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Cleantech Open Announces 2010 Competition National Semifinalists

104 Teams Have Been Selected From Across Five Regions; After Completing a Summer of Intensive Mentoring and Business Training, These Teams Will Compete for More Than $1 Million in Prizes and the Prestigious National Cleantech Title

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - June 15, 2010) - The Cleantech Open (www.cleantechopen.com) business competition announced that 104 semifinalist teams have been selected to represent their respective regions in the world's biggest cleantech business competition. The semifinalists were selected from a talented pool of more than 270 cleantech entrepreneurs from across the country that submitted applications earlier this year.

These teams will compete for regional prizes of up to $50,000 in cash and in-kind services, with between three and six of them advancing to compete at a national level for a grand prize of $250,000 in cash and services. Over the next few months, each team will receive expert coaching from the Cleantech Open's network of talented mentors, one-on-one consulting with specialists, an intensive business boot camp at the Cleantech Academy, plus networking opportunities and support through numerous events, training, and development materials.

Finally, each will develop a business plan and investor pitch for presentation to a panel of professional investors and experts. The National Awards ceremony -- the "Academy Awards of Cleantech" -- takes place November 17, 2010.

"This year's entries are more numerous and more innovative than ever," said Rex Northen, executive director of the Cleantech Open. "Semifinalists will receive help with everything from grant-writing to public relations -- and the winners will walk away with a valuable 'Startup in a Box' of cash and business services. The network of Cleantech Open volunteers can now engage to realize the potential of these talented entrepreneurs."

All told, the 2010 Cleantech Open competition offers more than $1 million in total prizes, and with its "100K Jobs Challenge" aims to create 100,000 green-collar jobs in America by the end of 2015.

The semifinalists for the 2010 Cleantech Open Competition, by region, are:

CALIFORNIA REGION
Air, Water & Waste category
Biogas & Electric, La Mesa, CA
Enova Water, Irvine, CA
Enventix, San Jose, CA
Fog Busters, Mill Valley, CA
Mango Matls, Palo Alto, CA
Rentallic, San Mateo, CA
SierraWave Tech, Corona Del Mar, CA

Energy Efficiency category
Berkana Technology Group, Richmond, CA
Enovative Kontrol Systems, Venice, CA
Firebird Composites, San Francisco, CA
Hug Energy, San Francisco, CA
Leva Energy, Santa Clara, CA
Suntulit, Fremont, CA
Tripos Software, El Cerrito, CA

Green Building category
Amberix, San Mateo, CA
Bellwether Materials, San Francisco, CA
ChloroFill, San Diego, CA
Eco-GreenGlass, Kennesaw, GA
Skanden Energy, San Diego, CA
Stramit Strawboard, San Mateo, CA
TylerCo, Newport Beach, CA

Renewable Energy category
GreenPiper Technologies, Davis, CA
Halotechnics, San Francisco, CA
Nascent Solar Technologies, Pasadena, CA
Nuru Energy, Maple Grove, MN
Pure Solar, Oakland, CA
Viresco Energy, Riverside, CA

Smart Power category
CalSunergy, San Jose, CA
Extreme Capacitor, Monterrey Park, CA
Intuitive Energy, Redwood City, CA
RR Energyworks, Sausalito, CA
SmartSense, Oakland, CA
StorWatts, San Jose, CA

Transportation category
ACME Renewable Fuels, Palo Alto, CA
Aperia Technologies, Stanford, CA
GoTek Energy, Ojai, CA
Motiv, San Mateo, CA
Pressure Sentinel, Los Angeles, CA
Team TransPower, Escondido, CA
Twill Tech, Palo Alto, CA
Virtual Vehicle Co., Berkeley, CA

NORTHEAST REGION
7Solar, Woburn, MA
Clean Energy Innovations, Fall River, MA
Culture Fuels, New York, NY
Element 14, Cambridge, MA
Green Mountain Spark, Burlington, VT
Heavy Lift Systems, Amherst, MA
HydroGEN Technologies, Boston, MA
New Power Labs, Marshfield, MA
O Sole Mio, Chestnut Hill, MA
OnChip Power, Boston, MA
PepperDash Energy Solutions, Allston, MA
PowerHydrant, Westwood, MA
Quixote Wind Associates, Lexington, MA
Solar Machines, Boston, MA
V Squared Wind, West Roxbury, MA
Zero Carbon, Rockport, MA

NORTH CENTRAL REGION
BioCee, Minneapolis, MN
Blue Planet Strategies, Madison, WI
CORE, Madison, WI
Direct Drive Energy, Lowden, IA
EarthClean, Minneapolis, MN
Easy Energy Systems, Welcome, MN
Emission Control Solutions, Pomona, KS
Energy Control Technologies, West Des Moines, IA
Environmental Technologies, Mankato, MN
Grain Life Technologies, Des Moines, IA
Graphene Solutions, Platteville, WI
IrriGreen Technology, Minneapolis, MN
New Water, Minneapolis, MN
PNR Greenhouses, Des Moines, IA
Silicon Solar Solutions, Rogers, AR
SynGest, Waukee, IA

NORTHWEST REGION
Arcimoto, Eugene, OR
Aquapulser, Seattle, WA
Clarian Power, Seattle, WA
Columbia Power Technologies, Corvallis, OR
Current Motor Co., Ann Arbor, MI
CyVolt Energy Systems, Seattle, WA
EnVitrum, Seattle, WA
Greenstone International, Seattle, WA
Hydrovolts, Seattle, WA
Innovatus Energy, Toledom WA
LaserMotive, Kent, WA
Mercurius Biofuels, Ferndale, WA
Nanocel, Seattle, WA
Puralytics, Portland, OR
viaCycle, Atlanta, GA
Zebigo, Spokane, WA

ROCKY MOUTAIN REGION
betterengines, Fort Collins, CO
BioVantage, Golden, CO
DenDroCo, Helena, MT
DIAL Emissions Monitoring, North Logan, UT
eQsolaris, Los Alamos, NM
Go Natural CNG, Woods Cross, UT
Greenwall, Rio Rancho, NM
H.O.T. Water Company, Salt Lake City, UT
infiniRel, Frisco, TX
INOTEC, Salt Lake City, UT
NDCPower, Cheyenne, WY
PCMI, Longmont, CO
pureSilicon, Clifton, NJ
Verdant Earth Technologies, Tuscon, AZ
VolumeWind, North Logan, UT

Cleantech Open Sponsors
The Cleantech Open is made possible by the generous support provided by Global Partner: Chevron; and, in California, Platinum Sponsor: PG&E; Gold Sponsors: Autodesk, The Cleantech Circle, Google, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati; Silver Sponsors: Accretive Solutions and RoseRyan; and Program Sponsors: California Clean Energy Fund, Ernst and Young, and Korn/Ferry International.

Useful Web resources
Cleantech Open blog -- Facebook -- LinkedIn -- Twitter: @cleantechopen

About the Cleantech Open
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 clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled hundreds of clean technology startups to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helped alumni contestants raise over $260M, and created an estimated 1,200 green collar jobs. Fueled by a network of more than 600 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. For more information, visit www.cleantechopen.com, and follow @cleantechopen on Twitter.