The world is still battling to help save the Climate. Billions of dollars is dedicated in this fight. A group of Ohio State University students under the leadership of Anita Nti as CEO, are looking to replace the emission-producing machines with a cleaner, more sustainable option.
Ohio State University engineering students inspired by observations while tailgating have raised nearly $340,000 for their startup that delivers a portable, rentable green power supply.
Electrion LLC’s co-founders want to offer a convenient, sustainable alternative to diesel-powered generators used at parties to power TVs, mini refrigerators and slow cookers.
“That’s thousands of pounds of CO2 being emitted at just one Ohio State game – how much more would be over a season and then at other schools across the nation?” CEO Anita Nti said for a blog post of the OSU Sustainability Institute. “We saw that as a very significant impact, so we thought about how we could possibly be a solution.”
Three founders are undergraduates: Nti and fellow computer science major Jacob Buaful, and his brother Caleb Buaful, who is studying industrial systems and engineering. The fourth is Danny Freudiger, who is pursuing a mechanical engineering doctorate.
They won an $89,000 grant from the OSU Sustainability Fund to develop the idea, and later raised a $250,000 equity investment from MegaJoule Ventures, a Warren firm focused in sustainable energy.
“It’s been exciting to watch this talented team of students not only develop cutting-edge technology, but also navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship and business development,” BJ Yurkovich, a researcher at OSU Center for Automotive Research and the startup’s mentor, said in a statement. Electrion has a workshop at the center.
Rechargeable battery packs powerful enough to replace a portable generator are prohibitively expensive for the average fan, they learned, so Electrion devised a system for “energy storage as a service.”
Anita Nti is a Woman of Excellence and a member of the class of 2020