Accelerating the Adoption of Portable Clean Energy
When we look at the world around us, what do we see? The legacy of those that came before. Good or bad, every person leaves behind a legacy that impacts those who follow in their steps. If we are not leaving behind a better world for future generations, then what is our legacy? It is our belief that everything we do should be about sustainability. With unlimited access to knowledge, our generation and those to come not only have the opportunity, but the responsibility to drive positive behavior changes through innovation in sustainability. This is where Electrion finds its home.
So, what is Electrion? While portable power isn’t a new concept, Electrion strives to make it convenient and affordable for people to choose a zero-emission option for their portable power. Sure, today you can go buy a portable battery pack off-the-shelf, but most people will still turn to the gas generator because of the high cost of batteries, which cost 3 to 5 times more than an equivalent gas generator. What makes Electrion unique is our Energy Storage as a Service (ESaaS) model. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of portable clean energy through a short-term rental model available at the press of button. Another differentiator for Electrion is our use of 2nd life automotive batteries. Through our partnership with 99P Labs, which is supported by Honda and the Ohio State University, we are taking batteries coming off electric vehicles (EVs) and repurposing them for smaller mobile energy applications. Not only are we extending the life of these batteries, but we are reducing our own waste by avoiding purchasing new batteries. It truly is a win-win for sustainability. At 99P Labs, we approached Dr. Chris Brooks, who leads the Energy Innovation initiatives, about taking batteries coming off electric vehicles (EVs) and repurposing them for smaller mobile energy applications. Not only are we extending the life of these batteries, but we are reducing our own waste by avoiding purchasing new batteries. It truly is a win-win for sustainability, and as Dr. Brooks stated, “it makes sense for all parties involved”
While we believe Electrion can have a positive impact on the environment, we also believe in using our platform to educate future generations and our communities on the importance of sustainability. The goals of our education and outreach program include first, introducing new concepts while building a foundation in areas such as IoT, sustainability, software, and energy. Second, helping students understand how their coursework applies to real-world applications. And lastly, providing hands-on experience with software development and IoT. We believe in providing students a new lens through which to view the sustainability problems our world faces and inspire them to create their own solutions.
Currently, we are partnering with the Columbus North chapter of FIT4MOM (a national organization for pre and postnatal health, wellness, and fitness programs for every stage of motherhood) to deploy a small pack with a heating pad that can fit in their stroller to keep their kids warm during the workout. We call it, “The Tushy Toaster.” We are also working with CampusParc and the Department of Transportation and Traffic Management at The Ohio State University on a few pilot initiatives over the next several months. These include providing power to variable message boards for traffic management, COVID testing/vaccination sites, and facilities operations and development for work in remote parts of campus where power is not accessible.
Sustainability is a team effort, and it starts with everyone doing the “little” things. The next step for us is to raise Series A funding to expand our capabilities and make Electrion a household name in sustainability.