BoxPower Takes Additional Steps in 2021 Towards Clean and Reliable Energy!
by Alisha Wilson, Communications Student Assistant and Outreach Ambassador for the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center.
As the wave of the new year washes over our center, we often take the time to reflect on the growth of not only our center and its programs but also the successes of the business ventures who have engaged with us in many capacities over the years. In the spring of 2018, BoxPower, along with 12 other companies, participated in the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center's second Valley Ventures cohort, graduating in June 2018.

BoxPower specializes in manufacturing rapidly deployable solar-diesel generators housed in 20-ft shipping containers for disaster relief and off-grid industries. Over the years, BoxPower has accomplished many things, such as providing energy utility solutions in Alaska, deploying their microgrids for emergency response in Puerto Rico, and more recently, collaborating with Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) on creating their first remote grid in a high fire-threat area just outside of Yosemite National Park.
 “We are proud to be able to support companies like these who work tirelessly to reach a more sustainable future. Our role here at the WET Center is to offer support and resources to companies who are looking to change the dynamics of the water, energy, and technology industry in California and beyond," according to Helle Petersen, Director of Water, Energy, and Technology Center.
In a recent update made by BoxPower in December 2021, the company reported that in June of 2021, BoxPower built and installed PG&E’s first hybrid renewable standalone power system offering a new outlook on utility services. Since 2000, an estimated 1.5M wildfires have occurred in California alone, 224 exceeding 100,000 acres burned and 14 exceeding 500,000 acres burned (reported by Congressional Research Services in Oct. 2021). California's wildfire history paired with its lofty goals of reaching zero-carbon electricity by 2045 demands solutions like BoxPower's be top of mind as the state moves towards more clean and reliable energy solutions. Understanding the role that they can play in the lives of everyday people in rural and urban areas across California, BoxPower made it their mission to offer a new and efficient way to look at power.

As we head into the new year with strong ambitions and inspirations, we look forward to seeing how BoxPower and our many other innovative Valley Ventures alumni, members, and supporters succeed in 2022.
To learn more about BoxPower, click here.
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Celebrate Black History Month with the WET Center!
During the month of February the Water, Energy and Technology Center will highlight the work of influential African American scientists and inventors who have impacted agriculture, technology and more. We are so thankful for the innovation from the historical scholars listed below for the inventions that have helped shape agriculture and many other aspects of our life today.

Henry Blair

Percy Lavon Julian

George Washington Carver

Frederick McKinley Jones

U.S. Department of Agriculture-REAP Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Program
January 31

U.S. Economic Development Administration- Good Jobs Challenge
Deadline: February 10

U.S. Department of Energy-Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Program
 February 25

U.S. Bank Foundation Cleantech Inclusion Award 
February 25

Department of Agriculture- Rural Business-Cooperative Service
February 28

Caltech- Rocket Fund 2022
March 4

Check out the California State Grants Portal for
more funding opportunities!

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the latest expansion of its Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program

Mustard Plant Jet Fuel Could Reduce Emissions by 68 Percent

Check out Energize Innovations website to learn more about California Energy Commissions Funded R&D Projects and more!

Could Regenerative Agriculture Increase the Nutritional Quality of Our Food?

USDA Launches Pilot Program to Deploy Renewable Energy Infrastructure to People in Rural Towns.

*Events subject to cancellation/rescheduling as professional recommendations regarding COVID-19 emerge

Caltech Rocket Fund 2022 Informational Webinar | January 28
Join the WET Center as we present Caltech Rocket Fund 2022 Informational Webinar. Offering equity-free grants, the Rocket Fund helps early companies build commercial prototypes and demonstrate with customers. The awards are fast and flexible and provide the means for academic and garage innovators to validate their technologies in the real world.

Cleantech to Market (C2M) Informational Webinar | February 4 
Join the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center as we present the C2M Informational Webinar to learn more on how you can apply get free commercialization support - including the identification of early-stage market opportunities, prospective customers and partners, and more. 

WET Center Innovation Pitch Event | February 9 
Join the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center at the World Ag Expo to see pitches from the next generation of ag innovators in the BlueTech Valley innovation cluster and the Valley Ventures accelerator. The WET Center and its programs are supported by funded from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).


Check out CalAgJobs for 
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Check out the New CEC Innovation Partner Directory! 


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Skyven closed an oversubscribed $4M institutional seed round led by VoLo Earth Ventures with participation from Global Founders Capital and the SWAN Impact Network.

GreenBlu awarded 200K by the Bureau of Reclamation  in Desalination and Water Purification Research Program.

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