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A cleantech startup from the UCLA Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department, Element 16, wins a $1.5M grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to demonstrate a new approach to heat energy storage.

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded Element 16 $1.5M in government funding. The fund will allow for the development of a novel solution to accelerate deployment of small and micro-scale combined cooling heating and power system.

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"The invention, funded by $5 million in federal, state, and private financing, including support from Southern California Gas, can help “levelize” the grid’s power peaks and valleys, and ensure CHP plants will be able to operate at top efficiency and meet their customer’s needs."

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“We want to make conventional power much more efficient and responsive to the grid, to allow for more renewables.”

- Parker Wells, CEO

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Element 16 was selected to participate in the Innovation Showcase at the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C.

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Element 16 was one of 10 finalists selected for the 2017 Megawatt Ventures competition and the only finalist at the DOE Cleantech University Prize National Competition held in Austin, Texas. 

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Element 16 is a graduate from the USC Synchrotron Accelerator, a 10-week incubator located in the heart of Silicone Beach in Marina Del Rey, CA.


The Transformational Idea Award went to Element16 Technologies, a UCLA spin-out developing novel “heat batteries” with inexpensive sulfur liquids as the storage fluid. Such cost-effective heat storage systems can help “levelize” the grid’s power peaks and valleys and ensure the Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants deliver the on demand power needed by their customers.

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