November 20, 2014 | 6PM-9PM

Impact Hub New York
394 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

The Columbia Energy Symposium, partnered with the PowerBridgeNY and NEXUS-NY clean technology proof-of-concept centers, is excited to introduce our first ever Cleantech Startup Showcase the evening before the main Symposium. Join us on Thursday, November 20th at 6PM to see the PowerBridgeNY and NEXUS-NY teams showcase and pitch!


These companies and teams all have early-staged, university-based clean technologies. With the mentoring and financial support that the proof-of-concept centers have supplied, the teams have spent the last six months conducting customer interviews in the search of product-market fit. At the same time, they have also been developing their technology in the lab with the end goal of having a minimum viable product within a year.


 American Fuel Cell | NEXUS-NY 

Rochester, NY

Dan O'Connell


Membrane electrode assemblies for PEM fuel cells


Avatar Sustainable Technologies | NEXUS-NY

SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Bhavin Bhayani


Low-cost fermentable sugars made from cellulosic waste streams


Conamix | NEXUS-NY

Cornell University

Tobias Hanrath


Advanced nano-materials with multiple applications including in lithium-ion battery anodes


EcoCeramics | NEXUS-NY

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Jason Vollen


Customizable ceramic bricks for use in energy efficient building facades


Grid Symphony | Powerbridge NY

Columbia University

Roger Anderson & Ariel Fan


Grid Symphony will save billions of dollars for utilities by reducing 60-80% of energy lost in transmission and distribution by avoiding structural redundancies, strengthening grid resiliency and lowering electricity costs for all. The team’s forecasting software predicts demand, battery capacity, and weather to control and optimize electric grids at every scale. The PowerBridgeNY funds will be used for customer discovery to better define the business model.


HIGHest Transformers | Powerbridge NY

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Francisco de Leon, Saeed Jazebi, & Akash Gujra


HIGHEST Transformers (HIGH Efficiency Shielded Toroidal transformers) are designed to help distribution network operators save energy. HIGHEST transformers have higher efficiency, greater over-load capability, and increased reliability compared to the current standard. A HIGHEST transformer does not require oil; thus it is more environmentally friendly and is not as subject to explosions. The team will use the PowerBridgeNY funds to build a prototype and conduct lifetime testing.


Lionano | Powerbridge NY

Cornell University

Yingchao Yu, Siyu Huang, & Héctor D. Abruña


Lionano has created a revolutionary nano-engineered anode material for Li-ion batteries that delivers 3 times the capacity, 4 times the battery life, and recharges 3 times faster than any anode material on the market today. Calculated just from the anode perspective, they can save $60/kwh for almost any market Li-ion batteries. With the PowerBridgeNY funds, the team will manufacture and test a full battery cell.


Micatu | NEXUS-NY

Painted Post, NY

Pat Govang


Novel optical sensors for predictive maintenance of wind turbines


plugSTRATE | Powerbridge NY

Columbia University

John Kymissis, Shyuan Yangv, & Fabio Carta


plugSTRATE has a proprietary connector design and a modern architecture which enables the development of ultra-low-cost, multi-parameter monitoring units. The low cost, combined with native wireless capability, allows real-time data collection and analysis from a large number of monitors which increases audit efficiency, improves data quality, and reduces costs for both auditors and clients. With the PowerBridgeNY funds, the team will investigate the IP landscape and determine how scale up will affect the overall cost of the product.


Pure Quantum | NEXUS-NY

Cornell University

Joe Caron


Method for scaling high quality nanomaterials that will enable low-cost LED lighting


Railway energy harvesters | Powerbridge NY

Stony Brook University

Lei Zuo & Nolan Walsh


The team’s “mechanical motion rectifier” energy harvester is able to generate 100+ watts of clean energy each time a train passes to power hundreds of thousands of existing trackside applications and to meet the demand for trackside electricity in the 25-30% of the nation’s 140,700 miles of rail located in remote areas, bridges and tunnels. The team will use the PowerBridgeNY funds to build and test the rectifier on MTA tracks.


Resonant power inverters for wireless charging | Powerbridge NY

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Dariusz Czarkowski, Francisco de Leon, Mariusz Bojarski, & Abhirami Viswakumar


This project is focused on resonant power inverters optimized for wireless power transfer to make wireless charging simpler and more efficient. Wireless charging of electric vehicles is an exciting opportunity for the proliferation of electric vehicles, especially in a city environment. The team will use the PowerBridgeNY funds to design and build a prototype for EVs while also exploring other potential markets, including robotics.

18:00-19:30 Impact Hub New York


​19:30-21:00 Impact Hub New York

Showcase & Reception



Battery Replacement Module for HVAC Sensors | Powerbridge NY


Yiannis Andreopoulos, Niell Elvin, & Oleg Goushcha


This project seeks to replace batteries in HVAC sensors by harvesting electrical energy from the fluid flow inside an HVAC duct. The module is a source of continuous and non-depleting energy that will generate more power and be cheaper to maintain than competitors. The PowerBridgeNY funds will be used to build a prototype of the sensor and field test it in a commercial building.


BluCarbon | Powerbridge NY

Columbia University

Kartik Chandran & Shane Eten


This team has an all-in-one solution to analyze/optimize microbial functionality and activity in existing and future water and wastewater treatment facilities that is capable of detecting problems as early as possible to avoid process downtime, improve energy efficiency by 60% and reduce operating costs (up to 100% savings in chemical costs). The PowerBridgeNY funds will be used to build and field test a submergible drone for in-situ chemical monitoring.


C.TrAm | Powerbridge NY

NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Franciso de Leon, Marc Diaz-Aguilo, & Matthew Terraciano



C.TrAm is a piece of control and design software capable of computing the transient thermal behavior of power cable installations. It will help to reduce losses in cables and contribute to the overall efficiency of the power grid for potential savings of $30m/year. Improved monitoring will also reduce maintenance costs for potential savings of $100m/year. The team will use the PowerBridgeNY funds to build and field test their software and GUI.


Ironic Chemicals | Powerbridge NY

Columbia University

Alan West, Scott Bant, Tim Kernan, & Xiaozheng


Alan West and Scott Banta have a means of producing fuels and chemicals from dilute CO2 and electricity. The process eliminates the need for crop-derived feedstocks, is scalable, and may allow a means of monetizing excess, intermittent electrical capacity. While the long-term market may be fuels, in the intermediate term we will focus on more valuable chemicals, with a goal of partnering to develop a large pilot facility. The short term will focus on establishing a “minimal viable product,” which is a small-scale process integrating the key steps and containing a robust strain of the organism.

A limited number of tickets have been released to the public and can be found on our event ticketing page. Be sure to select a Start Up Showcase option and don't forget to also get your ticket for the main event!