CWRU teams dominate Ohio Clean Energy Challenge semi-finals

The Ohio Clean Energy Challenge has announced its semi-finalists for the 2014 competition—with six 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 Jan. 29, 2014 at Cleveland State University.
 The six 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

  • Sprav Water LLC – developing a shower water monitoring system

  • Transtorage – networking car batteries to turn parking lots into energy storage devices

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.
Learn more about the Ohio Clean Energy Challenge.