3 Exciting Changemakers in Convergent Energy Technology

At the 2018 CleanTech Open (CTO) Global Forum at the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), Larta’s Energy Team participated in the annual showcasing of the CleanTech innovation ecosystem on a local, national, and international scale.

The main public day of CTO's annual Global Forum has CTO, LACI and Global Ideas companies exhibiting at the Innovation Showcase. During lunch, the Global Companies pitch in front of a live audience, followed by a keynote, panel discussion and awards -- all at the LACI La Kretz campus in the Arts District.

The main public day of CTO's annual Global Forum has CTO, LACI and Global Ideas companies exhibiting at the Innovation Showcase. During lunch, the Global Companies pitch in front of a live audience, followed by a keynote, panel discussion and awards -- all at the LACI La Kretz campus in the Arts District.

Senior Programs Manager Marco Henkel and Senior Programs Associate Claire Anderson enjoyed all the event had to offer, including a company showcase expo, pitch event and competition—which featured finalists and winners of the ‘U.S. Grand Prize’ and the ‘Global Ideas Award’—conversations with investors, and special content workshops.

Throughout the event, the team met with s everal impressive showcasing companies who came from around the world to join the Forum—one of which is a participant in Larta’s most current U.S. Department of Energy Commercialization Assistance Program (DOE CAP).

Across all the remarkable innovations, three companies stood out as change-makers in the field of convergent energy technology:

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TerraCOH Inc.

TerraCOH Inc., a recent DOE SBIR Phase I awardee and current participant in Larta’s DOE CAP, is working to capture CO2 to reduce emissions and create sustainable energy. The company is working with one of Larta’s Principal Advisors on their commercialization strategy as they are preparing their DOE SBIR Phase II proposal. 

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Radical Plastics

Radical Plastics is a Massachusetts based start-up that has developed a catalyst technology that renders conventional plastics completely biodegradable in a natural environment. They took home the U.S. Grand Prize. 

Nuventura

Nuventura, a start-up from Berlin and winner of the Global Ideas Award, is developing switchgear technology that empowers smart grids and eliminates the need for the world’s most harmful greenhouse gas, SF6 (sulphur hexafluoride), by replacing it with air. 

As the practice of energy continues to diversify in both the breadth of the field and the depth of innovation, it is now more important than ever to invest and support technologies that are convergent across the spaces of energy, sustainability, water, and agriculture.