December Newsletter: Exciting news in Paris, ARPA-E awards, Wave Energy Prize, and more

We're excited to share some updates on the heels of the landmark public and private commitment to expand investment in energy innovation made in Paris yesterday. This historic push couldn't come at a more critical moment. As we cheer on the negotiators in Paris, our team is as committed as ever to supporting the best and brightest energy entrepreneurs in driving their technologies to impact. 

Spark Thermionics and polySpectra win ARPA-E OPEN funding as part of projects totaling over $7 million

We're excited to announce that Cyclotron Road projects Spark Thermionics and Polyspectra have both been selected for negotiations as awardees for the 2015 Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) OPEN award. The award to Spark Thermionics will fund a newly formed spin out company collaborating with Berkeley Lab and Stanford University, along with several additional partners.

David Danielson highlights Cyclotron Road on the EERE Blog

Last Wednesday, Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (E.E.R.E.) David Danielson featured Cyclotron Road on his blog and highlighted our upcoming cohort call, encouraging "entrepreneurial researchers with expertise in an energy-technology-related field to explore this exciting opportunity."

Read our 2015 Report: A new pathway for hard technology

We have released our first report in conjunction with the White House Clean Energy Investment Summit this week. Entitled "A new pathway for hard technology: supporting energy innovators at Cyclotron Road," the report is based on background research and 30 in-depth interviews with experts and leaders in the energy innovation ecosystem conducted by Cyclotron Road team member Nicole Schuetz. 

Kendra Kuhl and Etosha Cave featured in Greenwire article about women in Cleantech

Opus 12 project leads Kendra Kuhl and Etosha Cave were recently featured in Greenwire. The article highlights increasing opportunities for women to take leadership roles in clean technology startups, while also calling attention to the major hurdles the energy technology industry still faces in building an equitable workforce.

New name, same vision.

Cyclotron Road was launched as a pilot program codenamed 'M37' at Berkeley Lab in July 2014 to address the gap between early-stage energy technologies and impactful commercial outcomes. The vision was simple: provide a home for entrepreneurial technologists whose ideas are too challenging to pursue in a venture-backed startup, specifically in “hard tech” areas like advanced materials, chemistry, and physics.