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May 19 2017

Axiom Exergy Brings Its Refrigeration Batteries to Market in 3 Years

The rapid commercial and technical progress of Axiom Exergy’s “refrigeration batteries” flies in the face of investor bias against early-stage greentech and energy investing. Axiom Exergy’s co-founder Amrit Robbins started the firm in his garage…

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Nov 3 2016

Beta Hatch, the future of farming

xconomy|October 24, 2016 Benjamin Romano Like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, there’s more to the humble mealworm than meets the eye. It doesn’t become a beautiful butterfly, but it may contain part of the solution to…

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Sep 14 2016

Ethical Electric awarded $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative

Ethical Electric to Use $2.5 Million Award to Make Solar Accessible to Hundreds of Thousands of Americans Ethical Electric News | 9/14/16 The number of homes with solar-powered electricity is skyrocketing. Only 10 years ago,…

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Aug 19 2016

Element 8 portfolio company, Indow, featured in Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics featured our portfolio company Indow as an ingenious way to slash your heating and cooling bills. The Indow Window inserts can be installed in minutes, and the insulation improvement is significant. These Ingenious…

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Aug 10 2016

Tesla’s CTO Just Backed A Startup That Makes An Ice Battery

Tesla’s CTO Just Backed A Startup That Makes An Ice Battery Fortune – August 3, 2016 by Katie Fehrenbacher The technology, which can lower energy bills, plugs into supermarket refrigerators. Tesla chief technology officer JB…

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Aug 9 2016

Tesla co-Founder & CTO JB Straubel Invests in New Energy Storage Startup Axiom Energy

click here to see this article in full Tesla co-founder and CTO JB Straubel said in the past that he probably “likes batteries more than he likes cars”, but it looks like his interest in…

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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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Oct 20 2015

Element 8 Newsletter – Fall 2015

Oct 14 2015

Company 360:
Q&A With Matt Rose
APANA, CEO

Matt Rose Chief Executive Officer, Apana Tell us a little about Apana and your business model? Apana provides automated water management systems and services for the commercial and industrial built environment. Our end-to-end solution detects…

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Jul 30 2015

12 Companies Get Funding Through Element 8

PRESS RELEASE 12 Companies Get Funding Through Element 8 New and follow-on investments fuel growth in range of clean technologies SEATTLE (June 19, 2015), So far this year Element 8 members have invested $1.4 million…

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Mar 5 2015

Company 360:
Q&A with Tom Matzzie
Ethical Electric, CEO

Tom Matzzie Chief Executive Officer, Ethical Electric Can you tell us a little about Ethical Electric and what you do?  Sure. At Ethical Electric we make buying 100% renewable energy easy, without the need for…

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Nov 20 2014

Company 360:
Q&A with Rick Luebbe
EnerG2 CEO

Eric “Rick” Luebbe  Chief Executive Officer, EnerG2 Can you tell us a little about the recent announcement from EnerG2? This relationship with BASF can best be described as strategic funding to cement a broad long…

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Oct 15 2014

OneEnergy Renewables Secures $5M in Series B Funding

Company draws support from new and existing investors to expand reach from coast to coast Press Release, OneEnergy | 10/14/14 SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE) OneEnergy Renewables, a leading developer of distributed, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, today…

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Sep 11 2014

Fungus Could Be the Key to Avoiding a Global Food Crisis

Issie Lapowsky, Wired Magazine | 9/11/14 Our world is sitting on a time bomb. According to a United Nations report, climate change is poised to decimate the global food supply, with agricultural production expected to…

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Jul 12 2014

Can big data help build more wind and solar farms?

Rachael Post, The Guardian – Sustainable Business Blog | 8/12/14 Convincing customers to switch to renewable energy is an uphill battle. But for a former political operative, finding business is as easy as mining a consumer…

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Jun 26 2014

WISErg in Redmond raises $5 million

Redmond-based WISErg, a bioclean technology company that converts food scraps into fertilizer, has raised $5 million in its latest round of funding By Coral Garnick | Seattle Times business reporter Redmond-based WISErg, a bioclean-technology company…

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Jun 4 2014

SCAQMD Grants Rare Certification for Breakthrough Green Solvent

First Exemption for an Industrial Solvent in 21 years VANCOUVER, BC (June 4th, 2014) – TBF Environmental Technology Inc., a world leader in the development of green industrial solvents, announced today that the South Coast…

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Apr 29 2014

Green alternatives generating profitable enterprise

Surrey-based TBF Environmental Technologies develops safer solvents By Tyler Orton | Vancouver Business   The marketplace for environmentally sound products was mostly filled by “a lot of low-hanging fruit” a decade or so ago, John Hibbard…

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Apr 21 2014

TBF Environmental Technology Inc. Closes Series A Equity Round and Future Working Capital Debt Financing

Vancouver, BC – April 21, 2014  TBF Environmental Technology Inc. today announced the closing of its Series A round of equity financing with an attached provision to borrow additional amounts for working capital when needed….

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Apr 3 2014

Pioneering Motorcycle Lease Program Announced by Brammo

TALENT, OR, April 3rd, 2014  Brammo, Inc., is pleased to announce a low cost lease program for the Brammo Empulse and Empulse R starting at just $299 per month. This pioneering lease program offers customers…

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