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Start-up companies, emerging technologies featured at 6th TransTech Energy Business Development Conference, Oct. 24-25

 2016 Exhibitors at TransTech Energy Business Development Conference

Mike Lyons, founder and CEO of 9three Solutions, explains the capabilities of his drone to Hamid Bhatti of TreMonti Consulting at the 2016 TransTech Energy Business Development Conference. 9three Solutions creates robotic boats for mapping lake/pond bottoms and collecting water samples for testing.

Exciting start-up companies pitching new energy technologies.  That’s what’s happening at the 2017 TransTech Energy (TTE) Business Development Conference on October 24 - 25 at the Hilton Garden Inn-Southpointe near Canonsburg, Pa.

One technology being presented increases battery storage, another converts grease trap waste to bio-fuel.  Technologies for capturing energy from ambient radio frequency waves and generating electricity from building vibrations will be pitched while failure prediction sensors that cost 90 percent less than current state of the art will be presented.

All technologies have been developed by regional innovators. 

Pittsburgh’s Watt-Learn, Inc. will pitch its software that enables smart decisions for dispatching electricity from batteries. Anstead, West Virginia’s Downey Environmental will pitch its patented “Greasezilla” process for converting grease trap waste into a bio replacement for #6 fuel oil.

Cleveland, Ohio’s CrystalE will feature its wireless building monitoring system that is powered by harvesting energy from building vibrations—such as opening and closing doors. Pittsburgh’s Teratonix will pitch its battery-free energy harvesting technology that captures energy from broadband radio frequency waves produced by TV, FM, cell phone, and Wi-Fi networks.

Low-cost optical sensors for prediction of electrical system failures developed by a National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and University of Pittsburgh research team will be presented.

Investors, potential industry partners, and business development experts will serve as judges to select top ranked companies and pitch presenters that will walk away with more than $60,000 in monetary, in-kind, and technical assistance awards.

“The conference is a great opportunity for all who want to help create pathways for the success of entrepreneurs and innovators who are passionate about changing the world with their new ideas,” said Carl Irwin, director of the TTE Research and Business Development Program at West Virginia University.

“We want to generate excitement and enthusiasm for technologies that promote smart/advanced manufacturing, reduce carbon emissions, and continue the momentum toward an energy efficient and sustainable economy that creates new businesses, good jobs, and prosperous communities,” said Irwin.

As a co-sponsor and meeting partner, NETL will have a strong presence at the conference.  Technology managers, associate directors, and the deputy director will be on hand to discuss how companies and innovators can partner with federal research labs, tap into their science and engineering support, and access funding and licensing opportunities for moving an innovation forward.

The academic base for the 2017 TTE Conference is expanding this year to include students, faculty, and staff from Case Western Reserve University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, along with TTE founder West Virginia University.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office deputy director will discuss smart/advanced manufacturing opportunities. Other key speakers include venture and angel investors from BlueTree Venture Fund, Rain Source Capital, Angel Capital Group, Jumpstart, Inc. and others; the West Virginia Development Office; and industry representatives from Rockwell Automation, the GE Center for Additive Technology Advancement, and software manufacturer OSIsoft, LLC. 

A fast moving “Meet and Greet” session on October 24 provides conference attendees opportunities for five-minute introductory conversations with investors, potential industry partners, NETL reps, IP advisors, and key business development specialists.

Registration is open and the general public is invited. Go to and click on “Register to Attend.”



CONTACT:  Sandra Fallon, TransTech Energy Research and Business Development Program; 304.293.6456,

TransTech Energy Research and Business Development is a program of the Energy Institute at West Virginia University.