The Shell GameChanger Accelerator™ Powered by NREL (GCxN) is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Partnership Award from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The annual award recognizes one particularly notable new partnership at NREL.
Focused on discovering and advancing emerging clean technologies with the potential to dramatically alter the future global energy landscape, GCxN is a multimillion dollar, multiyear cleantech accelerator that partners early-stage companies with the resources, expertise and world class facilities available through NREL and the Shell GameChanger incubator program. Founded in Fall 2018, GCxN provides each portfolio company with as much as $250,000 in non-dilutive funding to aid in development and demonstration of its technology, with the opportunity for future follow-on funding and beta-testing with a strategic program partner, in addition to access to expertise and laboratory capabilities at both NREL and Shell.
“NREL has long been at the forefront of partnering with some of the world’s most innovative and respected companies to develop and advance industry-funded incubators, and we are honored by this recognition,” said GCxN program lead Adam Duran.
GCxN announced its first cohort of four companies in December 2018, with a stated goal to focus on technologies enabling the grid of the future through long-term energy storage and controls. Nominations for GCxN’s second cohort will open in Spring 2019, with a focus on technologies facilitating electric mobility through fast charging and grid management.