CleanTech Open Winners 2012 Highlights

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On November 8th and 9th, the Cleantech Open 2012 Global Forum was held in San Jose, CA.  In this “Golden Globes” of Cleantech, the latest in national and international entrepreneurs, members of the investment community, corporate partners, the cleantech community, and like-minded business leaders were brought together for the mutual goals of launching successful cleantech companies. 

The mission of Cleantech Open is to find, fund, and foster entrepreneurs with the big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges.

Over 120 cleantech companies and sponsors from across the globe provided information, resources, and acceleration support.  The 1,000+ attendees included investors, business leaders, government officials, and members of the media.  From exploring the exposition floor to celebrating the actual award winners, a grand time was had by all exploring the best and the brightest clean technology ideas from around the world.

Some of winners of the 2012 National Accelerator and Global Ideas Competition include:

HEVT, Grand Prize Winner –  The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team of Virginia Tech is a nationally recognized undergraduate student design team from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech.  HEVT participates in a number of annual competitions and have had extensive involvement with the United States Department of Energy.   To win the 2012 CleanTech competition, HEVT developed a game-changing alternative to induction and permanent magnet motors. HEVT’s switched reluctance motor technologies are poised to empower the next generation of electric motors, making performance leaps with unmatched reliability and reduced cost volatility due to the use of zero rare earth minerals.  Congratulations to HEVT!

Rentricity, Renewable Energy Winner – Rentricity’s value proposition is that they have built a smarter, more sustainable water grid which provides clean, renewable hydrokinetic energy recovery for drinking water, wastewater and industrial infrastructure.  Rentricity works with municipal and industrial water facilities in the Northeast to assist them in generating clean, renewable electricity from otherwise wasted resources. How does it do this?  By providing installations which take advantage of pre-existing flows within municipal water systems, generating clean, renewable electricity from previously wasted resources.  By using 20th century infrastructure and moving it forward with 21st century technology, Rentricity earned high honors at the 2012 CleanTech Open.

SiNode, Energy Efficiency Winner – The advanced Li-ion battery technology provided by SiNode allows smart-phones to last for days and charge up in minutes.  SiNode is a silicon-based anode for lithium-ion batteries which is capable of immense increases in energy capacity with dramatic reductions in charge time.  Its solution-based process requires little more than a high school chemistry set and provides anodes which not only perform better, but they are cheaper and much more environmentally friendly than traditional batteries. SiNode’s anodes represent the future of lithium-ion batteries – capable of immense increases in energy capacity, faster charging, environmentally friendly manufacturing, with a price point comparable to traditional batteries.

From start-ups and technologists with new ideas to investors that can bring them to life, the 2012 CleanTech competition provides an opportunity for like-minded companies and individuals to celebrate CleanTech and enhance the technology innovation chain across the planet.  Thanks to all participants and sponsors for the breakthroughs in technology this competition actively supports.


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