ADL Ventures is a venture consultancy that rebuilds and energizes a clean and vibrant world. We rewrite the rules of engagement between new ventures, legacy organizations and governments to advance business model innovation and new venture creation in climate-tech and infrastructure.
TIn the past 60 years, Air Liquide has developed unique expertise enabling it to master the entire hydrogen supply chain, from production and storage to distribution, contributing to the widespread use of hydrogen as a clean energy carrier for a wide range of applications such as industrial usages and clean mobility. As a pioneer in hydrogen, Air Liquide is committed to reaching several goals, investing nearly $10 billion globally in the low-carbon hydrogen full value chain by 2035, and a total of 3 GW electrolysis capacity by 2030.
Ameren Illinois is the state’s largest combination electric and natural gas utility, serving 1.2 million customers and 1,200 communities across 44,000 square miles in downstate Illinois. https://www.amerenillinois.com
American Center for Mobility
The American Center for Mobility (ACM) is a premiere 500-acre smart mobility test center, innovation campus, and sustainable transportation ecosystem focused on the acceleration of future mobility technologies to market.
ArcelorMittal is the world’s leading steel and mining company with a presence in 60 countries. Our purpose is to produce ever smarter steels that have a positive benefit for people and planet. This is what we believe it takes to be the steel company of the future. https://northamerica.arcelormittal.com/
Argonne National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center that works to answer the biggest questions facing humanity – from how to obtain affordable clean energy, to protecting ourselves and our environment. Offering a wide range of scientific capabilities, Argonne works in concert with universities, industry, and other national laboratories on questions and experiments too large for any one institution to tackle by itself.
Atlas Agro works to feed the world while enabling the global transition to sustainable agriculture. We build and operate world scale zero carbon nitrate fertilizer plants based on green hydrogen in the most attractive locations, leveraging patent pending technology.
Avina Clean Hydrogen Inc.
Avina’s mission is to expand the use cases for renewables and to accelerate the energy transition in hard-to-decarbonize sectors by leveraging low-cost renewable electrons and converting them into higher value green molecules. The platform uses a technology enabled production approach to make distributed green hydrogen cheaper than delivered gray hydrogen. The platform plans to invest $1 billion in green ammonia and hydrogen plants by 2025
BayoTech is disrupting the established centralized hydrogen supply chain with a new, highly efficient model of local hydrogen production hubs. Producing on a small scale with our unique technology, BayoTech is making reliable, cost-effective, low-carbon hydrogen accessible today. With our complete portfolio of hydrogen production, transport, storage and fueling solutions, customers rely on BayoTech to support their transition to hydrogen.
Big Rivers is a generation and transmission cooperative that provide wholesale electric power and shared services to three distribution cooperative Member-Owners across 22 counties in Western Kentucky. The Member-Owners are Jackson Purchase Energy, Kenergy Corp, and Meade County Rural Electric Cooperative. bigrivers.com
Bloom Energy empowers businesses and communities to responsibly take charge of their energy. The company’s leading solid oxide platform for distributed generation of electricity and hydrogen is changing the future of energy. Fortune 100 companies around the world turn to Bloom Energy as a trusted partner to deliver lower carbon energy today and a net-zero future. For more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com.
City Colleges of Chicago
City Colleges of Chicago is the largest community colleges system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with more than 3,800 faculty and staff serving 54,000 students annually at seven colleges and five satellite sites.
Over more than one hundred years, City Colleges has transformed the lives of more than one million students through education. City Colleges of Chicago aims to ensure the success of every student and serve as an economic engine for the City of Chicago. https://www.ccc.edu/
Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District
The Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) operates in the cities of Champaign and Urbana, the Village of Savoy, and on the University of Illinois campus. Nearly 12 million rides are provided through MTD service in a typical year. MTD is the first transit agency in the country to produce hydrogen with a 100% renewable source and the first to commercially deploy 60-foot articulated hydrogen fuel cell buses.
Charbone Hydrogen Corporation
Charbone is a Canadian green hydrogen group established in North America. The company’s strategy consists in developing modular and expandable hydrogen facilities. Through the acquisition of hydropower plants in the United States of America and Canada, Charbone will be able to produce green dihydrogen molecules using reliable and sustainable energy to distinguish itself as a provider of an environmentally friendly solution for industrial and commercial enterprises. https://www.charbone.com/
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is northeastern Illinois’ comprehensive planning organization. The agency and its partners developed and are now implementing ON TO 2050, a new long-range plan to help the seven counties and 284 communities in our region implement strategies that address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.
Chicago State University
Chicago State University is a comprehensive University that provides access to higher education for students of diverse backgrounds and educational needs. The University fosters the intellectual development and success of its student population through a rigorous, positive, and transformative educational experience.
CSU is committed to teaching, research, service, and community development, including social justice, leadership, and entrepreneurship. www.csu.edu
ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), a Fortune 200 energy company with approximately 10 million electricity and natural gas customers – the largest number of customers in the U.S. ComEd powers the lives of more than 4 million customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population.
Constellation Energy Corporation (Nasdaq: CEG) is the nation’s largest producer of clean, carbon-free energy, generating ten percent of all clean electricity on the grid in the U.S. Constellation operates six zero-emissions nuclear energy stations in Illinois – the most in any state – and its fleet of nuclear, hydro, wind and solar facilities have the generating capacity to power approximately 15 million homes.
Current is an independent nonprofit water innovation hub. Founded in Chicago in 2016, its mission is to grow an inclusive Blue Economy, accelerate innovation, and solve pressing water challenges. Current brings together corporations, advocates, researchers, and governments to develop water management policies and test new technologies — projects that would be too risky or even impossible without sustained collaboration. www.currentwater.org
Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority
The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority is a municipal corporation, jointly controlled by the City of Detroit, Wayne County and the State of Michigan. It promotes the expanded use of marine transportation for cargo and other goods and is the representative of the Port of Detroit, a collection of dozens of privately owned terminals and a public dock, which handle approximately 13 million tons of cargo annually.
Discovery Partners Institute
The Discovery Partners Institute empowers people to jumpstart their tech careers or companies in Chicago. Led by the University of Illinois System in partnership with top research universities, it does three things: Train people for high-demand tech jobs; conduct applied R&D; and support business building. With state investment and a new innovation district in development, DPI has the resources to attract, develop, and leverage the most ambitious people and companies the region has to offer — and keep them here.
EIT InnoEnergy operates at the centre of the energy transition and is the leading innovation engine in sustainable energy, bringing the technology and skills required to accelerate the green deal, progress towards decarbonisation goals, and improve energy security.
Energy Systems Network, Inc
ESN is building an energy ecosystem that integrates all aspects of the energy landscape: energy generation, distribution, the built environment, and transportation. We leverage our network of global thought leaders to develop integrated energy solutions to increase the quality of life for today and tomorrow. https://energysystemsnetwork.com/
Founded in 1972, EPRI is the world’s preeminent independent, non-profit energy research and development organization, with offices around the world. EPRI’s trusted experts collaborate with more than 450 companies in 45 countries, driving innovation to ensure the public has clean, safe, reliable, affordable, and equitable access to electricity across the globe. Together, we are shaping the future of energy. https://www.epri.com/
Exelon (Nasdaq: EXC) is a Fortune 200 company and the nation’s largest energy delivery company, serving more than 10 million customers through six fully regulated transmission and distribution utilities — Atlantic City Electric (ACE), Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), Delmarva Power & Light (DPL), PECO Energy Company (PECO), and Potomac Electric Power Company (Pepco). More than 18,000 Exelon employees dedicate their time and expertise to powering a cleaner and brighter future for our customers and communities through reliable, affordable and efficient energy delivery, workforce development, equity, economic development and volunteerism.
Gevo’s mission is to transform renewable energy and carbon into energy-dense liquid hydrocarbons. These liquid hydrocarbons can be used for drop-in transportation fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel and diesel fuel, that when burned have the potential to yield net-zero greenhouse gas emissions when measured across the full life cycle of the products. Gevo uses low-carbon renewable resource-based carbohydrates as raw materials and is in an advanced state of developing renewable electricity and renewable natural gas for use in production processes, resulting in low-carbon fuels with substantially reduced carbon intensity (the level of greenhouse gas emissions compared to standard petroleum fossil-based fuels across their life cycle). Gevo’s products perform as well or better than traditional fossil-based fuels in infrastructure and engines, but with substantially reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Governors State University
Governors State University, located outside Chicago, Illinois, provides accessible, high-value undergraduate and graduate education to culturally and economically diverse students from across the region and around the world.
GTI Energy is a leading research and training organization. Our trusted team works to scale impactful solutions that shape energy transitions by leveraging gases, liquids, infrastructure, and efficiency. We embrace systems thinking, open learning, and collaboration to develop, scale, and deploy the technologies needed for low-carbon, low-cost energy systems.
H2 Energy Group Inc
H2EG is a low cost renewable, sustainable hydrogen provider. https://www.h2eg.com/
Holtec International is a diversified energy technology company with its headquarters located in Jupiter, Florida. The company is widely recognized as the foremost technology innovator in the field of carbon-free power generation, specifically commercial nuclear and solar energy.
Hydrogen Technologies LLC
Hydrogen Technologies offers its award-winning emission free, ZERO-CO2, ZERO-NOx, steam and hot water for the Commercial and Industrial Boiler Market. DCC™ Boiler, which works much like traditional commercial hot water and industrial steam boilers, is found in food & beverage operations, pharmaceuticals, district & campus heat, and industrial processes.
Idaho National Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory is the U.S. Department of Energy’s leading center of nuclear energy research and development where roughly 5,000 researchers and support staff work with national and international governments, universities and industry partners to deliver energy and national security solutions and expand the frontiers of science and technology. For more information, please visit www.inl.gov.
Illinois Institute of Technology
Based in the global metropolis of Chicago, Illinois Tech was born to liberate the collective power of difference to advance technology and progress for all. It is the only tech-focused university in the city, and it stands at the crossroads of exploration and invention, advancing the future of Chicago and the world. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering, computing, architecture, business, design, science and human sciences, and law. Illinois Tech students are guaranteed hands-on experiences, personalized mentorship, and job readiness through the university’s one-of-a-kind Elevate program. Its graduates lead the state and much of the nation in economic prosperity. Its faculty and alumni built the Chicago skyline. And every day in the living lab of the city, Illinois Tech fuels breakthroughs that change lives. Visit https://www.iit.edu/
Invenergy drives innovation in energy. Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Institute for Work & the Economy
The Institute for Work & the Economy, founded in 2000, is a non-partisan public policy collaborative in workforce and economic development. The Institute board’s great diversity in lived experiences is central to the Institute’s mission and inclusive vision.
LanzaJet is a leading sustainable fuels technology company dedicated to accelerating the energy transition by embracing the circular economy. As a Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) technology provider and producer with patented alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) technology, LanzaJet is creating an opportunity for future generations by accelerating the deployment of SAF and other clean technologies critical to addressing the climate crisis and transforming the global economy. Further information is available at https://www.lanzajet.com/.
LanzaTech is an innovative Carbon Capture and Transformation (CCT) company that transforms waste carbon into materials such as sustainable fuels, fabrics, packaging and other products that people use in their daily lives. LanzaTech currently operates three commercial facilities that convert industrial emissions into ethanol. This ethanol is then used to make clothing, packaging, aviation fuel, fragrances, cleaning products, and detergents, many of which are available today for public consumption. For more information, please visit www.lanzatech.com.
Marquis has a long history of driving innovation in biofuel production with a diverse portfolio of multi-generational, family-run companies focused on continual innovation in creating a sustainable world. The Marquis Industrial Complex is located in Hennepin, Illinois and is leading by example in becoming a carbon-neutral industrial complex. Today Marquis is the largest dry-mill ethanol facility in the world, producing 400 million gallons annually. Our robust team in the United States, Europe, and Asia produce and market low carbon feed and fuel solutions delivered around the world. Marquis is creating a circular carbon economy with the production of sustainable fuels, blue and pink hydrogen, and blue and pink ammonia to decarbonize aviation, agriculture and marine transportation. Located on the Mt. Simon geological formation, the Marquis Industrial Complex has the capacity to store over 100 million tons of carbon dioxide using carbon capture technology. With its best-in-class logistics and global reach Marquis will lead in global decarbonization. Learn more about us at www.marquisincorporated.com.
Mass Transportation Authority-Flint
The Flint Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) is the county-wide public transportation provider for the City of Flint and Genesee County, Michigan. The MTA family of services includes fourteen primary routes operating seven days a week, 70 peak period routes that supplement the primary routes at high demand times, county-wide on-demand paratransit services, and Rides to Wellness same day health and wellness transportation. MTA’s regional service provides job-related transportation for Genesee County residents to places of employment in six adjoining counties, including Lapeer, Shiawasee, Eaton, Saginaw, Livingston and Oakland counties.
MO-SCI is a manufacturer of glass microspheres, powders, ingots, and specialty glasses tailor-made for a broad array of application needs — from aerospace to pharmaceuticals. One area of interest is in manufacturing customized hollow glass microspheres that can be used for hydrogen separation, storage, and release. https://www.mo-sci.com/
mHUB is a leading hardtech innovation and commercialization center focused on providing an accessible, hyper-resourced environment to develop, fund and accelerate clean energy, health, sustainability, and manufacturing technologies.
The Michigan Infrastructure Office
The Michigan Infrastructure Office, intentionally housed within the Governor’s Executive Office to underscore the state’s commitment to investing in its infrastructure, is responsible for organizing and executing the governor’s vision for infrastructure, coordinating across state government, marshalling resources, and partnering with local officials, federal partners, and outside stakeholders. Governor Whitmer established the Michigan Infrastructure Office (MIO) to ensure that Michigan maximizes the opportunities created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Inflation Reduction Act, and CHIPS and Science Act to repair, rebuild, and reimagine Michigan’s infrastructure.
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a leading STEM-focused research university based in Rolla, Missouri. Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy and later known as the University of Missouri-Rolla, Missouri S&T today offers 101 degrees in 40 fields of study, including business, computer science, education, engineering, the sciences, information science and technology, the humanities and social sciences, and the liberal arts. Known for its exceptional return on investment, Missouri S&T was ranked the No. 1 best value public university in Missouri by SmartAsset in 2022.
Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company
A trusted partner at nearly three million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services that help protect people, planet and business health. Nalco Water, an Ecolab company, helps customers optimize water and energy use, and improve operational efficiencies and sustainability in more than 170 countries around the world.
Nicor Gas is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Nicor Gas serves more than 2.2 million customers in a service territory that encompasses most of the northern third of Illinois, excluding the city of Chicago. For more information, visit nicorgas.com.
Nikola Corporation is a global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy supply and infrastructure solutions. As a designer and manufacturer of zero-emission battery-electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles, and hydrogen production and station infrastructure, Nikola is driven to revolutionize the economic and environmental impact of commerce as we know it today.
NiSource is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.2 million natural gas customers and 500,000 electric customers across six states through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands. Based in Merrillville, Indiana, NiSource’s approximately 7,500 employees are focused on safely delivering reliable and affordable energy to our customers and communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.nisource.com.
Founded in 1851, Northwestern University is one of the top academic research institutions in the United States, with 11 schools and more than 23,000 enrolled students. As an R1 research university, Northwestern attracts more than $920 million in annual sponsored research funding and has an annual budget of $2.5 billion. With broad excellence across many domains, Northwestern demonstrates particular strengths in engineering and the life sciences, which are fueled by exceptional research infrastructure, including an expansive and leading core facilities ecosystem. As well, 35+ University-wide research institutes and centers attract faculty talent from throughout Northwestern to drive interdisciplinary innovation, fundamental and translational breakthroughs, entrepreneurship, and education. For more information, please visit www.northwestern.edu.
At Oshkosh (NYSE: OSK), we make innovative, mission-critical equipment to help everyday heroes advance communities around the world. Headquartered in Wisconsin, Oshkosh Corporation employs approximately 15,000 team members worldwide, all united behind a common cause: to make a difference in people’s lives. Oshkosh products can be found in more than 150 countries under the brands of JLG®, Pierce®, MAXIMETAL, Oshkosh® Defense, McNeilus®, IMT®, Jerr-Dan®, Frontline™, Oshkosh® Airport Products, London™ and Pratt Miller.
Plug is building an end-to-end green hydrogen ecosystem, from production, storage and delivery to energy generation, to help its customers meet their business goals and decarbonize the economy. In creating the first commercially viable market for hydrogen fuel cell technology, the company has deployed more than 50,000 fuel cell systems and over 165 fueling stations, more than anyone else in the world, and is the largest buyer of liquid hydrogen.
Pratt Miller, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oshkosh, is a ground-breaking product development company that solves its customers most technical and complex challenges in the Motorsports, Defense, and Mobility industries. As a Mobility innovation company, Pratt Miller has integrated multiple Fuel Cells into vehicles for prototype, proof of concepts and pre-production development. This includes integrations into automotive, commercial trucks, powersports, defense and motorsports.
Rockwell Automation Inc
Rockwell Automation Inc. is a leading global provider of industrial automation controls and information solutions to a broad range of industries. Rockwell Automation is frequently recognized by Ethisphere as one of the world’s most ethical companies, for our innovative technologies and for corporate social responsibility. Rockwell Automation is singularly focused on industrial automation and helping our customers achieve, smart, safe, secure and sustainable manufacturing operations and the productivity necessary to remain globally competitive.
Scout Clean Energy
Scout is a developer, owner and operator of utility-scale wind, solar and battery storage projects, with 1.2 GW of generating capacity currently in operation. Scout is a subsidiary of Brookfield Renewables, and has a 16 GW development pipeline advancing thru various stages of project development. https://scoutcleanenergy.com/
For nearly 75 years, Swagelok has been a trusted resource for your fluid system needs. Here at Swagelok Chicago | Milwaukee | St. Louis we are your local authorized sales and service center. Our team of experts can help design your fluid systems, build them, and even evaluate them for optimization opportunities. This will help keep your team safe, decrease operating expenses, and help eliminate downtime. https://www.chicago.swagelok.solutions/
Syntex NRG is an ecodustrial developer focused on decarbonizing the power, transportation and industrial sectors of the economy through renewable energy, hydrogen, and biochemistry.
The Boldt Company
Boldt is an employee-owned, diversified general contractor operating across America since 1889. Key markets served include energy, industrial/process, manufacturing, and healthcare. In the energy market, Boldt builds traditional, renewable, and emerging technology projects. https://www.boldt.com/
The Chicago STEM Foundation
The Chicago STEM Foundation is a public charity designed to provide support and resources to the Chicagoland community in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and research. It was formed by the National Society of Black Engineers – Chicago with the purpose of demystifying STEM in Chicago.
The Michels Family of Companies
Michels Family of Companies (Michels) is a premier national and international utility and infrastructure contractor headquartered in Brownsville, WI, where we were founded in 1959. Michels has extensive experience in the energy market, which is directly applicable to and can support an array of hydrogen projects.
The University of Chicago
The University of Chicago is a leading academic and research institution that has driven new ways of thinking since its founding in 1890. As an intellectual destination, the University draws scholars and students from around the world to its campuses and centers around the globe. The University provides a distinctive educational experience and research environment, empowering individuals to challenge conventional thinking and pursue field-defining research that produces new understanding and breakthroughs with global impact. For more information, please visit www.uchicago.edu.
Third Eye Network, LLC
Third Eye Network, LLC is an innovative multicultural management strategy consortium serving a diverse multi-sector clientele. With deep domain knowledge in evidence-based management and community wealth building, the agency works to advance social and economic transformation across the U.S.
University of Illinois Chicago
The University of Illinois Chicago is the city’s largest university and its only public Carnegie Research 1 institution. Its 16 academic colleges serve nearly 34,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UIC is recognized as one of the best public universities and one of the most ethnically rich and culturally diverse campuses in the nation, located in the heart of Chicago, it is an integral part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of one of the world’s greatest cities.
University of Illinois System
The University of Illinois System is a world leader in research and discovery, and the largest educational institution in the state with more than 94,800 students, about 26,000 full-time equivalent faculty and staff, and universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield. The U of I System awards more than 24,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees annually.
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
With our land-grant heritage as a foundation, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign pioneers innovative research that tackles global problems and expands the human experience. We are charged by our state to enhance the lives of citizens in Illinois, across the nation, and around the world through our leadership in learning, discovery, engagement, and economic development.
University of Kentucky
University of Kentucky, a flagship university in Kentucky, has various engineering programs and active researchers in energy storage, power electronics, renewable energies, transportation electrifications, and others.https://www.engr.uky.edu/
University of Michigan
Welcome to the University of Michigan, a place with deep traditions focused on creating brighter futures. We invite you to explore the diverse and vibrant community that makes us the home of Leaders & Best.
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering brings together programs in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics and computer science into one college to address some of the most important issues of our time. The college is ranked among the top academic programs in the country and includes 12 academic departments offering a wide range of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
UW-Madison is a land-grant university and was founded in 1848. It has annual research expenditures exceeding $1.4B, which ranks it eighth in the national research rankings for public and private universities.