Cleantech to Market

Energy Institute at Haas

2016 C2M Projects


The battery market is growing at an unprecedented rate (over 300% in the last 8 years), and batteries themselves are becoming more complex. Existing battery quality assurance techniques are not sufficient in this changing world. Feasible offers a revolutionary ultrasound diagnostic tool that enables safer battery manufacturing and improves the performance of critical battery applications. Video


Nelumbo is a surface modification company that deploys nanomaterials for industrial applications. Nelumbo has developed super-hydrophobic or “ultra water-repellent” materials, which can increase efficiency, reduce maintenance, and improve air quality for the built environment. The coatings are easy to apply, incredibly thin (200x thinner than a human hair), and less expensive than competitors. Video

Opus 12

Unsustainable amounts of CO2 are released every year, risking serious changes in the global climate. Opus 12 incorporates novel electrode materials into existing electrochemical reactors to enable the conversion of CO2 into useful materials.  Opus 12’s carbon cycle can transform CO2 into commodity chemicals and carbon-neutral fuels, leading to an overall decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. Video


Whether in electric vehicles or renewable energy systems, Li-ion batteries have been an enabling technology for a more sustainable economy. Unfortunately, the majority of these batteries include cobalt, an expensive and volatile mineral. Sepion has a polymer membrane that provides high-flux and ion-selective transport to make sustainable Li-ion cells competitive with cobalt-based batteries. Video


Wave energy has huge potential to offer more reliable renewable power than solar or wind, but it remains largely untapped. CalWave offers a submerged wave energy converter that can absorb wave energy in any direction and convert it into electricity. It can also survive stormy seas and poses no collision danger.  Initial target markets include offshore aquaculture and remote islands. Video

Matrix Sensors

Matrix Sensors seeks to empower people to monitor gases for health, wellness, and safety more widely than ever before. They have created a gas sensor that is dramatically cheaper, smaller, and uses less power than those with similar sensitivities by developing a novel application for metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). This will enable broader sensor deployment to improve air quality. Video


Biotechnology is already producing over $150 billion in products per year, and it is forecast to grow to over $300 billion by 2020. Synvitrobio is focused on enabling the next generation of biological engineering through the use of a “cell free” system that is easy to use, low cost, and can save up to approximately 10-20% of product development lifecycle costs. Video



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