With momentum building for clean energy, Chicago entrepreneurs Elizabeth Iwanicki and Giovanni Bonomi say demand for their wind turbines is accelerating.
Once they seal deals with prospective customers in the United States and abroad, their start-up, Tempest Wind Energy Inc., plans to add workers and move to a larger manufacturing facility, they said. We know we will get the orders. I want to bring this business to Chicago. The whole idea is to get employment here, Iwanicki said.
AllCell, launched in 2001 with technology developed at Illinois Institute of Technology, offers a patented phase-change material technology that absorbs the heat generated from lithium batteries, making them safer and doubling their lifespan, Al-Hallaj said. The batteries are currently being used to power electric scooters and bikes, but soon will be in electric and plug-in hybrid automobiles and trucks, he said. The company has been selling to the military since 2008 and currently is working with top automakers, he said.
GreatPoint Energy takes coal, which Perlman calls the dirtiest, cheapest and most abundant fuel, and turns it into clean natural gas for all sorts of applications. Over time, the clean fuel will reduce global warming while improving health and quality of life in developing countries, Perlman said.
Chicagoan Gulia Ismailova got some help with financing and other start-up issues from the Small Business Solution Station, a city of Chicago program that helps entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running and current owners stay in business.
Mark Seigle, who with brother Harry sold family owned Seigle's Building Centers in 2005 to Stock Building Supply, is quick to mention the emotional factor that spurred him to buy back a portion of the business six months ago, saving it from disappearing altogether.
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