California Cleantech Open Finalists Announced

50 exceptional startup businesses selected

San Francisco, Calif., July 31, 2007 — The California Cleantech Open (CCTO), Americaís richest cleantech business plan contest, has chosen fifty finalists in the competition that offers more than $600,000 in prizes.

Each winner in the six categories will receive a ì$100,000 Start-Up in a Box" prize package that includes all of the business essentials necessary to help take green technology ideas from a concept to a business.

ìThe caliber of the executive summaries submitted for this yearís contest was exceptional,î said Michael Santullo, Co-Founder and Chair of the CCTO. ìIt was a very tough process for our independent judges to whittle the entries down to the fifty finalists selected. Many fine ideas did not make it to the finals, and we encourage all entrants to pursue their endeavors regardless of their outcome in the competition.î

All finalists are invited to take part in a series of comprehensive entrepreneur summer workshops sponsored by the U.S. DOE, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and additionally receive mentoring services from a group of volunteers including successful technology entrepreneurs and other business experts.

Following formal pitches to judging panels, six winners and six runners-up will be selected and presented with their prizes at the grand final event in San Francisco on October 29th 2007.

Finalist profiles are available at The finalists are:

Air, Water & Waste category ñ Prize Sponsor ENVIRON Foundation:

  • Cascade Clean Energy ñ smart microorganisms for wastewater energy recovery
  • EarthGuard ñ environmentally responsible plastic packaging
  • Exergy Systems, Inc. ñ separation/purification for process chemical and water reuse
  • Friendly Cow Biogas ñ proprietary biogas digesters for rural areas
  • Go Green Go ñ point of sale consumer waste recycling
  • Microvi Biotech, LLC ñ biotech-based water decontamination
  • Nanoaqueonics ñ environmentally safe fabric and automobile care products
  • Vision Energy Corp. ñ carbon-neutral municipal waste to natural gas conversion
  • Waste Not, Want Not ñ waste gasification and carbon sequestration

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

  • Ahwahnee Technology ñ solid state area lighting ñ disruptive alternative to LEDs
  • Aquarian Microsystems ñ microvalve for refrigerant liquids increases efficiency
  • Blue Earth Energy, Inc. ñ low-power refrigeration and cooling from heat capture
  • Civil Twilight ñ intelligent streetlight control system gives virtual moonlight
  • Nila inc. ñ LED stage set lighting for the entertainment industry
  • Progressive Cooling Solutions ñ Micro Loop Heat Pipe cooler for microelectronics
  • SuperBulbs ñ new generation LEDs in light bulb form factor
  • Zee Dynamics, Inc. ñ synthetic rubber and rubber plastic compounding

Green Building category ñ Prize Sponsor Google:

  • BuildFast ñ House Kit ñ low-income and post-disaster housing
  • E-Mod ñ semi-customizable modular home, focused on sustainability
  • Enverity Corporation ñ environmental data management software
  • Morgan Digital Works ñ website for green home improvement plans
  • ReBond ñ recycles post-consumer scrap rubber into new products
  • Redwood Renewables ñ recycles waste tires into solar PV roofing tiles
  • Sustainable Spaces ñ Bay Area home performance & sustainability experts
  • Vertical Landscape ñ load bearing shear walls sustain vegetation

Renewables category ñ Prize Sponsors PG&E, SCE and SDG&E:

  • 1-Solar ñ low-priced long-life inverters for solar PV
  • Ascentool Inc. ñ semiconductor technologies to lower PV module cost
  • Hoda Globe Company ñ clean thermoelectric energy
  • Humdinger Wind Energy, LLC ñ micro wind power from vibrating generator
  • Lite Trough ñ concentrating parabolic trough collectors
  • Sereno Solar ñ building-integrated solar water heating panels
  • SolarAire, LLC ñ solar thermally-driven air conditioning
  • SolarSeal Technology ñ weatherproof building-integrated PV arrays
  • Tahoe Water Systems ñ self-contained solar/wind based water pumping

Smart Power category ñ Prize Sponsor AMD:

  • Blue Joule ñ Energy Gateway: advanced inverter for ìsmart homesî
  • ñ chipset for smart inverters on individual solar panels
  • Euclid Street Technologies ñ distributed thermostat HVAC thermal controls
  • Federspiel Controls ñ wireless supervisory control of HVAC systems
  • Grid Saver ñ residential appliance remote control and monitoring system
  • Lucid Design Group ñ real-time environmental feedback improves energy conservation

Transportation category ñ Prize Sponsor Lexus:

  • barefoot motors, LLC ñ "green" electric all-terrain utility vehicles
  • BGT Biogasoline ñ effective heptanone biofuel, alternative to ethanol
  • High Merit Thermoelectrics ñ converts truck exhaust waste heat to electricity
  • Hum Cycles ñ high performance electric sport motorcycles
  • ICR Advanced Vehicle Engine ñ new lightweight powerplant for trucks and buses
  • New American Energy, Inc., d/b/a Mighty Algae Biofuels ñ farms algae for biodiesel
  • RFT ñ converts farm waste cellulose into methanol, fertilizer and CO2 for sequestration
  • RideSpring ñ outsourced web-based carpooling ñ an alternative commute solution
  • Syncromatics ñ automated vehicle location for transit line efficiency
  • The Last Mile ñ cargo-carrying folding scooter to get commuters to the train station

About The California Cleantech Open

The California Cleantech Open brings together a unique and powerful combination of entrepreneurs, researchers, environmentalists, investors, business professionals and others to create economic growth and environmental sustainability by sparking a clean technology cluster in California. By giving winners early-stage capital and expertise, the competition speeds clean technologies from lab to market. The goal is to foster innovative new businesses focused on energy efficiency, smart power, renewable energy, transportation, green building materials, pollution control and resource management. The competition thrives on the state's strong business and governmental support for innovation, technology and environmental protection to create rich soil for the growth of clean technology enterprises that foster a healthy natural environment. To learn more, please visit:

The California Cleantech Open is sponsored by Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California. The competition is supported by a diverse array of businesses, educational institutions, government leaders and private individuals, and run by a dedicated group of volunteers including business professionals, scientists, environmentalists and entrepreneurs.

Media Contact
Rosalind Jackson
Antenna Group

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