On September 18, approximately 70 cleantech stakeholders participated in the 2014 Cleantech Energy Storage Finance forum, organized by the Northeast Electrochemical Ener gy Storage Cluster (NEESC) and North Shore InnoVentures (NSIV) at the offices of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center in Boston, MA. The Forum featured a cleantech panel, moderated by Tibor Toth of the MassCEC, of industry experts/investors, including Throop Wilder from 24M Technologies, David Marcus from General Compression, DavidMiller from the Clean Energy Venture Group, and Henrik Holland from Shell Technology Ventures.
In addition, the event also featured short “pitches” from 5 startup companies in the hydrogen and energy storage industry, including Greg Cipriano from WattJoule, Dr. Sanjeev Mukerjee from Northeastern University’s Laboratories for Electrochemical Advanced Power, George Raniuk from NanoPower Solutions, Tim Havel from Energy Compression, and John Guerra from Nanoptek Coporation. Joel Rinebold, Chairman of NEESC, opened the Forum and stressed the importance of the industry in the region. John Spears, Director of Clusters and Skills Initiatives at the U. S. Small Business Administration, also provided an overview of the SBA’s Cluster Initiative and resources available to assist small businesses.