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Ameren and EPRI showcase 10 energy startups during ‘Demo Day’

Today, the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Incubatenergy Labs program and Ameren Corporation will host “Demo Day 2020″ with 10 startup teams showcasing technology innovations as part of the Incubatenergy Labs Challenge 2020. 

The teams will present outcomes of their accelerated demonstrations and research projects that address challenges in electric mobility, customer and community engagement, system resiliency, tools for a digital workforce, energy efficiency, and more. 

Demo Day 2020 is a virtual, public event taking place from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CDT) and will feature opening remarks from EPRI CEO Mike Howard and Ameren chairman and CEO Warner Baxter, as well as 10 startup company presentations. Following the presentations, investors, utilities and other attendees are invited to connect one-on-one with startup leaders. Attendees also can attend a virtual startup exposition hall to learn more about each of the 2020 cohort companies, as well as the alumni companies from the program’s 2019 cohort.

“These utility-startup collaborations highlight the tremendous thirst and ability for innovation in the electric power industry,” said Mark McGranaghan, vice president of innovation at EPRI. “Despite being conducted virtually, these accelerated, 16-week demonstration projects and teams have exceeded our expectations with regard to their creativity, tenacity, and results,” said McGranaghan. 

“The energy startups that participated in Incubatenergy® Labs are actively working to deliver more reliable, sustainable energy solutions for our customers,” said Ameren Vice President Steve Kidwell. “The unique collaboration between EPRI, the host utilities and the startups accelerate innovation in a way that would not be possible without this program.” 

The Incubatenergy Labs launched Challenge 2020 in December 2019, seeking startups with demonstration-ready technologies in seven innovation categories. The 10 startups selected were:

ev.energy – Hosted by Ameren: Wireless platform that optimizes electric vehicle charging to save customers money, fully utilize renewable energy, and deliver flexibility services to the grid 

Grid Fruit – Hosted by Southern California Edison: Grid-responsive scheduling of machine cycles to provide demand management and flexibility from commercial foodservice refrigeration systems 

IND Technology, Inc. – Hosted by Ameren: Technology that remotely detects and locates electrical faults before they occur, which could prevent power losses, wildfires and other consequences 

Kognitiv Spark – Hosted by EPRI: Augmented reality-enabled tool to help utility workers and supervisors solve problems and learn new skills on the job 

LineVision – Hosted by Tennessee Valley Authority: Non-contact, overhead line sensor technology that provides situational awareness, asset health monitoring and increases capacity 

PingThings – Hosted by Ameren: Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform that processes, stores, and uses high-definition sensor data in real time, at grid scale 

ReCurve – Hosted by Ameren: Software as a service tool that analyzes how to use energy more efficiently and effectively in response to cost, carbon reduction, and other customer goals 

RUNWITHIT – Hosted by EPRI: AI-driven intelligent systems modeling tool to help grid planners with scenario planning and distributed energy resource integration 

Sharc International Systems Inc. – Hosted by EPRI: Multifamily building wastewater heat recovery systems 

Switched Source – Hosted by EPRI with Ameren: Power electronics solutions for dynamic phase balancing to help manage distribution system load and improve power quality

Ameren, American Electric Power, and Tennessee Valley Authority are host utilities of the 2020 Challenge, with participation from Consolidated Edison of New York, Enel, Nebraska Public Power District, New York Power Authority, Portland General Electric, Salt River Project, Southern California Edison, and Xcel Energy.