Time & Location

November 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. EDT

Energy Hub, Gross Hall, Towerview Rd, Durham, NC 27710, USA

About the Event

Energy Innovation Showcase is an evening dedicated to exploring the innovators and ideas propagating the energy space. The evening will host start-ups, researchers, and investors on the cutting edge of technological, financial, and policy advancement. During the main showcase event, you'll have the opportunity to interact with the organizations face-to-face. You can attend one or more of the 12, fast-paced Innovation Talks, which will occur simultaneously to the main showcase. These present an in-depth look at the groundbreaking ideas brought by the organizations. There are so many avenues to be explored, you are sure to be inspired!


Registration opening soon.

Confirmed Presenters and Exhibitors:


Windlift – Exhibitor + Innovation Talk

Windlift is dedicated to providing reliable, airborne wind energy anywhere on the planet, including in some of the least hospitable environments. Windlift’s Airborn Power Generation system employs proprietary designs and engineering to capture and store wind energy in the most efficient and reliable manner.



NC Clean Energy Technology Center – Exhibitor + Innovation Talk

NC Clean Technology Center is a public service center seeking to advance a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating, and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices and policies. Their experience reaches across the energy sector in renewable energy, clean power & industrial efficiency, transportation, and policy.



8 Rivers – Exhibitor + Innovation Talk

8Rivers develops sustainable, infrastructure-scale solutions in fields that lack creative disruption and outside thinking. They create new ideas to help large corporations solve old problems. They have a variety of projects, including an entirely new power-cycle that generates emissions-free electricity from carbon-based fuels for lower costs than traditional technologies.



SJF Ventures – Innovation Talk

SJF Ventures invests in high-growth companies with the mission to drive lasting, positive changes. Their portfolio boasts over 2.6million mTons of CO2 mitigated in 2018 and almost a dozen clean energy companies.

Joules Accelerator – Exhibitor + Innovation Talk

Joules Accelerator enables the growth of clean energy startups by training, mentoring, and providing access to utilities, customers, and industry players. Since its founding, it has supported the creation of over 90 jobs, $15 million in investment, and seven pilot projects.

Modern Energy – Exhibitor + Innovation Talk

Modern Energy plays a catalytic role in bringing new technologies to scale with a focus on energy efficiency, distributed generation, demand response, and energy storage.

Infinite Cooling – Exhibitor + Innovation Talk

Infinite Cooling is an award-winning startup with the mission to mitigate water scarcity around the world. They are deploying a patent-pending technology that uses electric fields to help power plants reduce their water consumption and water treatment costs by recovering 100% of the water from their cooling tower exhausts.

Dr. Eric Rohlfing - Innovation Talk

Dr. Rohlfing joined Duke University as an executive in residence after his distinguished career at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Here he served as acting director and he most recently as senior technical advisor for the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E). ARPA-E advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private investment. His talk will provide insight on the public sector's role in spurring innovation in the energy sector.

Duke Electric Vehicles– Exhibitor + Innovation Talk

Breaking the Guinness World Record for the “world’s most fuel-efficient” vehicle, the Duke Electric Vehicles Team can travel 8.5 miles on less than one gram of hydrogen. Each year, they set new goals to push the envelope on vehicle efficiency.

Flux Hybrids - Exhibitor + Innovation Talks

Flux Hybrids, a startup out of NC State, makes a universal kit to convert any petroleum-powered vehicle to a plug-in hybrid. The kit pays for itself in gas savings within a few years by increasing efficiency by 144%, all while increasing the capability of the vehicle. The kit will also typically outlive cars and can easily be transferred to new ones. They are currently beta-testing on a 2008 Ford Ranger with the NCSU Fleet and expect to be making sales by mid-2020.

3DFS -- Exhibitor 

3DFS is a group of engineers and entrepreneurs with expertise in Task-Oriented Optimal Computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, electricity modeling, intelligent sensing, and controls. They own their development from research through assembly and have developed an advanced measurement and control methodology for controlling electricity in Real-Time.

mPower - Exhibitor

mPower is an innovative cold storage and distribution company that aims at reducing food waste and increasing farmer incomes. mPower uses an innovative business model and a novel technology that reduces upfront capital investment by 80% for cold storage units while using 30% less energy and being 20% cheaper than current solutions. mPower has emerged as one of the top 10 companies at the Hult Prize out of 100,000 companies and was the winner of the SVC fellows at the Clinton Global Initiative.

Solar Sister - Exhibitor

Solar Sister is a social enterprise with the vision of providing African women with economic opportunity, training, and support to distribute clean energy to last mile communities. Since its launch in 2010, Solar Sister has reached over 1.4 million inhabitants across Tanzania, Uganda, and Nigeria with solar lights and clean cookstoves. Additionally, they have empowered over 4,000 Africans to become entrepreneurs, 86% of which are women.

Duke Smart Home - Exhibitor

The Duke Smart Home provides a channel for Duke University to spearhead the drive for advanced living technology and sustainable practices, and to encourage public awareness of such technology while providing students with the opportunity to tinker and develop experimental technology in the residential and energy sectors. We have both a residential program, where 10 students live in the house every year, as well as a general club, where approximately 20 students work on various projects. The entire Home was designed as a living-learning laboratory, with plenty of project space, tools, and materials. Everything in the home is meant to be improved over time, with all wiring and machinery accessible and modular!

Duke Building Energy Committee - Exhibitor

Through a Duke University Bass Connections project, the Duke Building Energy Committee is in the process of generating energy use reports for Duke’s buildings with the goal of reducing costs and carbon emissions. These energy use reports will contribute to Duke's objective of carbon neutrality in 2024. The Committee looks forward to sharing the project's progress via a Gross Hall energy report.


Clean Energy for the Developing World - Exhibitor

Our team is tapping into the potential of hydrogen gas to serve as an alternative clean fuel. The capacity for hydrogen to be generated locally and provide long-term energy storage offers an advantage over other energy sources used in the developing world. Moreover, the combustion of hydrogen for heating and cooking purposes produces a harmless byproduct: water. To that end, the team is currently developing an alkaline water electrolyzer, hydrogen storage system, and hydrogen-compatible stove technology for low-cost, healthy, and environmentally-friendly cooking in the developing world.

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