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Flint-based non-profit helps bring clean energy ideas to market, thanks to EGLE grant; grant still open to others

Kuhmute hubAll over Michigan, budding entrepreneurs have ideas for clean energy products and services, but many of them need expert assistance in developing their ideas. Thanks to an EGLE grant, many now have the opportunity to move their projects forward.

Most recently:

  • In Flint, KUHMUTE, a micro-mobility and infrastructure company, is developing an intelligent (or smart) charging station to improve the charging infrastructure for and serviceability of electric scooters.
  • In Southfield, they're working on an innovative way to more completely sanitize hands without harsh chemicals using special LED lighting.
  • In Flint, an entrepreneur is utilizing new solar panel technology to develop a greenhouse concept that both generates electricity and increases crop yields.
  • In Detroit, a company is developing an innovative business concept around producing safe, premium water in Flint using solar energy hydro-panels to extract humidity from the air.

Entrepreneurs at these companies   and others  got assistance from Flint-based 100K Ideas, a nonprofit that helps individuals and small businesses in Michigan usher ideas and innovations from napkin sketch to prototype and market. 100K Ideas is using a $125,000 EGLE grant to provide the assistance.

"Without the help of the EGLE grant and 100K Ideas, it would have been very difficult to get our company off the ground," said Peter Deppe, Co-Founder and CEO of KUHMUTE. "We are able to put these funds to use by deploying our smart charging hub infrastructure in Flint coupled with our test fleet of scooters and ebikes. Testing the deployed network of chargers is paramount to our long-term success, and we are greatly appreciative of these resources."

David Ollila, president of 100K Ideas noted the EGLE grant combined with the 100K Ideas platform  is empowering innovators from across the state to act on their ideas faster and with lower risk. "We are looking forward to plugging in to the network of more Michigan's innovators and uncovering the next great idea in energy."

The grant period at 100K Ideas is still open, and EGLE encourages others with clean energy products focused on energy efficiency and environmental sustainability to apply for help from 100K Ideas. Contact 100K Ideas at or email David Herb with any questions at

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