Alphabet Energy

A new name in thermoelectrics: Silicium Energy

A quiet early stage startup called Silicium Energy recently got the equivalent of golden ticket: a seed investment from greentech investor Vinod Khosla. According to a filing, the company raised just $1.65 million, with backing from Khosla.

Alphabet Energy turns to silicon for waste heat-to-energy

Thermoelectric materials hold the promise of turning waste heat into electricity, but they haven’t been widely used because of high costs. Startup Alphabet Energy says it’s solving those problems by using common silicon and has lined up $12 million to finalize its first product.

Thermoelectric Watch: Phononic Raises $10M

Thermoelectric startup Phononic Devices has landed a $10 million investment to work on its technology to convert heat into electricity, or vice versa. There’s a big market for thermoelectrics that are cheap and reliable enough.

Alphabet Energy: From the Lab to the Factory

Startup Alphabet Energy, which is developing materials and devices that convert waste heat into usable electricity, told me this week that by 2012 they will deliver products to customers and throughout 2011 will be moving from the lab into the factory.