Tag: Start Up

Cooling Without a Compressor: Start-Up Phononic Raises $44M

This Wednesday, Phononic raised $44M in Series D funding from leading clean tech investors in Silicon Valley and abroad. Phononic manufacturers a solid-state semiconductor that has potential to revolutionize the traditional compressor-driven refrigeration cycle.  According to a 2011 interview with co-founder Dr. Anthony Atti, Phononic is “in the business of monetizing heat”.  Dr. Atti goes…




Keen Home Raises $1.52M for Smart Vent

Just yesterday I wrote about 75F and their air balancing control.  Another start up, Keen Home, has a similar product called the Smart Vent. But unlike 75F, the Smart Vent is geared more for the residential market.  The product replaces existing old vents in a home with a central furnace. It can be easily installed by…




Steve Case Invests $100K into Air Balancing Control, 75F

Last month, 75F won the “Rise of the Rest” challenge in Minnesota, defeating 9 other finalists to grab the 1st place award of $100,000 from AOL Co-founder, Steve Case.  With the use of wireless sensors, air duct dampers, and a user friendly interface, 75F boasts up to 40% energy savings and an increase in comfort. The…




“The Cozy” Can Control Steam Radiators From Overheating

The product is called “The Cozy” from start up company, Radiator Labs.  Two Columbia University engineers founded the company after experiencing first-hand the dramatic overheating problem a steam radiator can create.  After beta testing in NYU and Columbia dorm rooms, the product is available this fall for full building installations.  I am intrigued to see…




Why Venture Capitalists Are Not Investing in Cleantech

I just came across this article from GigaOm recently.  Investments in cleantech have dropped by a third this quarter as compared to last according to Cleantech Group.  The one exception: energy efficient technologies. In the article, the writer explains that “Energy efficiency is a broad term that covers several industries, including hardware and software that monitor…