2016 Teams

Blue Forest Conservation (UC Berkeley)

This group is tackling some of the most pressing environmental challenges in the Western US – extreme drought and severe wildfire – in an innovative and sustainable way.  Blue Forest is developing the Forest Resilience Bond that will deploy private capital to invest in forest health, generating more than just financial returns by contracting with the US Forest Service and utilities to monetize the diverse benefits of forest restoration.


Cuberg (Stanford University)

They are developing high-performance solid-state batteries that will store twice as much energy as the best batteries in the world today. This technology can dramatically improve the performance, extend the range, and reduce the cost of electric vehicles, which will expedite adoption and substantially reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector.


EVMatch (UC Santa Barbara)

This is an online marketplace that connects electric vehicle (EV) owners in need of reliable charging (“Users”) with local owners of residential EV charging infrastructure (“Hosts”) on a reservation basis with mobile payment processing. As the adoption of EVs in California outpaces the deployment of public charging infrastructure, this service will support more EVs on the road and the transition to a clean energy economy. Through this innovative multi-sided platform, Users can easily find nearby, affordable charging and Hosts will generate higher returns on investments in their residential charging infrastructure.


SolFox (UC Berkeley)

Solfox uses data analytics to accelerate the solar revolution, helping residential solar companies reduce their cost of customer acquisition. These costs can represent up to 64% of the total price of any new installed solar system, and are the largest barrier to the continued expansion of the solar industry.


Nelumbo (UC Berkeley

Our team uses a thin superomniphobic nanocoating on air conditioning cooling coil fins to accelerating water and oil shedding, raising efficiency by up to 25% and eliminating contaminant build-up. Our OMNIPHOBE  coating is 200X thinner than a human hair and costs less than 2% of an AC unit, allowing cost-effective, universal application on any scale or geometry.
Contact: Liam Berryman (liamb2@berkeley.edu) or Lance Brockway (brockway@berkeley.edu).


OPUS 12 (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab/Stanford University)

Opus 12 is developing an electrochemical device that converts CO2, water, and electricity into valuable fuels and chemicals that are cost-competitive with conventional products. At scale, we provide a profitable solution to the world’s carbon emissions challenge: transforming CO2 from a liability into an opportunity.

Website: http://www.cyclotronroad.org/opus12/


Team Ness (University of Hawaii)

Team Ness is integrating electrical and mechanical designs for smart devices with IT services to develop a novel demand response platform for residential smart grid solutions. The platform will provide customizable tools to connect home appliances to a smart grid network and is ideally suited to Hawaii and California where grid stability hardships result from the integration of intermittent renewable energy sources.