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On January 6th, the Clean Energy Trust announced the semifinalists for its inaugural student clean energy challenge.  Semifinalists were chosen from more than 40 innovative clean energy business plans submitted from eight Midwestern states.

The 16 semifinalist teams represent five states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio) and 11 universities, with the most teams coming from Purdue University (four teams) and Northwestern University (three teams). Within the submissions, Clean Energy Trust reviewers saw a broad assortment of undergraduate and graduate students, male and female students, engineers and social science majors, as well as those who have gone to school to focus on entrepreneurship and those who recently learned of the business plan competition opportunity.

Many teams developed business plans around technologies straight from their university labs while some teams chose technologies from U.S. National Labs or other technology sources from across the country.

Student Challenge finalistsUniversityCategory
1. Amplified Wind SolutionsCleveland State UniversityRenewables
2. ATS MotorsPurdue UniversitNext-gen transportation
3. Bagpipe TechnologiesNorthwestern UniversityEnergy-efficiency
4. Convolutus IncPurdue UniversityEnergy-efficiency
5. Design Flux TechnologiesUniversity of AkronEnergy storage
6. Effimax SolarUniversity of Illinois--UrbanaRenewables
7. Electroluminescent ProductsUniversity of Missouri--Kansas CityEnergy-efficiency
8. Hydraulic Wind PowerIndiana UniversityRenewables
9. NanoHarvCase Western Reserve UniversityRenewables
10. NuMat TechnologyNorthwestern UniversityEnergy storage
11. Power-by-NanoPurdue UniversityRenewables
12. ReGenerate SolutionsUniversity of Michigan—Ann ArborBiomass
13. Re:WindPurdue UniversityRenewables
14. Root3University of ChicagoEnergy-efficiency
15. SaturnisWashington UniversityBiomass
16. SiNodeNorthwestern UniversityEnergy storage

Three more Michigan-based teams will be joining the list of semifinalists in mid-February after they have successfully competed in the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge.

You can learn more about Clean Energy Trust’s Clean Energy Student Challenge and semifinalists at the CET website or through the Department of Energy’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition Blog.