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Cleantech Open

October 28, 2010 09:00 ET

'Academy Awards of Clean Technology' Showcases 2010 Cleantech Open National Finalists

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - October 28, 2010) -  

  • Top cleantech entrepreneurs from around the nation convene in San Jose to compete for the 2010 national prize in the Cleantech Open finals.
  • This year's National Awards Gala showcases the boldest cleantech innovation from ambitious entrepreneurs to engaged investors, venture capitalists, and prospective green-technology customers.
  • Technology innovations cover photovoltaics, wind energy, HVAC efficiency, electronics cooling, wastewater treatment, energy storage, biofuels, and other clean-green tech.

The Cleantech Open -- the world's largest clean-technology business competition -- has announced the complete list of cleantech startups that will compete for the grand prize at the Cleantech Open National Awards Gala and Expo to be held in San Jose on November 17.

"The upcoming National Gala and Expo represents a unique opportunity for clean-technology investors and industry pundits to meet tomorrow's cleantech success stories," said Rex Northen, executive director of the Cleantech Open. "We have proved that our formula for identifying and grooming viable cleantech ideas is a winner, with numerous alumni companies now enjoying commercial success due, in large part, to the mentoring and exposure they received through the program."

National Cleantech Open winner will be announced on November 17
In March of this year, 271 teams across five regions submitted entries and were selected to compete in the 2010 Cleantech Open. 81 of those teams made it to the semifinals, with 18 now in the running at this year's finals. Each of these regional finalists will receive a prize package worth $30,000 in cash/investment and services. One company from each region is also named the regional winner and receives an additional $10,000 in cash/investment and services. The national winner receives a $250,000 prize package of investment and additional services.

Representing the California region:

  • FogBusters -- revolutionary technology for removing fat, oil and grease (FOG) from wastewater. (
  • Pressure Sentinel -- automatic tire inflation system that eliminates the problem of underinflated truck tires. (
  • Pure Solar -- laser-processing tool to produce an industry-standard c-Si wafer to increase efficiency for photo-voltaic cell manufacturers. (
  • SmartSense -- real-time fault detection, fault prediction and performance monitoring for electrical grids.
  • Stramit Strawboard -- converts low-cost agricultural waste into high-value building board. (
  • Suntulit -- smart, multi-zone HVAC system enhancement for homeowners with central forced-air systems. (

Representing the North-Central region:

  • EarthClean -- biodegradable, non-toxic fire suppressant system that can be used in existing firefighting equipment. (
  • Silicon Solar Solutions -- improves the energy output and lowers the cost of silicon-based solar power cells. (
  • Xolve -- technologies that increase the practical application of nanomaterials in coatings, composites and energy generation and storage. (

Representing the Northeast region:

  • 7Solar -- drastically reduces the huge amount of energy used to heat and cool buildings. (
  • OnChip Power -- fully-integrated, high-efficiency power supplies. (
  • V-Squared Wind -- redefining wind power through advanced wind-turbine technology.

Representing the Pacific Northwest region:

  • Arcimoto -- ultra-efficient mobility solutions to catalyze the shift to a sustainable transportation system. (
  • Nanocel -- turns recycled soda bottles into liquid-cooling solutions for the computer, server, medical, and military industries. (
  • Puralytics -- environmentally friendly photochemical technology that purifies water, removing petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. (

Representing the Rocky Mountain region:

  • InfiniRel -- early-warning system capable of predicting failure for inverters used at solar energy sites and wind farms. (
  • INOTEC -- activated reactor technology that removes metals and inorganic waste from wastewater more effectively and at less cost than competing technologies. (
  • PureSilicon -- game-changing storage technology that could reduce server energy consumption by up to 75% and cut floor space at data centers by 93%. (

The 2010 Cleantech Open competition offers more than $1 million in total prizes and aims to create 100,000 green-collar jobs in America by the end of 2015 with its "100K Jobs Challenge." Currently, 22 states participate in the Cleantech Open program, and over 30 states are expected to contribute companies to the program in 2011.

The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by Global Partner: Chevron; Global Foundation Partner: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; National Sponsor: Autodesk; Multi-Regional Gold Sponsor: Wells Fargo. The California region is additionally supported by Platinum Sponsors: Pacific Gas & Electric and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati. The North Central and Rocky Mountain regions are additionally sponsored by Platinum Sponsor Faegre & Benson. The Pacific Northwest region is additionally sponsored by Platinum Sponsor Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

The Cleantech Open is the world's largest cleantech business competition. Its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. The program provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships to turn ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has helped hundreds of clean technology startups bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helping alumni contestants raise over $280M and creating an estimated 2,000 green collar jobs. Fueled by a network of more than 750 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America's cleantech sector a thriving economic engine. Cleantech Open websiteblogFacebookLinkedInTwitter: @cleantechopen.

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