PALO ALTO, Calif. (June 7, 2022) - The Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Incubatenergy® Labs program announced today the 15 early-stage startup companies that will conduct 20 accelerated technology demonstrations and deployment projects advancing decarbonization, electrification, and grid modernization as part of the 2022 Incubatenergy Labs Cohort.
Incubatenergy Labs is built for startups to engage EPRI and energy companies in demonstration projects. The program connects companies leading the advancement of electrification, decarbonization, and grid modernization with energy stakeholders to demonstrate and scale those innovations. The selected projects fall under one of eight categories: Customer and Community Engagement; Decarbonization and Sustainability; E-Mobility; Fixed Premise Electrification; Intelligent, Predictive and Prescriptive Operations; Customer and Community Resilience; Wildfires; and Workforces of the Future.
This year’s companies were chosen from more than 150 international startups by a panel of energy stakeholders and EPRI representatives. The selected startups will spend 16 weeks working with energy company partners and EPRI subject matter expert advisors on demonstration technology projects. The 2022 Cohort runs June to October, with final demonstration results presented during the interactive Incubatenergy Labs Demo Days hosted by Xcel Energy in Minneapolis in late October.
A full list of the demonstration projects is here.
“This year’s Cohort is the most internationally diverse we’ve ever had in the program, representing Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, along with the U.S.,” said EPRI Project Manager and Incubatenergy Lead Erik Steeb. “Innovation is key to the clean energy transition and decarbonization, and EPRI is proud to provide a unique opportunity for global energy startups to further develop and showcase new and exciting technologies.”
Supporting utilities for this year’s Cohort include American Electric Power, Ameren Corporation, Fortis Inc., Tennessee Valley Authority, Xcel Energy, Consolidated Edison Co. of New York, Enel, Entergy, FirstEnergy, Grupo Energía Bogotá, National Grid Partners, New York Power Authority, Pacific Gas and Electric, Portland General Electric, Salt River Project, Southern California Edison, and Vermont Electric Power Company. EPRI’s Artificial Intelligence initiative, AI.EPRI, also is supporting several of this year’s projects.
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