The Columbus-based startup wowed with its patented millisecond response technology
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Austin, TX Apr 25, 2022… Armada Power, an energy technology company based in Columbus, OH, has won StartETS, an innovative energy and clean tech startup competition that was conducted during this year’s Energy Thought Summit in Austin, TX.
Armada empowers cooperatives and utilities to use their customer’s electric water heaters as energy storage and grid resilience resources without compromising the availability of hot water.
Armada Power’s Chief Engineer, Eric Rehberg, delivered the winning StartETS pitch titled “Residential Thermal Storage as a Grid Resource.” StartETS was designed to offer a platform for inventors and innovators to pitch their best ideas to top leaders across utilities, cities, and investors.
More than 30 applications were initially submitted with the top 12 startups advancing to the preliminary rounds in March. Of those 12 presentations, six were then chosen as finalists with each giving their final pitch on the main stage at the Energy Thought Summit in Austin.
Zpryme CEO Jason Rodriguezsaid this year was the toughest year yet. “Each year we see the submissions getting more and more sophisticated, impactful and technologically intense. It took a lot to rise to the top this year, and Armada did a fantastic job making their case.”
Armada Power distinguished itself through their case study revealing how its patented, millisecond response system created a single-event, cold-load pickup savings of $40,000 for an Ohio multifamily property, post grid outage.
“All of the finalists gave powerful presentations, but we believe Armada Power is a true game changer with our ability to transform an ordinary household appliance into storage that actually helps the grid with no negative impact to consumers. Winning is validation to the industry that this group of judges confirms our position,” said Armada Power President, Timothy J. (T.J.) Harper.
“I am honored to represent such a great team, technology, and company,” Rehberg said. “A lot of people have worked really hard to get us to where we are and it’s great to see it paying off.”
The StartETS judging panel consisted of representatives from CPS Energy, Duke Energy, Efficiency Vermont, Duquesne Light, ENGIE Global Energy Management US, ConEd, CenterPoint , Austin Energy, EPIcenter, EVO Security, Moneta Ventures and Zpryme.
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About Energy Thought Summit:
The Energy Thought Summit (ETS) is an annual 4-day, immersive conference hosted by Zpryme that brings the world’s thought leaders together to debate the state and future of energy. The 2022 event marked the conference’s ninth year and delivered “rousing talks, engaging panels, interactive workshops, and thought-provoking dialogue to make for a unique and unforgettable experience.”
About Armada Power:
Armada Power is a technology and software company that incorporates behind-the-meter, thermal storage technology into a secure platform that allows for millisecond grid response for demand, circuit, voltage, and load controls. Armada Power avoids high-carbon generation sources in real time by soaking up excess renewable energy on the grid, effectively transforming the second largest residential energy load device into a zero-carbon storage asset.