Generating Energy


EctoTherm has developed a patent pending technology that can serve as an energy source in the most remote and harshest environments. Its first product is a thermal resonator (TR-1) that can translate diurnal temperature fluctuations into electricity. TR-1 is a robust and versatile device that can serve as an energy source for all types of sensors. The nature of its operation allows it to function underground, in places with limited or no sun, and extreme environments with harsh conditions, such as sandstorms. Having no moving parts, it requires no maintenance, and it has a much longer life than batteries alone. 



PolarPanel is a solar energy startup focused on bringing clean, reliable, and low-maintenance refrigeration technology to the commercial cold chain. They are specifically targeting the rail industry by retrofitting refrigerated railcars with NASA-developed solar refrigeration technology, that is both battery and generator-free.  Winner of NASA's Commercial Invention of the Year for 2011, this patented solar-refrigeration technology used in PolarPanel systems has previously met requirements for use in U.S. Military applications, as well as satisfied standards set by the World Health Organization.



By using torrefaction biomass upgrading process, the cost of transportation can be reduced by ~30%. However, most torrefaction reactors today are large-scale and incompatible for decentralized deployment. Utilizing a novel concept called oxygen-lean torrefaction, we demonstrated its potential to simplify reactor design, enabling small-scale, portable, and decentralized deployment at 1/10th the capital cost.



Near-surface winds (i.e. below 300 m.) are highly intermittent, while high-altitude wind resources are abundant, stronger and more consistent. For this reason, Bill Gates has been quoted as saying that High- Altitude wind energy has a chance to be the "magic" solution to the world's energy crisis. Gaia-E is developing an Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) system that can harvest both near-surface and high-altitude winds using only 5% of materials compared to state-of-the-art wind turbines. 

Improving Energy Usage



Fiat Flux has developed a value added technology that integrates with established membrane filters to continuously clean them of organic foulants. Accumulated foulant blocks membrane pores and requires increasing pumping energy to maintain flow. By providing this technology to seawater reverse osmosis customers, they can meaningfully reduce energy input and increase water output in regions where water is scarce.



They turn waste into fuel and chemicals.



An Ion-Selective Brita Filter for Hydroponics



WeavAir harnesses advanced sensor technology and predictive analytics to reduce energy consumption of high value HVAC systems, save money, improve health & streamline operations.

Delivering Energy



A breakthrough power generating system that combines their patented Ultra-Short Pulse Laser (USPL) together with fuel cells to generate on-demand clean electricity, resolving economic and safety issues of conventional hydrogen fuel cells. In comparison to traditional fuel cells with water electrolysis, their product, a working prototype completed, is 100% more efficient and up to 70% cheaper, and requires no high-pressure hydrogen tanks which are costly. Their solution allows many electrons as a mass within photo-catalyst run at an ultrafast speed, called the "Electron Avalanche Effect", generating more power than input power to the laser. This unique process makes their product one of the most efficient power generating systems in the world with up to 70% efficiency, while solar power's efficiency is up to 15% and wind power's and diesel generators' are up to 40%. Another unique value proposition is that it produces pure water as a by-product, which, by adding some minerals, is drinkable and recycled as an input for regenerating more electricity.


Lithio Storage

Lithio (Greek for 'Lithium') Storage develops the next generation of thermally stable, energy efficient batteries for grid-scale storage. The Lithio battery aims to meet the demands of energy storage for current and future technologies, which includes renewable energy systems and peak shaving.



Smart Blox is revolutionizing access to renewable energy by integrating the components of a solar energy system into a single product: Solar Blox. It is like no other product on the market with its eloquent blend of simplicity, ruggedness, and scalability. Solar Blox is ready to change the world.



Flux Technologies has developed advanced composite membranes that provide low cost and highly efficient hydrogen and natural gas purification. These highly selective, productive, and robust membranes enable small-scale and distributed hydrogen production from natural gas reforming, as well as allow biogas producers to upgrade their renewable feedstock to pipeline-quality natural gas. With membrane performance exceeding anything currently available on the market, Flux aims to improve the availability of hydrogen and biomethane, two crucial fuels for a sustainable future.

Energy for Developing Economies



AlterVia's solution for developing communities with limited energy resources is an advanced biomass conversion technology called Co-Solvent Enhanced Lignocellulosic Fractionation (CELF).



PreserveAir makes farmers more money by providing them ideal, affordable and innovative climate field storage and transport services, reducing losses in yields due to dehydration, and eliminating steps in the supply chain.


SAFI analytics

Safi Analytics is a startup using smart factory technologies to empower factory managers in emerging markets to manage energy effectively, avoid machine breakdowns, and gain visibility into their operations. The team is based in Nairobi and currently has two live factory deployments and two additional committed pilot customers for 2018.



Sulis' vision is to manufacture and distribute a series of solar ultraviolet light-induced sterilization (SULIS) devices in rural areas of developing nations affected by neglected tropical diseases and in developed regions affected by natural disasters. Current water sterilization methods are often expensive, inefficient, infeasible for large-scale use, rely on the use of toxic chemicals, or are highly specialized. Sulis is introducing devices which operate under a broad range of conditions, can sterilize water at scale more effectively and at lower cost than current methods, and do not rely on existing infrastructure. Based on recent groundbreaking research initiatives, the Sulis technology is unparalleled in its versatility, scalability, sustainability, and its ability to generate employment in the communities that we aim to serve.



Aelios Technology’s mission is to be a catalyst for change in developing economies. According to Poor People's Energy Outlook 2016 report , "an increase of 2 hours in energy availability at healthcare facilities in developing economies can reduce in-facility mortality rate by 43%". Their products aim at enhancing backup power supplies to save lives, increase efficiency and raise the standard of living in regions where basic sustainable power is a challenge. Through their Intelligent Plug for Devices (IplugDs), they help healthcare facilities mitigate risks during power outages and prevent losing critical devices at critical times.  ( 

Final Judges

Steve Moilanen

Co-Founder and President, Solstice Initiative                           

Konstantin "Kostya" Turitsyn

Assistant Professor, MIT

Alicia Barton

Counsel, Foley Hoag LLP  

Sorin Grama

Entrepreneur in Residence, MIT

Kevin Kaminski

Senior VP, Alternative Energy Solutions at Energi Insurance Services

Jeff McAulay

Co-Founder, Energetic Insurance

Sissi Liu

CleanTech Executive                 

Amir Alexander Hasson

Co-founder, OxigenUSA            

Ben Glass

CEO and CTO, Altaeros Energies                                


Jacob Susman

VP, Head of Origination, EDF Renewable Energy                                       

Bruce Tsuchida

Principal, The Brattle Group

Kurt Roth

Director of Building Efficiency, Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy

Katie MacDonald

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Greentown Labs     

Elizabeth Wayman

Global Director of Ecomagination, GE

Michael Cooper

Group Technology Ventures, National Grid

Ed Greer

Corporate Technology Scout in Ventures & Business Development, Dow Chemical

Mike Phillips

Co-founder and CEO, Sense            

Austin Blackmon

Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space, City of Boston

Madeline Wang

Financing and Investment Professional, Hub Angels Investment Group             

Hilary Flynn

Director of External Innovation, National Grid

Emil Mamedov

Senior Manager of Venture Capital Investments, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

John Bobrowich

Managing Director, Clean Energy Venture Group

Maren Cattonar

Investment Professional, ClearSky Power & Technology Fund

Katie Rae

CEO and President, The Engine

Miguel Granier

Founder and Managing Director, Invested Development 

Georgina Campbell Flatter

Executive Director, The Legatum Center

Tom Burton

Chair of the Energy and Clean Technology Practice Group, Mintz Levin

Tom Kinneman

VP & COO, North Shore Innoventures

Apurba Sakti

Research Scientist, MIT Energy Initiative

Kipp Bradford

Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab

Anish Paul Antony

Post-Doctoral Researcher, D-Lab Off-Grid Energy Group

Donald Sadoway

Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, MIT

Harvey Michaels

Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Rob Stoner

Deputy Director, MIT Energy Initiative; Director, Tata Center for Technology and Design 

James Goudreau

Head of Climate, Novartis

Infrastructure & Resources


Akabotics (University of Hawaii)

Robots for cleaner waterways: The Akabotics Microdredger is a system of floating robotic platforms that work together to perform the functions of depth mapping and sediment extraction from a waterway.

Heila Technologies (MIT)

Named after the Icelandic word for “Brain”, the Heila IQ local controller gives microgrids the ability to sense, communicate, control, learn.

OleoSep (MIT)

Novel oil repellent membranes for desalination and water treatment.

OPTIMYS (University of Texas at Dallas)

OPTIMYS aims to transform an inefficient $82B industry by introducing waste measurement technology and services built on a proprietary system of integrated wireless sensors.

Poly6 Technologies (MIT)

Poly6 is entering the materials industry with its high-performance citrus-derived bioplastic product Citrene™.

Qapture (Colorado State University)

Qapture has developed technology for chimney cookstoves that converts waste heat to electrical power and has the ability to reduce stove emissions by up to 90%.

Revolootion (McGill University, Wharton)

Our no-flush toilets contain & transform the waste to safe and pathogen-free fertilizer. We are here to lead a Revolootion!

Energy Efficiency

ampér (Northwestern)

ampér is an energy monitoring and control system that empowers homeowners to save up to $250 a year on electricity through actionable, granular feedback, and a platform for smart appliances.

Nature, Inc. (MIT)

The Nature Smart AC Plug uses infrared and power control to manage room ACs, and accesses the internet via wifi. Customers can control their comfort using a mobile app, while utility companies can manage demand using a central portal.

Prana Energy (MIT)

By bundling innovative software as a service (SaaS) energy intelligence and educational technology solutions with expert sector-specific consultancy services, Prana Energy aims to unlock significant triple bottom-line value for its clients.

Sunyray Smart LED (Bowdoin College)

The Sunyray lamp includes white LED elements together with light sensor and a small micro-computer. Each lamp measures the light level under its location and calculates the correct working intensity to ensure students in every part of the classroom receive the right light level.

Viper Irrigation Technology (US Air Force Academy)

Our solution directly injects water, along with plant nutrients, pesticides and fungicides into the dicotyledonous plant vascular system (xylem) similar to a human IV on a commercial scale.

Renewable Energy

Glasswings (MIT)

We have developed a biomimetic antireflective, transparent coating for solar cells that promises to be inexpensive, simple to implement, and high-performing. Using our method, single-side nanostructuring of glass improves transmission by 1-5 %.

Iron Goat (George Mason University)

Iron Goat uses robotic automation methods in a new manufacturing process for pelletized agricultural products such as livestock feed and grass pellet fuel. Our process includes direct gasification of pellets to fuel, so it is an all-renewable production solution.

Route (MIT)

We are solving the last-mile distribution problem in solar. Our solution is a distribution and logistics platform for retailers of solar products and other consumer goods.

Surya Conversions (University of Colorado Boulder)

Surya Conversions builds hybrid electric conversion kits for vehicles in developing countries, starting with kits retrofitted for auto rickshaws in India.

Tri-Sol (University of New Haven)

Tri-Sol is a revolutionary skylight technology that harnesses three useful energy streams from the sun:natural lighting, electricity, and hot water. It utilizes Building-integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in a new, highly efficient manner by the use of Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV).



The 2016 CEP Grand Finals Showcase will feature the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award. The nomination period ran throughout March and April 2016, and yielded numerous well qualified candidates for the Award.

The CEP Alumni Community will select the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award winners from this shortlist of over-qualified candidates during the April 28th, 2016 Energy + Water Entrepreneurs Reception on MIT's campus.  

Distinguished Alumni Award winners will be announced publicly onstage during the CEP Grand Finals Showcase. 


Grand Final Judges


Otis Littlefield |  Partner |  Morrison & Foerster

Andrew Lackner |  Senior Director |  GE Ventures

Matthew Nordan |  Managing Director |  MNL Partners

Johanna Wolfson |  Director of Technology-to-Market |  DOE EERE

Daniel Hullah |  Director, Ventures | National Grid

Finals Judges

Energy Efficiency


Jay Fiske |  VP of Business Development |  Powerhouse Dynamics

Mark Vasu |  Executive Vice President |  Greentown Labs

Jeff Mcauley |  EnerNOC | 

Stephen Pike |  Interim CEO |  MassCEC

David Miller |  Executive Managing Director |  Clean Energy Ventures Group

Ed Greer |  Manager,  Ventures and Business Development |  Dow Ventures

Renewable Energy


John Bobrowich |  Managing Director |  Clean Energy Ventures Group

Alison Ernst |  Senior Manager of Investments |  MassCEC

Andrew Campanella |  CEO |  Loci Controls

Andrew Lackner |  Senior Director |  GE Ventures

Eric Macaux |  Associate |  Mintz Levin

Infrastructure & Resources


Christopher Russo |  Vice President Practice Leader of Energy |  Charles River Associates

Tibor Toth |  Managing Director of Investments |  MassCEC

Bic Stevens |  Founder and Principal |  Stevens Capital Advisors

Otis Littlefield |  Partner |  Morrison & Foerster

Sander Cohen |  Director of Innovation |  Enel Green Power

Semi-Finals Judges


Sue AnderBois | Policy Analyst | NECEC

Dan Berwick | Executive VP of Business Development | Borrego Solar

John Bobrowich | Managing Director | Clean Energy Venture Group

Robert Fleishman | Senior Counsel | Morrison Foerster

Dr. Lucia Gao | Associate Professor of Finance | Univ. of Massachusetts Boston

Nick Gayeski | CEO & Co-Founder | KGS Buildings

Mark Johnson | Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Office | DOE EERE

Kevin Kaminski | Senior Vice President | Energi

Shayle Kann | Senior Vice President of Research | Greentech Media

Sandy Kreis | Executive Director | InTeahouse

Jeff McAulay | Senior Manager of Strategic Partnerships | EnerNOC

Michael Pomianek | Partner | Wolf Greenfield

Kurt Roth | Director of Building Energy Technologies | Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems

Bic Stevens | Founder and Principal | Stevens Capital Advisors

Dr. Matthew Stuber | Co-Founder and Director | WaterFX Inc. 

Tibor Toth | Managing Director of Investments | MassCEC

Bruce Tsuchida | Principal | The Brattle Group

Madeline Wang | Director of Structured Finance | Ameresco




Katherine Curiel | MBA/MUP 2017 Candidate | MIT Sloan/Harvard University

Taylor Lane | JD/MBA Candidate | Harvard University

Alexander Yee | Research Assistant | MIT


Adam de Sola Pool|  Clean Energy Venture Group

Adi Guzdar|  Aguzdar Consultants

Andrew Beebe|  Obvious Ventures

Andrew Dougherty|  Rive Technology

Ben Armstrong|  WellDone International

Brad Harkavy|  LiveData Utilities 

Carlos Nouel|  National Grid

Cary Bullock|  RENEW Energy Partners

Chris Otness|  Borrego Solar Systems, Inc.

Colleen Kaman|  IBM

Edward Lovelace|  XL Hybrids

Eric Verploegen|  MIT's D-Lab

Fouad Dagher|  National Grid

Frank Andrew Felder|  Rutgers Univeristy

Galen Nelson|  Mass CEC

Gary Clarke|  DNGC

Geoffrey Gill|  Innerscope Research, Inc

Gus Simiao|  MIT Venture Mentoring Services

Huda Jaffer|  SELCO

Jason Roeder|  Powerhouse Dynamics

Joe Adiletta   |  liquiglide

Joe Caruso|  Bantam Group

John M. Tincoff|  Romulus Advisory

John Piret|  Newbury Piret & Co., Inc.

Judson Jacobs|  IHS Energy

Julianne Zimmerman|  Great Dome Associates

Kate Putnam|  Self-Employed

Kevin Yates|  SunEdison

Marcus Dahllof|  Self-Employed

Matthew Pearlson|  Citizens Energy Corporation

Michael Toomey|  NextEra Energy Resources

Mousumi Bhakta|  National Grid

Neil Rasmussen|  American Power Conversion

Nicola De Blasio|  MIT Energy Initiative

Owen Westbrook|  Juwi Inc

Per Suneby   |  Sternhill Associates

Peter Dublin|  Flink Learning

Peter J Hill|  Triangle Petroleum Corporation

Robbie Orvis|  Energy Innovation, LLC

Ryan Sheinbein|  Google

Sandeep Dudhwewala|  National Grid

Sarath Srinivasan|  SunEdison

Thomas Baker|  Boston Consulting Group

Tilden Roettger|  NexTracker

Tom Mercer|  Opower

Tom Rarich|  Concord Web Builders

Trevor Zimmerman|  Farmore Capital Group