Startup Leaptran Helps Universities Decrease Energy Usage in its Buildings

Updated: Apr 24, 2021

Leaptran, a startup that came from The University of Texas at San Antonio's (UTSA) commercialization and innovation program, is able to remotely manage the energy usage of selected campus buildings. COO, Edward Hooks, explained the company is focused on "commercial buildings that typically consume more than 70 percent of total electricity usage in a city."

Christine Burke, director of the UTSA Office of Commercialization and Innovation, explained that “developing a remote energy monitoring feature will only grow in importance given the COVID-19 pandemic.” UTSA used the technology in its Multidisciplinary Studies Building in winter, 2019 and was able to decrease its energy usage by 9% by optimizing its energy management.

The startup won the international Smart 50 Award for its energy monitoring and control system for buildings in 2019. The Smart 50 Awards, in partnership with Smart Cities Connect (SCC), the Smart Cities Connect Foundation, and US Ignite, annually recognize the world’s top 50 most transformative smart cities projects each year.