The seven regional finalists of the Cleantech Open’s California region have been announced. These seven finalists, chosen from a group of 39 semifinalists, will represent California in the national competition, which is also being held in California, in November. The Cleantech Open is a national competition for cleantech startups from around the country, and aims to support the growth of small cleantech business in the US.
Kiverdi from San Francisco won in the Air, Water and Waste category, which covers everything from air and water purification to recycling methods. Kiverdi’s award came from its gas-consuming microbes that turn waste gas into oil-based products. In the Energy Efficiency category, LoadIQ of Reno, Nevada, took the lead with its energy management software that determines how energy is used itemizes bills to reduce consumer’s rates. EnFocus Engineering of Sunnyvale, California, won in the Green Building category for its zero-carbon light that provides energy for buildings via sunlight.
B2U Solar from San Jose, California, won the Renewable Energy category with a concentrator collector that uses solar energy to heat fluids without needing direct sunlight. The Smart Power category prize, which is awarded to entries dealing with smart grids and energy control and storage, was won by ECO Catalytics of Davis, California, with their process for developing a material deposition process that cuts fuel-cell platinum costs by 95%. Finally, Gridtest Systems from Calabasas, California, won in the Transportation category, with their EV infrastructure tools, which would provide automated testing of EV charging stations.
Joining the seven finalists at the national competition will be May-Ruben Technologies from Minden, Nevada, the winner of the Regional Sustainability Award for having the most effective triple-bottom-line business scaling approach. May-Ruben Technologies is the developer of a thermal heat pump that can make industrial processes like heating, cooling, drying and evaporation more energy efficient.
Each team has won a “Startup in a Box” prize, worth $20,000 in cash and services, and all eight will go on to compete in the national competition for a $250,000 grand prize.