For Immediate Release November 19, 2019

CalTestBed initiative gives entrepreneurs unique access to University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab resources

SACRAMENTO – A new California Energy Commission (CEC) funded program to help speed the commercialization of clean energy technologies launched today at an event at the University of California, San Diego. 

The California Test Bed (CalTestBed) initiative is designed to reduce the stumbling blocks of time, cost, and bureaucracy most entrepreneurs face when trying to bring breakthrough concepts to market. 

“The difficulties of navigating the landscape when attempting to commercialize any product can be daunting,” said CEC Chair David Hochschild. “That’s why we are pleased to support this effort through our EPIC funding program. It gives clean energy entrepreneurs a greater chance at success, which helps California further its nation-leading energy and climate goals.”

The program reduces the time it takes to move new energy technologies from the prototype stage to the pilot demonstration stage by giving innovators access to a statewide network of testing facilities at University of California (UC) campuses in Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz, and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

The initiative will provide $8.8 million in vouchers ranging from $10,000 to $300,000. It also includes a streamlined agreement process allowing entrepreneurs to test the design and performance of their prototypes at one of 30 testing facilities throughout the state. 

“CalTestBed connects clean energy entrepreneurs with the immense resources within the UC system and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab,” said Sandra Brown, UC San Diego’s vice chancellor for research. “This effort can dramatically increase the commercialization of clean energy technologies for worldwide markets.”

CalTestBed is a collaboration between the CEC, the University of California Office of the President, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Momentum, the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator and New Energy Nexus. 

“We need thousands of successful startups to get to market if we are to achieve the ambitious goal of 100 percent clean energy for 100 percent of the community,” said Danny Kennedy, CEO of New Energy Nexus.

CalTestBed is funded through CEC’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC), which drives clean energy innovation and entrepreneurship. New Energy Nexus received an $11 million grant in December to develop CalTestBed.

For information on the CalTestBed initiative, visit the New Energy Nexus website.


About the California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission is leading the state to a 100 percent clean energy future. It has seven core responsibilities: developing renewable energy, transforming transportation, increasing energy efficiency, investing in energy innovation, advancing state energy policy, certifying thermal power plants, and preparing for energy emergencies.

About New Energy Nexus
New Energy Nexus is a non-profit international organization that supports clean energy entrepreneurs with funds, accelerators and networks. We started in California and now operate programs in New York, China, India, Southeast Asia, and East Africa.