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News Article | September 12, 2016
Site: cleantechnica.com

Solar shingles are now gaining increasing traction in the renewable energy landscape. They are architecturally distinctive, more so than traditional rooftop photovoltaic panels. Solar shingles provide an integrated building product providing both roofing security and solar electricity in one package. “The nascent field of U.S. solar shingle manufacturers is beginning to expand from its small base in building-integrated PV (BIPV), leveraging their systemic reductions in installation costs, their improved roof and solar integration, and their continuing march-out of newer materials.” Two of this industry’s solar shingle pioneers are Robert and Gary Allen, brothers and partners in Rochester, Michigan-based Luma Resources. The two men answered my questions about their innovative building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) products and provided these helpful photographs. Structurally, a polycrystalline photovoltaic tempered glass module is adhered to a custom formed metal shingle. A premium plastic edge protector surrounds the glass to provide added durability. The junction box located on the back is positioned in the center of the shingle, allowing equal length wires to run in either direction. For starters, take a look at this remarkable finished roof, as shown below: Meyers: In short, what factors led to the development of your solar shingles? Robert Allen: It all started with a phone call. I knew a man who worked for a German company, Rheinzink. He knew that our roofing company (Allen Brothers) excelled in specialty roofing and sheet metal. He’d gotten a call from then solar-leader, United Solar Ovonics (USO). Rheinzink was doing a lot of business with USO in Germany. USO asked him if he had any ideas on how USO might gain entrance into the residential solar market. He told them he didn’t have a clue, but based on their area code — being the same as mine — they should call us. They called just before Christmas in 2006. Meyers: Where was your first product launched, and can you describe the performance successes and drawbacks? Robert Allen: We showed our product for the first time at the International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas. We had a 10 x 10 foot booth along with a smaller display in the new products pavilion. Thousands of contractors from all over the world walk the Expo. There they see about 50+ new products being introduced into the roofing and construction market for the coming year. During the Expo, attendees are asked to vote for the best new product of the year. Our Luma Solar Roof took first place. When asked why they voted for Luma: they saw it as something they could add to their product offerings back home and make money with. Gary Allen: The performance success has been very nearly flawless. Our biggest challenge has been helping educate interested parties about rooftop solar versus traditional rack-and-frame. For example, we actually enhance the roof’s strength as opposed to traditional rack-and-frame solar that weakens it. The general public does not yet fully understand, but that is changing with all the press and growing demand about roof-integrated solar. Meyers: Who were the product developers, and did this effort generate interest from other companies? Robert Allen: Gary was the key developer of the Luma Solar Roofing system. His 30 years of experience in the roofing and sheet metal industry doing some of the most challenging projects in our market area paid off big. When we were asked by USO if we could figure out a way to make their thin-film solar laminate work on a residential roof he saw the solution in his mind right away. Three days later he had the prototype shingle finished. As to the question of our product generating interest from other companies, the answer is yes. Within a year, Dow came out with the Power House Solar Shingle, and a small company called BIPV Solar came out with its product. Dow has closed down its solar shingle division with its most recent merger with DuPont. BIPV was private labeled by Saint-Gobain (French conglomerate) through its CertainTeed division, they now call it the Apollo Tile. Saint-Gobain approached Luma ahead of BIPV Solar but we weren’t looking for a partner and turned them down. Meyers: Describe some of your solar shingles demos, locations, and comparative costs. Robert Allen: Although we have been involved in demos in the past, in a certain way every Luma job is a roofing demo, in a sense. Our product is first a fully weatherproof roofing system complete with its own R listing (R for roofing) at Underwriters Laboratories. When we add the solar component to the top of the metal roofing shingle it also becomes a solar roofing system. Luma Solar Roofs are located throughout the United States, Canada, and the West Indies. Gary Allen: We currently have two active Luma demos for purposes of R&D. One is located in Detroit on the campus of NextEnergy. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2002 to drive advanced energy and transportation investment and job creation. The second demo is on the campus of Western Michigan University in their “Solar Garden.” They will be using it as part of their clean energy degree program. Robert Allen: Luma’s “comparative cost” can only be looked as it relates to the cost of the roof and the cost of the solar. Luma is the original, and to date, only complete solar roofing system. We cover the entire structure’s roof with either the Luma Metal Shingle or Solar Metal Shingle. Others use a patchwork method. Roofs are sold on a certain price per square foot. Solar is sold on a certain price per watt. Luma’s “comparative cost” would be equivalent to a high-end custom roof that is fully weatherproof and powers your house, as well as beautifying it. Meyers: While the roofing system is architecturally attractive, how do longevity and performance fit? Gary Allen: The 24-gauge painted galvanized metal that Luma uses to form its shingle has a 30-year warranty on the paint finish. The metal shingle itself is a lifetime product. The solar laminate has a 25-year power generation warranty. Interestingly, some of our systems still function after surviving multiple hurricanes, hail storms and other acts of nature. Meyers: Who are some of the champions for your company and your solar shingles product? Robert Allen: Here are some: PV Technical Services, Ontario, Canada 50 + – Luma Solar Roofs; Yale Acres Subdivision, Meriden, Connecticut; Home Land Builders, Ann Arbor, MI; Teddington Farms Eco Tourism Retreat, Portland Perish, Port Antonio Jamaica. Two off-grid Eco Tourism Lodges completed, five more to go. Mr. John Sarver, former head of the Michigan Department of Energy and first Luma customer post UL listing. John is the current head of Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA). He’s a strong solar advocate and sought after public speaker. John loves to tell the story that he wanted to put solar on his roof for decades (before Luma) but his wife wouldn’t let him. She hated the way traditional solar would make her beautiful house look. That is, until he showed her the Luma Solar Roof. Thanks to Robert and Gary Allen for the time they have provided. I look forward to learning more about solar shingles and projects from Luma Resources.   Drive an electric car? 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This report studies Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) in Global market, especially in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, focuses on top manufacturers in global market, with production, price, revenue and market share for each manufacturer, covering  Boulder  AC Propulsion  Coritech Services  EV Grid  Honda  Ford Technology  Corinex  Enerdel  Pacific Gas and Electric Company  NextEnergy  NRG Energy For more information or any query mail at [email protected] Market Segment by Regions, this report splits Global into several key Regions, with production, consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) in these regions, from 2011 to 2021 (forecast), like  North America  Europe  China  Japan  Southeast Asia  India Split by product type, with production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into  Type I  Type II  Type III Split by application, this report focuses on consumption, market share and growth rate of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) in each application, can be divided into  Application 1  Application 2  Application 3 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Market Research Report 2016  1 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Market Overview  1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G)  1.2 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Segment by Type  1.2.1 Global Production Market Share of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) by Type in 2015  1.2.2 Type I  1.2.3 Type II  1.2.4 Type III  1.3 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Segment by Application  1.3.1 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Consumption Market Share by Application in 2015  1.3.2 Application 1  1.3.3 Application 2  1.3.4 Application 3  1.4 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Market by Region  1.4.1 North America Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.4.2 Europe Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.4.3 China Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.4.4 Japan Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.4.5 Southeast Asia Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.4.6 India Status and Prospect (2011-2021)  1.5 Global Market Size (Value) of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) (2011-2021) 7 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Manufacturers Profiles/Analysis  7.1 Boulder  7.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.1.2 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Product Type, Application and Specification  7.1.2.1 Type I  7.1.2.2 Type II  7.1.3 Boulder Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.1.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.2 AC Propulsion  7.2.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.2.2 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Product Type, Application and Specification  7.2.2.1 Type I  7.2.2.2 Type II  7.2.3 AC Propulsion Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.2.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.3 Coritech Services  7.3.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.3.2 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Product Type, Application and Specification  7.3.2.1 Type I  7.3.2.2 Type II  7.3.3 Coritech Services Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.3.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.4 EV Grid  7.4.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.4.2 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Product Type, Application and Specification  7.4.2.1 Type I  7.4.2.2 Type II  7.4.3 EV Grid Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.4.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.5 Honda  7.5.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.5.2 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Product Type, Application and Specification  7.5.2.1 Type I  7.5.2.2 Type II  7.5.3 Honda Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.5.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.6 Ford Technology  7.6.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.6.2 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Product Type, Application and Specification  7.6.2.1 Type I  7.6.2.2 Type II  7.6.3 Ford Technology Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.6.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.7 Corinex  7.7.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.7.2 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Product Type, Application and Specification  7.7.2.1 Type I  7.7.2.2 Type II  7.7.3 Corinex Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Production, Revenue, Price and Gross Margin (2015 and 2016)  7.7.4 Main Business/Business Overview  7.8 Enerdel  7.8.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Its Competitors  7.8.2 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Product Type, Application and Specification  7.8.2.1 Type I  7.8.2.2 Type II For more information or any query mail at [email protected] Wise Guy Reports is part of the Wise Guy Consultants Pvt. 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Wiseguyreports.Com Adds “Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System -Market Demand, Growth, Opportunities and analysis of Top Key Player Forecast to 2021” To Its Research Database This report studies Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System in Global market, especially in North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India, focuses on top manufacturers in global market, with Production, price, revenue and market share for each manufacturer, covering Market Segment by Regions, this report splits Global into several key Region, with production, consumption, revenue, market share and growth rate of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System in these regions, from 2011 to 2021 (forecast), like North America China Europe Japan India Southeast Asia Split by product type, with production, revenue, price, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into Electric Vehicles Technology Infrastructure Split by application, this report focuses on consumption, market share and growth rate of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System in each application, can be divided into Application 1 Application 2 Application 3 Global Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Market Research Report 2021 1 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Overview 1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System 1.2 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Segment by Types 1.2.1 Global Production Market Share of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System by Type in 2015 1.2.2 Electric Vehicles Overview and Price 1.2.2.1 Electric Vehicles Overview 1.2.2.2 Electric Vehicles Price List in 2015 and 2016 1.2.3 Technology 1.2.3.1 Technology Overview 1.2.3.2 Technology Price List in 2015 and 2016 1.2.4 Infrastructure 1.2.4.1 Infrastructure Overview 1.2.4.2 Infrastructure Price List in 2015 and 2016 1.3 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Segment by Application 1.3.1 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Consumption Market Share by Application in 2015 1.3.2 Application 1 and Major Clients (Buyers) List 1.3.3 Application 2 and Major Clients (Buyers) List 1.3.4 Application 3 and Major Clients (Buyers) List 1.4 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Market by Region 1.4.1 North America Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.2 China Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.3 Europe Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.4 Japan Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.5 India Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.6 Southeast Asia Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.5 Global Market Size (Value and Volume) of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System (2011-2021) 1.5.1 Global Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Production and Revenue (2011-2021) 1.5.2 Global Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Production and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 1.5.3 Global Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 6 Global Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Manufacturers Analysis 6.1 AC Propulsion 6.1.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 6.1.2 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Product Type and Technology 6.1.2.1 Electric Vehicles 6.1.2.2 Technology 6.1.2.3 Infrastructure 6.1.3 Machinery & Equipment Production, Revenue, Price of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System (2015 and 2016) 6.2 Boulder Electric Vehicle 6.2.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 6.2.2 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Product Type and Technology 6.2.2.1 Electric Vehicles 6.2.2.2 Technology 6.2.2.3 Infrastructure 6.2.3 Boulder Electric Vehicle Production, Revenue, Price of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System (2015 and 2016) 6.3 Coritech Services 6.3.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 6.3.2 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Product Type and Technology 6.3.2.1 Electric Vehicles 6.3.2.2 Technology 6.3.2.3 Infrastructure 6.3.3 Coritech Services Production, Revenue, Price of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System (2015 and 2016) 6.4 EV Grid 6.4.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 6.4.2 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Product Type and Technology 6.4.2.1 Electric Vehicles 6.4.2.2 Technology 6.4.3 EV Grid Production, Revenue, Price of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System (2015 and 2016) 6.5 Corinex 6.5.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 6.5.2 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Product Type and Technology 6.5.2.1 Electric Vehicles 6.5.2.2 Technology 6.5.3 Corinex Production, Revenue, Price of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System (2015 and 2016) 6.6 Enerdel 6.6.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 6.6.2 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Product Type and Technology 6.6.2.1 Electric Vehicles 6.6.2.2 Technology 6.6.3 Enerdel Production, Revenue, Price of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System (2015 and 2016) 6.7 Ford Technology 6.7.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 6.7.2 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Product Type and Technology 6.7.2.1 Electric Vehicles 6.7.2.2 Technology 6.7.3 Ford Technology Production, Revenue, Price of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System (2015 and 2016) 6.8 Honda 6.8.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 6.8.2 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Product Type and Technology 6.8.2.1 Electric Vehicles 6.8.2.2 Technology 6.8.3 Honda Production, Revenue, Price of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System (2015 and 2016) 6.9 NextEnergy 6.9.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 6.9.2 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Product Type and Technology 6.9.2.1 Electric Vehicles 6.9.2.2 Technology 6.9.3 NextEnergy Production, Revenue, Price of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System (2015 and 2016) 6.10 NRG Energy 6.10.1 Company Basic Information, Manufacturing Base and Competitors 6.10.2 Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System Product Type and Technology 6.10.2.1 Electric Vehicles 6.10.2.2 Technology 6.10.3 NRG Energy Production, Revenue, Price of Grid-to-Vehicle (V2G) System (2015 and 2016) 6.11 Pacific Gas and Electric Company


News Article | November 11, 2016
Site: www.newsmaker.com.au

Notes: Sales, means the sales volume of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue, means the sales value of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) This report studies sales (consumption) of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) in Global market, especially in United States, China, Europe, Japan, focuses on top players in these regions/countries, with sales, price, revenue and market share for each player in these regions, covering Boulder AC Propulsion Coritech Services EV Grid Honda Ford Technology Corinex Enerdel Pacific Gas and Electric Company NextEnergy NRG Energy Market Segment by Regions, this report splits Global into several key Regions, with sales (consumption), revenue, market share and growth rate of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) in these regions, from 2011 to 2021 (forecast), like United States China Europe Japan Split by product Types, with sales, revenue, price and gross margin, market share and growth rate of each type, can be divided into Type I Type II Type III Split by applications, this report focuses on sales, market share and growth rate of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) in each application, can be divided into Application 1 Application 2 Application 3 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales Market Report 2016 1 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Overview 1.1 Product Overview and Scope of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) 1.2 Classification of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) 1.2.1 Type I 1.2.2 Type II 1.2.3 Type III 1.3 Application of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) 1.3.1 Application 1 1.3.2 Application 2 1.3.3 Application 3 1.4 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Market by Regions 1.4.1 United States Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.2 China Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.3 Europe Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.4.4 Japan Status and Prospect (2011-2021) 1.5 Global Market Size (Value and Volume) of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) (2011-2021) 1.5.1 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 1.5.2 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) 2 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Competition by Manufacturers, Type and Application 2.1 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Market Competition by Manufacturers 2.1.1 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales and Market Share of Key Manufacturers (2011-2016) 2.1.2 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue and Share by Manufacturers (2011-2016) 2.2 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) (Volume and Value) by Type 2.2.1 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales and Market Share by Type (2011-2016) 2.2.2 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue and Market Share by Type (2011-2016) 2.3 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) (Volume and Value) by Regions 2.3.1 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales and Market Share by Regions (2011-2016) 2.3.2 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue and Market Share by Regions (2011-2016) 2.4 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) (Volume) by Application Figure Picture of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Table Classification of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Figure Global Sales Market Share of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) by Type in 2015 Figure Type I Picture Figure Type II Picture Table Applications of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Figure Global Sales Market Share of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) by Application in 2015 Figure Application 1 Examples Figure Application 2 Examples Figure United States Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) Figure China Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) Figure Europe Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) Figure Japan Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) Figure Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales and Growth Rate (2011-2021) Figure Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue and Growth Rate (2011-2021) Table Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales of Key Manufacturers (2011-2016) Table Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales Share by Manufacturers (2011-2016) Figure 2015 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales Share by Manufacturers Figure 2016 Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales Share by Manufacturers Table Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue by Manufacturers (2011-2016) Table Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue Share by Manufacturers (2011-2016) Table 2015 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue Share by Manufacturers Table 2016 Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue Share by Manufacturers Table Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales and Market Share by Type (2011-2016) Table Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales Share by Type (2011-2016) Figure Sales Market Share of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) by Type (2011-2016) Figure Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales Growth Rate by Type (2011-2016) Table Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue and Market Share by Type (2011-2016) Table Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue Share by Type (2011-2016) Figure Revenue Market Share of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) by Type (2011-2016) Figure Global Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Revenue Growth Rate by Type (2011-2016) FOR ANY QUERY, REACH US @  Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Sales Global Market Research Report 2016


News Article | October 22, 2015
Site: www.xconomy.com

Last year, Dyson—the global manufacturer of vacuum cleaners, fans, hand dryers, and other products—announced it had invested $15 million in Ann Arbor, MI-based advanced battery company Sakti3. Wednesday, the University of Michigan announced the spinout startup has been acquired by Dyson for $90 million. Makers of consumer goods are hungry for more powerful battery technology that would enable less frequent recharging. Dyson’s head of R&D, Mark Taylor, said in an article last year that the company was a few years from incorporating solid-state lithium batteries like the kind Sakti3 has pioneered; it would seem with this acquisition that Dyson is going full steam ahead with power-source innovations. In a press release, Ann Marie Sastry, co-founder and CEO of Sakti3, said, “Dyson, just like Sakti3, is driven by a desire for audacious leaps in technology.” Sastry will reportedly lead development of her technology as an executive for Dyson. Dyson’s founder, James Dyson, told USAToday that his company will need to invest $1 billion in a manufacturing facility in order to produce new solid-state lithium batteries, and he didn’t rule Michigan out as a possible location. Neither Sastry nor Dyson would say whether the batteries will be further developed for electric vehicle applications, though Dyson said it was possible his company would eventually license Sakti3’s battery technology to other interested parties. According to PitchBook, the Sakti3 acquisition represents one of the biggest national cleantech deals of the year, and it’s expected to be one of the top Michigan deals for 2015, as well. Ryan Waddington, managing partner of Huron River Ventures, an Ann Arbor-based VC firm with a focus on cleantech, said he can’t think of a bigger cleantech exit in the state in the past five years. Sakti3’s past investors include General Motors and Khosla Ventures. “It’s certainly a big win for Ann Marie, GM, Beringea, and for the University of Michigan,” he added. “I’m very happy for all of them and as a Michigan cleantech investor, it’s great to see.” Jean Redfield, who runs the Detroit cleantech incubator NextEnergy, said the Sakti3 acquisition is a “big, next step” in scaling to commercialization, which is important for Michigan. We talk a lot about Michigan’s innovation strengths, she said, particularly in biotech, transportation, and advanced manufacturing, but getting a product like a battery to market is a fairly difficult process. “While biotech start-ups follow a pretty well-established route to commercialization, manufactured products—with the heavy capital needs necessary for scaling—are much more challenging,” she said. “Typically, firms can’t get the capital they need to build plants without customer orders, and customer orders don’t come until they can produce a qualified product at scale. This acquisition, at this stage, is a great example of bringing mid-term investment plus a large customer active in diverse end-use markets to a start-up.” Sarah Schmid is the editor of Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor. You can reach her at 313-570-9823 or sschmid@xconomy.com. Follow @XconomyDET_AA


News Article | April 9, 2015
Site: www.xconomy.com

When the Steve Blank-designed I-Corps program was started by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2012, its purpose was to teach university researchers to think like entrepreneurs and help them bring their inventions to market. The University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship heads the state’s I-Corps program, and now it has renewed a partnership with Detroit nonprofit NextEnergy for the second year on an I-Corps training program with a customized curriculum focused on transportation and energy. I-Corps Energy and Transportation concentrates on university, national lab, and federally funded R&D, said Jean Redfield, president and CEO of NextEnergy, a nonprofit business development organization and energy-sector technology accelerator. (The application deadline has been extended to April 12, and Redfield said that’s a “hard close,” meaning it won’t be extended again.) The customized I-Corps curriculum is needed, she said, because energy and transportation have long, capital-intensive development cycles. “It’s not the same as software development,” she pointed out. Redfield said this year’s group of participants will gather at NextEnergy in Detroit on April 29 for a kickoff event, and they’ll spend May 11-13 and June 22-23 together testing their ideas. In between, participants will receive mentorship and watch webinars before embarking on the intense customer discovery work that is the cornerstone of Blank’s lean startup philosophy. “It’s like squishing a semester course down into seven or eight weeks,” she said. At the end of the I-Corps training, participants will pitch their ideas in front of an invited audience of industry experts and investors. Though there is no formal matchmaking done between the startups and industry, Redfield said it happens informally throughout the program. “The goal is to make the call of go or no go,” she said, adding that, ideally, weak ideas will fail quickly. “They figure out how to proceed, or they pivot if the value proposition is not accurate. It’s as much about stopping something that doesn’t work as it is about building smart startups.” According to Redfield, teams that have gone through the I-Corps program have a much better record of attracting funding. “It really does hone their focus and create a language to work with customers effectively,” she added. After it went through the program last year, Na4B, a Rochester, MI-based startup developing electrolyte material for sodium-based batteries, scored a $1 million Phase II SBIR grant from the NSF. Redfield said I-Corps helped the company figure out where its technology fit in the battery supply chain, which was integral to its successful grant application. Redfield said last year’s I-Corps Energy and Transportation program was done as an experiment, but she considers it a success. With 17 teams participating in 2014, she hopes this year’s group will be even bigger and better, allowing startups to pick the brains of potential customers and industry leaders while getting insight from investors and government officials along the way. “The I-Corps program is one piece of a well-developed ecosystem to support research and feed the commercial pipeline,” Redfield said. “It helps [scientists] break out of research for research’s sake.” The Energy and Transportation training program’s partners also include the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, U.S. Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Clean Energy Trust, and Midwest Energy Technology Accelerator. Sarah Schmid is the editor of Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor. You can reach her at 313-570-9823 or sschmid@xconomy.com. Follow @XconomyDET_AA


News Article | April 24, 2015
Site: www.xconomy.com

As part of the SAE World Congress held in Detroit this week, the seventh annual Global Automotive Innovation Challenge was held in partnership with the MIT Alliance of Michigan and NextEnergy. The goal of the challenge was to bring new innovations to the industry, which has a notoriously long and often secretive product development cycle. Winners were selected in four categories, and more than $200,000 in cash and business acceleration services were at stake. To be eligible, participants needed to have innovations based on automotive content (hardware or software that is part of the vehicle), something that helps design the vehicle, or something that helps produce the vehicle. Target innovations were limited to driver-driven, land-based vehicles, as well as vehicle/infrastructure communications. Applicants could be pre-revenue or have cumulative sales up to $250,000. More than 38 companies from all over the world applied to compete, and 12 finalists participated in the pitch contest held Tuesday at the SAE World Congress. Each winner will receive $50,000 in cash and prizes. Without further ado, here’s a bit about the winners: —SiNode Systems (vehicle electrification, V2X [vehicle-to-infrastructure], and advanced mobility category): The Chicago-based startup develops anode materials to improve lithium-ion batteries with more stability, faster charging, and three times the capacity of competitors, it says. —Detroit Materials (advanced materials, sensors, and manufacturing processes category): Located in Wixom, MI, Detroit Materials produces high-strength, low-alloy steel and cast iron developed at Wayne State University for use in automotive, defense, and mining applications. —RightThereWare (infotainment, auto consumer, and value chain/business model category): Based in Milan, MI, RightThereWare has developed navigation software that ties together dispatching, ride-sharing/load-sharing, routing, and estimated arrival times. —Advanced Battery Concepts (new high value and disruptive technology innovations category): The Clare, MI-based startup invented Green Seal, a product that improves large-format, energy storage technology and the performance of sealed lead-acid batteries. Sarah Schmid is the editor of Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor. You can reach her at 313-570-9823 or sschmid@xconomy.com. Follow @XconomyDET_AA


News Article | August 3, 2015
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Here’s a look at news from around Michigan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: —The New York Times reported two years ago that Chinese automakers were quietly building a presence in Michigan. The latest company to set up shop in Michigan is supplier YFS Automotive Systems, a China-based company with a U.S. headquarters in Gallatin, TN. Last week, YFS announced it would invest $26.9 million in a Detroit manufacturing center. Though the company hasn’t said where in the city it might be located, YFS plans to build a 150,000 square-foot facility, which will employ up to 160 people. The site will have room for a proposed future expansion; YSF hopes to start production by July 2017. According to a press release, the city of Detroit, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation helped to put together a $1.3 million, performance-based tax credit from the Michigan Strategic Fund to close the deal. —Automation Alley, the Troy-based business technology association and accelerator, is heading to Mexico this fall for a trade mission. Ten Michigan businesses will also make the trip to Mexico City, Puebla, Querétaro, and Guanajuato in late September. Prior to the trade mission, Automation Alley will work with the Michigan Mexico Center to arrange matchmaking meetings for mission participants with potential clients, customers, end users, agent/distributors, join-venture partners, and technology licensees. Participants can expect to meet with two to three companies per day while on the mission. If you are a business owner interested in participating in the trade mission, contact Lisa Lasser at lasserl@automationalley.com to apply for a spot; the deadline to apply is Aug. 14. —Paul Krutko, the president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, recently represented Ann Arbor at the White House Forum on Economic Development, hosted by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and SelectUSA in Washington, DC. The day-long summit attracted more than 50 economic development leaders from across the country. JoAnn Crary, president of Saginaw Future and current chair of the IEDC Board of Directors, stressed the importance of the face time invitees get with the Obama Administration, saying in a press release that “there is no substitution for direct contact with program heads and policy-makers. These are the decision-makers, and they need to hear from leaders in America’s communities who provide new ideas and solutions.” —NextEnergy, the Detroit-based cleantech and energy tech accelerator, has named Maria Thompson as its new board chair. In addition, Lizabeth Ardisana, Patricia Glaza, and Eric Shreffler have been appointed to the board as new members. Thompson currently serves as entrepreneur-in-residence for Arsenal Venture Partners, and has extensive experience in advanced technologies. She succeeds Robert Buckler as chairman, who NextEnergy CEO Jean Redfield praised for his leadership in overseeing NextEnergy’s transformation from the year the center opened its doors and welcomed its first lab partners, through the expansion of testing and validation capabilities. Redfield said Buckler will stay on as chairman emeritus. Sarah Schmid is the editor of Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor. You can reach her at 313-570-9823 or sschmid@xconomy.com. Follow @XconomyDET_AA


News Article | August 6, 2015
Site: www.xconomy.com

Xconomist Ann Marie Sastry, founder of the Ann Arbor, MI-based advanced battery startup Sakti3, has collected many accolades during her career. But this week might have been the first time she got an in-person “atta girl” from the leader of the free world. Sastry was in Washington, DC, Tuesday for the first-ever White House Demo Day. The event, hosted by President Barack Obama, was meant to showcase the nation’s most promising technologies as well as the diversity of America’s tech founders. Unlike most at demo day events, where companies pitch their innovations to a room full of investors and network with their contemporaries, the White House participants were telling their companies’ creation stories and highlighting their technological achievements to a very elite audience. “Being invited to talk to the president and the White House staff is a very deep honor for all of us at Sakti3,” she said. “How often does the president tell you to keep up the good work?” (Check out the video below for more from their conversation.) The demo day event seemed to confirm the Obama administration’s desire to highlight smaller tech companies creating good-paying jobs, and those companies doing so inclusively. After all, study after study proves that diversity is vital to spurring innovation. As the female founder of a tech company, Sastry is somewhat of an anomaly in her field—only about 3 percent of tech ventures are led by women—and she said inclusivity is a bedrock of Sakti3’s corporate culture. “We’re a very diverse organization, and as such, we offer one model of how to be inclusive,” Sastry explained. “By collecting stories and examples of inclusivity, the government can be more effective in directing programmatic funding. It’s a deep honor to be thought of as a role model, and we’ll provide whatever insights we can.” Sakti3 takes a two-prong approach to cultivating an inclusive team. Its management asks the recruiters the company works with to help make sure there’s a diverse pool of applicants. The company also makes it clear in its employee handbook and other official materials that it values diversity. Sastry and her hiring managers “search every corner of the planet” to find qualified candidates—they go to universities and make the case to students about to graduate and they’re active in trade organizations. Sakti3 has learned over the years, Sastry said, that a company can’t simply wait for a diverse workplace to happen; it takes effort and a proactive approach. “We still face issues of deficits in the pool of available colleagues,” Sastry said. “It’s both a hiring issue and pipeline issue. You have to consciously want to have a diverse workplace. It’s important to be transparent about unconscious bias and be clear with recruiting partners.” Sakti3 is also an example of a company that have grown out of state and federally funded university research, and it highlights the kind of success that can be achieved when the public contributes money to science and technology development. Sastry was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan when she started her company. Sastry and the crew from Sakti3 weren’t the only White House demo day participants from Michigan. NextEnergy, the Detroit-based non-profit helping to … Next Page » Sarah Schmid is the editor of Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor. You can reach her at 313-570-9823 or sschmid@xconomy.com. Follow @XconomyDET_AA


News Article | August 6, 2015
Site: www.xconomy.com

Xconomist Ann Marie Sastry, founder of the Ann Arbor, MI-based advanced battery startup Sakti3, has collected many accolades during her career. But this week might have been the first time she got an in-person “atta girl” from the leader of the free world. Sastry was in Washington, DC, Tuesday for the first-ever White House Demo Day. The event, hosted by President Barack Obama, was meant to showcase the nation’s most promising technologies as well as the diversity of America’s tech founders. Unlike most at demo day events, where companies pitch their innovations to a room full of investors and network with their contemporaries, the White House participants were telling their companies’ creation stories and highlighting their technological achievements to a very elite audience. “Being invited to talk to the president and the White House staff is a very deep honor for all of us at Sakti3,” she said. “How often does the president tell you to keep up the good work?” (Check out the video below for more from their conversation.) The demo day event seemed to confirm the Obama administration’s desire to highlight smaller tech companies creating good-paying jobs, and those companies doing so inclusively. After all, study after study proves that diversity is vital to spurring innovation. As the female founder of a tech company, Sastry is somewhat of an anomaly in her field—only about 3 percent of tech ventures are led by women—and she said inclusivity is a bedrock of Sakti3’s corporate culture. “We’re a very diverse organization, and as such, we offer one model of how to be inclusive,” Sastry explained. “By collecting stories and examples of inclusivity, the government can be more effective in directing programmatic funding. It’s a deep honor to be thought of as a role model, and we’ll provide whatever insights we can.” Sakti3 takes a two-prong approach to cultivating an inclusive team. Its management asks the recruiters the company works with to help make sure there’s a diverse pool of applicants. The company also makes it clear in its employee handbook and other official materials that it values diversity. Sastry and her hiring managers “search every corner of the planet” to find qualified candidates—they go to universities and make the case to students about to graduate and they’re active in trade organizations. Sakti3 has learned over the years, Sastry said, that a company can’t simply wait for a diverse workplace to happen; it takes effort and a proactive approach. “We still face issues of deficits in the pool of available colleagues,” Sastry said. “It’s both a hiring issue and pipeline issue. You have to consciously want to have a diverse workplace. It’s important to be transparent about unconscious bias and be clear with recruiting partners.” Sakti3 is also an example of a company that have grown out of state and federally funded university research, and it highlights the kind of success that can be achieved when the public contributes money to science and technology development. Sastry was a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan when she started her company. Sastry and the crew from Sakti3 weren’t the only White House demo day participants from Michigan. NextEnergy, the Detroit-based non-profit helping to … Next Page » Sarah Schmid is the editor of Xconomy Detroit/Ann Arbor. You can reach her at 313-570-9823 or sschmid@xconomy.com. Follow @XconomyDET_AA

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