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

WonderWindow


Multi-pane Acrylic Windows

IMPEL cohort 2022

Mark Isaacs recently launched a WonderWindow Makers' Workshop at his local Boys and Girls Club. At the workshop, Isaacs is employing historically disadvantaged kids (ages 15-21), paying them a living wage, and teaching them how to assemble energy-efficient multi-pane acrylic windows. As of September 2022, the Makers' Workshop has made over 125 windows, providing WonderWindow with a small sample of its innovation to seed the market.

WonderWindow provides multi-pane, acrylic windows which help lower energy costs through exceptional energy performance.

Emily Lamon and Sara Sultan

Academia Spinoff, National Lab


Local Carbon Offset Options through Building Upgrades and ElectrificationandControls for Grid-Integrated, Heat Pump Mediated Thermal Storage System

IMPEL cohort 2022

Emily Lamon and Sara Sultan were recognized as two of the 2022 Linda Latham Scholars at the ACEEE's 2022 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The award recognizes "the next generation of clean energy leaders"-- students who show an impressive interest in energy and environmental issues.

Emily is developing local carbon offset options through building upgrades and electrification, aiming to connect corporations pursuing bold ESG goals directly to communities who could benefit from building weatherization and electrification projects. Sara is developing controls for a grid-integrated, heat pump mediated thermal storage system to optimize the operation for demand impact and reduce carbon footprint, using marginal grid emissions and utility data.

Priya Thomas

Shower Stream


Real-Time Water Use Management via AI

IMPEL cohort 2022

This July, IMPEL Innovator Priya Thomas launched a pilot of her technology, Shower Stream, through a collaboration Extended Stay America. Shower Stream will be piloted in Extended Stay America's 65,000+ hotel rooms through the collaboration.

Shower Stream’s automatic shower technology senses motion and occupancy in the extreme humidity of a shower with high accuracy and without user interaction using custom hardware, AI algorithms, and advanced sensor technology. The system delivers real-time data and management of shower heads across hotel portfolios to improve bottom line and create additional revenue streams.

James Grieve

MicroEra Power


Smart Thermal Energy Storage system

IMPEL cohort 2021

MicroEra Power has been working through NYSERDA to complete a lab prototype for a system that does both stored heating (winter) and stored cooling (summer) for 4 seasons climates. Additionally, MicroEra Power has also recently begun work on a DOE Office of Science SBIR project.

The team is piloting a smart Thermal Energy Storage system to heat and cool commercial buildings. Their thermal battery and smart cloud-based software uses AI and machine learning to monitor, control, and optimize system operation and manage peak loads to support grid decarbonization.

MicroEra Power was selected to demonstrate their technology at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum's Technology Showcase in Pittsburgh in September 2022.

Jose LaSalle

florrent


Bio-Based Ultracapacitors for Electric Grid Stability

IMPEL cohort 2022

In 2022, Florrent raised $465k in funds from Gaintech Capital and the AngelList syndicate. They pitched in August 2022 at the IMPEL Investor Forum and Pitch Competition hosted by Cleantech Future and won the Audience's Choice Award.

Florrent is a MA-based, minority-owned climatetech company innovating to design and build the next generation of high energy density ultracapacitors to stabilize electrical grids and address critical bottlenecks for the adoption of renewable energies, electric vehicles, and net-zero buildings. Their ultracapacitors are manufactured from abundant and regenerative hemp biomass, grown domestically in the U.S. by Black and Indigenous farmers.

Balaji Renukumar

Sensfix


Digitalization of Buildings and AI Automated Facility Management

IMPEL cohort 2022

Sensfix received a $2.5M non-dilutive grant from the European Union in January 2022, and $400k in committed private angel funds. They pitched in August 2022 at the IMPEL Investor Forum and Pitch Competition hosted by Cleantech Future and won the Judge's Choice Award. Following the pitch event win, Sensfix has begun setting up a new office in South Korea, too!

Sensfix's digitalization and automation platform uses multi-modal AI and mixed reality to digitalize workflows and automate decision-making in logistics, maintenance, repairs, and operations, which allows self-scheduling, self-dispatching, and self-ticketing operations and maintenance of buildings and facilities.

Grant Gunnison

Zero


Data Extraction for Custom Decarbonization Planning

IMPEL cohort 2022

Zero has been selected the software provider for Massachusetts Clean Energy Center's (MassCEC) Decarbonization Pathways pilot program. As part of the pilots, ZERO will be utilized by Abode to provide homeowners with a tailored Decarbonization Pathway Report, giving each homeowner a clear decarbonization roadmap for their home. Zero has also been awarded $65K from the Mass CEC & MassVentures Catalyst program to further develop their electrification platform.

Zero's founder, Grant Gunnison, was recently selected for DOE LEEP Program West Gate's Cohort 1.

Zero's remote assessment software tool extracts residential building data to help homeowners plan and customize decarbonization retrofits.

Satpal Kaur

UnBoxed


3D Printing and Prefabrication Technology

IMPEL cohort 2022

Satpal Kaur, founder of UnBoxed, has been awarded a the NYSERDA's climate justice fellowship!

UnBoxed is an early stage startup that merges 3D printing and prefabrication technology to disrupt traditional construction methods and provide access to home equity, all while maintaining a reduced carbon footprint, more efficient construction times, and net zero standards.

Hao Li

Multipliciti


One-Stop-Shop for Green Building Products

IMPEL cohort 2022

Multipliciti was recently selected as one of five companies in the AEC Accelerator FormworkLabs. Multipliciti is working to digitize the procurement of energy efficient building materials, and is now backed by Brick & Mortar Ventures.

Multipliciti is digitizing the procurement of energy efficient building materials through their all-in-one platform by helping builders source, purchase, and ship energy efficient materials easily and affordably.

Richard Fennelly

CoilPod LLC

HVAC Coil Cleaning Technology


IMPEL cohort 2022

Richard Fennelly, of CoilPod LLC, was awarded Most Innovative HVAC Cleaning Technology 2022 for the Facilities Management Awards 2022, hosted by BUILD. Congrats, Richard!

CoilPod reduces energy use, emissions, and coil fouling in refrigeration and air conditioning apparatuses through its condensor coil area redesign and new coil cleaning technology.

Davoud Zamani

ALD Technical Solutions LLC


Composite Wire Wrap Technology

IMPEL cohort 2022

ALD Technical Solutions LLC received $450,000 from the California Energy Commission. Their robotics technology will build an installer of a lightweight, long-lasting, and cost-effective structural composite reinforcement system that will be wrapped around existing transmission lines to increase power capacity, extend lifespan, decrease sag, and improve reliability and resiliency of grid infrastructure with no downtime and minimal capital investment.

Their Composite Wire Wrap technology is a lightweight, high strength, long-lasting, cost-effective composite reinforcement system that withstands high temperatures. The product can be installed quickly and easily by this innovative robotic technology system and secured in place around existing power lines.

Jacob Kumpon

KLAW Industries


Pantheon™, Recycled Glass Cement Replacement

IMPEL cohort 2022

Jacob Kumpon is the COO of KLAW Industries, a glass-to-concrete recycling firm that has created a stronger, climate-friendly concrete made from recycled glass in NYC. Jacob participated in the 2022 IMPEL Cohort, and is passionate about bringing Pantheon, KLAW's concrete material, to more operations this year.

"We are excited to be selected as a semi-finalist for the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management Bonus Focus! We are looking forward to the finals on March 24th. Our proposed technology is centered around creating a scalable, carbon-negative cement replacement, and we are eager to receive feedback from DOE and other innovators".

Joshua English

okom wrks labs

Regenerative SIP Wall

IMPEL cohort 2022

okom wrks labs received seed funding from its first investor in March 2022, towards further development of their regenerative SIP (structural insulated panel) wall. Led by Founder Joshua English, okom wrks labs innovation lies in its patent-pending mycelium-based biocomposite called Zero-Frm, which has structural, load-bearing properties. Joshua was a participant in the December 2021 IMPEL Pitch Coaching Workshop.

okom wrks recently signed an MOU with the DOE's Advanced Building Construction (ABC) Collaborative, that focuses on integrating high-tech manufacturing wth low carbon materials and energy efficient systems.

Christian Warren & Mark Randall

Midflare Corp.


HBCU & Small University Sustainability

IMPEL cohort 2021

Midflare obtained funding this year and–via the IMPEL+ & Greentown Labs Pitch Day in May 2021–secured their first two customers, Virginia State University and CMA-CGM. Beyond their solar development projects, Midflare will be exploring deployment opportunities for photovoltaic building glass, urban wind solutions, battery storage for backup power, and optimization of energy consumption with these clients.

In December 2021, Midflare secured a $10 million credit facility to fund their project development efforts.

Daniel Farb

Flower Turbines

Small-Scale Wind Turbine

IMPEL cohort 2021

Flower Turbines has surpassed $4 million in Reg A+ equity crowdfunding on Startengine for their small-scale wind turbine design. This compact unit is significantly quieter than similarly-sized turbines and experiences a cluster effect that causes it to improve performance of other units nearby, rather than interfering; this allows for more energy generation per square foot.

At the end of 2021, Flower Turbines signed an MOU to partner with Texas Tech University’s Global Laboratory for Energy Asset Management and Manufacturing GLEAMM Laboratory to research wind energy in collaboration with solar. They were the Innovation Winner at the VXA 2021 Innovation Camp at the 2021 VERBUND X Accelerator Program.

Kyoung-Hee Kim

Ecoclosure

Intelligent Biochromic Window

IMPEL cohort 2021

Ecoclosure received a 2021 American Institute of Architects R&D Award for their biochromic microalgae window innovation. This retrofit assembly provides dynamic shading, thermal blocking, water and air tightness, and improved indoor air quality (IAQ); further, the window acts as a renewable energy source, as algae in the system that becomes loaded with carbon is sequestered and can be used for biofuel. Coupled with a smart control system this technology cut building energy use by 20-30%.

Levon Atoyan

Active Energy Systems

Ultra-efficient Ice Thermal Storage

IMPEL cohort 2021

Active Energy Systems received a $1M NSF SBIR Phase II grant to advance their icephobic heat exchange (IHEX) technology and unlock the potential of ice thermal energy storage. AES also received a $1.1M SBIR Phase II grant from the DOE to increase the round-trip energy efficiency of ice thermal storage to >90%, a ~15% improvement compared to today’s ice-on-coil technology, and develop storage systems that can deliver a day’s worth of backup cooling, while generating enough cost savings to pay for themselves within 30 months. AES is partnering with NREL and commercialization partners to showcase the IHEX system’s performance.


Bilal Sher

EASEEbot

AI-Powered and Robot-Assisted System

IMPEL cohort 2021

The Robotic Envelope Assessment System for Energy Efficiency (EASEEbot) team was awarded a $200k prize through the E-ROBOT competition, in which they were a Phase 1 finalist, in order to support prototyping and testing. Their technology, an AI equipped drone that can survey a building and locate envelope defects, gives property managers a tool for preventative building care, minimizing repair costs and energy expenses.

Tanya Barham

Community Energy Labs

Automated Grid-Smart Building Energy Controls

IMPEL cohort 2021

Community Energy Labs (CEL) has received multiple awards and grants in the summer of 2022, including a grant from Rocket Fund (a program of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech).

They received a $206k SBIR grant from the Department of Energy, to develop scalable, novel interface design and workflow automation that improves the quality of model predictive control outputs, enabling small users with lean staffing to be able to achieve dramatic energy savings.

They also won a USDA grant, and won a CRADA award with LBNL and ActiveBAS for a 'Low-cost, Scalable Control Solution for Grid-Interactive Small and Medium Sized Commercial Buildings.'

In May 2022, CalSEED awarded $3.45 million to 23 early-stage clean energy innovation companies, including CEL. CEL will be developing their automated building control platform that minimizes burdens on controls professionals and operators of K-12, municipal, and small to mid-sized buildings.

Josh Cable

Inventwood LLC

Wood Honeycombs for Energy Efficient Structural Applications

IMPEL cohort 2021

Inventwood LLC received $500k in funding from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), to develop and manufacture lightweight 3D wood corrugated honeycomb structures to replace metal counterparts and reduce CO2 emissions by 90% in its manufacture.

Inventwood also received a $1.6M Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies award from the DOE to engineer new vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) composed of low-cost nanoporous wood chips. These VIPs have the potential to improve insulation capacity and lengthen service life while costing less than $1 per square foot for an inch-thick panel.

Inventwood was recently selected to participate in the Healthy Buildings Challenge, co-led by partner Greentown Labs, Saint Gobain, and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Ayyoub Momen

Ultrasonic Technology Solutions

Direct Contact Ultrasonic Drying

IMPEL cohort 2021

Ultrasonic Technology Solutions received a Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) award to advance their vibrational defrosting system. By replacing current refrigerator defrosting technology that uses heat, Ultrasonic’s direct-contact drying system will reduce energy use, helping to improve the quality of the frozen food and ultimately reducing food waste. Additional applications include HVAC and automotive systems.

Tommy Gibbons

Hempitecture

Carbon-Negative, Bio-Based Building Insulation

IMPEL cohort 2021

Hempitecture received a two year Innovation Crossroads fellowship under the U.S. Department of Energy's "Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program" (LEEP).

Hempitecture also received CRADA funds with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory to prototypes for cost-competitive, non-toxic, and low-embodied carbon continuous insulation sheathing product to increase building energy efficiency.

In April 2022, Hempitecture's raised nearly $4.7m in funding backed by 1,827 individual crowd funders on the Wefunder platform. The proceeds of this financing round are already being deployed to support their manufacturing facility build out in Jerome, ID. This manufacturing facility will be the first HempWool® insulation manufacturing plant in the US, which allows them to support the emerging US supply chain for hemp fiber.


Natalia Mykhaylova

WeavAir

End-to-End Solution for Air Distribution Systems

IMPEL cohort 2021

WeavAir was awarded the Hype Sports Innovation Award for their end-to-end sensor and air quality improvement technology.

WeavAir helps operators of fitness centers and stadiums to comply with government regulations, while keeping athletes and staff safe by offering real-time insights on air quality and ventilation risks, tracking building occupancy and flow, and helping reduce building operation costs.

Adam Landsman

Pulse IQ

Building Performance through the Power of Data Analytics

IMPEL cohort 2021

Pulse IQ gained several new clients since participating in the IMPEL program, and recently deployed their building energy management solution at a 433-unit condominium building located in NW Washington, DC. They monitor the performance of the dedicated outside air system and rooftime exhaust fans in real-time, adjust the fan speeds to ensure ideal air pressure in the building, and save energy. An example of how smart buildings can be both healthier and more efficient.

Brian Simmons

Onboard Data, Inc.

Automation of Building Data Classification

IMPEL cohort 2020

Onboard was the recipient of a Phase II SBIR award for $1.15m from the U.S. Department of Energy, which allows them to scale their software and API.

Onboard's API enables developers, data scientists and engineers with the opportunity to create products that will change the built world, from tenant wellness to energy efficiency.



Elise Strobach and Aaron Baskerville-Bridges

Aeroshield

Nanoporous Insulating Glass

IMPEL cohort 2020

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 an ultra-lightweight aerogel material made from silica with the optical clarity of glass, but superior insulating properties. AeroShield was named a Round 4 finalist in the American-Made Solar Prize competition and was selected for the Healthy Buildings Accelerator with IMPEL partner Greentown Labs, Saint Gobain, and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.

Namit Singh

MicroGrid Labs Solutions

DERCAM User interface

IMPEL cohort 2020

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

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 2020

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, and Harry Bergmann

PNNL, DOE

Unique Building Identification

IMPEL cohort 2019

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 2019


This team from LBNL partnered with manufacturers, — Anderson Corporation, Ply Gem, and Alpen HPP, to develop better new thin triple-pane 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, and to conduct window retrofits.