Last year’s Challenge winners from Texas State University attended Powering Progress Together and Make the Future California 2018.
Future of Energy Challenge finalists from Texas State, Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities at Make the Future California 2018

Their proposals were selected for unique approaches to solving an energy system problem. Over the next six week the teams will work with mentors from Shell’s Future Energy Lions and New Energies Research and Technologies groups to develop their ideas further and compete for one of three Accelerator spots at Make the Future California 2019. Here are the Round 2 teams and their proposed solution topics:

  • Road Electrification, Columbia University
  • Ziegler’s Next-Gen Batteries, Fordham University
  • Bi-Directional Energy Transfer, Case Western Reserve University
  • Distributed Charging Networks, Northwestern University
  • Distributed Generation, Columbia University
  • Passive Solar Trackers, University of Texas
  • EV Customer Loyalty Program, Northwestern University
  • Commercial Fleet Carlocks, Notre Dame University
  • Inductive Charging, University of Michigan
  • EV Micro-Transit, University of Texas
  • Enabling Raw Material Recycling, Arizona State University

The Challenge, developed by Shell’s New Energies Research and Technology group, asks Net Impact member participants to ideate novel business models, technologies and supply chains that promote and strengthen integrated energy systems today and in the future.

In the first round of the competition, which concluded on December 7, 2018, participants submitted proposals with broad business ideas or a system solution in response to their choice of problem statement in the Challenge brief.

Last year’s three finalist teams won an opportunity to attend and participate in Powering Progress Together and Make the Future California 2018. This year, the finalists, chosen at the end of round two, will be flown to an Accelerator workshop at Make the Future California 2019, to develop their proposals into market-ready pitches.

Visit the Net Impact Challenge site to watch participant’s progress or for eligibility details – registrations will be accepted at and after NI18, Net Impact’s annual conference.

Future of Energy Challenge

Visit the Net Impact Challenge site to watch participant’s progress or for eligibility details – registrations will be accepted at and after NI18, Net Impact’s annual conference.

Read about the Future of Energy Challenge