Los Angeles, CA – June 5, 2018— EY has announced that Julien Uhlig, CEO of Arensis, is a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2018 Award in Greater Los Angeles. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Julien Uhlig was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges. Award winners will be announced at a special black-tie Award gala on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills.
“It is a great honor to be an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award finalist in the Greater Los Angeles area- thank you EY,” said Julien Uhlig, CEO of Arensis. “When we set up our headquarters at LACI in 2016, we did so to make an economic impact for the region and to utilize the incredible resources at the incubator to advance our operations in markets around the world. It has proven to be extremely successful and we are now well on our way mobilizing the future of decentralized energy globally.”
Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in the UK, Germany, Austria and Hong Kong, Arensis helps customers around the world reduce energy costs, monetize waste streams and manage energy consumption and demand. The company has already made tremendous global impact under the guidance of Uhlig. Biomass to energy units, engineered by its German technology subsidiary, Entrade, fit inside a 20-foot shipping container and have been deployed around the world including parts of England, Scotland, Japan, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Puerto Rico and India, as well as a demo unit in Los Angeles. In addition to providing low cost energy solutions to industry, Arensis enables necessary grid alternatives for disaster relief. Following Hurricane Maria, Arensis was among the first to provide aid, deploying its off-grid energy solution to remote areas of the island. The unit is now in the Fajardo region supplying power to the Fajardo Inn where it will utilize waste streams from hurricane debris and locally grown biofuels.
Arensis has also partnered with Schneider Electric (see video) to enhance global operations and Entrade’s position as the most advanced Micro – Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system on the market.
“As one of LACI’s portfolio companies, we are incredibly proud of the work Arensis and their CEO Julien Uhlig have done to help with disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria,” stated Matt Petersen, President and CEO of LACI. “Congratulations to Julien on being a finalist for the Entrepreneur Of The Year award!”
Now in its 32nd year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National competition. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 10, 2018. The awards are the culminating event of the Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the U.S. by SAP America, the Kauffman Foundation and Merrill Corporation.
In Greater Los Angeles, local sponsors include Gold sponsor: Tangram; Silver sponsors: Avison Young, Ballard Spahr LLP, Cresa, HighTower – Acacia Wealth Advisors, and Woodruff-Sawyer & Company; Media sponsor: C‑Suite Media; and PR sponsor: Olmstead Williams Communications.
Arensis, an international provider of distributed energy systems, provides waste to energy solutions based on the world’s most advanced biomass gasification technology in the market. The E4 and recently launched E5 systems each generate 50kW of electricity and 120 kW of thermal energy and fit in a 20-foot shipping container for easy and fast deployment around the world. When combined and stacked together, Arensis power systems can supply several megawatts of energy completely off grid and can be installed in weeks, not years. The units are built for primary baseload generation, producing 24/7 energy by converting both organic and inorganic waste materials into renewable Combined Heat Power and Cooling (CHPC). Arensis has been one of the fastest growing decentralized energy providers in the world, deploying more than 150 units and raising $50 million since 2016.
The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is a private non-profit organization helping to accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies and ensuring an inclusive green economy by unlocking innovation, transforming markets and enhancing community. Founded as a cluster-driven economic development initiative by the City of Los Angeles and its Department of Water & Power (LADWP), LACI is recognized as one of the most innovative business incubators in the world by UBI. In the past six years, LACI has helped 73 portfolio companies raise $184M in funding, $220M in revenue, create 1,700 jobs, and deliver more than $379M in long term economic value. For more information, please visit http://laci.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @LACIncubator.
About Entrepreneur Of The Year®
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Laurie Peters, LACI Communications Director