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Mar 15 2017

Company 360: Q&A with Chris Preston, Element 8 Board Member

Element 8 Senior Fellow, Allison Arnold, interviews Chris Preston, Board Member, Element 8 and Axiom Exergy  What drove your initial interest in Axiom Exergy? There were two aspects that drove my initial interest in the company:…

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Mar 15 2017

Company 360: Q&A with Amrit Robbins, Axiom Exergy Co-Founder and CEO

Element 8 Senior Fellow, Allison Arnold, interviews Amrit Robbins, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Axiom Exergy   Tell us a little about Axiom Exergy and your business model? Axiom Exergy is essentially an industrial “internet of…

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Mar 10 2017

Record $6.1 Million in Investments

PRESS RELEASE Element 8 Drives Record $6.1 Million in Funding to Promising Clean Technology Startups Record year for funding includes debt and equity through a variety of mechanisms, including direct investing, syndication and the Element…

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Mar 10 2017

Element 8 2016 Investments – Record Year

2016 was a record year for Element 8: we invested $6.1 million in 27 clean-tech companies. While there was widespread concern about the future of the clean technology industry in late 2016, this announcement reflects…

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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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Oct 24 2016

Paris Milestone

September 2016 gave cleantech investors a reason to be optimistic: the U.S. and China simultaneously agreed to the Paris climate change agreement (COP21), followed closely by India and the EU. Ratification by those four parties,…

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Oct 11 2016

Enertech Search Partners Sponsor Feature: Assessing Human Capital Risk in Cleantech Start Ups

Guest feature from our sponsor Due diligence is the backbone of any investment decision. Scenarios pondered and red flags caught can mean the difference in making a multiple on your investment or taking a steep…

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Oct 11 2016

Company 360: Q&A With Marja Wallach, Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies, Board Observer

  Q&A with Marja Wallach, Element 8 Investor and Board Observer, Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies What drove your initial interest in AST? My husband, Bob and I had just started to act as angel investors. Our goal,…

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Oct 11 2016

Company 360: Q&A With Rusty Rodriguez, Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies, CEO

Pictured: Team AST at a company retreat in 2016. Q&A with Dr. Russell Rodriguez, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies Tell us a little about AST and your business model? AST is a socially conscious company with a…

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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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Sep 22 2016

OregonBEST FEST 2016 – An Element 8 Field Trip

Are you brave enough to eat crickets?  What if they were folded into a VooDoo donut? These and other questions were answered as eleven Element 8 members ventured down on the train to OregonBEST’s 8th…

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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 23 2016

Capturing the Full Benefits of Demand Flexibility

Capturing the Full Benefits of Demand Flexibility – Original Article 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 money…

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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 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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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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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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