101 Top Illinois Energy Companies and Startups of 2021

June 7, 2021
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This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Energy companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Energy industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

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Top Illinois Energy Startups

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LanzaTech

LanzaTech

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Creating new economic opportunities for companies, communities and countries around the world.

Greenlight Planet

Greenlight Planet

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Greenlight sells, installs and finances solar home systems for the 1.8 billion off-grid and under-electrified consumers in Africa and Asia.

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Invenergy

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Invenergy is a global privately-held developer and operator of sustainable energy solutions.

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Argonne National Laboratory

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Argonne National Laboratory conducts researches in basic science, energy resources, and environmental management.

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Goby

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Goby is a comprehensive and intuitive platform for ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) management.

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NanoGraf Corporation

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NanoGraf Corporation is a battery development company researched ways to improve battery life and charging time.

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Chromatin

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Chromatin is a biotech company that develops sorghum for traditional agriculture and applications in the renewable energy sector.

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NuMat Technologies

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NuMat Technologies builts an Operating System for the commercialization of programmable chemistries.

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Duke Energy Indiana

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Duke Energy Indiana provides utility services.

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Clean Energy Trust

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Clean Energy Trust supports early-stage startups working on solutions for clean energy, decarbonization, and environmental sustainability.

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ampCNG

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ampCNG is engaged in the transition to compressed natural gas (CNG) as a transportation fuel in the commercial trucking industry.

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Synata Bio

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Synata Bio is a developer of a fermentation technology designed to process synthesis gas from multiple sources into products.

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REDWAVE ENERGY

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RedWave Energy is developing unique technology to generate renewable energy from the previously untapped infrared (IR) and near IR spectrum.

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Eligo Energy

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Eligo Energy helps provide consumers and businesses with low cost energy solutions.

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Palladium Energy

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A Lisle, Ill.-based provider of customized power solutions

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Power Kiosk

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Connecting Buyers And Sellers Of Gas And Electricity

Greenlight Planet

ForeLight

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ForeLight is developting the biomanufacturing industry through their proprietary photosynthetic production technology.

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GreenPoint Partners

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GreenPoint Partners delivers energy management and sustainability consulting services for commercial real estate owners.

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Trumarx Data Partners, Inc.

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TruMarx Data Partners Inc. enables electronic negotiation and execution of structured, bilateral commodity transactions.

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EdgeMode

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EdgeMode is an infrastructure management platform.

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Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America

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Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America is the largest transporter of natural gas into the high-demand Chicago-area.

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Coskata

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Coskata is a biology-based renewable energy company producing ethanol from a variety of input materials.

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Delract

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Manufacturing, Commodity Trading and Investments

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Brite Energy Solar Holdings

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Brite Energy Solar Holdings provides residential and commercial solar services.

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Digital H2O

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Digital H2O develops an online oilfield water management analytics platform to change how energy companies manage scarce water resources.

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Gas Technology Institute

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GTI is the leading research, development and training organization addressing global energy and environmental challenges.

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Sigora

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Sigora provides microgrid management solutions making clean, reliable, and fairly-priced energy a reality in frontier markets.

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Chicago PACE

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Chicago PACE Financing for the energy-saving, renewable, resilient and sustainable elements of our commercial real estate landscape.

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Omega Grid

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Omega Grid is a blockchain local energy market platform

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Trajectory Energy Partners

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Trajectory Energy Partners brings together communities, organizations, and landowners to develop clean energy projects.

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Hyconix

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Hyconix is a provider of technologies used to produce high-volume basic chemicals directly from hydrocarbon feedstocks.

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NETenergy

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NETenergy is a thermal energy storage company that is creating a thermal battery designed to offset peak electricity load.

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Atlas Energy Systems

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Atlas Energy Systems is an energy technology company commercializing the direct heat-to-energy science of Thermionics.

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AUM

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AUM is the premier utility management and energy services.

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Aventine Renewable Energy Holdings

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Aventine Renewable Energy, Inc. is a leading producer of ethanol and related by-products.

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QCoefficient

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QCoefficient is a smart grid engine to integrate HVAC operations in commercial buildings with electric grid operations and markets.

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PowerOne Corporation

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PowerOne is a electic power retailer and energy consulting firm providing cost-effective power solutions to residential and business needs.

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Power-to-Gas Hungary Ltd.

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Aiming to develop commercially viable and disruptive solutions for utility-scale energy storage, grid balancing, and carbon reuse.

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INTREN

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INTREN is a construction company providing construction and management services.

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Exelon Corporation

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Exelon Corporation is a utility services holding company that provides services for energy generation businesses in the United States.

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Navigate Power

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Navigate Power provides energy and natural gas brokerage and consulting services.

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GE Fuel Cells

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GE Fuel Cells makes fuel cells for commercial and residential power applications.

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Power2Switch

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Power2Switch is an online service enabling users to lower their electric bills by comparing energy suppliers and accessing renewable energy.

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AgriScience

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AgriScience makes high performance, data-driven smart soil.

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S&C Electric Company

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S&C Electric Company is a leading provider of switching, protection, and control solutions for electric power systems.

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SafePlug

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SafePlug develops electrical safety and energy products to reduce or eliminate household electrical fires and electrocutions.

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LocusView Solutions

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LocusView Solutions provides a mobile application platform to the natural gas industry.

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Fermilab

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Fermilab is an American particle physics and accelerator laboratory dedicated to exploring high-energy physics.

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Agrilab Technologies

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AgriLab Technologies offers an innovative approach for changing waste management into resource recovery and thermal energy creation.

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Snapshot Energy

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Snapshot Energy engages in the production of a biocrude oil product from enhanced hydro-thermal conversion of organic waste feedstock.

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Equity Office

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Equity Office is rich with signature properties in the nation’s leading gateway markets.

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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation

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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States.

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Inventus Power

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Inventus Power, formerly ICCNexergy + Palladium Energy, is a single source provider of customized power systems.

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GlobalView Software

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GlobalView Software provides innovative energy and commodity data management solutions.

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Lenuco

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Lenuco develops a revolutionary energy source capable of providing clean and affordable energy.

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BrokerX

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BrokerX is a technology company that’s built a cloud-based platform for energy brokers to manage their entire customer lifecycle

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Hecate Energy

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Hecate Energy is a developer of solar, wind, and energy storage projects.

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Nalco Holding Company

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Nalco Holding Company is a water solutions provider for industrial markets to save water for our planet.

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BlueStar Energy Solutions

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An independent retail electricity supplier – unaffiliated with any utility – supplying electricity to business and residential customers.

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Solar Simplified

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Solar Simplified is transforming the energy space by enabling easy access to affordable solar energy to everyone in the USA

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Marathon Capital

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Marathon Capital Management is an taxation-driven, financial and business services firm catering to high net-worth individuals.

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SunSource

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SunSource Energy owns, develops, engineer, procures, constructs and operates solar energy projects globally.

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Broadwind Energy

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Their recently completed Recapitalization represents a major milestone in our overall plan to produce profitable growth for our investors.

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EV Energy Group

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We sell electric car charging solutions designed to help accelerate the adoption of EV sales worldwide.

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HD Electric Company

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HD Electric Company is a designer and manufacturer of power utility products.

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Gridliance

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Gridliance is the nation’s first independent transmission only company focused on working with municipal utilities.

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NiveauUp

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Energy Storage, eXtreme Fast Charging (XFC) – Ready

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Energy Distribution Partners

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Energy Distribution Partners is delivers propane and other energy products to retail, residential and commercial customers.

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Navitas Systems

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Navitas Systems provides energy enabled system solutions and energy storage products.

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GE Transportation

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GE Transportation manufactures equipment for railroad, marine, mining, drilling, and energy generation industries.

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A.M. Castle & Co

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A. M. Castle & Co. (NYSE:CAS) is the foremost provider of specialty products, services, and supply chain solutions. We are recognized as a

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The Power Company USA, LLC

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The Power Company (TPC) is a professional energy consulting firm.

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Integrys Energy Group

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Integrys Energy Group is a holding company focused on regulated and non-regulated energy delivery in the United States.

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Veriown Global

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Veriown is bringing internet-connected solar energy to the remotest parts of the planet to electrify the 1.2 billion people around the world

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AMCOL International

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AMCOL International Corporation is a producer and marketer of diverse specialty materials.

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Mahoney Environmental

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Mahoney Environmental is an environmental services company specializing in cooking oil recycling services.

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Siemens Building Technologies

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Siemens Building Technologies provides safe and secure, energy-efficient and environment-friendly buildings and infrastructures.

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Lincoln Clean Energy

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LCE is a developer, owner, and operator of clean power projects with a focus on wind and solar power.

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Sargent & Lundy

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Sargent & Lundy is a power generated company that provides technical expertise and integration for global use.

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SoCore Energy

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SoCore Energy is involved in solar portfolio development and commercial rooftop installations.

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Intermatic Incorporated

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Intermatic incorporated develops and manufactures energy controls for commercial, industrial, government and residential applications.

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Firefly Energy

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Firefly Energy is a developer of lead-acid battery technologies.

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Lakeshore Recycling Systems

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Lakeshore Recycling Systems is a renewables & environment company specializing in recycling, waste removal, and dumpster rental services.

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Electro-Motive Diesel

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EMD also referred to as “EMD”, designs, manufactures and sells diesel-electric locomotives and diesel power engines.

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Harting

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HARTING Automotive – Partner for Electromobility

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Power Equipment Direct

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Power Equipment Direct is a retail company offering outdoor power equipment.

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PULS

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P.U.L.S. is a power supply company focusing on the DIN rail power supplies.

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Enovation Partners

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Enovation Partners provides energy, utility and infrastructure clients with the technical, regulatory, strategic and operational experience.

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Glidepath Power

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Glidepath Power develops solutions for the energy markets.

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Planet Forward

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Planet Forward is a global group of specialty consulting and staffing companies.

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Elevate Energy

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Elevate Energy is a community of thinkers and doers who educate the people on efficiency use of energy.

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Ambitech

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Ambitech is a full-service provider of engineering design services with deep expertise in Front-End Loading work.

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Aether DBS

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Aether DBS is an energy company that environmentally-conscientious natural gas systems.

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Energy BBDO

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Energy BBDO is a multimedia advertising agency specializing in building brand recognition.

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KLiUX Energies International Inc.

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KLiUX manufactures and commercializes worldwide its patented VAWT technology: KLiUX Zebra 2kW, KLiUX Dragon 4kW and KLiUX Eagle 6kW

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Songvest

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Alternative Investment Financial Solutions for royalty based products or assets in Entertainment, Patents and Energy.

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Russo Power Equipment

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Russo Power Equipment is a retail company specializing in outdoor power equipment.

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Light Up Africa

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Powering People Beyond Light Poverty.

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Van Meter Inc.

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Van Meter is a wholesale company specializing in automation, datacom, and power transmission products.

Greenlight Planet

Inpro/Seal LLC

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Inpro/Seal is an oil & energy company that offers bearing protection and shaft seals.

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies

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Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies

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