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December 7, 2016 Prieto wins Clean Tech Product of the Year at IQ Awards!
Longmont, CO – Six companies won IQ Awards for innovative products in their respective industries.

May 19, 2016 Prieto and Stanley Black & Decker Collaborate to commercialize superior battery technology
Fort Collins, CO – Prieto Battery, an advanced 3D Lithium Ion battery technology company, today announced a strategic investment from Stanley Ventures, the newly-formed venture arm of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK), a world-leading provider of tools and storage, commercial electronic security and engineered fastening systems.

December 10, 2015 Colorado Startup Prieto Works on a Superbattery
“Battery life continues to be a significant pain point for mobile users,” and Prieto’s model is a step forward, says Wendell Brooks, president of Intel Capital. Prieto says it plans to bring the batteries to market within two years and is in talks with manufacturers. The company’s also licensing its copper-foam-based technology to other companies.nture arm of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK), a world-leading provider of tools and storage, commercial electronic security and engineered fastening systems.

November 3, 2015 Prieto Battery Teams Up With Intel To Advance Rechargeable Battery Solutions In Computing Devices
Fort Collins, CO – Prieto Battery, an advanced 3D Lithium Ion battery technology, today announced its business collaboration with Intel’s New Business Group and initial investment from Intel Capital at the annual Intel Capital Global Summit in San Diego. The primary focus of this collaboration with Intel is to accelerate the introduction of Prieto’s full 3D solid-state battery cell into the marketplace. Specifically, Prieto has agreed to complete a series of milestones designed by Intel and Prieto to demonstrate the company’s battery performance and readiness, with a focus on improving the performance of the battery against size, energy density, and complexity vectors. Intel will be staging their investment to each milestone; and in exchange, Prieto is granting Intel the ability to implement the technology first in computing devices.

October 28, 2015 New Foam Batteries Could Transform Energy Storage
Today’s growing need for energy storage drives the requirement for a radical change in battery design and production. Startup Prieto Battery, spun out of Colorado State University, is focused on all the three major components of the existing battery architecture.

October 25, 2015 New Foam Batteries Promise Fast Charging, Higher Capacity
3-D batteries could be cheaper to make, faster to charge, safer, smaller, and less environmentally toxic than conventional batteries. What’s more, because they can be made lightweight, flexible, and in an almost limitless variety of shapes, they could offer energy storage applications previously unimaginable.

October 5, 2015 How a Place Matters
According to the Smithsonian Institution, Fort Collins represents 21st century innovation, so much so that it is included in an ongoing exhibit in Washington, D.C. “How A Place Matters,” is a new documentary produced by Rocky Mountain PBS and Colorado State University.

July 7, 2015 Invention Hot Spot: Campus and City Combine Their Energies for a Greener Planet in Fort Collins, Colorado
Inventors in Fort Collins are tackling environmental problems by creating clean, sustainable alternatives to existing energy sources. Their solutions promise to improve the quality of life for all of us.

June 29, 2015 Power On: The Latest Battery Breakthroughs
Innovation in handheld devices and increasing demands for alternative energy is pushing battery makers and ion researchers to develop new battery breakthroughs to power the planet.

May 14, 2015 OEDIT Grants Almost $3 Million to Colorado Organizations
These grants fund companies commercializing innovative technologies to create viable products that meet a market need and can be created or manufactured in Colorado and exported globally

April 15, 2015 The Adaptors: An Earth Day Special 
Hosted by public radio veterans Alex Chadwick and Flora Lichtman, “The Adaptors” chronicles how people are adapting to climate change. Adaptors are all around us: from the farmers and coastal-dwellers finding new ways to work and live, to the scientists thinking outside the box about energy… (Dr. Amy Prieto’s interview starts at the 23:00 minute mark).

August 12, 2014 How To Make A Battery More Powerful 
The lithium-ion batteries powering our lives are in need of a major innovation – or a full-on replacement.  But decades of research have produced few viable solutions.  Until now.

December 20, 2013 Colorado awards nearly $3 million to support innovation
Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) today announced the first round of grantees of the Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program.

December 2, 2013 Prieto Nears Prototype Demonstration
Build a better battery, to coin an old phrase, and the world will beat a path to your door.  Fort Collins-based Prieto Battery is working to become that door, and to change how batteries are constructed and perform along the way.

October 24, 2013 Futuristic copper foam batteries get more bang for the buck
Smartphones suffer from the same basic ailment that plagues solar power plants and wind farms—they lack cheap, reliable, long-life batteries to store large amounts of energy for when the sun goes down, the wind stops blowing, or the device is unplugged for a long time.

May 17, 2013 Battery combines Li-ion energy, ultracapacitor power
A new 3D solid-state battery integrates high power and energy storage for electronic device, weapon system, and fuel-efficient vehicle applications

January 14, 2013  13 Battery Startups To Watch in 2013
Here’s 13 rare battery startups working on next-generation manufacturing, chemistry and printing technologies. These battery companies could create innovation that could revolutionize electric cars, the power grid and how we charge up our gadgets and cell phones.

January 7, 2013  Battery ‘Sponge’ Made From Foam Like Copper
The humble battery is crucial for technologies ranging from consumer electronics to electric vehicles. But for all of its necessity, it still has major limits. Batteries still take too long to charge, are full of toxic chemicals and typically last just a few hundred cycles. After that, it’s the landfill.

January 2, 2013 Marketplace/NPR: Scientific method: The search for a better battery
There’s a fair chance you’re seeing this on one of your devices that runs on batteries. Not to sneer at your preferences in phones, tablets, laptops…whatever, but your battery sucks. It cost too much, doesn’t hold enough power, runs down too quickly. Also, it’s bad for the earth, loaded with toxins. (click on player below photo to listen to interview with Alex Chadwick and Dr. Amy Prieto)

September 26, 2012 CSU Gets Charged Up
Knowledge is power. Especially in the case of associate professor in chemistry Amy Prieto. Prieto has been working seven years on developing a battery that will last longer, put out more power and be more environmentally friendly than current batteries.

September 4, 2012 Automotive Engineering International Magazine
Next-generation EV batteries

September 3, 2012 Smartphone battery life: 2 problems, 4 fixes
Battery life on smartphones is generally terrible, and everyone knows it. Here’s why, and who is trying to fix it.

July 31, 2012 President Obama Honors Early-Career Scientists and Engineers
Today, the President met with a group of leading American scientists and engineers in the East Room of the White House to thank them for their research and encourage them to keep up the good work.

July 23, 2012 White House Honors Amy Prieto with Presidential Early Career Award
The White House today honored Colorado State University professor Amy Prieto with a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her work to develop new methods for creating better batteries.

April 24, 2012 Battery Breakthroughs – Car Talk
Amy Prieto is intense. The Colorado State University assistant professor has a lithium-ion battery company that bears her name, and it just might be prepared for a breakthrough in a space that badly needs one.

April 23, 2012 TEDxCSU – Growing Greener Generations
Amy is the founder of Prieto Battery, a local company whose vision is to utilize our next generation battery technology to revolutionize a new electric economy.

January 5, 2012 Infocast’s 2nd Annual 10x Battery Conference
This meeting will profile the breakthroughs and innovations most likely to crack the order-of-magnitude leap in storage performance and cost urgently needed by the electric vehicle and renewable energy industries to bring their solutions fully to scale.

November 2, 2011 Building Better Batteries
Everyone knows the frustration of having a battery die right when you need it. Now researchers have created a new battery with more power, so you can talk, type, or even drive longer. We report on why it really is the battery that keeps going and going, and going.

September 21, 2011 14 Companies Get Chance to Pitch for Funds
14 early-stage companies were picked from a record number of about 130 applicants to appear at the Invest Southwest Capital Conference.

July 20, 2011 Cash needed to make innovative battery run at CSU
When it comes to developing a new lithium-ion battery, Colorado State University’s Amy Prieto has the juice. What she needs is the cash.

June 1, 2011 Research Rock Stars: Storage Star
Amy Prieto is in hot pursuit of the automotive industry’s holy grail – a battery powerful and cheap enough to make all-electric cars the go-to clean energy vehicle.

May 20, 2011 Thinking Small Yields Big Boost In Power
From a small laboratory on the second floor of the Chemistry Building at Colorado State University, Amy Prieto and her team of scientists are trying to lead the electric-car revival.

April 1, 2011 Future of Batteries May Be 3-D
Wired Magazine profiles Prieto Battery, Inc.

March 31, 2011 Video Interview of Dr. Amy Prieto at the American Chemical Society’s 241st National Meeting.
The 3-D Li-ion battery recharges in minutes, rather than hours, and could bring closer the day in which electric cars can recharge as quickly as gas-powered vehicles “fill it up” at the pump. The 3-D format could be the basis for more powerful, longer-lasting batteries for scores of other rechargeable electronic devices.

March 31, 2011 Fast-Recharge, Lithium-Ion Battery Could be Perfect for Electric Cars
The next-generation battery, like next-generation TV, may be 3-D, scientists reported yesterday at the 241st National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

March 30, 2011 President Obama Sets Ambitious Goals to Reduce US Oil Imports
While President Obama was speaking on energy and making a plug for research and development of electric car batteries, Amy Prieto happened to be presenting on that very topic at a conference three time zones away in southern California.

March 24, 2011 Prieto named 2011 ExxonMobil Fellow by American Chemical Society
Prieto, founder of one of Colorado State University’s most prominent startup companies, Prieto Battery, is the one scientist chosen this year out of a national field.

April 23, 2010 Colorado State University’s Amy Prieto, Co-Founder of Prieto Battery, to Talk at Nanotechnology Symposium April 29
Colorado State University’s Amy Prieto, a founder of Prieto Battery, a company that could revolutionize the hybrid/electric vehicle industry, will speak at the university’s Nanotechnology Symposium on Thursday, April 29.

December 15, 2009 Colorado State University Professor Launches New Company to Manufacture Inexpensive, Longer-Lasting Batteries with Higher Power Densities
Colorado State University’s Clean Energy commercialization arm, Cenergy, has co-founded a new company that will manufacture batteries up to 1,000 times more powerful, 10 times longer-lasting and cheaper than traditional batteries – technology that could revolutionize the military, automobile and health care industries.

December 15, 2009 Inexpensive, longer-lasting batteries could revolutionize the military, automobiles, and health care
Colorado State University’s Clean Energy commercialization arm, Cenergy, has co-founded a new company that will manufacture batteries up to 1,000 times more powerful, 10 times longer-lasting and cheaper than traditional batteries – technology that could revolutionize the military, automobile and health care industries.