We partner with some of the biggest names in the business to help our companies grow through investments, projects, and acquisitions.
Our Global Partners are leaders who are committed to transforming their organizations, demonstrating clean technologies in their home and regional markets, and collaborating as peers. We support them in several key ways, including insight into the newest technologies, connections into Silicon Valley and other markets, and fully-vetted partnership and investment opportunities.
Elemental Excelerator is created in collaboration with Emerson Collective's Elemental platform, which is focused on balancing the needs of humanity and nature by supporting scalable, equitable, and innovative solutions.
Emerson Collective is an organization established and led by Laurene Powell Jobs dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Elemental is Emerson Collective’s platform for applying systems level, design thinking to the multifaceted environmental challenges of our time, using every tool and talent we can avail.
Coming out of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a model for states pursuing an aggressive transition to renewable energy, the U.S. Department of Energy set aside funding for innovation. This became the seed funding for Elemental Excelerator.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is dedicated to ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The DOE’s goals include transforming the nation’s energy system, securing U.S. leadership in clean energy technologies, maintaining science and engineering as a cornerstone of our economic prosperity, and enhancing nuclear security. DOE sponsors more research in the physical sciences that any other U.S. federal agency.
In 2018, Elemental Excelerator was a selected as one of DOE’s Power Connectors for its American Made Solar Prize.
Since our roots in the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, we have worked closely with the State Energy Office to support innovation-friendly policies.
The Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) is a division of the State’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. HSEO is committed to developing and deploying high-impact solutions that will maximize Hawaii’s renewable energy resources, and improve efficiency and transportation standards. In partnership with Elemental Excelerator, HSEO has brought one of the most exciting conferences, VERGE Hawaii, to the islands, showcasing Hawaii’s energy leadership and convening some of the most important voices in clean energy.
Hawaiian Electric Industries was our first Global Partner. Together we have partnered on nearly a dozen demonstration projects.
Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) is the parent of the three largest utilities in the Hawaiian Islands – Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Ltd. – and one of Hawaii’s largest financial institutions, American Savings Bank.
Vector is New Zealand’s largest distributor of electricity and gas. They challenge and reinvent the way communities and businesses are powered and connected.
Vector owns and manages a unique portfolio of businesses, which consists of electricity distribution, data and communications provider, gas transmission and distribution, smart metering and data management, natural gas and LPG, fiber-optic networks, and solar and energy storage solutions. Vector sees Hawaii as the Silicon Valley of energy and is most interested in technologies that bring different types of innovation together into one platform and technologies that increase engagement with their end clients.
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) is the largest public utility in Japan, and the 4th largest utility in the world.
After the market was deregulated in Japan, TEPCO faced a rapidly changing market and significant disruption to their business model. In response, TEPCO formed an Innovation Task Force to evaluate technology solutions for their grid and explore new business ventures. They are collaborating with Elemental Excelerator and its portfolio companies to assist them in their transformation, learn more about energy innovation in Hawaii, and build a pipeline of promising startups.
GE counts most of the world’s utilities as their client and wants Elemental Excelerator to provide insight into the new technologies and projects that are actively being deployed.
GE Ventures is a global leader in energy innovation and investments, with dozens of active energy venture investments. They are committed to identifying, scaling, and accelerating ideas that will make the world work better and provide entrepreneurs and startups access to GE’s technical expertise, capital, and opportunities for commercialization through GE’s global network of businesses, customers, and partners.
SK Gas is looking for technologies that bring innovation to the energy sector and has high interest in service solutions that are built around enhancing engagement with end customers.
SK Gas is part of SK Group, the third largest conglomerate in Korea. SK Gas also owns and manages a portfolio of businesses, including power generation, renewable energy development, and property development. SK Gas is looking for technologies that bring innovation to the energy sector and has high interest in service solutions (e.g., energy storage systems, energy efficiency, etc.) that are built around enhancing engagement with end customers.
Elemental Excelerator is partnering with HCF in looking at innovative ways to increase water efficiency, transparency, and supply.
The Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) partners with and convenes experts, donors, and nonprofits to raise the level and effectiveness of philanthropy in Hawaii. HCF creates partnerships by bringing funders together with nonprofit, community, and government leaders, and shares knowledge gained through its work investments. Fresh water has always been a concern for an island in the middle of the Pacific with finite water resources.
PTT, a Fortune 500 and a member of World DJSI, is a fully integrated energy and petrochemical company in Thailand, with global footprints.
PTT, a Fortune 500 and a member of World DJSI, is a fully integrated energy and petrochemical company in Thailand. Aside from traditional energy, petrochemical, and trading businesses, PTT invests in New S-Curve businesses under the ‘Design Now’ strategy. PTT’s Innovation Team and Corporate Venture Capital identifies, partners, and invests globally in technologies for energy and sustainability, which can solve developing countries’ challenges.
National Grid Partners is the venture investment and innovation arm of National Grid plc.
National Grid Partners (NPG) makes and manages strategically and financially attractive investments and leads company-wide innovation efforts. The organization focuses on innovation, incubation, corporate venture capital and business development providing a multi-functional approach to change the status quo. NGP is based in Silicon Valley with offices and team members in Los Gatos, San Francisco, Boston, London, and New York.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States.
Our Innovation Partners are committed to transforming infrastructure systems through the deployment of clean technology and injection of capital into ecosystems as a whole. They see the strategic value in our portfolio and pipeline, as we provide direct access to dealflow, investor events, and insights into the front lines of innovation.
Acario is the Silicon Valley based Corporate Venture and Open Innovation arm of Tokyo Gas, the largest gas utility in Japan.
Upon the deregulation of the electricity and gas markets in Japan, Acario was created to explore and invest in emerging technologies in the new energy and sustainability sectors. Our current investment focus areas include mobility solutions, renewables and energy storage, next-generation grid infrastructure and services, and sustainability.
Hitachi is a Japanese multinational conglomerate and one of the world's largest manufacturers of power systems and industrial components.
Hitachi is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of power systems and industrial components, delivering energy and environmental efficiency solutions that help conserve resources and innovate sustainably. Hitachi’s offerings include power supply components, grid optimization solutions, and Lumada, an IoT platform that maximizes the value of industrial data.
BP is a British multinational oil and gas company headquartered in London, England.
The energy BP produces serves to power economic growth and lift people out of poverty. BP knows that the delivery of heat, light and mobility is changing. They aim to anchor their business in these changing patterns of demand and contribute to a lower carbon future.
Centrica is a British multinational utility company headquartered in the United Kingdom.
Centrica is an international energy and services company. Their purpose is to satisfy the changing needs of their customers in a rapidly evolving energy world.
Orsted is a multinational power company headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Orsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms, bioenergy plants and innovative waste-to-energy solutions and provides smart energy products to its customers. They have a vision of creating a world that runs entirely on green energy.
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Hawaiian Electric partners with Amber Kinetics
Hawaiian Electric, in partnership with Amber Kinetics and EEx, has launched an operational four-hour kinetic energy storage system (KESS) powered by groundbreaking flywheel technology. It is the first commercial use of Amber Kinetics’ advanced tech in the U.S.Read More
Ulupono Initiative backs Carbon Lighthouse with $3M
Our Community Partner, Ulupono, participated in Carbon Lighthouse's (EEx 2016) latest $27M round to help expand its engineering and marketing efforts!Read More
National Grid and TEPCO invest in Opus One
National Grid and Tokyo Electric Power jointly invested in Opus One through Energy Impact Partners. Opus One is building a dynamic software platform that gives utilities, owners of distributed energy resources (DERs), and other market participants real-time insight into the DNA of the electricity distribution grid.Read More
Ulupono Initiative invests in Ibis Networks
Hawaii impact investment firm, Ulupono Initiative, has announced its $350,000 investment in Ibis Networks to help expand the commercial footprint of its flagship InteliNetwork™ platform.Read More
BP Joins EEx Innovation Partners
We are excited to collaborate with BP on delivering the energy the world needs and transitioning to a lower-carbon future!Read More
BP Invests $5M in Freewire
BP has invested $5 million in U.S. mobile electric vehicle charging company FreeWire, which will help provide rapid charging at its retail sites in Britain and Europe, as demand for cleaner vehicles is expected to soar.Read More
TEPCO Invests in Via Science
Japan’s largest electric power supplier, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO), has selected Via Science for its first strategic venture investment in machine learning and analytics.Read More