When we think of the climate crisis, we often focus on energy usage. The reliance on architecture and transportation with fossil fuels is increasingly dangerous, but also one of the prime opportunities for innovation in the modern world. The markets for electric vehicles, flight, power grids, and personal devices are rapidly expanding, and consumers are ready to adopt these transformational tools.
However, in order to meet consumer demand, companies have to take risks as no other industries have before. Venturing into the battery, electric, and EV industries requires a leap of faith, but one that we believe is worthwhile. Below are four companies that are paving the way for sustainable change in battery and EV technologies of the future:
Aionics – Harnessing the power of A.I. for battery solutions
Many of us can see how the world is moving to an all-electric landscape. Smart homes, electric cars, and the inevitable electrification of grid-scale power are the future wave of sustainable energy. However, solutions in battery design still have a lot of unanswered questions that teams like Aionics are trying to solve.
Using an AI-based approach, they are making step-by-step improvements in battery design, efficiency, and lifespan. Their data-driven solutions and consulting services are helping those within the industry to advance much more quickly and find the right solutions for our modern world. They also offer software solutions for faster AI modeling and data analysis.
WeaveGrid – Solving emerging EV grid integration challenges
The future of motor vehicles is electric, and that future is coming faster than most of us expected. You see electric vehicles on the streets more frequently, and not just in the big cities. However, integrating these new technologies into the existing grid poses several challenges for EV owners and manufacturers.
Another Stanford Climate Ventures success, WeaveGrid is solving these complex issues through the use of cloud-native software and climate-focused solutions. Their goal is to make the transition to electricity clean, equitable, and resilient. And, with the support of the utility industry and EV manufacturers nationwide, they are well on their way to meeting that goal.
Marain – Design and operate EV fleets at scale
Many of us look to large-scale energy consumption — such as commercial infrastructure and housing — when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, rapid electrification of transportation is emerging as one of the biggest challenges we face in the climate crisis today. While amazing progress has been made with EV technologies the scale of deployment is still modest as a fraction of the total vehicle miles.
Electrification of existing ICE vehicle fleets and replacing private ICE vehicle journeys with services like ride hail and on-demand delivery provided by new optimized electric fleets is the fastest path to replacing ICE miles with electric miles. Coordinated mobility on demand services provided by shared EV fleets have the potential to achieve a 70% reduction in GHG emissions compared to only 46% with private EVs. Marain is building the technology and services that enable high confidence planning and design of EV fleets and their optimal operation. By increasing the confidence in the operational and financial performance of EV fleets, they are accelerating the transition to ubiquitous electric transportation.
Sila Nanotechnologies – Materials that set a new standard for batteries
With a fast-electrifying world, consumers are quickly adopting personal devices and wearable technology. However, a common bottleneck occurs across design and manufacturing worldwide: battery design. Products can only be so small or weigh so much to accommodate current lithium-ion battery designs, which has limited innovation in these lucrative industries.
That is, until Sila Nanotechnologies. Their silicon-anode material creates opportunities for smaller, lighter, longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries used for all industries. From wearables and mobile devices to electric vehicles, flight, and power grid tech, Sila is paving the way for a smaller and more versatile battery design. Their material offers 20% more energy density and a smaller battery footprint that is easy to drop into existing designs for fast innovation possibilities. It is changes like these that are truly putting the electric market at the forefront of today’s climate crisis battle.
Companies like these are making the future seem better, brighter, and full of potential for a healthier tomorrow. We believe they are not only leaders but the inspiration for young people to see that the climate crisis can be addressed with bright minds and hopeful thinkers. If you’d like to learn more about innovative companies like these in climate and data science, click here.