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California Clean Tech Open Finalists

One of the biggest opportunities to put your best foot forward as a new clean tech start-up is to be a finalist in the California Clean Tech Open. The business plan competition is a spring board into the attention needed to generate funding for a project to try it cheap 25mg cialis get it off the ground. Past finalists have been able to rustle up over $70 million in VC funding over the last two years. And while statistics show that 90% of new businesses fail in their first year, a huge 84% of CCTO alumni are still viable businesses, proving the significant weight the buy cialis where competition holds. There are six categories a finalist can call under – Air, Water & Waste; Energy Efficiency’ Green Building; Renewables; Smart Power; and Transportation. All categories are broad enough to catch the incredible creativity of entrants. Over 100 Executive Summaries were submitted, but only 44 made the cut. And the nominees are:

Air, Water & Waste category – Prize Co-Sponsor Grundfos

  • Clean Coal Inc.: “Removes contaminants from coal”
  • Over the Moon Diapers: “High performance reusable diapers and service network”
  • Porifera: “Carbon nanotube membrane for reverse osmosis desalination”
  • PURE-T: “Salt free water softener using nanobeads”
  • Purite: “Zero-energy chemical-free whole house water filtration”
  • SequesCO: “Microbial CO2 capture and conversion to biofuel”
  • Waste Water Works (WWW): “Microbial wastewater treatment also generates electricity”

Energy Efficiency category – Prize Sponsors PG&E, SCE and SDG&E:

  • Atomic Precision Systems Inc.: “New semiconductor process for ultra-cheap LED lighting”
  • Enovative Group: “Smart pump for hot water circulation”
  • NexChem: “Energy-saving process improvement for zinc galvanizing”
  • Transoptic: “Solar energy assistance for conventional water heaters”
  • Viridis Earth: “Domestic HVAC retrofit to improve efficiency”
  • WicKool: “Energy efficient water recovery for existing rooftop air conditioning”

Green Building category:

  • BottleStone: “Ceramic stone countertops include 80% recycled glass”
  • en-vis-age: “Green, modular and customizable buildings”
  • Green Design Systems: “Straw wall building panels”
  • “Home improvement website for green products and services”
  • GroundSource: “Residential geothermal system with installation services”
  • ISTN: “Eco-friendly building insulation”
  • Parco Homes: “Manufactured green (zero net energy) home kits”
  • Solar Red: “Low cost rooftop PV installation system and components”
  • Team Wawa: “Water-conserving shower system”

Renewables category – Prize Sponsors Google, PG&E, and SCE:

  • Covalent Solar: “Organic thin film solar concentrators”
  • Focal Point Energy: “Solar thermal water heater for industrial processes”
  • IEM Applications: “Landfill methane accelerated recovery”
  • Renewable Fuel Technologies: “Agricultural waste biomass converted to Green Coal”
  • Solar Ice: “Solar powered ice maker”
  • Solindis: “Optical solar concentrator for thin film PV”

Smart Power category – Prize Sponsors AMD and Siemens TTB:

  • 1ARC Energy: “Higher capacity lithium-ion batteries”
  • Cooler: “Carbon calculator to allow B2B targeted advertising in LOHAS”
  • Energy Empowered: “Home display and control to levitra online without prescription reduce standby power usage”
  • Enverity Corporation: “Greenhouse gas tracking and compliance”
  • Power Assure: “Data center energy management software service”
  • Renewable Voltage: “Treats organic waste to provide hydrogen and energy storage”
  • Tangerine Network Devices: “Home energy display and control”

Transportation category – Prize Sponsor Lexus:

  • AAA Fleets:“Turnkey electric vehicles and solar charging systems for fleets”
  • E-Chargers: “Plug-in hybrid charging station”
  • ElectraDrive: “Gas to electric drivetrain auto conversion”
  • Electric Drive Research: “Plug-in/gas hybrid 2 person, 3 wheel sports car”
  • ElectronVault, Inc.: “More efficient traction battery for hybrids”
  • Enhanced Vehicle Acoustics: “Flexible engine sound generator for quiet cars”
  • FuelMotion: “Series hybrid conversions for the developing world”
  • Goose Networks: “Hosted dynamic scheduler for carpools/vanpools”
  • Philo Fuel: “GPS-based audiovisual cues to help drivers optimize fuel efficiency”

The finalists compete for a "Start-Up in a Box" prize package worth $100,000. The package provides essentials that help the projects move from concept to full-blown business – no small beans! We’ll find out the winners on November 6, 2008. Stay tuned.


Thanks to Earth2Tech for the great coverage and the image.

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written by Clinch, July 23, 2008
To be honest, most of these ideas/companies don't sound that great, and seem a bit gimmicy.
Great environment for innovation
written by Gustavion, July 23, 2008
Although some of these ideas do seem poor, there is soft gel viagra tablets no doubt a gem or two. Overall, I like how these ideas link business and the environment. In the future, it will be essential for consumers to best way to use viagra purchase goods that benefit the environment and the individual.
written by Ricky, September 26, 2008
There are six categories a finalist can call under – Air, Water & Waste; Energy Efficiency’ Green Building; Renewables; Smart Power; and Transportation. All categories are broad enough to catch the incredible creativity of entrants. Over 100 Executive Summaries were submitted, but only 44 made the cut.
Grassroots revolutions are always best
written by Carol, January 15, 2009
The California Clean Tech Open shows once again that revolutions from the ground up always work best. These ideas far surpass those that are being shoved at citizens by their governments or by large corporations, and many will probably be co-opted by either government or big biz once they prove successful.

Keep it up folks -- I look forward to reading about next year's award winners!
Ultra Clean Coal
written by Ultra Clean Coal, January 19, 2009
There are so many technologies to clean-up the air.Clean Coal Inc.: “Removes contaminants from coal” and the environmental revolution is coming from the clean coal...very important article.

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