Washington Clean Energy Testbeds News

Solar researchers across country join forces with industry to boost U.S. solar manufacturing

U.S. Manufacturing of Advanced Perovskites Consortium includes University of Washington, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, solar companies and universities throughout the nation

Powering the future of transportation

2019 chemistry Nobel Laureate M. Stanley Whittingham (third from left) gave a special lecture for UW battery researchers this fall.  UW energy storage researchers are working with Nobel laureates to build a better battery for electric vehicles   February 3,

UW researchers win combined $5.9M from Department of Energy to advance solar technologies

Electrical & computer engineering professor Brian B. Johnson will develop power electronics to integrate solar with grid; BlueDot Photonics will develop new solar manufacturing technology   January 24, 2020   University of Washington (UW) clean energy researchers won a combined

Energy software entrepreneur joins Washington Clean Energy Testbeds to coach cleantech startups

Scott Case named new Entrepreneur-in-Residence at University of Washington cleantech facility December 19, 2019 Scott Case, former chief operating officer of EnergySavvy, an energy efficiency software company that was acquired earlier this year, is the new Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at the

Membrion Awarded Department of Energy Grant to Develop Ion-Exchange Membranes at Washington Clean Energy Testbeds

UW spinout will improve flow battery performance, cost under Small Business Innovation Research grant; Becomes third company to win federal funding for work at Testbeds   March 21, 2019   Membrion, a molecular materials startup founded by University of Washington

UW Solar Researcher Named to Forbes 30 Under 30: Energy List

  Dr. Daniel Kroupa’s research on perovskite thin films could create an efficiency breakthrough for solar photovoltaics when integrated with silicon panels   December 18, 2018   Dr. Daniel Kroupa, Washington Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Clean Energy, has

Northwest Business Community Honors Washington Clean Energy Testbeds for Contributions to Local Energy Economy

Testbeds Managing Director Michael Pomfret Wins CleanTech Alliance & Northwest Environmental Business Council Energy Leadership Achievement Award   December 14, 2018   Two Northwest organizations representing the clean energy business community, the CleanTech Alliance and the Northwest Environmental Business Council (NEBC), have

Revolutionary Printer for Sustainable Electronics Comes to Washington Clean Energy Testbeds

Joint Center for Deployment and Research in Earth Abundant Materials (JCDREAM) awarded $631K to Testbeds to install world’s first roll-to-roll inkjet printer for electronics with sub-micron features UW professor J. Devin MacKenzie will use printer to develop cheap, sustainable alternative

Startup Wins Federal Grant to Develop Battery Materials at Washington Clean Energy Testbeds

Vesicus will use Small Business Technology Transfer funds to develop nanostructured thin films for lithium-ion batteries at Testbeds August 3, 2018 Vesicus, an advanced materials startup founded by University of Washington (UW) mechanical engineering alumnus Krishna Nadella (PhD ’09, MS

WA Flexible Electronics Company and UW Team Win Federal Grant for Manufacturing

MicroConnex is partnering with UW professor J. Devin MacKenzie to develop a new manufacturing process for printed flexible electronics at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds June 28, 2018 J. Devin MacKenzie, technical director of the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds and

Veteran Cleantech Entrepreneur Offers Free Consultations to Startups Advancing Clean Energy Innovations 

Ramkumar Krishnan, chief technology officer at NantEnergy (formerly Fluidic Energy), an Arizona-based company that produces grid-scale, rechargeable metal-air batteries, is the new Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds. As an EIR with the Testbeds, an open-access facility for developing and testing energy devices and systems near the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, Krishnan advises early-stage, cleantech startup companies on, and mentors entrepreneurs in: team formation, product development, strategic marketing, fundraising, manufacturing strategy, and business development. His office hours are free and open to aspiring and established cleantech entrepreneurs or business teams, and take place weekly via phone and monthly in-person at the Testbeds.

The New York Times: Rethinking Electric Power, Prompted by Politics and Disaster

Lilo Danielle Pozzo, who teaches chemical engineering at the University of Washington, grew up in Puerto Rico. So when Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September, it felt, she said, like a perfect alignment of needs and expertise: Professor Pozzo studies batteries and electrical storage systems at the university’s Clean Energy Institute, and Puerto Rico, a place she loves, had just seen its power grid destroyed.

Seattle Business: University of Washington Is Using a Former Manufacturing Plant To Develop Clean Energy Products

The Washington Clean Energy Testbeds center is taking the concept of university-industry collaboration to a new level. The University of Washington’s Clean Energy Institute, which focuses on research in solar energy, energy storage and finding better ways to integrate alternative energy sources with the power grid, opened the 15,000-square-foot Testbeds facility in February with $8 million in state funding.

Global Corporations and Cleantech Startups Begin Testing Innovations at Washington’s Open-Access Clean Energy Facility

Global corporations, U.S. solar companies, and Washington startups have signed up to test their cleantech at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, created by the University of Washington (UW) Clean Energy Institute (CEI), during the facility’s first six months of operation.

CEI Opens Washington Clean Energy Testbeds with Governor Inslee

A new facility for accelerating the clean energy innovation cycle opened in Seattle today. The Clean Energy Institute (CEI), a research unit at the University of Washington (UW), created the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds to increase the rate at which breakthrough science and engineering discoveries turn into market-adopted clean energy technologies.

Powin Energy Supplies Testbeds with 30kW/40kWh Battery Energy Storage System

Powin Energy will supply a 30kW/40kWh battery system for the University of Washington’s Clean Energy Institute. The battery energy storage system (BESS) will be part of a new research facility under development by the institute.