About the CalTestBed Program

We support diverse entrepreneurs to drive innovation and build equity into the global clean energy economy

Our approach


New Energy Nexus is working with our partners at the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) to coordinate an unprecedented  collection of assets, facilities, infrastructure and resources. Commitments have been signed by UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz, and LBNL representing nearly 30 eligible testbeds. The team will also build the organizational capacity of additional testbeds throughout the state, and connect with others nation-wide.


Public and private testbed resources in California will be organized under a single, unified CalTestBed Network that will standardize entrepreneur-facing services, develop best practices, and collaborate on developing a robust pipeline of long-term, sustainable public and private funding for California’s clean energy testbeds beyond the term of this program.

Solicit and Evaluate

Applications will be solicited from entrepreneurs throughout the state, and  $8.8 million worth of vouchers will be distributed to up to 60 voucher recipients with clean energy prototypes with a TRL between 5-7.

Develop and Deploy

An innovative Uniform Contracting Mechanism (UCM)—including Standard User Agreements, Standard Terms and Conditions, and a Voucher Recipient Agreement— will be designed to streamline the process of contracting and invoice management by and between New Energy Nexus, Entrepreneurs, and multiple campuses and testbeds.


Applicants will be guided through the solicitation, review, selection and consultation processes  developed collaboratively by New Energy Nexus, the University of California Office of the President, and the California Energy Commission. Successful entrepreneurs will develop their Statement of Work in consultation with a principal investigator, and will conduct their testing at a participating facility.

Manage and Assist

A powerful customer engagement process has been developed to connect entrepreneurs with major target customer groups—colleges and universities, school districts, hospitals, equipment vendors, utilities and the state of California itself in order to catalyze the development of pilot and demonstration projects, and to speed the deployment of clean energy innovations.


Broad outreach will be conducted to ensure that California’s underrepresented communities veteran, minority, women, rural, low-income, and DAC-owned companies are informed about voucher opportunities to maximize diverse leadership in innovation and meet the energy needs of all Californians.