Startup profile: florrent

Founded in 2020, florrent has developed a range of ultracapacitors made using regenerative biomass rather than fossil fuels or imported coconuts. The Massachusetts-based startup was established by Jose LaSalle, Joe Hastry and Alex Nichols with the ultimate goal of supporting the global transition to renewable energy.  Company mission:  “Our core mission is to contribute to […]

Deal spotlight: florrent leans into the social impact of green materials

ImpactAlpha, September 15 – Investments in battery storage technologies are on pace to reach $40 billion, double last year’s level. Alternative storage solutions, like ultracapacitors, claim less attention. But in the clean energy transition race, ultracapacitors have the potential to store and dispatch large volumes of energy more quickly than batteries. Massachusetts-based startup florrent raised […]

Exclusive: florrent raises $2.1M to store energy with hemp

Alan Neuhauser, author of Axios Pro: Climate Deals Materials developer florrent closed a $2.1 million pre-seed round to develop high-tech ultracapacitors made from hemp, the company tells Axios exclusively. Catch up fast: Ultracapacitors store and release energy faster than a conventional battery. They’re also expensive. What’s happening: florrent has developed an ultracapacitor made from hemp instead […]

Press Release: florrent Raises $2.1 Million to Produce Bio-Derived Ultracapacitor Activated Carbon

Massachusetts-based start-up’s breakthrough energy storage technologies bolster electrification and decarbonization Amherst, Mass. (September 7, 2023) – florrent, an advanced materials company developing high-energy density ultracapacitor technology, has secured a $2.1M Pre-Seed round to further its transformative energy storage solution. The round was led by MassVentures, with participation from MassMutual Catalyst Fund, AIN Ventures, Tale Venture […]

Catalyzing a $15 Billion Revolution: The Future of the Ultracapacitor Market

Unlocking Unprecedented Energy Density with florrent’s Hemp Biomass Activated Carbon Technology Introduction: DOE Storage Innovations 2030 The Ultracapacitor Report, developed under the Storage Innovations 2030 initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), focuses on advancing ultracapacitor technology to enhance energy storage capabilities and drive down costs. This DOE report references developments in the industry […]

florrent: Success Story

Carbon-sequestering ultracapacitors bolster electrification To understand why ultracapacitors like the ones florrent makes matter for renewable power grids, imagine an average weekday. Between 5 and 7 pm, thousands of office workers in your city go home. When they get there, they turn on the lights and climate control, start cooking dinner, and start loads of […]

Alumni Entrepreneurs Receive Fellowships To Address Climate Change

UMass Amherst alumni and cleantech startup CEOs Jose LaSalle and Kaitlyn Suarez have received entrepreneurial fellowships from Activate Global Inc., a nonprofit founded by entrepreneurs, scientists and investors to support science in addressing climate change. The first UMass Amherst recipients of the fellowships are florrent co-founder and CEO Jose LaSalle, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in […]

Cleantech is on the rise. Here are the local startups we’re watching.

Greater Boston is known as a hub for climate-tech companies. And in the last few years, the entrepreneurs in the field have raised their game. They’re looking beyond the challenge of building electric vehicles — they’re thinking about how to ensure widespread adoption by making charging easier and more affordable. They’re using 3D printing to replace carbon-intensive […]

florrent ‘Sequesters Carbon and Sequesters Wealth’ with Hemp-based Ultracapacitors

As a child, Jose LaSalle dreamed of becoming an inventor. When his family hit hard financial times and lost access to gas, his entrepreneurial spirit found its mission: advancing “ecologically harmonious” energy while supporting a just energy transition. LaSalle went on to study electrical engineering and materials science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His lived experiences […]