Nelumbo wins the Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP)

By Saundarya Mehra

BERKELEY, CA – The Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) and Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) are pleased to present the Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP) to Nelumbo from UC Berkeley. After a rigorous application and presentation process, our esteemed panel of judges awarded Nelumbo the $100,000 grand prize. Nelumbo was able to continuously showcase high potential and strong value proposition for their clean technologies. Nelumbo uses a thin superomniphobic nanocoating on air conditioning cooling coil fins to accelerating water and oil shedding, raising efficiency by up to 25% and eliminating contaminant build-up.

The Berkeley CUP was held in conjunction with the annual BECI Philomathia Forum and BERC Energy Summit on February 18th at Sutardja Dai Hall for the first time in UC Berkeley’s history. University students across the country submitted their cleantech solutions and received extensive cleantech mentorship, entrepreneurial training, and access to fabricating/prototyping spaces at UC Berkeley.

After four months of training and mentorship, Nelumbo was awarded the Berkeley Cleantech University Prize. With this funding and platform, Nelumbo plans on pursuing its overall mission to raise efficiency in homes. BECI looks forward to helping Nelumbo in its future efforts.