IMPEL+ Success Stories

Since participating in IMPEL's workshops, our Innovators are winning grants and awards, kicking-off project demonstrations, and gaining national recognition. Read more below on the successes of IMPEL's alumni.

Mark Isaacs


High-R Window

IMPEL cohort 2019-20

Mark has received a USDA Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, and will use this funding to test and code certify WonderWindow's affordable R5, 7, and 9 windows.

Mark is currently working on National Fenestration Research Council (NFRC) and American Architectural Manufacturer's Association (AAMA) testing and certification.

Elise Strobach


Nanoporous Insulating Glass

IMPEL cohort 2019-20

Elise has been selected as an Entrepreneurial Research Fellow at Activate, a two-year, Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program, and raised pre-seed funding.

Her team developed a window glazing technology, an ultra-lightweight aerogel material made from silica that has the optical clarity of glass, but superior insulating properties.

She has been named in the 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 (Energy) list.

Namit Singh

MicroGrid Labs Solutions

DERCAM User interface

IMPEL cohort 2019-20

Namit partnered with Nicholas DeForest of Berkeley Lab to win $200,000 from the DOE Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund

The team will develop a user-friendly interface for Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DERCAM) to improve integration of electric vehicle charging loads with buildings, campuses and microgrids.

Daniel Gerber

Verify Energy

Powerfly Solar Monitor

IMPEL cohort 2019-20

Daniel’s team was named as a finalist for DOE’s American-Made Solar Prize

This plug-and-play solar monitor is a self-powered, easily installable device that extracts photovoltaic plant performance data from industrial PV and commercial buildings to enable net-zero buildings. It enables the penetration of renewables by saving $0.05/W on installations.

Nora Wang, Mark Borkum, PNNL;

Harry Bergmann, DOE

Unique Building Identification

IMPEL cohort 2018-19

This team piloted their first unique building identifier (UBID) data project, integrating across Washington DC's Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and Office of Tax and Revenue. The city incorporated UBIDs into their open data portal for public access. This is an advancement in building data management that can scale to many other jurisdictions across the country.

Robert Hart, Howdy Goudey, Berkeley Lab

Thin-triple Windows

IMPEL cohort 2018-19

This team from LBNL partnered with manufacturers, including makers of the new thin triple-pane windows — Anderson Corporation, Ply Gem, and Alpen HPP, to develop better windows, and scale production. The "thin triple” design makes it easier and more cost effective for window companies to switch from today’s standard R3 double glazing to R5 triple-glazed windows.