It’s that time of year, folks! We’ve selected 10 companies — all of which are using information technology to fight climate change — to launch or unveil interesting new products at our Green:Net conference in a session we call the LaunchPad. On April 29th you’ll be able to hear from these innovative companies as well as speakers including California Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, investor Vinod Khosla and many more. Drum roll, please…
1) People Power: Wireless energy management startup People Power just released its software developer’s kit called SuRF (Sensor Ultra Radio Frequency), which is based on the open-source platform OSHAN (Open Source Home Area Network). When open source meets home energy management, the potential is massive. At Green:Net, the company plans to reveal new details about its strategy, plans and products.
2) Vecarius: Vecarius is using power electronics, energy harvesting, energy storage and advanced materials to increase the energy efficiency of vehicles. As co-founder William Sanchez explained to us recently, at the end of the day vehicle energy efficiency can be boosted through chips, software and computing. Vecarius says its patent-pending technology can “recapture a large portion of the 75 percent of energy lost in internal combustion engine and hybrid vehicles.”
3) ecoATM: Cash for high-tech trash. That’s the basic concept for the recycling kiosk — or “Automated eCycling Stations” — from startup ecoATM. You drop off old electronics at one of these machines, it calculates their value, then pays you on the spot, in cash or coupons.
4) Building Solutions: Building Solutions has developed “Home Performance Pro,” an easy-to-use, detailed and accurate home testing software “built by energy auditors for energy auditors.” The stimulus package has allocated billions of dollars for weatherization, or making buildings more energy efficient through things like upgrading insulation, heating and cooling systems, air filters and windows. The first step to knowing if a home needs to be weatherized is an audit.
5) GE: OK so General Electric isn’t exactly a startup, but the company plans to announce an innovative new product for energy-efficient backup power. We’ll hold the details for the launchpad event.
6) energics: You may have only just learned about the smart grid, but get ready for Smart Grid 3.0, says the team at energics. The company’s software can develop patterns to dynamically drive process models, build context and relevance, and progressively “learn” and automate smart grid systems. If there’s something the smart grid sorely needs it’s automation deep within the network of the grid (see New Opportunities in the Smart Grid, on GigaOM Pro, subscription required).
7) ecoVouch: ecoVouch is a free web-based application for the iPhone that helps users find eco-friendly products and services close by. At Green:Net, the folks behind ecoVouch plan to launch a platform that enables sustainable businesses to communicate effectively to participants through display ads, vouchers, or a loyalty program, in a new and social way.
8) Soneter: “Know your flow.” That’s the motto behind Soneter’s meter technology, which modifies water consumption behavior in the multifamily housing sector. The company’s product, which doesn’t require a retrofit or pipe cutting, tracks individual unit water use in real time and automatically bills based on consumption.
9) Carbon Voyage: Carbon Voyage’s web site enables users to compare travel options based on both cost and environmental impact. The service will find opportunities to fill empty journeys (taxis), share trips and help customers move onto low-carbon transport alternatives. Right now the London-based team is focused on the UK, but plans to expand into other markets.
10) ecoDomus: ecoDomus’ software and services provide intelligent analysis of a building’s performance, including helping with LEED compliance, and leading to better maintenance practices that result in significant energy savings. ecoDomus’ product integrates a Building Information Model, a 3-D representation of a facility, and real-time facility operations data acquired via sensors.