Massive infrastructure measure creates chances for cleaner technology
The good news is the US $ 1.2 trillion Bill on infrastructure spent.
The problem, however, is that the bill is more about the maintenance and less about the evolution the United States needs to thrive in the 21st century – the transition to cleaner, more profitable, and more efficient innovative technologies.
Those who follow the advancement of technology understand that there are innovative and mature companies with a variety of technologies validated, driven and ready to evolve. People like Neil dikeman, co-founder of Energy transition companies, say, whatever government funding is, the clean tech economy will win out.
“The technology to make next-generation energy and climate infrastructure cheaper and better has been around for a long time, but regulators and policies have historically not been conducive to investment,” said Dikeman. “The world is full of capital looking for good projects. Hopefully the impact of the infrastructure bill will eventually grease those wheels. ”
In the funding categories of the Infrastructure measure, there are already companies that are rebuilding the United States in a climate-friendly way in these approved categories.
$ 65 billion for the modernization of the network and transmission lines
Gridware provides real-time detection of power grid outages and can help prevent forest fires caused by power lines. Hitting power lines for faults every ten years is incredibly outdated and time consuming. Gridware’s technology uses AI sensors to proactively detect possible anomalies in poles and lines in real time and continuously monitors the overall health of the transmission system.
Yotta energy has developed an innovative energy storage solution designed for the abundance of commercial flat roofs and modular enough to accommodate rooftop solar PV projects. Instead of a massive battery installed in a special, expensive room on the side of a building, Yotta’s technology installs small batteries under each solar panel on the roof. Yotta uses battery chemistry that is not prone to chemical fires when the ambient temperature rises. Its batteries feature advanced thermal management to maintain optimum operating temperature even in extreme outdoor conditions.
Bright edge is a modular smart energy system and smartphone app that gives homeowners the flexibility to manage, monitor and optimize their home energy use. The new product turns a single-family home into a personal grid where owners can balance energy supply sources such as grid, solar power and energy storage with energy consumption.
$ 39 billion to modernize public transit
ZapBatt creates fast-charging lithium titanate batteries for various markets, including micro-mobility such as city ridesharing programs using electric bicycles and scooters. Using a combination of battery chemistry, artificial intelligence software, and next-gen custom hardware, Zapbatt’s technology delivers longer battery life cycles, faster charge times, and fire-resistant safety for make carpooling operations more efficient and less expensive.
$ 5 billion for a national network of electric vehicle charging stations
EV Connect is a software as a service company that has built the digital backbone to support the massive construction of EV charging infrastructure. Since its inception in 2010, EV Connect has saved over 765,000 gallons of gasoline, driven over 31 million electric kilometers and reduced over 6.8 million kilograms of greenhouse gases. Through its innovative and open charging platform, EV Connect works with customers such as GM, Love’s Travel Stops, Marriott, and more to rapidly deploy, manage, troubleshoot and scale customized electric vehicle charging networks.
Tritium, designs and manufactures proprietary hardware and software to create advanced and reliable DC fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs). Tritium’s compact and rugged loaders are designed to look great on Main Street and thrive in tough conditions with technology designed to be easy to set up, own and use. With more than 7.6 GWh of energy delivered, Tritium has sold more than 4,500 charging stations and provided more than 600,000 charging sessions in more than 33 countries.
$ 5 billion to replace old polluting school buses with electric options
Motivation systems The commitment to freeing fleets from fossil fuels provides municipalities with a transparent path to electrification of buses. The company’s Type A and C school bus chassis are CARB certified for emissions exemptions in 50 states and operate in school districts in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, Long Island, and more. Since deploying the industry’s first fully electric Type A school bus in 2013, Motiv has deployed hundreds more, saving thousands of students from tailpipe emissions. To date, Motiv has over a million real-world electric kilometers with key partnerships with Collins and Creative Bus Sales.
$ 8 billion to create four “clean hydrogen hubs” to test use in new applications
ZeroAvia’s Revolutionary hydrogen-electric powertrain technology for commercial aircraft is designed to decarbonize the aviation industry. As part of its 19-seat aircraft testing, ZeroAvia is scaling an Airport Hydrogen Refueling Ecosystem (HARE) to meet increased demand for larger aircraft, and is also working on a study of concept for mobile liquid hydrogen refueling vehicles. The company’s R&D roadmap targets 50- to 80-seat aircraft with range in excess of 1,000 nautical miles by 2026, which will require switching from gaseous hydrogen to liquid hydrogen as fuel for a more efficient storage. To support the production of green hydrogen, ZeroAvia will soon use renewable electricity from solar photovoltaic technology installed on the roof of the hangar of its R&D center in the United Kingdom to power its on-site electrolyser. ZeroAvia recently announced a partnership with Alaska Airlines and commercial passenger flights between Rotterdam The Hague Airport (RTHA) and London with a 19-seater aircraft by 2024
$ 25 billion to repair US airports
IOT Buildings provides build controls and integration that can make airport environments cleaner both inside and out. Buildings consume 40% of all energy and emit 1/3 of all CO2 in the United States. IOT Buildings helps reduce energy consumption and emissions from buildings and improves ventilation to fight viruses. Currently, BIOT is upgrading the existing building management system at Oakland Airport, California.
Zero-emission propulsion technologies such as ZeroAvia can also support Bill’s efforts to establish “modern, resilient and sustainable airports”.
Now that the legislation has been passed, it is up to regulators to assess the best technologies for financing. The good news is that in today’s energy transition landscape, there are plenty of choices for strong companies with mature, modern and clean technologies.
Lisa Ann Pinkerton is CEO and Founder of Technica Communications, a public relations firm that represents multiple companies, many in the cleaner tech industry.