About Us

HyCarb, Inc. is a Florida-based, for-profit, woman-owned small business, headquartered at the University of Central Florida Business Incubator in Research Park. HyCarb is developing leading-edge batteries, super-capacitors, fuel cells, solar panels, sensors, catalysts, filters and transistors.

HyCarb uses graphene and carbon nanotube technologies to deliver safe, efficient, state-of-the-art products and systems for advanced nano-materials and energy storage systems. HyCarb aims to create enough value for carbon-based products that there is no need to burn fossil fuels or waste carbon dioxide out of our smokestacks and tailpipes.

Our Story

There is a global need to move beyond polluting energy and integrate renewable energy technologies into everyday life. HyCarb, Inc. is creating the next-generation energy harvesting, energy storage, and efficient energy end-use products.Our technologies utilize the innovative, functional benefits of nanotechnologies (graphene and carbon nanotubes) to make devices that scale into any size product from microchips to utility-scale renewable energy systems. Micro-scale energy generation and storage capabilities are necessary for the emerging wearable electronics and “Internet of Things” sensor markets, which are estimated to become ten trillion unit industries within the next 20 years.

Macro-scale renewable energy systems are needed to ensure energy security and reliability for current and future generations. HyCarb, Inc. has an exclusive license for three patents from the University of Central Florida (UCF) that utilize graphene aerogels and conducting polymers.

With these patents, HyCarb, will make organic solar panels, thermal electric circuits, super-capacitors, batteries, fuel cells, sensors, and filters.Now, HyCarb is making five new anodes and five new cathodes to be fabricated into prototype batteries that store renewable energy.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to leave the world a better place for our children and future generations, by eliminating our Carbon Footprint on the planet by the year 2020.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to find uses for Carbon that are so valuable that it makes no sense to waste it out of our smokestacks and tailpipes.

Our Team

Sigrid Cottrell : Chief Executive Officer

Sigrid Cottrell

Chief Executive Officer

Sigrid Cottrell is a professional business woman that gained her understanding of sales, marketing, branding, public relations, client care, team building, and business strategy through many successful years of residential and commercial real estate sales in Florida, Colorado, and California. A testament to Ms. Cottrell’s success was her ability to help her clients buy and sell over $100 Million worth of properties.

After seeing the complacency of people’s reaction to the Fukushima catastrophe, Ms. Cottrell’s desire to leave the world a better place for future generations caused her to look for areas within society that had to change. Ms. Cottrell decided that the energy industry, sustainable agriculture, educational system and human development were areas that needed the most improvement in order to give our children a fighting chance for an abundant lifestyle.

Since energy, in the form of electricity and fuel, touches every aspect of society, Ms. Cottrell chose to become CEO of HyCarb, Inc. to create a company that has the potential to eliminate our “carbon-footprint” on the planet. Ms. Cottrell has a special gift for bringing the most talented people and best resources together to build a successful business from an idea.

Andrew Heath : President

Andrew Heath


Andrew Heath is a visionary ahead of his time. Mr. Heath started looking for solutions to air pollution in early 1987, after seeing pollution in the snow pack of Colorado. At Cornell University, he was able to find his first information about hydrogen fuel during the summer of 1987. Mr. Heath started networking in the hydrogen fuel arena during February 1991, at the 1st Annual National Hydrogen Association conference. Since 1991, Mr. Heath remained immersed in the research and development of advanced materials for all types of renewable energy technologies.

The thousands of hours invested in continued education and entrepreneurial training has allowed Mr. Heath to see the full potential of the graphene and carbon nanotechnology for which HyCarb has the exclusive, all-fields-of-use patents, and be aware of the many opportunities for HyCarb, Inc. to become a leader in the development and distribution of next-generation energy harvesting equipment, energy storage devices, and new advanced sensor technologies.

Dr. Lei Zhai : Advisory Board Member

Dr. Lei Zhai

Advisory Board Member

Associate professor Lei Zhai gained international attention three years ago when he developed “frozen smoke,” a new material made out of nanoparticles and which belongs to the family of the lightest solids in the world. A spongy substance that could be mistaken for packing material has the nanotechnology world buzzing. University of Central Florida Associate Professor Lei Zhai and postdoctoral associate Jianhua Zou have engineered the world's lightest carbon material in such a way that it could be used to detect pollutants and toxic substances, improve robotic surgery techniques and store energy more efficiently.

When asked, “What is the one thing you want people to know about you or your work?” Dr. Zhai stated, “As we embrace new technologies and appreciate the pleasure, excitement and convenience in the 21st century, unprecedented challenges including excessive consumption of materials and energy, environmental degradation, and global financial crisis call for all aspects of efforts to improve the global sustainability. Improving the material performance during the operation is one of the major endeavors to surmount these challenges. Our research goal is to develop materials that are thousands times smaller than human hair, yet can self-assembly into micron scale building blocks to construct flexible and efficient electronic devices.”

Zhai joined UCF in 2005 after he completed his post-doctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has a master’s degree in Chemistry from East Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. Zhai has written dozens of peer- reviewed articles, has obtained six patents and is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. He is the recipient of National Science Foundation CAREER Award.

Dr. Zhai is president of American Chemical Society Orlando Section. He focuses a lot on reaching out to children in K-12 because they are our future.

Glenn Rambach : Advisory Board Member

Glenn Rambach

Advisory Board Member

Glenn Rambach is a recognized leader in the advanced energy research sector since 1974. Motivated by the need for energy independence, security, and clean energy systems, his research has included diesel combustion systems, laser fusion, hydrogen production and storage, fuel cell system designs and integrated renewable energy systems using storage.

Mr. Rambach has developed optimization methods for design and operation of intermittent renewable energy systems where energy storage provides on-demand power, and his 5-kW wind-solar-hydrogen-fuel cell facility still operates at the University of Nevada, DRI in Reno. Mr. Rambach has worked as a research engineer at Stanford University and spent 20 years at the Livermore and Sandia National Labs.

Previously, Mr. Rambach served as Director of Engineering at Texaco Ovonic Fuel Cells, Director of New Technology at Tenneco Automotive. Most recently, Mr. Rambach completed R&D contracts supporting a nuclear company and a defense contractor in the areas of hydrogen economics, very large scale hydrogen production and transport, and synthetic hydrocarbon fuels.

Early in his career he led experimental research in the fundamentals of combustion at Stanford and the Sandia Combustion Research facility. Mr. Rambach has written numerous papers and given presentations on technical, policy and strategy issues for advanced energy devices, systems and marketing. He has two solid oxide fuel cell patents, is the inventor of a high-pressure cryogenic hydrogen fuel tank and is a co-developer of the first x-ray laser. Mr. Rambach received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly University and his MS in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University (Thesis on Fundamentals of Emulsified Diesel Fuels).

John Eckstein : Advisory Board Member

John Eckstein

Advisory Board Member

John A. Eckstein focuses on the general representation of technology-based companies and venture capital funds, investors, investment bankers, financial advisors and financial institutions. He works often with complex legal structures in entity and project financings; however, lately he has often represented private business owners in the exit sale of their companies.

John provides advice regarding integrated legal strategies for board-level challenges faced by all kinds of companies. He is interested in the application of technology to the business of energy and is actively involved in legal and public policy aspects of energy, biomedical and IT/software.

Areas of Practice: Corporate, general; Nonprofit corporations; Mutual ditch companies; Joint ventures; Mergers and acquisitions; Finance; Securities; Delaware corporate law; Licensing intellectual property; Medical devices; Brewing and breweries; Broker dealers; Investment advisers; Professionalism; Lawyers

Local Organization Memberships: American Bar Association, Colorado Bar Association, Denver Bar Association, Licensing Executives Society, Brewers Association, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, Colorado BioScience Association, Better Business Bureau of Denver/Boulder, Inc.