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The Clean Energy Alliance

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James Groelinger, Executive Director of Clean Energy Alliance, provides an overview of his organization.

James Groelinger, Executive Director of Clean Energy Alliance, provides an overview of his organization.

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  • 1. The Clean Energy AllianceJames F. GroelingerExecutive DirectorPartnerships FurtheringCommercialization- - -HVCFI/iCANEntrepreneur’s Breakfast ForumMicrosoft StoreMarch 13, 2013
  • 2. CEA and its Mission- The Clean Energy Alliance (CEA) is anon-profit national association ofincubators and accelerators that have afocus on cleantech commercialization- CEA develops and provides practicesand resources that support cleanenergy businessincubation, entrepreneurial mentoringand development, and technologycommercialization.2
  • 3. Goal – To Turn the Country Green!Current Members20123
  • 4. 4The Complete PictureClient nMembersClientsBoard ofAdvisorsPartner 1NRELPartner 2DOEPartner N……Incubator 1 Incubator 2 Incubator N………..Client 1Client 2Client nClient 1Client 2Client nClient 1Client 2Partner 3NIST MEPBoard ofAdvisorsPartnersAffiliate Members
  • 5. A Collaboration ExampleThe DOE Small Business and CEA Partnership• During the summer of 2010, a $1.2 million ARRAgrant was established– Introduce SBIR, STTR, and othergovernment-supported companies to theincubation, mentoring, and accelerationcapabilities of CEA’s members– Measure progress during mentoringperiod– 23 CEA Members worked with 43 emerging companies– Results are currently being gathered for analysis andpublication, with numerous “success stories”• Provides basis for CEA to pursue additional SBIRcommercialization support opportunities
  • 6. Another ExampleCEA & the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership• Working with companies in the DOE/CEA Partnership drovehome the realization that, at some point,– However, manufacturing expertise was not a primary skill• NIST MEP is a nationwide network of centers with generallyoutstanding manufacturing advisory capabilities– Introduced to NIST MEP by DOE, a collaboration was announced in early2012– Two CEA/MEP collaborative mentoring projects have occurred• CEA members have extensive capabilitiesin all of the support areas needed tosupport entrepreneurial businessdevelopmentmost of the companies would have to makesomething – their product
  • 7. • In part attributable to the services provided by CEA members:– NuMat Technologies won the Grand Prize in the National Clean Energy Business PlanCompetition, as well as other a multitude of other honors– Energy Compression advanced its commercialization program by being able to constructa working prototype and attracting a new CEO– Radiator Labs commenced a product demonstration pilot program at a ColumbiaUniversity residence hall– Architectural Applications received an SBIR Phase II award– Colnatec secured purchase orders from six of the largest manufacturers in OLED, andaccelerated sales by more than two years– Potential Difference Illinois secured collaborations with Southwest Research Institute– Power Tagging Technologies clarified its selling strategy, effected a management change,and opened a previously-closed opportunity with a major utility customer– TerViva BioEnergy understood that its product could apply to four distinct markets, eachrequiring a specific and targeted strategy; one size did not fit all– Versatilis was introduced to a private strategic investor that invested $2 million toaccelerate commercialization of the company’s technology– MTECH Laboratories significantly advanced its technology development plan andcommercialization strategy, and was awarded follow-on funding from additionalgovernment agencies to advance technology commercializationA Sampling of Early Results
  • 8. As a nationwide association, CEA has a unique abilityto address issues and seize opportunities related tocommercialization, incubation and acceleration, andthe underlying support structure on a broader andmore comprehensive scale than has been done todate – and in a manner that complements theactivities of regional and local entities.An implementation ofThink Globally,Act LocallyBeing National Matters!8
  • 9. jgroelinger@cleanenergyalliance.comLearn more about Clean Energy Alliance atwww.cleanenergyalliance.com

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