Press Release

CalSEED Program Awards $1.8 Million in First-Ever Prototype Awards

1/9/2019 7:40:58 PM

The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) Program is excited to announce that the California Energy Commission has approved $450,000 in funds for each of the four winners of the CalSEED Prototype Award: CodeCycle, Nativus, Powerflex Systems, and Sepion Technologies.  

"I am delighted that the diligent work of our partners at Cleantech Open and volunteer judges made the Prototype Award selection process so successful. We are thrilled that these four outstanding CalSEED companies will receive additional funding to further their innovations which will benefit the people of California” said Tenley Dalstrom, Director of California Programs including CalSEED and CalTestBed.

The awardees were selected through the CalSEED Series B Business Plan Competition, managed in close coordination with Cleantech Open, and judged by a team of clean energy experts who graciously volunteered their time and expertise to select the four most promising innovations for Prototype Award Funding.

 "The companies that have received the Prototype Awards prove the value of the CalSEED fund for advancing California's energy goals. Energy efficiency, air conditioning, EV charging and battery components are all critical areas needing new ideas and solutions for us to get to 100%,” said Danny Kennedy Managing director of California Clean Energy Fund and New Energy Nexus.

“With women, veterans and other diverse leaders amongst their CEOs, all these companies represent parts of the community we want engaged in the California dream of building a purposeful company. We are proud to have found, fostered and funded such small giants, changing their segments and accelerating the clean energy future while creating opportunity up and down the state," Kennedy continued.

The CalSEED funds come from the Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program, which invests about $120 million annually for innovative clean energy technologies and approaches and that benefit California ratepayers.

“These awards trumpet some of the most exciting ideas coming out of CalSEED that help advance California’s transition to a clean energy future,” said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller.

Below are the winning companies, each of which will receive $450,000 to continue their work:


CodeCycle improves building energy outcomes by using data-driven web and mobile software to streamline the Title 24, Part 6 compliance process for building inspectors, contractors, and design teams. CodeCycle is the first comprehensive technology solution to measurably improve building energy efficiency at the time of construction.


Nativus is developing a highly efficient room air conditioner which will provide clean, filtered air at a substantially lower operating cost to residential and light commercial ratepayers with meaningful reduction to power demand burden on the utility grid.

PowerFlex Systems

PowerFlex Systems develops control software to optimize EV charging in real time, facilitate renewable integration, and respond to grid conditions, demand response (DR) signals or electricity prices.

Sepion Technologies

Sepion Technologies develops advanced battery membranes that are the key to powering electric vehicles beyond 400 miles on a single charge. The thin-film solid electrolyte is designed for compatibility with existing Li-ion battery manufacturing techniques.