Elemental Excelerator believes in the power of innovation to help us solve the world’s biggest challenges. Our program offers an accelerated pathway to help growth-stage startups in energy, water, mobility, and agriculture navigate markets in Hawaii, the Asia Pacific, and California. We support our companies with funding and strategic relationships in an ideal economic environment that catalyzes their long-term growth.
Ulupono Initiative is a Hawaii-focused impact investing firm working to improve the quality of life for island residents in four areas: renewable energy, locally produced food, and the management of freshwater and waste resources. In the energy sector, Ulupono's investments include the Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning project, which is developing Hawaii's first seawater air conditioning district cooling system in downtown Honolulu; Bikeshare Hawaii which operates Biki, the state's largest bikeshare program; Drive Electric Hawaii, a coalition that seeks to promote electric vehicles (EV), cut fossil-fuel transportation and add more renewable energy; and EV charging networks Volta and OpConnect Hawaii that provide charging infrastructure to Hawaii's EV drivers. Ulupono is proud to be a sponsor of VERGE Hawaii for its third year. For more information, visit ulupono.com and follow @ulupono on Facebook and Twitter and @uluponoinitiative on Instagram.
For more than 100 years, the Hawaiian Electric Companies have provided the energy that has fueled the Hawaiian Islands’ development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric, and Hawaii Electric Light serve 95 percent of Hawaii’s 1.4 million residents. The Hawaiian Electric Companies have a shared kuleana or responsibility to serve their customers, care for the communities, and lead the way to a clean energy future for the Hawaiian Islands. The Hawaiian Electric Companies are also among the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs. Today, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are providing cleaner, smarter and more reliable service for their customers. And, the Hawaiian Electric Companies are committed to continuing progress to meet the state’s ambitious goal of achieving 100 percent renewable energy future for Hawai‘i by 2045. For more information, visit www.hawaiianelectric.com/ourvision.
Hawaiian Electric Industries
At HEI, we see a vibrant future for Hawaii — one that puts our state at the forefront of clean energy, creates a sustainable and growing local economy, and allows our families and communities to flourish. Our success is tied to thriving communities that respect the quality of life we hold dear. We strive to build a better tomorrow for our companies and for Hawaii. To learn more, please visit www.hei.com.
Since 1958, Toyota Hawaii has been the exclusive business partner and distributor of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) vehicles in the State. Toyota Hawaii is a subsidiary of Servco Pacific Inc., the state’s largest privately owned business with more than 1,700 employees in Hawaii, Australia, and the Pacific Northwest. Last year, TMC announced a new initiative to reduce its worldwide vehicle CO2 emissions by 90 percent (in comparison with 2010 levels), by 2050 through the development and promotion of next-generation vehicles—like the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle and Prius Prime. To support this goal, Toyota Hawaii will begin construction of a hydrogen fueling station, powered in part by electrolysis, at its dealership in Honolulu this year. Hawaii is the second state after California to receive the Toyota Mirai. For more information, visit www.toyotahawaii.com/mirai.
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global supplier of ultra-flexible power plants of up to 600 MW operating on various gaseous and liquid fuels. Our portfolio includes unique solutions for baseload, peaking, reserve and load-following power generation, as well as for balancing intermittent renewable energy. Wärtsilä Energy Solutions also provides LNG terminals and distribution systems. As of 2016, Wärtsilä has 60 GW of installed power plant capacity in 176 countries around the world. www.smartpowergeneration.com