About Us

Electro-Active Technologies was spun out of Oak Ridge National Laboratory based on research done under funding from DOE-EERE BioEnergy Technology Office awarded to ORNL under the CHASE (Carbon, Hydrogen and Separations Efficiency) FOA. Co-founder Abhijeet Borole had been working in the area of bioelectrochemical systems for many years and had the idea to use microbial electrolysis to use biofuel waste in order to make hydrogen for use in the process. Co-founder Dr. Alex Lewis was brought in as a PhD student to help advance this technology, and through this work they developed a system capable of converting almost any organic waste stream into protons and electrons using a robust 'electroactive' microbial community. The success at laboratory-scale sparked the founding of Electro-Active Technologies in August of 2017 by Dr. Alex Lewis and Dr. Abhijeet Borole. At this time, biorefineries were still struggling to develop, and so Electro-Active Technologies turned their attention to a more pressing problem and opportunity: food waste.

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Activities and Awards

Electro-Active Technologies selected for CleanTech Pitch Competition and Award Show - Low Carbon Generation

Electro-Active Technologies selected as finalist for Startup Day 2020

Electro-Active Technologies pitches as part of DOE LEEP Demo-Day 2020

Co-founder Abhijeet Borole speaks on waste to value panel at CleanTech 2020

Panel Discussion on Renewable Hydrogen Technologies - A webinar organized by Boundless Impact

Electro-Active licenses organic waste to hydrogen technology

Electro-Active pitches at IndieBio Demo Day #8

Electro-Active Technologies selected as winner in this year’s TechConnect Innovation Awards

Electro-Active Technologies invited to participate at CES 2019 in collaboration with ENGIE and NREL


Electro-Active Technologies selected for 2018 NREL Innovation Showcase

Co-founder Abhijeet Borole featured in Biofuels Digest for renewable hydrogen

Electro-Active Technologies Co-founders featured in Phys.org article