The Ohio Clean Energy Challenge has announced its semi-finalists for the 2014 competition—with five of the 10 contest slots going to teams from Case Western Reserve University.
Established by the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the 2014 Ohio Clean Energy Challenge is part of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. Teams develop clean energy business plans and work with mentors to perfect their commercialization strategies and investor pitches. The 10 semifinalists will present their pitches in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges on February 28, 2014 at Cleveland State University. Find more information on the pitch sessionhere
The five teams from Case Western Reserve are tackling a diverse range of green energy challenges, from smarter showers to fuel cell powered transportation to more sustainable rocket technology. Semifinalists representing Case Western Reserve include:
•Carbon Origins –proposing multi-use rockets as a greener alternative for launching items like
scientific instruments into space
•Brisa – developing a solar-powered evaporative air conditioner
•EcoSpinners – building a commercially viable fuel cell powered bike
•FGC Plasma Solutions– integrating plasma-assisted combustion topology with a jet engine fuel
nozzle to improve fuel economy and safety
They will compete in the live pitch contest with teams from three other Ohio universities: Archer Technologies from Ohio University, CH4 from Wright State University and Fuellent Energy Solutions from the University of Cincinnati.