Startup Alley: ESNA 2019 is All About Innovation

​ Startup Alley, located on the expo floor, will feature some of the most cutting-edge startups in the industry. Then on Thursday, November 7th, ESNA will host the annual “Startup Speed Networking Event” with the showcased startups. If you are an angel investor, venture capitalist, or a strategic corporate investor interested in joining this intimate networking event, please email 

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2018 STARTUP SPEED NETWorKING Testimonial:

The Speed Networking session at ESNA was easily the most valuable aspect of the conference.  It was incredibly well organized, connected me with great investors that have led to solid follow-ups, and was run very efficiently.  I would highly recommend it for any startup that wants to meet investors!
-James Larson, CEO of e-Zn Inc

2019 Startup Innovators

Icarus RT, Inc.

The Icarus system provides storage for on-demand power generation while increasing commercial and utility scale photovoltaic (PV) system power output in real time. A proprietary heat exchanger snaps-on to the back of the solar PV panels, extracts and collects heat from the operating panels which cools the panels thereby increasing panel performance. The collected heat is stored for generation on demand (i.e., after sunset) using a turbo-generator in Organic Rankine Cycle. The entire system is co-located with traditional PV arrays converting them to hybrid solar PV/thermal systems. The novel approach provides a significant increase to the power production resulting in an approximately 25% output increase in real time with Icarus installed. The cost-effective approach to thermal energy storage will generate up to four hours of additional power at full array capacity on demand without the cost, maintenance or environmental downsides of traditional batteries. The technology uses water and a special organic cooling fluid (refrigerant) designed for low grade waste heat recovery in either a single or dual loop system, depending on local conditions. The cost/watt for additional with Icarus installed is projected to be about 50% of the cost of a traditional PV system with Lithium-ion battery storage.


NeoCharge is an early-stage smart electric vehicle charging company whose mission is to eliminate barriers to electric vehicle adoption by providing convenient, easy, and affordable home charging access. Their flagship product is a smart splitter device that plugs into a 220-volt outlet occupied by an electric dryer, water heater, EV charger, or electric heat pump in or near the garage. It ensures that charging between the appliance and the car is synchronized, so the appliance receives power when needed, and the car resumes charging afterward. This plug and play solution can be installed without an electrician, the need for infrastructural changes, or permits. The smart system integrates charge scheduling, automated carbon emission reduction, metering and demand response capabilities. NeoCharge's goal is to enable lower-income families, home renters, and homeowners to feasibly own an electric car by using already existing electrical infrastructure to save time and money on home charging installation.

Alumina Energy

Alumina Energy, founded 2015, is developing and commercializing innovative packed bed thermal energy storage solutions for heat and electric storage and generation applications. Our technology leverages low-cost and recycled ceramics to store and recover thermal energy with high efficiency, flexibility (scale and end use of heat/electricity). The system is easy to install and can make use of existing assets to convert to low cost energy storage.


MOEV Inc. was born out of UCLA’s Smart Grid Energy Research Center by a team convinced to commercialize the technology developed to solve future grid challenges, while creating a comprehensive charging solution for site hosts, utilities and electric vehicle (EV) drivers that is both cheaper and more energy efficient than today’s alternatives.
MOEV offers a cloud-based software technology that leverages smart charging of EVs to support smart grid integration, which enables large numbers of EVs to be added to the grid without increasing grid stress. It achieves this using artificial intelligence based optimization and control algorithms, while also ensuring that the requirements of EV drivers and the EV charger site hosts are met. MOEV’s software technology is capable of controlling both our own and third party manufacturers of charging stations. We have smartphone applications to control charging sessions, and cloud software to integrate data, control access, and manage load.

South 8 Technologies, Inc.

South 8 Technologies, Inc. has developed a breakthrough new Liquefied Gas Electrolyte chemistry for electrochemical energy storage devices including lithium batteries and electrochemical capacitors. Our patented technology enables a substantial increase in energy, improved safety, and an exceptionally wide operating temperature. Leveraging conventional materials and manufacturing, South 8 Technologies offers a unique solution for a variety of transportation, grid storage, and aerospace applications.

Antora Energy

Antora Energy is developing an ultra low-cost energy storage system based on storing heat in inexpensive materials and using a unique photovoltaic heat engine to convert stored thermal energy into electricity. This low-cost, long-lifetime approach enables utilities, independent power producers, and industrial customers to reliably store energy for long periods of time and replaces the need for diesel and gas generation to back-up variable renewables like wind and solar.

WattJoule Corporation

WattJoule has developed a next-generation electrical energy storage system that uses a safe water-based liquid storage medium. The company has developed a unique intellectual property portfolio that solves the historical cost problem that has slowed the commercialization of vanadium flow batteries. WattJoule's highly scalable ElectriStor™ energy storage platform enables the widespread deployment of solar and wind energy, microgrids, smart grid capabilities and grid reliability improvements. The company has developed a number of key strategic partnerships and has a unique business model that scales rapidly.