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Dominion Energy Innovation Center Announces 2022 Cohort of DEIC Accelerate Companies

Innovative startups working on solutions from oyster reefs to hydrogen production to join the 3rd cohort

Ashland, VA – The Dominion Energy Innovation Center (“DEIC”) announced today the seven climate tech focused startups that will make up the 2022 DEIC Accelerate cohort starting in early June. Companies accepted into the accelerator will spend four months receiving mentorship and developing pilot opportunities with DEIC’s partner network, led by Dominion Energy. “The goal,” said DEIC’s Executive Director Adam Sledd, “is to jumpstart the companies that will help decarbonize Virginia’s economy in the coming decade.”

DEIC Accelerate’s previous cohort wrapped up in September 2021 and included several companies that are developing pilot projects with Dominion Energy. One such project with ATP VA will plant sawgrass to sequester carbon and create sustainable biochar products. “New technologies are driving our energy future and will accelerate our efforts to deliver sustainable solutions to the communities we serve,” said Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer Mark Webb.  “DEIC’s Accelerate program is a great platform for Dominion Energy to work with innovative startups that will help advance the future of clean, customer-centric energy.”

The seven companies in this year’s cohort come from around the United States and will spend four months working with DEIC and Dominion Energy staff to sharpen their business development plans and identify potential projects.  

 The 2022 cohort includes:

  • AiDash, which uses high-resolution, multispectral imagery and SAR data from the world’s leading satellite constellations for proprietary AI models which facilitate timely predictions for efficient asset operations and maintenance activities. 
  • C-Zero, a technology company using methane pyrolysis to convert natural gas into hydrogen and solid carbon, thereby unlocking the decarbonizing potential of natural gas.
  • ElectricFish, which combines battery storage and EV charging, providing communities with both fast charging stations and backup power in one package.
  • Grow Oyster Reefs, a Virginia-based company, has developed a range of products using biomimicry, including a proprietary concrete mix matching the chemical composition of the mature oyster shell, to jump-start native oyster reefs as an effective alternative to conventional shoreline defense infrastructures and for seabed restoration.
  • Noteworthy AI, which provides vehicle mounted cameras and AI to help electric utilities collect and analyze imagery on distribution assets at scale, helping to ensure grid reliability, resilience, and safety. Noteworthy AI’s solution, Inspector, reduces the need to mobilize dedicated inspection teams and mitigates risk at-scale while reducing cost.
  • TS Conductor, a technology company that has developed a novel high-performance solution for transmission and distribution powerlines already in use around the globe.
  • Wildgrid, a growing marketplace to find local solar providers. Users create profiles, get matched to providers, schedule virtual calls, compare quotes, & sign contracts on our platform.

To learn more about the program, please visit https://dominnovation.com/energy/deic-accelerate/ .

About Dominion Energy Innovation Center

The Dominion Energy Innovation Center, located in Ashland, Virginia, supports early-stage advanced technology companies by providing them with the collaborative space, guidance, and resources needed to accelerate their growth.

Founded in November 2009, the Dominion Energy Innovation Center accelerates great ideas across a wide spectrum of industry sectors in addition to its focus on building the clean technology sector in Central Virginia. Founding partners of the Center include the signature sponsor, Dominion Energy, as well as Activation Capital, the Town of Ashland and Hanover County.

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