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Ohio State U start-up develops portable battery pack to replace gas generators

By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 13th, 2021

A student-led start-up from Ohio State University (OSU) has developed a portable power source that could replace emissions-heavy gas generators.

The founders of Electrion became inspired after walking around OSU football tailgate parties. After talking to fans about how much energy they used for their mini-fridges, slow cookers, TVs and satellite dishes — all powered by gas generators — the founders estimated that each tailgate event emits over 120,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.

“If that’s just from one day, 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 as well?” says co-founder Anita Nti. “We saw that as a very significant impact, so we thought about how we could possibly be a solution.”

Electrion’s rechargeable battery packs are delivered via electric cargo bike. To make it a smooth transition for users of gas generators, the start-up has developed a mobile app that allows people to monitor the batteries and interact with the service.

VC firm MegaJoule Ventures has invested $250,000 in Electrion to help accelerate commercialization, as well as support the development of the engineering and design tools needed to integrate a wide range of battery chemistries.

“MegaJoule Ventures is excited about the Electrion opportunity because of the great team in place both in terms of vision, but also the depth of knowledge they gained and the accelerated deployment schedule they maintained in releasing an advanced prototype,” says the firm’s CTO Michael Gurin.

“I think everything we do should be about sustainability,” says Electrion co-founder Danny Freudiger. “One of the bigger reasons why we’re here is to leave the world a better place than we found it so future generations can enjoy it and have it better off than we did.”

Source: Ohio State News

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