43North Finalist #4 – Energy Intelligence

Each day, until October 28th, we’ll introduce one of the 43North Finalists so you can learn a bit more about their company!

Today ‘s featured finalist is Energy Intelligence!

Company Description: Energy Intelligence is an emerging cleantech company developing ultra-compact, road-mounted technology that converts wasted kinetic energy from braking vehicles into renewable electricity. The patented technology is intended for use at slowdown points, like parking garage entrances, toll plazas, and weigh stations, and can power equipment onsite to reduce electricity expenses.

Background Information
Company Name: Energy Intelligence
Company ‘s Hometown: Boston, MA
Team members: Daniel Shani, Nissim Shani
Website: www.energyintel.us

A Little Q&A
43N: What was the inspiration for your company?
Energy Intelligence: A few years ago, on my drive home from work, I was stuck in traffic. I couldn’t stop thinking about all the cars around me and the gas they were wasting with every start and stop. Then I thought… what a waste of energy when cars slow down in approach to a toll plaza, wearing down their brakes only to speed up a few seconds later. Couldn’t we do something with all of that wasted energy?? That was the day Energy Intelligence was born. The dream was to capture waste energy from braking vehicles by building something on the road, rather than inside every vehicle, to tap into the aggregate power of traffic.
43N: What 3 personality traits do you think a successful entrepreneur should have?
EI: Humility, Grit, and Decisiveness.
43N: What is a signature food from your company’s hometown?
EI: Clam chowdah!
43N: What about Buffalo are you most excited for?
EI: The chicken wings!
43N: What is the most exciting thing about being an entrepreneur?
EI: Flexible schedules and casual clothes are great, but the most exciting thing about being an entrepreneur is that with every success, no matter how big or small, comes an incredible sense of accomplishment. The hard work and tireless determination makes every bit of progress so rewarding.

Next up is Eulysis UK!