Investments

Arctic Sand

Arctic Sand Technologies, Inc.
A fabless semiconductor company transforming power management in electronic devices

Description
Founded in 2011, Arctic Sand Technologies is a privately held, fabless semiconductor company, spun out of MIT, based in Cambridge, Mass. The company's power-conversion platform has the potential to transform power management in electronic devices. Arctic Sand has already earned numerous prestigious industry recognitions, including the 2011 NASA Game Changer Award, the US Department of Energy U-Launch Award and the NREL Industry Growth Forum Grand Prize Award. The company is also the recipient of the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovation Research Phase 1 grant.

Location
Cambridge, MA

January 14, 2013

Release


1366 Technologies

1366 Technologies
1366 Technologies develops innovative manufacturing solutions for silicon cell manufacturers. Our wafer and cell technologies will cut the cost of installed solar power by more than fifty percent.
www.1366tech.com

Description
1366 Technologies eliminates the cost and production challenges that have hampered solar power’s ability to replace fossil fuels. The company combines breakthrough innovations in silicon cell architecture with lean manufacturing processes to make the world’s most cost effective and commercially viable high efficiency solar cells. Developed by a veteran team of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs, including MIT professor and photovoltaic industry expert Dr. Emanuel Sachs, the company’s novel approach breaks the historic efficiency and cost tradeoff of photovoltaics.

Location
Lexington, MA



Alta Devices

Alta Devices, Inc.
A development stage company focused on improving the production economics of high efficiency solar PV applications
www.altadevices.com

Description
Alta Devices was founded in 2007 and is focused on improving the production economics of high efficiency solar PV applications. Alta is currently a development stage company and has received venture capital funding from August Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Crosslink Capital, AIMCo and others. The company is based in Santa Clara, CA.

Location
Santa Clara, CA

March 9, 2011

Release


Ciris Energy

Ciris Energy, Inc.
An emerging natural gas production company whose proprietary technology biochemically converts coal to methane at large scale and low cost
www.cirisenergy.com

Description
Ciris Energy was formed to develop, commercialize and produce clean energy from abundant, low-value carbon sources, on a large scale. We are practical technology implementers, and primarily an energy production company.

Location
Centennial, CO

January 3, 2011

Release


Consert, Inc.

Consert, Inc.
An intelligent energy management company.
www.consert.com

Description
Consert converts electric consumption in homes and small businesses into cost-effective, clean sources of capacity and energy reserves for utilities. The Consert load management solution is based on real-time, wireless technology which allows participants to conserve energy using a web-based, home area network.

Location
San Antonio, TX



Cool Planet Bio Fuels

CoolPlanetBioFuels
An early-stage company developing a technology that converts low-grade biomass into high-grade fuel and carbon that can be sequestered
www.coolplanetbiofuels.com

Description
CoolPlanetBioFuels, based in Camarillo, California, is developing a revolutionary thermal/mechanical processor that directly inputs raw biomass such as woodchips, crop residues and non-food fuel crops, and produces distinct gas streams for catalytic upgrading to conventional hydrocarbon fuel. The company is also developing simple onestep catalytic conversion processes that mate with the processor’s output gas streams to produce useful products such as eBTX (gasoline), synthetic diesel and proprietary ultrahigh-yield super fuels. This process also produces a type of char, which can be used to sequester carbon and act as a soil conditioner. This makes the CoolPlanetBioFuels product a NEGATIVE CARBON FUEL.

Location
Camarillo, CA

January 11, 2012

Release

November 17, 2010

Release


Emefcy

Emefcy
An Israeli company that can turn wastewater treatment from a huge energy drain to an electricity generator
www.emefcy.com

Description
Emefcy was founded in early 2008, by serial water technology entrepreneurs Eytan Levy and Ronen Shechter, who also founded AqWise www.aqwise.com  Marked as one of the most promising water technology start-up companies, Emefcy is a laureate of many technology leadership awards such as Guardian’s Cleantech 100, Global Water Technologies top 10, Artemis Top 50 and more.

Location
Caesarea, Israel

June 14, 2011

Release


Foro Energy

Foro Energy
Foro Energy is commercializing high power lasers for the oil, natural gas, geothermal, and mining industries.
www.foroenergy.com

Description
Launched in 2009, Foro Energy is built upon a decade of academic work at the Colorado School of Mines with a novel approach to bust through the “sound barrier” of Stimulated Brillouin Scattering that previously made it impossible to transmit high power lasers over long distance fiber optic cables. Soon thereafter, this innovation was recognized with a large award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E transformational energy technology program.

Location
Littleton, CO



Glori Energy
An innovator in enhanced oil recovery, which provides a new, viable option to sustainably and efficiently recover previously trapped oil with its AERO™ (Activated Environment for the Recovery of Oil) System
www.glorienergy.com

Description
Glori Energy’s mission is to sustainably and efficiently recover billions of barrels of oil trapped in reservoirs using existing oil wells. Glori partners with oil producers to significantly increase their oil production through the deployment of its AERO™ (Activated Environment for Recovery of Oil) System. The system makes use of existing non-potable water sources, optimizing the water quality to activate and sustain the indigenous reservoir microbial life with the desired metabolic activities. The AERO™ System provides a new, viable option to recover previously trapped oil with minimal new footprint or investment.

Location
Houston, TX

July 5, 2011

Release


GMZ Energy

GMZ Energy
The industry leader in ThermoVoltaics; economically viable energy solutions based on direct heat to electricity conversion.
www.gmzenergy.com/

Description
GMZ Energy is a pioneer in nanotechnology-based materials, a building block for a new generation of energy-efficient and more environmentally friendly products. The venture-backed company was founded in 2007 to commercialize thermoelectric materials and devices that leverage radical improvements in material performance. These improvements open the door to numerous solid-state approaches to cooling and power generation.

Location
Waltham, MA

December 21, 2011

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Hara
A leading provider of environmental and energy management software
www.hara.com

Description
Hara helps organizations grow and profit while optimizing natural resource consumption and minimizing environmental impact. The Hara™ Environmental and Energy Management solution enables organizations to manage and optimize their organizational metabolism – the collective resources consumed and resulting outputs across an organization and its value chain – including energy, water, waste and carbon. Hara empowers an end-to-end environmental and energy business process from reporting to reduction to help organizations improve operational efficiency, maximize value and manage risk. Hara customers include leading organizations such as ADWEA, Aerojet, Akamai, City of Las Vegas, City of Palo Alto, City of Philadelphia, Coca-Cola, Diebold, Hasbro, Intuit, EMD Millipore, News Corporation, Safeway and U.S. Bank.

Location
San Mateo, CA

May 18, 2011

Release


Ioxus, Inc.
A manufacturer of premium performance ultracapacitor technology for transportation, alternative energy, medical, industrial and consumer product markets
www.ioxus.com

Description
Ioxus manufactures premium performance ultracapacitor technology for transportation, alternative energy, medical, industrial and consumer product markets. The company offers the highest power and energy density ultracapacitors and hybrid capacitors ranging in size from 100 Farads to 5,000 Farads. Ioxus ultracapacitors have two to three times higher power compared to other ultracapacitors, with smaller, lighter weight modules and systems. Its family of ultracapacitors is uniquely optimized for high performance with low resistance, ideal for delivering high power bursts for acceleration, energy recapture, peak load shaving and high power applications. Ioxus is headquartered in Oneonta, N.Y.

Location
Oneonta, NY

April 14, 2011

Release


Oblong Industries Inc.
The company that created the computing environments depicted in the film Minority Report
www.oblong.com/

Description
Oblong Industries' innovative technologies and ideas are changing the way people work, play, and communicate. Oblong's technology was the basis for the computers depicted in the film Minority Report© and has roots in more than two decades of research at the MIT Media Lab. Oblong's products, including the g-speak™ spatial operating system and the Mezzanine™ collaboration appliance, define the next generation of multi-user, multi-screen, multi-device computing. Oblong is headquartered in Los Angeles and supplies g-speak and Mezzanine™ systems to Fortune 50 enterprise customers, reseller partners, and academic and research institutions.

Location
Los Angeels, CA

March 08, 2012

Release


On-Ramp Wireless.
On-Ramp Wireless is a developer of wireless networks for energy automation
www.onrampwireless.com

Description
On-Ramp Wireless has developed the first wireless system purpose-built to connect billions of hard-to-reach devices in metro scale and other challenging environments. On-Ramp's field-proven Ultra-Link ProcessingT system enables low-power monitoring and control applications for Smart Grid, pipeline integrity, water efficiency, industrial sensing, and location tracking. Operating in un-licensed spectrum, our signal processing innovation finds weak signals even in high noise environments, yielding extreme coverage, immunity to high interference, and significantly lowers cost.

Location
San Diego, CA

July 10, 2012

Release


ZiLift Ltd.
Scotland-based provider of artificial lift solutions for the oil and gas industry
www.zilift.com

Description
ZiLift Ltd. was established in May 2010 and is a fully independent company developing exciting technologies and systems, which will form the next generation of artificial lift for the oil & gas industry. ZiLift's innovative solutions will enable downhole pumping systems to be deployed where they presently cannot. Headquartered in Aberdeen and with 28 personnel, ZiLift is currently working on several E&P client sponsored projects. These are focused on gas well deliquification, oil and heavy oil applications, respectively.

Location
Aberdeen, Scotland

May 09, 2012

Release