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BIRD Energy funding is joint venture between the Israeli Ministry of Energy and the Department of Energy. It is awarded to teams of one U.S. company or research institute and one Israeli company or research institution. The W7energy POCellTech team will develop low cost hydroxide exchange fuel cells. 

 Energy startups pitched to venture capitalists, and well as over 1,000 attendees, as a part of Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship’s 18th annual Energy and Clean Tech Venture Forum. At the close of the three-day event, Rice Alliance announced W7energy among the 10 most-promising energy tech companies.

Second news release from InnovationMap

During this year’s virtual conference, W7energy is among the 40 most promising energy technology ventures to present their visions for the future of energy technology.

The Green Energy Program is a funding program from the state’s major electric utilities for renewable electricity development ventures in the state of Delaware.

2019 was a big year for W7Energy, a science startup founded by the University of Delaware professor Yushan Yan. Their product, PiperION, aims to make zero-emission fuel cell vehicles a reality and has garnered support from Delaware Innovation Space, a STEM class EDGE Grant, and the DoE. 


Yan, the Henry B. du Pont Chair in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is an expert in electrochemistry and electrochemical energy engineering. Inducted into the National Academy of Inventors last year, he has been an inventor on more than 25 patents and is the founder or co-founder of several startups including W7energy, which designs, develops and manufactures polymer membranes for platinum-free fuel cells and clean hydrogen generation.

W7Energy, the Delaware Innovation Space-based startup with University of Delaware-developed technology, has been awarded $3.4 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, according to UDaily.

The funds will help advance and commercialize a new class of polymer membranes used to develop affordable zero-emission fuels cells for electric cars.

Shimshon Gottesfeld, an adjunct professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and a member of the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology at the University of Delaware, received the 2019 Olin Palladium Award from the Electrochemical Society (ECS) at the 236th ECS meeting, held from October 13 to 17, 2019.

Ten Delaware small businesses were recognized Wednesday as the awardees of the first-ever EDGE Grants from the state Division of Small Business.

New lab space unveiled to show how Delaware Innovation Space can help grow your company.

W7Energy has been named the winner of the first University of Delaware FastPass Award. This award grants W7Energy an equity free start-up package, including operational and financial support valued at $50,000, and is provided by the Delaware Innovation Space.