Simple Energy was selected today as one of the CTSI Utility Technology Challenge semifinalists from among over 150 applicants, placing us in the running to be chosen as a finalist to present at TechConnect World in Santa Clara in June. Semifinalists are chosen for demonstrating exceptional promise in the areas of: pollution monitoring and reduction, HVAC, transportation, distributed generation, building and energy efficiency, energy storage, natural gas, smart grid, and transmission and distribution.
“We have never seen an application base with such high level companies, before,” said Matthew Laudon, CTSI president and chair. “CTSI is eager to see the demonstration of some of these technologies and to explore where the brightest minds in clean tech are taking the industry.”
In June, at the TechConnect World conference, a committee of utility and corporate integrators, who selected the semi-finalists and finalists, will judge the solution presentations and determine awardees. The committee includes: Arsenal Venture Partners, Anaheim Center for New Energy Technologies (AC-NET), Austin Energy, Constellation Energy, National Grid, Northeast Utilities, Shell GameChanger, and Southern California Edison.
CTSI partnered this year with several organizations including the Department of Energy and the Kauffman Foundation to award three organizations with $100,000 in pilot-demonstration funds for the testing of their solutions. Additionally, three companies will win ‘Top Solution’ recognition awards.
The mission of the Challenge is to help close the commercialization gap between prototype and market adoption for clean technology companies. In prior years, committee members have piloted and become customers of the Utility Technology Challenge finalists.