News & Blog

Please enjoy the most recent blog posts and news from Element 8, along with announcements from our portfolio companies and from the cleantech and sustainability industries.  You may filter the feed by interest.

Industry News

Aug 21 2017

The value of seed-stage startups just hit the highest point on record: $6.2 million

FROTHY August 10, 2017 WRITTEN BY Michael J. Coren @MJ_Coren Early-stage startups have never been more valuable, at least on paper. Private-equity research firm Pitchbook reports that the value of venture-backed US startups has soared…

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Oct 10 2016

Marine Integration Firm ACEL Selects Corvus Energy Orca ESS

Marine Integration Firm ACEL Selects Corvus Energy Orca ESS Norwegian based ACEL will begin integrating Orca ESS technology for merchant, naval and offshore applications Richmond, B.C. – October 10, 2016 – ACEL AS of Norway has ordered…

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Aug 19 2016

Capturing the Full Benefits of Demand Flexibility

James Mandel, Ph.D. and Ginger Juhl, Rocky Mountain Institute | 8/11/16 Demand flexibility—allowing household devices like HVAC systems and smart appliances to interact with the electric grid in response to real-time price changes—can save customers…

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Jul 11 2016

Doosan Acquires 1Energy Systems

On June 30th, 2016, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) announced the acquisition Seattle-based 1Energy Systems, a company founded in 2011 to develop a software platform that automatically integrates distributed energy resources into the electric…

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Jul 11 2016

Valuing Energy Efficiency: The Case for Consensus

Click here for the original post on Energy Collective website In my time immersed in commercial real estate energy management, I have met a multitude of building owners, managers, and engineers whose love for their…

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Jun 30 2016

ESS To Showcase Low Cost Iron Flow Battery Ideal For Long Duration Energy Storage & Microgrid Applications At Intersolar

Company’s simple iron chemistry delivers dramatically lower cost, higher performance, and longer operating life than other flow battery chemistries. PORTLAND, Ore., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Energy Storage Systems, Inc. (ESS), a leading manufacturer of…

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Jun 15 2016

EnergyAccessX: Driving the Energy Future

Kristina Skierka, Power For All | 6/9/16  Clean Energy Ministerial 7 (CEM7), held last week in San Francisco, was historic for a number of reasons—none more so than it was the first CEM to integrate…

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Jun 3 2016

The Future of Energy in 4 Charts

It’s not just climate change that’s spurring countries around the world to reassess their energy infrastructure. As a new World Energy Council report on the “World Energy Trilemma” underscores, it is the combination of energy security, sustainability…

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Mar 30 2016

Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator

Pacific Northwest’s Top Cleantech Organizations Partner to Accelerate Startup Businesses Oregon BEST and the CleanTech Alliance today announced the launch of a new business accelerator that will assist cleantech startups throughout the Pacific Northwest by…

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Mar 7 2016

Cleantech resurgence expected as Element 8 pumps $3.3M into startups in 2015

Madeline Vuong, GeekWire | 3/7/16  Angel investors of the Pacific Northwest collective Element 8, which focuses exclusively on early-stage clean tech companies, put nearly $3.3 million into 17 startups this past year. That’s the smallest…

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Jan 19 2016

Element 8 Co-Chair, Eric Berman speaks with Xconomy

Element 8 co-chair Eric Berman spoke with Xconomy’s Jeff Engel about the resurgence of clean tech investment. Sections of that interview were used in the following article. Cleantech Evolves, Will Investors Follow? Jeff Engel,…

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Oct 20 2015

Element 8 Newsletter – Fall 2015

Feb 24 2015

Element 8 and ARPA-E

Kristi Growdon Executive Director, Element 8 Earlier this month, I had had the opportunity to attend the ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency) Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, DC to represent Element 8 members. An annual…

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Jun 24 2014

Expo Showcases Wash. State Companies’ Budding Clean Tech Economy

Bellamy Pailthorp, KPLU Radio | Click here to listen to the story A cornerstone of Gov. Jay Inslee’s election campaign was the promise of new jobs in clean technology. But how healthy is the sector…

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Jun 23 2014

What Can the Northwest Do Best in Clean Energy?

Ben Romano, Xconomy The Pacific Northwest has a burgeoning clean energy industry, underpinned by strong public research institutions, active angel investors, and an environmental ethos that’s part of the culture. But leaders in the field…

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Jun 3 2014

Angel Investors Rethink Exit Strategies

Ellie Winninghoff, Private Wealth “Angel investors don’t make money owning companies,” noted angel investor and former Willamette University professor Robert Wiltbank said. “They make money by selling companies.” But what happens when nobody wants to…

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Apr 14 2014

Investing in Dreams: Northwest Programs Educate New Angels

Ben Romano, Xconomy Desney Tan is a decorated computer scientist and principal researcher at Microsoft Research where he works on mobile and wearable devices. He’s done well enough to have “a couple extra dollars to…

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Jan 8 2013

New Finance Models For NW Cleantech, Sustainability As VC Wanes

Benjamin Romano, Xconomy | 1/8/13 Venture capital investment in cleantech was down locally and nationally for most of last year, as several firms retreated from a broad, ill-defined sector that may never have been well-suited…

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May 11 2012

Fueling the Northwest’s clean tech industry in tough times

Emily Parkhurst, Puget Sound Business Journal | 5/11/12 Washington ranks among the top five states for venture capital funding of startups. But when it comes to VC investments specifically in clean technology, Washington ranks near…

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September 28, 2017

September Member Meeting
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October 26, 2017

October Member Meeting
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