Aerospec Technologies from Northwestern University took home the top $50,000 prize at Clean Energy Trust’s 2018 Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) showcase, Switched On: Student Innovations in Cleantech. Eight student-led cleantech teams were selected as finalists in January and prior to the final pitch showcase, these teams were paired with expert mentors and worked with Clean Energy Trust to refine their business models and pitches.
Aerospec Technologies is revolutionizing the solar O&M process by using unmanned aerial technologies to autonomously inspect solar plants. Their technology can inspect hard-to-access solar plant areas with more efficiency and less equipment. Using aerial thermal imaging, Aerospec monitors, collects, and analyzes data to identify critical issues in minutes and hours rather than days with current technologies.
In addition to Aerospec Technologies, runners up Aelios Technology (University of Minnesota) and Beltech (University of Chicago) will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Cleantech UP Competition in June 2018. To learn more about the Clean Energy Trust 2018 showcase and this year’s winners, visit www.cleanenergytrust.org.
Clean Energy Trust’s 2018 Cleantech University Prize showcase is part of DOE’s Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) business plan competition, which provides student entrepreneurs with the mentorship, business development skills and training, and investor feedback they need to turn their clean energy ideas into businesses with real-world solutions.
Cleantech UP is part of the Tech-to-Market Program within the Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy.