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May 25, 2020 | Tom Ballard

Grid Fruit selected as one of 10 start-ups for “Incubatenergy® Labs Challenge”

Grid Fruit, one of the participants in Cohort 3 of the “Innovation Crossroads” (IC) program, has been selected for the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) “Incubatenergy® Labs Challenge.”

EPRI and three other organizations including TVA will be hosting demonstration projects with 10 start-ups that start June 1. Both EPRI and Ameren Corporation will host four start-ups while TVA and Southern California Edison (SCE) will sponsor one project. Nine additional utilities will participate in the projects to provide industry perspective and guidance.

Founded by Jesse Thornburg, Grid Fruit will be hosted by SCE as it works on grid-responsive scheduling of machine cycles to provide demand management and flexibility from commercial food service refrigeration systems. The start-up that TVA is hosting is LineVision from Somerville, MA, that is developing a non-contact, overhead line sensor technology that provides situational awareness, asset health monitoring, and increases capacity.

According to this release from EPRI, the start-ups and project facilitators plan to present findings October 14 during the “Incubatenergy® Labs Challenge Demonstration Day” hosted by Ameren Corporation in St. Louis.

TVA joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory is funding Cohort 3 of the IC program and will also participate in the soon-to-be-announced Cohort 4.


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