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Houston clean energy lab names 4 new companies to program

Halliburton Labs has doubled the number of clean energy companies that are operating out of its facilities with the addition of its second cohort.Four companies have been selected for the program, joining four existing member companies of Halliburton Labs, which originally launched last summer. The companies recently announced to the incubator are Alumina Energy, Ionada, Parasanti, and SurgePower Materials.”We are excited to support and collaborate with this group of early-stage, clean energy companies as they continue their commercialization journey," says Dale Winger, managing director of Halliburton Labs, in a news release. "Each has demonstrated a commitment to accelerating their technologies, and we are eager to help them innovate, develop and scale each company."The new companies join existing labs members Nanotech Inc, Enexor BioEnergy, Momentum Technologies, and OCO Inc. Nanotech was the first company to join the labs in August 2020, while the other three were added in February.With the announcement of the new cohort, Halliburton is now accepting applications for its third cohort. Interested companies can apply via the website, and submissions are due by September 3, 2021.Alumina EnergyFocusing on providing zero-carbon heat and power solutions, Santa Monica, California-based Alumina Energy has created a patented packed bed thermal energy storage technology that can make renewable energy resources a more reliable and cost competitive source of heat and power. "We are very excited to join Halliburton Labs’ cleantech accelerator program and collaborate with their experienced team to advance cleaner, affordable energy," says Sasha Braun Diamont, founder and CEO of Alumina Energy, in the release.IonadaIonada is based in Ontario, Canada, and also has offices in London and Germany. The company has developed an exhaust gas cleaning systems that’s designed to reduce emissions from the marine and power generation industries."We are receiving tremendous interest from industrial emitters around the world for modular carbon capture systems. Halliburton Labs’ engineering, supply chain expertise and global network provide the ideal launching platform for us to scale our business to meet demand," says Edoardo Panziera, CEO of Ionada, in the release.ParasantiHeadquartered in Austin, Parasanti is a tech company with software and hardware applications geared toward streaming analytics and production machine learning to enhance data analytics, "Parasanti could not be more honored to be a part of the Halliburton Labs accelerator. With the domain expertise and wealth of knowledge that Haliburton Labs possesses, this accelerator will position Parasanti to leverage our edge hardware and software technologies to enable new artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions in the energy space," says Parasanti co-founders James Hancock and Joshua Seagroves in the release.SurgePower MaterialsSan Marcos-based SurgePower Materials has developed a way to produce high-purity graphene from an abundant renewable raw material — a process that will allow for producing concrete, electronics, renewable energy, and batteries in a more sustainable way."Our goal is to make SurgePower Materials the key enabler of the forthcoming graphene age with plant-based graphene as an essential component of many new technologies. Our strategic collaboration with Halliburton Labs allows us to leverage their world-class engineering expertise to rapidly scale our production and accelerate the adoption of new graphene-based solutions," says Dr. Michael Opoku, CEO of SurgePower Materials, in the release.

Halliburton Labs Selects Four Companies For Clean Energy Accelerator

Halliburton Labs today announced its second cohort, which joins four companies already participating in its collaborative environment to advance and scale cleaner, affordable energy. Alumina Energy, Ionada, Parasanti, and SurgePower Materials will receive access to a broad range of industrial …

Houston-based veterans will lead the energy transition, says this expert

Many people living in Houston don’t realize that the veteran community is taking an increasing leadership role in the energy transition. The Greater Houston area is the second largest veteran community in America with over 5,500 new veterans and their families coming to Houston annually. We are the fastest growing city in America for veterans as well. In Houston you’ll find a community of veterans who create a workforce and culture of excellence — no handouts needed here. Our city is home to innovation in many industrial sectors, and also in the veteran services market. Combined Arms is the premier technology partner for accelerating the connection of veterans to resources like employment. Headquartered in Houston, the agency operates in a dozen states nationally with a co-working space of over 30 veteran serving nonprofits on site and 120 services online. The top employment organization for veteran employment in the country, NextOp, is also headquartered in Houston. NextOp is focused on developing a pipeline of talent directly from military installations to industrial craft trades. They have the best numbers for placement of veterans and speed to employment, perfect for accelerating the energy transition as companies are looking for talent to fill new industry roles.
The energy sector is already the largest employer of veterans in Houston. We are a vibrant community with weekly networking happy hours for white collar veterans working in the energy industry at the original Kirby Icehouse on Wednesdays, put on by Houston Veterans in Business. With one of the highest concentrations of public companies in the country, we have over 85 public companies with employee resource groups for veterans. The leaders of these groups meet regularly to support and serve our community. We are a thriving community that has the depth of relationships and connections to foster the personal and professional growth of veterans new to Houston and those that have called Houston home their entire lives. The majority of these groups are within energy companies that are actively supporting the energy transition.
Some examples of veteran-led energy transition companies include:
Everpoint Services, founded by Tyler Goodell, is bringing an oilfield services model to the wind, solar, and energy storage industries along with wind blade and solar panel recycling.FastGrid, founded by Eric Curry, is rapidly growing through the project engineering side of renewable energy project development across the country.WindCom, led by CEO Tim Hertel, conducts wind blade repairs and servicing.Blue Bear Capital, co-founded by Tim Kopra, invests in high-growth technology companies across the energy, infrastructure, and climate industries.eRenewable, co-founded by Fred Davis, provides real-time online auctions for Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs) and Virtual PPAs.Last Dollar Trucking, co-founded by Nate Reeve, focused on the transport of the massive number of wind blades entering texas ports. JAG Argueta, founded by Keith Argueta, provides accounting and fractional CFO services to cleantech startups.Digital Wildcatters, co-founded by Jake Corley, building the “Barstool Sports of Energy"Amberjack Capital, co-founded by Patrick Connelly, is a private equity investor in energy transition and infrastructure projects.re:3D, co-founded by Samantha Snabes, pioneering new innovations to decimate the cost & scale barriers to 3D printing.South Union CDC, founded by Efrem Jernigan, is developing the Sunnyside Solar project.Fervo Energy, led by CFO David Ulrey, is developing next-generation geothermal projects to deliver 24×7 carbon-free energy.
One of the top chapters nationally for Bunker Labs is also here, with a veteran entrepreneur accelerator at WeWork downtown, the WeWork Veterans in Residence program. On top of that the largest veteran business plan competition is hosted by Rice University. The Veteran Business Battle is entering its 7th year with one of the finalists Parasanti pivoting their successful edge computing solutions into the energy transition for cleantech applications through their recent acceptance to Haliburton Labs.
Houston is also building a chapter of the Veterans Energy Project which is advocating for the Biden administration’s infrastructure bill. Jon Powers with CleanCapital, a private equity investor focused on accelerating the flow of capital into distributed generation project, co-founded the Veterans Energy Project. Having served our country in a time of war, it is time again to place the country first and advocate for the infrastructure that supports all Americans.
The veterans of Houston can help make Houston not only the leader in the energy transition but also ensure that we are the energy capital of the future.——Kevin Doffing is the president of Energy Capital of the Future.

Videos

Energy veterans and new innovators share their thoughts on camera.

Momentum Technologies Spotlight

CEO – Preston Bryant

Enexor BioEnergy Spotlight

CEO – Lee Jestings

Nanotech Spotlight

CEO – Mike Francis

OCOChem Spotlight

CEO – Todd Brix

Parasanti Spotlight

CEO – James Hancock CTO-Josh Seagroves

Head of Commercial – Carrie Horazeck

Alumina Spotlight

CEO – Sasha Braun

SurgePower Materials Spotlight

CEO – Michael Opoku

Ionada Carbon Solutions Spotlight

CEO – Edoardo Panziera

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Energy Transtion: A new model for bridging the chasm to scale

The energy transition is creating the need for a new model of interaction between startups and enterprises. Whereas the former will continue to focus on ‘will it work?’, the latter need to have a greater say in ‘will it scale?’ Halliburton Labs was set up with this mission in mind.

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Constellation is a collaborative work between Village Insights and Halliburton Labs that seeks to foster a virtual extension of the global startup community solving clean energy challenges. The platform allows community stakeholders to gather around clean energy topics, to meet peers, to share insights, to seek funding, and to find technology demonstration opportunities. It is built to be the go-to location for clean energy events and news.