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.

5 Startups Working to End Utility-Caused Wildfires

January 05, 2021

To help California mitigate its ever-growing wildfires, the CalSEED program, in collaboration with the CEC and New Energy Nexus, recently selected 28 startups to receive grants of $150,000 each, including five companies focused specifically on protecting the power grid from wildfires and mitigating public-safety power shutoff events.

Tips for Making the Leap from University Engineer to Entrepreneur

November 02, 2020

For engineers and technology experts, the process of becoming a clean energy entrepreneur can be difficult and time-consuming. But it’s often a critical step in getting a new technology solution to market. As a Walton Family Foundation report on technology transfer put it: “Successful research results change the world, but only after they leave the lab.”

CalSEED awards $4.2 million in grants to early-stage clean energy innovations

October 14, 2020

The CalSEED program is pleased to announce that the fourth cohort of innovative clean energy concepts has been approved by the CEC - 28 companies out of 212 were selected to receive grants of $150,000 each to become our 2020 Concept Awardees.

Second Life: Carmakers and Storage Startups Get Serious About Reusing Batteries

July 28, 2020

In a step forward for the sector, California-based startups RePurpose Energy, Smartville Energy and ReJoule each received $2 million to $3 million in funding last month from the EPIC funding pool to validate their technology. All three startups previously received funding from the CalSEED program.