Shell and the US DoE select startups for GCxN Cleantech Accelerator


Five startups have been selected by the US Department of Energy and ShellGameChanger to participate in a cleantech accelerator initiative.

The five startups will research, develop and pilot utility grid or electric vehicle charging technologies.

Each startup will receive $250,000 in funding to aid in development and demonstration of its technology, with the opportunity for future follow-on funding, in addition to access to expertise and laboratory capabilities at both NREL and Shell.

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The startups selected include:

Grid of the Future

  • Hygge Power (Boulder, Colo.): building a suite of smart-home energy storage products that act as intelligent, uninterruptible power supplies for consumer electronics and appliances.
  • Span (San Francisco): developing a software and hardware platform that integrates sensing, actuation and logic in a single device, making it easier for homeowners to install energy applications like solar panels, batteries and electric-car charging.

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Electric Vehicle Fast Charging

  • Intertie (Sausalito, Calif.): developing modular technology that combines EV fast charging with battery storage located under the charger, allowing safe high-power delivery from a small footprint using a low-power grid connection.
  • AllCell Technologies (Chicago): advancing an intelligent battery thermal-management technology for use in lithium-ion battery packs for smart grid, autonomous vehicle and other electric mobility applications.
  • Microgrid Labs (Boulder, Colo.): creating a software package for modelling, simulation and optimization of the vehicle battery and charging infrastructure.

Adam Duran, GCxN programme manager at NREL, said: “We’re very excited to welcome a new cohort of clean technology start-ups.

“The grid of the future will need to be flexible, scalable and optimized to handle a wide variety of new inputs and outputs. Among the complexities will be electric vehicle integration. The companies we’ve selected for our second cohort bring creative and viable technologies and are rising to the challenge.”

Haibin Xu, Shell’s GCxN program manager, said, “This exceptional cohort of five companies builds on the strong foundation of the first cohort participants, who are already making substantial progress with Shell and NREL in testing their game-changing ideas. Each and all of the five companies in this new round have innovative solutions that can contribute to re-shaping the energy market. We are excited to be working with them to bring their disruptive technologies to life.”

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