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News Release: NREL Emerging Markets Day Announces 2019 Presenting Start-up Companies

Feb. 25, 2019

On May 8, investors, start-up companies, and industry leaders from around the world will convene in Denver, Colo., for the third Emerging Markets Day, a forum to discuss the most promising cleantech solutions to the pressing energy challenges faced by emerging economies. The event, hosted by the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will feature presentations from 10 of the most promising cleantech start-up companies that are focused on emerging markets.

The companies were selected from more than 120 applicants through a competitive application and review process and will compete to win the Outstanding Venture Award.

Two groups of men stand talking among posters.

Networking sessions at Emerging Markets Day allow entrepreneurs to talk directly with potential investors. Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL

Emerging Markets Day is a partnership between NREL and the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID). This partnership is a spinoff from the NREL Industry Growth Forum and focuses on commercialization issues facing geographic emerging markets.

The 10 presenting companies at the 2019 Emerging Markets Day are:

60Hertz Microgrids, Anchorage, AK

Biogen Diesel Kenya Limited, Nairobi, Kenya

BoxPower, Grass Valley, CA

Envirofit, Fort Collins, CO

Futerra Fuels International BV, Kerkdriel, Netherlands

GreenFire Energy Inc., Emeryville, CA

Simusolar Ltd., Oakland, CA

SolPad, Mountain View, CA

Takachar, Boston, MA

Vuma Biofuels, Awendo, Kenya

For more information, including the agenda, a list of participating companies, a list of sponsors, and registration details, see the NREL Emerging Markets Day website.

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by The Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC.