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March 5, 2021: Combined Energies Selected to Present at the 2021 NREL Industry Growth Forum

One of 40 cleantech startups selected globally, Combined Energies, will present its Universal Power Converter to potential investors and other cleantech industry stakeholders.


Rochester NY— (March 5, 2021) —Combined Energies has been selected to present its Universal Power Converter to investors and industry representatives at the 2021 NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF), to be held virtually on April 20-22, 2021. The IGF, celebrating its 26th anniversary, is hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). It is one of the nation’s premier events for cleantech entrepreneurs and other industry experts. Combined Energies was selected from a field of more than 150 entrepreneurs following an extensive selection process.

Combined Energies is focused on the design, production, and sales of specialty power electronics for renewable power generation, energy storage, and electric vehicle applications.  With demonstration units undergoing in-application testing, the company’s patented DC to DC converter designs provide improved functionality, higher efficiency, smaller footprint, and lower cost than available alternatives.

“We are focused on accelerating the adoption of renewable power generation and energy storage solutions by eliminating the barriers associated with suboptimal power electronics” noted Mark Sperry, Combined Energies Co-founder.  “We look forward to sharing our progress at this year’s Industry Growth Forum.”

More than 600 cleantech investors, entrepreneurs, and industry representatives are expected to attend this year’s IGF. Among them will be 40 of the world’s most promising start-up companies, including Combined Energies, that will be presenting their cleantech innovations to potential investors and industry experts. In addition, the companies will compete for the 2021 outstanding venture awards.

“We’re facing global pressures to reduce negative climate impacts and ensure clean water, clean air, and sustainable energy and food systems” said IGF Program Manager Sheila Ebbitt.  “We received applications from around the world and across technology sectors. It was a challenge for our investor selection committee to narrow the selection down to the top 40 startups.”

For more information and a complete list of IGF presenting companies, please visit

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November 19, 2019: Combined Energies receives award in the 2019 FuzeHub Commercialization Competition

ALBANY, NY-  Combined Energies was one of five companies awarded $50,000 during the 2019 FuzeHub Commercialization Competition #FHCC2019. The competition between 18 companies consisted of an eight minute pitch describing the innovations and commercialization strategy followed by Q&A. A panel of six industry experts selected the award recipients based on the commercialization potential of their technology and other criteria.  FuzeHub is a not-for-profit organization responsible for assisting small to medium-sized manufacturing companies in New York State.


October 11, 2019: Combined Energies named a finalist in the FuzeHub Commercialization Competition on Novemeber 18 & 19 in Albany, NY

ALBANY, NY- Today FuzeHub announced the finalist in the 2019 New York State Commercialization Competition. Combined Energies was selceted as a finalist after applying and presenting to a selection committee in late September. The competition is in its third year and is part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund. The $400,000 Commercialization Competition is a two-day event in Albany, NY that will feature a pitch competition showcasing innovative early stage companies. FuzeHub anticipates making at least six awards of up to $50,000 each; one company has the chance to win an additional $100,000 for a grand prize of $150,000.

Read more about the competition and register to attend here:  FuzeHub Commercilization Competition

April 10, 2019: Combined Energies exhibits at CFES 2019 Future Energy Systems Technology Conference Industry Showcase in Troy, NY.

TROY, NY-  Combined Energies displayed its 10kW Bi-directional DC to DC converter at RPI’s  Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) 2019 Future Energy Systems Technology Conference.  Presentations featured world-class experts in Energy Storage Technologies and Applications, Energy Efficiency, and Grid Resiliency and Microgrids.

Mark Sperry and John Vogel speak with conference attendees.

April 2, 2019: Combined Energies meets with U.S. Department of Commerce representatives at Hannover Messe

Rhonda Staudt explains the unique features of the 10 kW DC-DC converter to Ian P. Steff, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

March 13 – 14, 2019: Combined Energies to exhibit at NY-BEST Conference in Albany, NY 2019

Combined Energies will exhibit at the NY-BEST Capture the Energy Annual Conference and Meeting on March 13 and 14th in Albany, NY. The New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium brings together companies and policy makers to examine the policies and markets influencing the rapidly growing energy storage sector in New York State.  Combined Energies is a proud member of NY-BEST.

March 1, 2019: Combined Energies to Attend Hannover Messe 2019

Combined Energies to attend Hannover Messe 2019 trade show. The Hannover Messe is the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology. The fair runs from April 1-5, 2019 in Hannover, Germany. Combined Energies is exhibiting at the Group Exhibit Hydrogen+Fuel Cells in Hall 27, booth C74/1.  CE has received a grant from Global New York, State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) to attend the trade show.


November 6, 2018: Combined Energies LLC selected to participate in Hardware Scaleup Program

ROCHESTER, NY- Combined Energies LLC has been selected to participate in NextCorps’ Hardware Scaleup program.  Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the program is helping New York cleantech entrepreneurs partner with manufacturers to scale up locally made products that enable cleaner, more efficient, and less costly energy use. It also assists companies in reducing manufacturing challenges and risks, and speed time to market by leading management teams through essential manufacturing readiness activities. Mentors are matched to the needs of each company, and access to manufacturing resources is provided to ensure companies continue to progress.

“Hardware Scaleup will help Combined Energies establish a baseline for what we need to do to move forward,” said Rhonda Staudt, Operations. “We anticipate using this living document to have the productive conversations with potential manufacturers and suppliers that will keep our estimated product delivery on schedule.”

For more information on Hardware Scaleup, visit

April 12, 2018: Combined Energies LLC receives $501K NYSERDA Award to develop Company’s patented DC to DC converter for alternative energy markets

Latham, NY- Combined Energies LLC receives a $501k award from NYSERDA to complete development of its patented DC-DC converter technology. Working with the power electronics design team at Vanteon Corporation in Rochester, NY, the company will deliver the next generation design to project participants including sunfire GmbH, Ducted Turbines International and others for evaluation.

February 27, 2018: Combined Energies Patent Issued by US Patent Office

Combined Energies has received its second patent US Patent No. 9,906,039 DC SYSTEMS FOR MULTIPLE SOURCES. This Patent Allowance enhances the original patent for DC-DC power conversion, Patent No. 9,413,271.

February 15, 2018: Combined Energies to Attend Hannover Messe 2018

LATHAM, NY – Combined Energies receives Global New York State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) Grant Award to attend Hannover Messe 2018 trade show. The Hannover Messe is the world’s largest trade fair for industrial technology. The fair runs from April 23-27, 2018 in Hannover, Germany. Combined Energies is exhibiting at the Group Exhibit Hydrogen+Fuel Cells+Batteries in Hall 27, booth E71/1. 

January 22, 2018: Combined Energies Joins Venture Creations Incubator

LATHAM, NY – Combined Energies of Latham, NY has been accepted in to the RIT- Venture Creations incubator and its NYSERDA-sponsored Clean Energy Incubator (CEI) in Rochester, New York. The CEI hosts early stage clients commercializing clean energy technologies. Businesses eligible for admission to CEI include those involving “energy and power generation from renewable resources, energy efficient technologies in the power generation, energy storage, transportation, industrial, or building sectors that use alternative fuels or reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and provide environmental benefits.”

Through the incubator, Combined Energies will have access to business coaches and resources at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GSI) on the RIT campus. Currently, Combined Energies is developing its patented DC to DC converter technology for use in the energy storage, electric vehicle, and renewable power generation markets.


November 8, 2017: Combined Energies Receives Notice of Patent Allowance from US Patent Office

Combined Energies has received a Notice of Patent Allowance from the US Patent Office for their Patent Application No. 15/209,707. This Patent Allowance enhances the original patent for DC-DC power conversion, Patent No. 9,413,271.

April 30, 2017: Combined Energies Exhibits at Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2017

In April, Combined Energies participated in the 2017 Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries Group Exhibit in Hannover, Germany. The company presented the Marathon LR, making numerous contacts with major international automotive, renewable power, fuel cell and hydrogen generation companies who see the high DC boost from Combined Energies’ technology as a potential enabler of future system designs. Combined Energies thanks NEESC and New York STEP for sponsoring their attendance at the Fair.

Combined Energies designs and develops the components and systems embodying these technologies. Its first development to gain commercial traction is the Marathon LR, a high boost, bi-directional DC-DC power converter that efficiently converts variable low voltage DC from distributed generation and energy storage into steady, programmable, high voltage DC output. Since its inception, Combined Energies has received over half a million dollars from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and is a proud member of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium (NY-BEST).


October 27, 2014: Combine Energies LLC receives $249K NYSERDA Award to demonstrate Company’s Low Voltage DC to DC Converter

Combined Energies LLC received a $249k award from NYSERDA to refine, integrate and demonstrate the company’s advanced DC-DC converter technology. The demonstration, on an airport ground support vehicle, will use Combined Energies’ Marathon LR DC-DC technology to integrate a power/energy module in parallel with the vehicle battery system. The solution will dampen current spikes and reduce the charge/discharge rate on the vehicles’ primary battery resulting in longer battery life and substantially improved duty cycle.

January 24, 2012: Combined Energies LLC receives $30K NYSERDA Award to Build Company’s Patent Portfolio

Combined Energies LLC received a $30k follow-on award from NYSERDA to structure and file an intellectual property portfolio that will support commercialization of the company’s advanced DC-DC converter technology.

August 3, 2011: Combined Energies LLC receives $199K NYSERDA Award to develop Low Voltage DC to DC Converter

A New York State team of Combined Energies (lead), Advanced Energy Conversion, and Espey Manufacturing & Electronics received a $199k award from NYSERDA to develop a novel, variable low voltage input DC to DC converter (LVC) which would allow dispersed generation technologies, such as fuel cells and battery backup systems to use commercially-available, high-efficiency solar inverters. This LVC will convert the low-voltage output of a fuel cell or battery system to a higher voltage that is compatible with today’s solar inverters. The LVC will allow a new generation of dispersed generation technologies to leverage readily available certified inverters for residential and light commercial grid interconnection without significant efficiency losses or costly development and certification efforts.

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