June 29, 2017
Top Winners at Austin Creator Awards Announce ‘We’re Hiring’
Austin entrepreneur Robert Olivier accepted the grand prize at the Creator Awards, $360,000, for Grub Tubs. Grub Tubs, a pioneer of the growing “table to farm” movement, transforms restaurant leftovers into animal feed.
WeWork | June 28, 2017
The 25 Most Innovative Ag-Tech Startups
TerViva was named one of the 25 most innovative ag-tech startups by Forbes. Together, these 25 companies have more than $400 million in financing.
Forbes | June 28, 2017
Bidgely Platform V3 Leverages Disaggregation and Big Data Footprint to Reach 100% of Homes
Bidgely, the world leader in disaggregation-based solutions for utilities, has launched the next evolution in the company’s consumer engagement platform. The Bidgely Platform V3 introduces significant new features including Universal Disaggregation, which extends energy usage itemization to all homes, with or without a smart meter.
Business Wire | June 27, 2017
3 Ways Hawaii Is Driving Toward Sustainable Transportation
Hawaii is second only to California in EV adoption per capita. Shepherding this transition will require breaking with traditional policies regarding land use and allocation of infrastructure. Find out how two Elemental Excelerator portfolio companies are playing a role in this transition.
GreenBiz | June 26, 2017
Efficiency Powers Hawaii’s Quest for Energy Independence
While Hawaii pursues its commitment to reach 100 percent renewable energy in the electricity sector by 2045, the state is progressing on a parallel track to make better use of the energy it already has. Improving energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to move Hawaii forward before adding new generation capacity, according to experts, and will reduce dependence on fossil fuels in the state with the most expensive electricity costs in the United States.
GreenBiz | June 26, 2017
Fixing Nitrogen, Waste
Given that agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to nitrogen pollution, and also that no one is going to stop eating in order to stop polluting, what can people do to reduce their nitrogen footprint?
TerViva | June 23, 2017
TransitScreen Partners with Panasonic on Smart City Projects
TransitScreen has a new partnership with Panasonic. Providing transportation info is one part of Panasonic’s CityNOW platform, which is looking to develop smart city tech in a number of different areas.
Technical.ly DC | June 22, 2017
How HECO Is Trying to Modernize Its Electric Grid
Stem Inc. in many ways illustrates the challenges facing Hawaiian Electric Co. as it tries to modernize the grid that brings electricity to some 450,000 customers statewide. Stem has set up massive battery systems and software that diagnose energy consumption at 29 businesses on Oahu. Such virtual power plants, along with other distributed energy resources, will play a key role in Hawaii’s future.
Civil Beat | June 22, 2017
3 Climate-Tackling Social Entrepreneurs Recycling Carbon Emissions in Our Air
A team of social entrepreneurs from Berkeley, California have been working diligently in a lab to develop a solution that could curb climate change. Opus 12 aims to develop a device to capture carbon emissions from its source, and to create valuable products in the process
Forbes | June 22, 2017
A&B Partners with California-Based Company to Grow Energy Crop on Former Maui Sugar Land
Alexander & Baldwin Inc. has entered into a partnership with California-based TerViva to cultivate pongamia on 250 acres of former sugar plantation lands in Central Maui.
Pacific Business News | June 21, 2017
Indiana Green-Tech Company’s Rise Inextricably Tied to Hawaii
Go Electric is a small green-tech startup from Anderson, Indiana, that has made a name for itself in the area of microgrids due to its reliable hardware and software products that first gained recognition in Hawaii.
Pacific Business News | June 21, 2017
Hawaii’s Energy Transition Needs Local Entrepreneurs to Thrive
A public-private collaboration forged with the mutual goal of advancing new technologies and testing business models will prove key to achieving Hawaii’s aspiration of being powered entirely by renewable electricity by 2045. Three nationally recognized accelerator programs have risen up around Hawaii’s energy transition.
GreenBiz | June 21, 2017
A&B, Carbon Lighthouse to Reduce Energy Use at 3 Oahu Commercial Buildings
Alexander & Baldwin Inc. is seeking to cut energy consumption at three of its commercial buildings on Oahu through a partnership with energy efficiency company Carbon Lighthouse.
Pacific Business News | June 20, 2017
Smart Yields in First Round of Vatican’s Inaugural Accelerator Program
Honolulu-based Smart Yields has made the first round of the Vatican’s inaugural accelerator program, called the Laudato Si’ Challenge.
Pacific Business News | June 8, 2017
The Energy 202: Seven Former Heads of Energy Renewables Office Balk at Trump Budget
All seven former heads of the Energy Department’s renewables office, including our colleague Andy Karsner, told Congress and the Trump administration that the deep budget cut proposed for that office would cripple its ability to function.
The Washington Post | June 8, 2017
T-REX Group Raises $10m in Series B Funding
T-REX Group, Inc., a fintech company focused on providing data, analytics, and transactional tools for a variety of asset classes, including renewable energy, raised $10M in Series B funding. innogy and the Partnership Fund for New York City joined Safeguard Scientifics and Ecosystem Integrity Fund.
FinSMEs | May 24, 2017
Whisker Labs’ DIY Home Energy Monitoring Sensor Wins Electronic House Product Of The Year Award
Whisker Labs, which is bringing next generation total home intelligence technologies to market, announced that its DIY Home Energy Monitoring Sensor has received an Electronic House 2017 Products of the Year Award
Business Wire | May 23, 2017
Hawaii Grown – Hawaii Made: Kunoa Cattle Company
Kunoa Cattle Company is revitalizing Hawaii’s Ranching industry and expanding across Oahu and Maui with the help of Times Supermarkets.
khon2 | May 19, 2017
State Recognizes Hawaii Businesses, Events for Green Practices
13 Hawaii businesses were honored for pursuing energy efficiency and sustainable business practices at this year's Hawaii Green Business awards. One of this year's honorees was Ibis Networks.
Pacific Business News | May 18, 2017
Stem, Inc. Signs California State University Dominguez Hills for Intelligent Energy Storage Services
California State University (CSU) Dominguez Hills will be partnering with Stem to deliver software-driven energy storage services and reduce the university’s energy costs.The savings will be shifted elsewhere to CSU's services to their students.
Press Release | May 16, 2017
The Rise of Corporate-Funded Cleantech Incubators
Across the country, incubator programs that help cleantech startups and entrepreneurs grow are expanding and raising money, thanks to growing interest from big corporations that want access to the latest technologies and innovative entrepreneurs. Elemental Excelerator is one such program.
Greentech Media | May 16, 2017
Honolulu-based in2lytics Raises $3M in Series A Funding
Honolulu-based In2lytics has raised $3 million in Series A funding from Enerdigm Ventures and Referentia Systems Inc. to expand its sales and marketing efforts.
Pacific Business News | May 16, 2017
People Power Closes Series B-1 Funding from innogy and Origin
Internet of Things and artificial intelligence software company, People Power, closes a Series B with funding from innogy and Origin to support the rapid deployment of smart home solutions for utility companies and service providers.
Power Engineering | May 15, 2017
AgTech Startup Ceres Imaging Announces a Funding Round of $5 Million
Ceres Imaging has secured $5 million in Series A financing to scale in its current markets, to speed entry into new crops, and to hire additional staff. Ceres is an ag-tech startup that provides farmers with spectral data to optimize water and nitrogen application.
Tech Crunch | May 10, 2017
EEx May Newsletter
Check out our May Newsletter! Portfolio companies in the news, a new collaboration with Emerson Collective, and more!
Elemental Excelerator | May 11, 2017
WaterSmart Software Partners With South Staffs Water to Deliver Measurable Outcomes With Behavioural Efficiency
WaterSmart Software today announced a new strategic partnership with South Staffs Water to engage with their end-use customers through a digital analytics and communications platform.
PRWeb | May 9, 2017
This Transportation Company Makes the Complex Simple
TransitScreen combines real-time technology with behavioral science to help people streamline their lives and make their cities work better.
Entrepreneur | May 5, 2017
Wild Relatives May Not Be so Crazy After All
Pongamia is naturally drought and tolerant to most temperature and weather extremes. Considering current predictions of our climate and weather patterns for the future, Pongamia seems to fit the bill as a “Wild Relative” for future oilseed crop production. Pongamia also provides other major environmental benefits such as carbon sequestration and nitrogen fixation.
Agriculture 2.0 | May 8, 2017
Energy, it’s Elemental!
Shawn Moorhead, Partnerships Coordinator at Elemental Excelerator, was on ThinkTech Hawaii to discuss the role of partnerships and innovation on Hawaii's path to a renewable energy future!
ThinkTech Hawaii | May 5, 2017
Swiftly Raises $2.5M to Expand Big Data Platform
Swiftly, the leading big data platform for public transit and mobility services, has raised $2.5 million for international expansion in a round led by Via ID.
Swiftly | May 3, 2017
Techies and Tractors: Silicon Valley’s Next Big Thing Is Saving Water
Ceres Imaging is bridging the gap between the agriculture and technology sectors by using their aerial imagery technology to help farmers optimize water and fertilizer application amid state-wide droughts.
Grist | May 2, 2017
Sandal plc: Trading Update
The Board of Sandal Plc announced the signing of a Design and Supply agreement with Momit, a Spanish company engaged in the smart home sector. Momit is redesigning its successful smart thermostat to enable its compatibility with the Energenie MiHome platform.
Yahoo Finance | April 27, 2017
Chubu Electric Power Selects Bidgely for Modern Customer Engagement Initiative
Bidgely and leading Japanese utility Chubu Electric Power are working together to become the first to bring residential disaggregation technology to Japan. The partnership is part of an enhanced customer engagement strategy underway at Chubu that seeks to incorporate innovative digital technologies into the utility’s service offerings.
Yahoo Finance | April 25, 2017
Two Hawaii Schools to Use Smart Yields Ag-Tech Through Whole Foods Grants
Two local schools in Hawaii will be using technology from Honolulu-based Smart Yields this upcoming school year after winning grants from Whole Foods.
Pacific Business News | April 25, 2017
Stem, Inc. Expands Intelligent Energy Storage Leadership in New York
Stem, Inc. has expanded its reach into New York State with commercial-scale energy storage and active participation in grid support programs. They are working with more than 20 companies in the Empire State looking to deploy 14 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy storage systems across 80 locations to reduce energy costs and strengthen the local grid.
Yahoo Finance | April 25, 2017
Energy Jobs: Rhodes Replaces Zibelman at NY PSC, Plus Enphase, Trina, Vivint, Dr. Moniz at Emerson
Dr. Ernest J. Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and founding director of the MIT Energy Initiative, has been named as the first distinguished fellow of Emerson Collective, a social impact effort headed by Laurene Powell Jobs. Moniz will focus on equitable access to technology, workforce development, and clean energy innovations in communities across America in support of a low carbon future.
Greentech Media | April 24, 2017
New York Seeks ‘Next Wave of Innovation’ with US$15.5M Funding for Energy Storage
Projects that demonstrate how energy storage can benefit a wide range of stakeholders and the electric grid can compete for US$15.5 million of funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.
Energy Storage | April 20, 2017
Geli Makes Storage Project Design Software Available for Free
Software company Geli released a new online program to streamline and optimize the design process for commercial storage. The company’s ESyst software makes it easy for independent developers to right-size their systems based on how they’ll be operated.
Greentech Media | April 19, 2017
Amber Kinetics Flywheels Pass Utilities Group Test
An independent study released this week by California’s Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council concludes that Amber Kinetics’ four-hour discharge duration flywheel storage technology effectively shifts load in a cost effective manner, and recommends it for adoption into the state’s Self-Generation Incentive Program.
Yahoo Finance | April 19, 2017
Bozzuto and TransitScreen Announce National Partnership
Bozzuto Management Company today announced a partnership with TransitScreen, a Washington, D.C.-based software company. A TransitScreen display provides residents with real-time departure and commuting time information for mass transit, bikeshare, carshare, rideshare, and other local transportation details. The large LCD screens will be prominently featured in the lobbies of Bozzuto communities in several major cities along the East Coast.
Bozzuto | April 18, 2017
Whisker Labs Sensor Widens IoT Energy Management Possibilities
Whisker Labs's low-voltage sensor identifies electrical signatures, enabling integrators to earn RMR from energy management of every device in a smart home. The Whisker Labs sensor does not require an electrical license to install. The sensor connects the main breaker and is tethered to a hub that communicates via Wi-Fi to the cloud where the analytics identify the electrical signature of every device in the home.
CE Pro | April 14, 2017
Honolulu-Based Energy Excelerator Rebrands as Part of New Emerson Collective Partnership
Energy Excelerator is rebranding as Elemental Excelerator as part of a new collaboration with investment and philanthropic platform Emerson Collective.
Pacific Business News | April 13, 2017
A Low-Tech Approach to Energy Storage: Molten Metals
The ability to store energy promises to revolutionize the way we generate, transmit and use electricity — making renewable sources such as wind and solar cheaper and more dependable. Ambri is based on the idea of using liquid or molten metals to generate electricity.
WBUR | March 27, 2017
Pono Home’s Efficiency Retrofit Project for 5,000 Public Housing Units Kicks off in Hawaii
In collaboration with Hawaii Energy and the Energy Excelerator, Pono Home kicked off a project to retrofit up to 5,000 homes for the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.
Cleantechnica | March 23, 2017
Bidgely’s Business Blooms as Residential Demand Management Matures
Bidgely, like other energy management solution providers, aims to allow consumers to take control of their energy usage through increased knowledge of their power consumption. But unlike many of its competitors, the company offers energy consumption information for nearly every major household appliance without the use of any mandatory hardware.
Utility Dive | March 22, 2017
Before Tesla: 10 Hawaiian Startups Building an Amazing Alternative Energy Ecosystem
The opening of Tesla’s newest solar center is bringing overdue attention to the state’s bustling alternative energy sector and thus to a growing list of new energy startups taking advantage of local resources.
Geektime | March 19, 2017
How Drones Are Helping Design the Solar Power Plants of the Future
"A cottage industry is growing around creating technology for solar power developers to design, build and operate solar farms. HST Solar has developed algorithms to swiftly plot out the best designs, layout, and wiring for large solar farms," says Katie Fehrenbacher.
The Guardian | February 26, 2017
Building a Cohort
Go behind the scenes of how we built our 2017 cohort of companies ranging from aerial spectroscopy for farmers to a new CO2 conversion technology.
Cleantechnica | February 9, 2017
Smart Yields, Smart Farming
Smart Yields connects a wide variety of sensors and hardware, and taps a diverse array of data sets and agronomy best practices to give farmers a flexible yet powerful tool to help protect crops, optimize operations, and increase yields.
Hawaii News Now | February 8, 2017
Bidgely Shares Results from Energy Efficiency Program with London Hydro
It's time to install batteries into the biggest machine of all: the United States' electrical grid. In this episode of "Nova", the "Search For the Super Battery" leads to Amber Kinetics.
CBS News | January 29, 2017
Ambri Returns to the Energy Storage Hunt with Liquid Metal Battery Redesign
Eric Wesoff writes that "Ambri, with its liquid metal battery technology, has returned to the energy storage race after "a pause" during which it redesigned its high-temperature seals and worked on other facets of its storage system."
Greentech Media | December 14, 2016
Letter From Marrakech
After returning from COP22 in Marrakech, Melissa shares Dr. Jonathan Pershing's (lead climate negotiator for the US) 5 key perspectives on the Conference of the Parties process and his focus for the next 5 years.
Cleantechnica | December 7, 2016
Ibis Networks Raises $2.5M Series A
“It gives us working capital to really focus on expanding our commercialization efforts in 2017,” says CEO Michael Pfeffer.
Pacific Business News | December 7, 2016
WaterSmart Signs Agreement with GE’s Water & Process Technologies
Together they will further the creation of digital solutions that address pressing issues in water distribution management.
GE Press Release | December 7, 2016
Pilot Program With Pono Home Helps Low-Income, Kupuna Families
Over 1,300 home-efficiency products were installed in 66 low-income and kupuna (elderly) homes across Kauai as part of a pilot program spearheaded by Pono Home in partnership with Kauai Island Utility Cooperative and the County of Kauai.
The Garden Island | November 29, 2016
Kunoa Buys Oahu’s Only Slaughterhouse to Beef Up Industry
While Kunoa will use Oahu’s only U.S. Department of Agriculture-certified hog and cattle slaughter facility to process its own animals for sale, it will also continue to offer meat processing services to the Hawaii livestock community.
Pacific Business News | November 18, 2016
The Difference Makers: TerViva’s Business is Saving the Earth
“Farmers are not the earliest adopters of new technology,” says Naveen Sikka, cofounder and CEO of a six-year-old Oakland-based startup called TerViva. But eight large citrus growers in Florida and two major sugar plantation owners in Hawaii have embraced the company’s brand of AgTech, putting them at the forefront of what Sikka hopes will become a technology-driven game-changer for feeding the planet.
Fortune | November 14, 2016
WaterSmart and Stripe Bring Innovative Payment Solution to Water Industry
WaterSmart launches a new innovative payment solution: the first of its kind for the water industry. It integrates customer engagement, water consumption data, leak resolution, billing information, and multi-channel electronic payment options - all in a unified customer portal.
Press Release | October 5, 2016
Hawaiian Electric is Testing Flywheels as an Energy Storage Option
Hawaiian Electric announces a new partnership with Amber Kinetics to build and install a flywheel system at Campbell Industrial Park power plant.
Greentech Media | October 4, 2016
The Difference Makers: T-REX Finances Renewable Energy
As a fintech entrepreneur who left a stable corporate job, Ben Cohen feels lucky. While he now has the flexibility of running his own innovative startup, Cohen has clients that are some of the biggest financial firms in the world.
Fortune | October 3, 2016
Pono Home & KIUC Amp Up Efficiency
Kauai Island Utility Company and the County of Kauai, in partnership with Pono Home, are offering a new pilot program to Kauai residents conserve energy.
The Garden Island | September 26, 2016
Many hurdles will have to be cleared and problems solved along the path to Hawaii's goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. Shifted Energy leverages the energy and thermal storage capacity of grid interactive water heaters (GIWH). Shifted Energy's solution connects water heaters to smart systems allowing the heaters to cycle on or off based on real-time grid needs for increased or reduced aggregate power consumption.
Summit Zine | September 17, 2016
How Data and Machine Learning are Changing the Solar Industry
Katie Fehrenbacher writes, "The rise of data tools—algorithms, machine learning, sensors—are driving investments in, and acquisitions of, solar startups, while entrepreneurs are launching new companies that are using data to solve various solar industry problems." Featuring kWh Analytics and BrightBox Technologies.
Fortune | September 14, 2016
kWh Analytics Raises $5M Series A Round & Launches a New Product
kWh Analytics’ new PowerLock financial product increases equity returns of solar projects by combining the world’s largest solar production database with insurance backing by Standard & Poor’s “A” rated global insurance carriers.
Cleantechnica | September 7, 2016
BrightBox Gets Acquired! What Does This Mean for Energy Startups?
Aquisition details plus four interesting trends we’ve been tracking through our work with our portfolio companies.
EEx on Medium | September 2, 2016
We’re a Non Profit & We Raised a Fund: Why?
If you’ve been at any of our events over the past few months, you’ll know that we have been dropping mentions of this new chapter, but we haven’t publicly announced it…. so…drumroll please! It is with great excitement that we introduce the newest evolution of the Energy Excelerator model, a private, follow-on fund customized for energy and clean technology companies: EEx Fund One.
EEx on Medium | August 9, 2016
Energy kits for 750 Oahu Homes
Bidgely, through its EEx Demonstration Project, is partnering with Blue Planet Foundation and Hawaiian Electric to launch a pilot program offering the installation of free home energy kits in 750 homes across Oahu.
Pacific Business News | July 6, 2016
250 Hawai‘i Schools Get Energy Management Systems
Public elementary, middle and high schools in the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ service territory are receiving new, intelligent, energy-monitoring devices and software through a unique collaboration among Stem, Hawaiian Electric Companies, EEx, and the Hawai‘i Department of Education.
Maui Now | June 21, 2016
Accelerating the Success of Clean Energy Entrepreneurs
Getting clean-energy innovations to market can require access to costly scientific equipment, along with patient, long-term capital to meet rigorous technical and market milestones. Both government and philanthropy can play a catalytic role for entrepreneurs at the earliest stages.
The White House Blog | June 2, 2016
6 Cleantech Startups Making Waves in Hawaii
Over the past three years EEx has mobilized $15 million in funding to support 42 companies. Over the next 18 months, these companies plan to raise more than $240 million in new investment. Julia Pyper profiles six of the 32 in Greentech Media.
Greentech Media | May 18, 2016
DR Down Under: Bidgely App Delivers 30% Peak Load Reductions in Australia
Bidgely helps United Energy reduce load by a 30% during peak events during the 2016 summer season.
Utility Dive | May 4, 2016
Grid 2.0: Toward an Energy Paradigm Shift
The "Grid 2.0" vision calls for a responsive and highly integrated system of distributed energy sources and consumers. At the 2015 VERGE conference in San Jose, California, Dawn, Elisabeth Brinton of California utility PG&E and Graham Richard from Advanced Energy Economy discussed new kinds of relationships and partnerships in order to facilitate this vision.
GreenBiz | April 7, 2016
Hawaii, Where Energy Startups Go to Prove Themselves
David Ferris writes about how "Hawaii is an exotic species in the world of energy. On the one hand, it's tiny, an archipelago thousands of miles from anywhere. On the other, it's big: a U.S. state that is home to 1.4 million people, a tourist destination for millions more, and home base to one of the world's largest naval fleets."
EE News | April 5, 2016
Why Did 1776 Invest in TransitScreen?
1776 invests in entrepreneurs who are transforming critical industries like transportation, energy, health and smart cities. They offer ample opportunities for innovative startups to scale while improving countless lives around the world. As investors, that excites them. Their latest investment is in Washington, D.C.-based TransitScreen, a startup that produces real-time, way-finding displays.
1776 Insights | April 5, 2016
Hawaii Business profiles EEx in three parts: 1) a look at our 2016 cohort, 2) an update on past EEx cohorts, and 3) a look at EEx itself and its partners.
Hawaii Business | April 2016
Ibis Networks Partners with Honeywell Company, Alerton
To help building professionals save up to 40% on their plug-load electricity costs, Alerton and Ibis Networks have partnered to bring the Ibis InteliNetwork to Alerton dealers.
Alerton Press Release | March 31, 2016
Can Data Rescue Solar Stocks? Google Is Leading the Way
Opening up solar data sets is the key to unlocking capital, argues Jason Kaminsky of kWh Analytics.
Greentech Media | March 9, 2016
Impact Investors in the Eco Revolution
"We're seeing very rapid transformation in the energy sector in particular, as well as transportation and water, and over the next 10 years we're going to be making decisions that determine how the next hundred years of infrastructure is going to look, in this country and around the world," says Dawn at SOCAP 2015.
SOCAP Blog | March 2, 2016
Why I Care About Energy in My Quick Service Restaurant
Roger Deslauriers and his brother-in-law have owned a dozen Dunkin Donuts locations in Massachusetts and Florida; it’s a business that his father started back in 1959 and it has been part of their family ever since. He addresses some of the most common questions he gets about their business’ commitment to green on the Plotwatt blog.
Plotwatt Blog | February 17, 2016
Launching TransitScreen Green
TransitScreen Green is a new initiative to keep their team, facilities, and platform working in harmony with the environment.
TransitScreen Blog | January 27, 2016
How Startups and Incumbents Are Collaborating to Make Hawaii 100% Renewable
Dawn joined Stephen Lacy, Jigar Shah and Katherine Hamilton better known as The Energy Gang to talk how startups are supporting Hawaii's goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045.
Greentech Media | January 21, 2016
EEx Expands Further into Asia Pacific, Partners with Vector, New Zealand’s Largest Utility
“Innovation is core to Vector’s growth," says Simon Mackenzie, CEO of Vector. "EEx and its pipeline of innovation will help us test and scale new solutions."
Press Release | January 12, 2016
PG&E’s 75MW Energy Storage Procurement to Test Amber Kinetics’ Flywheels
On Wednesday, Pacific Gas & Electric revealed contracts for 75 MW of storage that includes 20 MW of flywheels from startup Amber Kinetics.
Greentech Media | December 3, 2015
U.S. Department of Energy & MIT Energy Initiative Recognize Women Leaders in Energy
Dawn, Carla Peterman (commissioner of the California Public Utilities Commission), and seven other women were honored for their outstanding leadership and achievements at the Annual U.S. DOE / MIT Clean Energy Symposium.
C3E Blog | November 4, 2015
Bidgely Raises $16M Series B
Bidgely is best known for its disaggregation software offering customers appliance-level energy consumption data, which it collects by analyzing the unique energy-use patterns of individual devices. Constellation Technology Ventures, which is part of Exelon Corporation, led the round. European utility investors E.ON and RWE also joined in the round with existing investor Khosla Ventures.
Greentech Media | November 2, 2015
TerViva Pioneers a New Type of Oilseed
Canola growers could soon be facing competition from a new type of oilseed. A California company will be harvesting its first commercial crop of pongamia next year, a leguminous tree species that produces oilseed pods.
The Western Producer | October 15, 2015
Energy & Innovation from the Slopes of Aspen to the Shores of Hawaii
"The grid has never changed faster, and this sea of change has its own navigators," writes Dawn for Global Island News. She attended the 2015 Aspen-Institute Clean Energy Innovation Forum, an impressive gathering of about 70 forward-looking folks, including technology companies like Google, utilities like NRG, and representatives from the White House and Department of Energy.
Global Island News | September 19, 2015
The Land of Surf, Sun and Startups: 5 Promising Energy Companies Working in Hawaii
"With strong demand for distributed generation, Hawaii is an ideal place for cleantech startups to test their ideas -- if they can get traction. Enter Energy Excelerator, a Hawaii-based nonprofit designed to help startups find their way into the island state's dynamic energy market," says Julia Pyper.
Greentech Media | September 3, 2015
The White House Hosts Its First Demo Day
"Whether it’s a garage, a basement, a dorm room, or—if you’re like me—a kitchen, a great idea can ignite just about anywhere," writes Diana Doukas on the White House's first every Demo Day featuring EEx company, Go Electric.
The White House Blog | August 19, 2015
Stem Raises $45M in Series C
Stem has raised $45 million from investors including the energy-trading arm of German power company RWE. Katie Fehrenbacher writes that "the key to Stem's system is algorithms that use data from local utilities, building operations, and from a variety of other sources to quickly shift buildings from battery to grid power. Lithium-ion batteries can provide short bursts of power, to meet the demand."
Fortune | August 13, 2015
Need a Taxi to the Airport? Options Expanding Beyond Uber
EEx company, Bandwagon, featured as an alternative to Uber by Stephanie Rosenbloom in the New York Times. In late May Bandwagon began operating at La Guardia Airport.
New York Times | August 10, 2015
ConnectDER Cuts Cost of Grid Interconnection for Rooftop Solar
Forbes writes about ConnectDER, a startup founded in 2012 in Pennsylvania with a technology that goes a long way toward solving panel-driven interconnection conundrums for solar and other distributed energy resources.
Forbes | June 2, 2015
EEx Weekend Hackathon Tackles Hawaii’s Traffic Problem
On Friday, EEx launched a two-day hackathon where teams will have 24 hours to build apps addressing one of Hawaii’s most notorious problems: transportation.
Pacific Business News | May 22, 2015
Blackstone and DENSO Back EEx
Blackstone Charitable Foundation and DENSO join the Office of Naval Research, the US Department of Energy, Hawaii State Energy Office, and Hawaiian Electric Industries as Energy Excelerator's Global Partners.
Cleantechnica | February 19, 2015
Stem to Supply 86MW to Southern California Edison
Stem leverages the work they are doing with us in Hawaii to become of four companies selected by Southern California Edison (SCE) in the largest grid-connected storage purchase in the history of the United States, 261 MW of storage capability.
Forbes | November 5, 2014
Stem Raises $100M Project Finance Fund
Eric Wesoff covers the a behind-the-meter energy storage startup' $100 million fund to finance distributed energy storage at commercial and industrial customers. At the same times he asks whether or not the "leasing model can do for energy storage what it’s done for residential solar."
Greentech Media | September 16, 2014
EEx Opens Applications for its 2015 Cohort
Katie Fehrenbacher reveals our secret sauce, deployment: "Seed stage companies can draw up to $75,000 and growth stage companies can bring in up to $1 million. So, yeah, not huge coffers, but perhaps the biggest upside of the program is if a company wants to do a pilot or commercial project in Hawaii."
Gigaom (R.I.P.) | May 12, 2014
EEx Provides Boost for Clean Energy
Hawaii Business profiles the 15 companies in EEx's 2014 cohort.
Hawaii Business | March 2014
EEx Pours $5M into Cleantech Startups
A new startup program, called Energy Exceletor, recently raised $30 million from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Office of Naval Research to help the state achieve that goal. A portion of the funds — about $5 million — have already been invested in 15 innovative companies.
Venture Beat | November 7, 2013
Navy Commits $30M to EEx
Ucilia Wang of Forbes writes about why EEx and the Navy feel Hawaii is the best test bed for energy startups: "Hawaii may be small in size, but its high energy costs have made the island state a desirable market for green tech."
Forbes | September 6, 2013
EEx Receives $30M From The Navy
Announcing our $30 million commitment from the U.S. Navy, Eliza Brooke of TechCrunch writes, "By operating outside Silicon Valley and instead in an environment with a vested interest in finding energy solutions, Energy Excelerator could be making steps toward helping startups gain traction."
TechCrunch | September 3, 2013