This startup says it has found a way to cut the cost of making solar cells in half

November 15, 2021

Leap Photovoltaic was a finalist in the Cleantech Open competition, which asks companies to use a simple tool to estimate their potential impact on global greenhouse gas emissions. Because the technology could help the solar industry scale up much more quickly, the potential could be huge: The company estimated that it could help save more than 100 gigatons of emissions by the middle of the century.

Turning crop waste to fertilizer could fight air pollution in India

November 15, 2021

Earthshot winner, Takachar has developed a cheap, small-scale, portable technology that attaches to tractors in remote farms. The machine converts crop residues into sellable bio-products like fuel and fertilizer. This technology reduces smoke emissions by up to 98% which will help improve the air quality that currently reduces the affected population’s life expectancy by up to 5 years. If scaled, it could cut a billion tonnes of carbon dioxide a year: a win for India’s farmers will be a win in the fight against climate change.

These Batteries Cannot Power a Car—but They Can Light Up a City

November 12, 2021

Entrepreneurs are devising innovative ways to reuse spent electric vehicle batteries. One promising idea comes from ReJoules's prototype that can diagnose the life of a battery in as little as 5 minutes.

Princeton NuEnergy Wins Cleantech Open 2021 U.S. National Grand Prize

October 27, 2021

CalSEED awardees Leap Photovoltaics, Gridware, and infiniRel were among the finalist for Clean Tech Opens annual national competition, with Leap Photovoltaics receiving National Runner Up and the People's Choice Award, and InfiniRel Clean Tech Open West's regional winner.

New Energy Nexus CEO, Danny Kennedy, selected as a California 100 Commissioner

October 12, 2021

Danny Kennedy will be one of 26 commissioners bringing their expertise to California 100, a new statewide initiative focused on long-term planning and visioning for California future.

Success Story: New Energy Nexus, CalSEED & CalTestBed Program Design

September 01, 2021

The California Clean Energy Fund (now New Energy Nexus) launched in 2004 to accelerate clean energy adoption in California. For 15 years, New Energy Nexus established, funded, and grew the state’s entrepreneurship ecosystem to engage and challenge stakeholders at the intersection of clean energy funds, accelerators, and networks. New Energy Nexus is now an international organization that drives innovation and builds equity into the global clean energy economy.

‘A Golden Time’: Growing Opportunities for Female Entrepreneurs in Cleantech

July 19, 2021

The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development Initiative (CalSEED), backed by the California Energy Commission and operated by New Energy Nexus, helps entrepreneurs accelerate their companies and careers. Ahead of CalSEED’s next solicitation taking place August 13-September 5, program director Joy Larson said she hopes that the program will set a new record for female applicants.

Mini Documentary: ReJoule – Maximizing Batteries

July 12, 2021

How healthy are our batteries? Pique's first micro-doc is about CalSEED awardee ReJoule, which has developed a revolutionary battery diagnostic test to rapidly answer this question. By cutting down the time from 6-10 hours to a couple of minutes, ReJoule enables old batteries to have a new purpose. They help squeeze every drop of energy from used batteries. A critical need as we produce millions more EV batteries every year.

How lithium metal batteries could help bring electric planes and cars to the masses

July 02, 2021

Cuberg, a Silicon Valley start-up which spun out of Stanford University in 2015, is pursuing a lithium metal battery, which co-founder and CEO Richard Wang says could be twice as energy dense as standard lithium-ion. Its first customers are in the aviation industry, but EV battery giant Northvolt, which has contracts with Volkswagen and BMW, just acquired the company, with plans to put Cuberg’s batteries in cars, too.

CalSEED Program Funding Reauthorized by the California Energy Commission

June 09, 2021

$25M of new funding will provide essential capital to California’s early-stage clean energy entrepreneurs

Gridware Raises $5.3 Million In Seed Round For Its Tech To Eliminate Suburban Wildfires

June 08, 2021

Gridware, the California-based wildfire prevention technology company, has announced that it raised $5.3 million in a seed round. The funding round was led by Fifty Years and True Ventures with investment also coming from Y-Combinator, SOMA Capital, Liquid 2 Ventures, and Anorak Ventures, plus other funds and angel investors.

CalSEED awards $2.7 million to clean energy startups in California

February 10, 2021

The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program awards $2.7M to the 6 winners of the third annual Prototype Awards. Each will receive $450k for their innovations accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy.