Nike joins NASA, State Department to scout energy tech
By Erik Siemers
Nike is joining with the state department and NASA to present a showcase of sustainable energy technology.
Nike Inc. will join NASA and the U.S. State Department at Kennedy Space Center in Florida Friday for a three-day event aimed at highlighting startups with groundbreaking sustainable energy technologies.
The Washington County-based sporting goods giant (NYSE: NKE) is a founding member of LAUNCH, a partnership with NASA, the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development that looks to identify innovations in various sustainable energy categories.
A Nike official couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Thursday.
LAUNCH held forums focused on health and water issues last year.
The event that runs Friday through Sunday at Kennedy Space Center will feature presentations from 10 companies deemed to have “groundbreaking ideas for the provision of more sustainable energy sources,” according to a State Department news release.
The companies presenting, as described by LAUNCH, are:
- Gram Power: A micro/mini-grid solution for underserved communities that utilizes modular battery storage technology, energy management intelligence, and a pre-payment model.
- Hydrovolts: An affordable “Switchblade” turbine and “Flipwing” turbine rotor that enables reliable hydroelectricity generation from canals and other managed-flow water courses. (Hydrovolts was a finalist in the Northwest Cleantech Open in 2009.)
- Turbococina: A revolutionary clean and efficient wood combustion cookstove.
- Point Source Power: An economical fuel cell for emerging markets that allows battery charging in cooking pits or fires.
- The Solanterns Initiative: An initiative dedicated to replacing 1 million of Kenya’s kerosene lanterns with solar powered lights and to creating micro-entrepreneur jobs.
- Powerzoa: A smart system that allows enterprise-level energy managers to automate control of energy down to the appliance level, stopping power waste.
- Promethean Power Systems: A rural refrigeration system for commercial cold-storage applications in off-grid and partially electrified areas of developing countries.
- Thermofluidics: A pumping device that uses low-temperature heat to generate fluid motion with very few moving parts.
- ITN Energy Systems: A revolutionary flexible electrochromic film for windows that allows active control of the sun’s transmitted light and heat.
- NanoTune Technologies: A new generation ultracapacitor with five to seven times greater energy storage capacity than conventional capacitors.
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