October 9th, 2013 Future Energy Pitch Event In San Francisco


On Wednesday October 9th, 2013 OLC attended the Ultra Light Startups Future Energy events in San Francisco held at Public Works. After 87 different startups applied we limited this event to the top nine to present in front of a panel of investors.  


Dhanur Grandhi was here to represent Sunible, which in short is an online marketplace for homeowners to find solar installers.

Dhanur stated how Sunible would be “a one place stop and shop for information on home energy savings. Companies will be spending less money on marketing to customers when they can target this single platform.” The site has 100 solar installers already, which included five of the six largest US ones. Sunible also allows us to collect mass amounts of data around purchasing habits of consumers and solar energy.



Greg Mulholland was there to represent Citrine informatics. Citrine informatics uses a cloud-based platform for scientists to see the possible material matches that they may not have thought of before. With the world being full of a massive amount of different kinds of materials, sometimes two materials that might be compatible, the scientist may not think about. 

“The database can be queried by: show me glass with an X amount of strength, then the platform would deliver results with these types of specifications,” Mulholland said.


Mitra Ardron took the stage to talk about his venture, Lumeter. “Lumeter basically sells prepaid energy meters to low income economies,” Ardron said. It’s hard to collect money from people living in very rural areas and Lumeter wants to help with that issue.

Lumeter aims to sell renewable energy-to-energy companies using a B2B model. They want to focus on the meters and their services, which includes the money collection and administrative duties, and leave the expertise to the energy companies that already know what they are doing to handle the rest.

“We can sell these energy companies for the cost that costs of about $2 -$14. Well sell them the meter and a service,” Ardron said.


Leo Goldstein, took the stage to represent Airborne Wind Energy Labs(AWEL). Leo and AWEL created a wind turbine without the tower, the rotor and the gearbox. This device would be less obtrusive and basically come in a kite form.

Leo claimed that his technology is 10x cheaper to operate than the traditional wind turbine. AWEL would only use only mass-produced parts, this is one reason why it would be cheaper.

“AWEL aims to generate 20% of the worlds electricity within 20 years” Leo Goldstein said.


Calum Chisholm went on stage to tell us about SAFCell, which has created a solid acid fuel cell (SAFCell). Calum claims that their fuel cells are cheaper and will perform better than anything that is currently under development. “We are developing solid acid fuel cells for portable, auxiliary power units and military applications,” Chisholm said.

They currently already have some customers in the military space and might be able to expand their market to consumer products.

Sun 2 Fiber


Dr. Ernest Demaray represented Sun 2 fiber, which is based on solar thermal fibers. “This technology is not new, but we have created a new way of processes the fibers,” Dr. Demaray said. Our fibers are smoother and more transparent compared to what is currently out there.

One of the main points about this technology is that it can pass light without any measurable absorption of energy and can be very useful for high power applications.

Wirz Energy


Pirouz Kavehpour came on stage to talk about Wirz Energy. Wirz Energy is working on thermal energy storage with supercritical fluids (SuperTES). With their technology, they claim they can reduce costs by 40% and create long life of thermal stability.


“We can save 40% of the cost of running a solar nuclear plant. This can be be really helpful for developing countries,” Kavehpour said.



Omer Shalev came on stage to talk about his venture, Thermostatly. He created a software app that enables smart thermostats to react to social feedback, specifically Twitter.

The aim of this app is because your Energy Company or 3rd party companies can send out tweets with certain hashtags to help control your thermostat while you are away. “Smart thermostats are on the rise. The most notable is Nest,” Shalev said.

When you also broadcast to your followers that you have saved xx amount of energy. Thus spreading the word of your savings and that you are also doing a little bit more to conserve energy.


Simon Saba was the last entrepreneur to take the stage and talk about his venture, Rotary Wing Engine. Simon has created a combustion engine that will make current piston combustion engines obsolete. “The engine is also not limited to a specific type of fuel. With a few tweaks, the engine can be compatible with: gasoline, diesel, propane and CNG,” Saba said.

The rotary wing engine can be used for cars, trucks, motorcycles and for drivetrains for hybrid vehicles.