IN2 Program Validates Data Center Cooling Solution

If your laptop has ever become uncomfortably hot, you’ve had a taste of what data centers worldwide are up against: Server components approaching 100 degrees Celsius (212° F), with hundreds to thousands of servers per center. With data centers on average consuming an estimated 70 billion kWh1 per year, a disruptive energy-saving solution is needed, and a liquid submerged server (LSS) technology from LiquidCool Solutions (LiquidCool) might be the answer…

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IN2 Helps Refine simuwatt Energy Auditor Application

As one of ten startups accepted into the third round of the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2) program, simuwatt, is working with NREL researchers to enhance its application and platform. Originally prototyped and developed with NREL, the Boulder, Colorado-based startup leverages the Energy Department’s open-source building modeling tools EnergyPlus and OpenStudio…

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Smart Cities, Connected Communities

More than half of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, and that figure is expected to grow by another 2.5 billion people by 2050. This densification has profound implications on such vectors as energy usage, food and water consumption, conflict, quality of life and carbon emissions, among numerous other factors…

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IN2 Awards More Than $1 million to Support Clean-Energy Innovation

At the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), we support the creation of a sustainable future, which is why we aim to help innovative clean technologies in the lab and support them on their path to market. Rising energy costs, coupled with greater awareness by consumers on the benefits of increased energy efficiency, have led to a major push to reduce the energy impact of commercial and residential buildings…

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Innovation Incubator Summit De-brief

August 16 was a day of looking into the future as the first Innovation Incubator (IN2) Summit brought 150 stakeholders to NREL to explore the direction of the program for the coming years. “It’s our 40th birthday, and in that respect, this meeting is very exciting to me because we in the lab are in…

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IN2 Continues to Make Great Strides

There’s no summer vacation for the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2). Instead, the program—which began in 2014 as a five-year, $10 million effort focused on commercial building startups—is revving up. Just ask Senior Energy Efficiency Research Engineer Shanti Pless, who is a PI for several IN2 projects and who works closely with the IN2 program management team housed in NREL’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center…

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Accelerating Clean Technology Solutions: Inside the Innovation Incubator

The continuing emergence of new and innovative support programs for technology development is reflective of the many challenges associated with commercializing technology. In cleantech especially, being largely hardware focused and capital intensive, the search for the ideal commercialization-focused program mix continues. A recent NREL published white paper examines some of the models and partnership structures…

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