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Clean and Cool mission competition winners announced

The cleantech companies who will be going to San Francisco on the clean and cool mission for a week are listed below, along with a brief description (scraped from the clean and cool mission website!) of each.  

Numbers 1, 2, 9 and 16 may be of particular interest to the Transport KTN community.

  1. Aeristech (Aeristech has developed a proprietary vehicle electric turbocharger incorporating the world’s fastest accelerating power dense supercharger.  Its low cost 35kW compressor accelerates from steady state to 150,000 rpm in 0.5 seconds, eliminating turbo-lag.  This technology can be used in enhanced engine downsizing to improve fuel economy without loss of performance. Represented by former venture capitalist Nicholas Gill, Aeristech is seeking manufacturers, suppliers and investors to commercialise this technology.)
  2. Cella Energy (Cella Energy makes safe, low-cost hydrogen storage materials that can be used in regular automobile fuel tanks, and works with the existing fuel supply infrastructure. Cella is also developing longer duration portable power supplies for laptops and military power, and radiation shielding materials to protect assets in space. Kevin Brundish, a former Energy Division COO at QinetiQ, wants to showcase Cella’s commercial, competitive and scalable new fuel to interested investors and future exploitation partners from the automotive and consumer electronics markets.)
  3. EnergyDeck (Many small and medium organisations are not able to implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures, according to Benjamin Kott of EnergyDeck, because of a lack of knowledge or budgets for energy audits. EnergyDeck is addressing this problem by providing a free basic version of its powerful resource management tool to these organisations (followed by premium versions for larger customers). The technology uses collective intelligence to make anonymised data available for all users, which allows them to benchmark their organisation's performance and learn about successful measures implemented by others. EnergyDeck will also work on employing advanced algorithms to enable automatic savings recommendations.)
  4. G-volution (Award winning multi fuelling technology; the G-volution ‘OPTIMISER’ aims to facilitate the roll out of future “green” multi fuelling solutions to the HGV sector whilst delivering significant operational benefits, including: reduction in running (fuel) costs; reduction in harmful emissions; proven reliable technology; multi fuel capability)
  5. Green Structures (Green Structures has developed Thermal Accumulators that can store large quantities of heat or cool for later use. Larger installation of thermal accumulators can combine Air Conditioning or Heat Pumps creating ‘Virtual Power Plants’ capable of removing or adding MWhs of demand from or to the Grid and negating the need for new power stations. Green Structures monitors a number of proofs of concept demonstrators, holds a number of patents for the above technology and CTO Tom Lipinski believes this technology will change the way future buildings operate and integrate with the Grid.)
  6. High View Power Storage (Highview Power Storage is a developer of utility-scale energy storage technology, using liquid air as the energy storage medium. Highview’s technology combines proven components from the industrial gas and power generation sectors in an innovative way, producing no harmful emissions. Emma Gibson (Operations Manager for the business) believes the company has been extremely successful in proving the technology at pilot plant scale (300kW), and is now committed to engaging with potential partners with a view to developing commercial (multi-MW) scale demonstration plants.)
  7. Moixa Technology (Moixa Technology has developed hardware/battery/electronics/software (currently in trial) that communicates with smart meters to store energy off-peak or from local solar resources - to power a variable DC-DC power network, smart DC sockets and hubs. The system allows grid-shifting for all DC power lighting/electronics/ICT (which will exceed 45% of domestic load by 2020) reducing peak electricity load, similar to how night storage heaters work. CEO Simon Daniel has led Moixa through several successful funding rounds and is targeting US investors. Patents are pending, but founders previously gained over 10 patents on mobile devices and battery technology.)
  8. Naked Energy (Naked Energy Ltd is developing a solar PVT product called 'Virtu™' - a one panel solution using sunlight so efficiently it produces the same thermal output as conventional panels whilst producing more electricity than stand alone photovoltaic panels.   Christophe Williams, Founder and Managing Director, says that the product can create more energy per square metre at a lower cost than existing technology.  So not only a much quicker return on investment, but with the potential to create a significant drop in carbon emissions – even for a small domestic installation the reduction is as much as 1 tonne each year.)
  9. Oxford Voltaics (Oxford PV has developed a solar cell that: 1) will have extended stability to over 20 years, 2) is simple to manufacture 3) is semi-transparent and available in a range of colours.  The natural, abundant and non-toxic solar cell materials are screen printed directly onto glass so the manufacturing process is simple, cheap and scalable both in size of substrate and production volume. CEO Kevin Arthur believes that this innovation makes real the possibility for large building envelopes to be constructed entirely from electricity generating PV materials.)
  10. R E Hydrogen (RE Hydrogen has developed two distinct technology solutions - a 70% lower cost, efficient electrolyser for low cost hydrogen and oxygen gas production; and a 70% lower cost, highly efficient gas compressor for various gases. These technologies are independent in their respective markets and applications but complementary to each other as a package (protected by multiple patent applications). CEO Dr Amitava Roy states that these two disruptive technological solutions will enable hydrogen and oxygen production, compression and storage at market acceptable prices - where the current products or services are complicated, expensive and inaccessible by mass customers.)
  11. S A Vortex (CEO Syed Ahmed describes SA Vortex as producing the world’s first hand dryer that recycles and recovers energy, hence creating the most energy efficient and cost saving hand dryer without compromising on performance. The Vortex hand dryer only uses 550w of energy to provide a warm air hand drying experience - drying hands in only 10-15 seconds. The energy savings transfer into cash savings for the owner, as by using the quicker hand dryer the costs of electricity is vastly reduced.)
  12. SEaB (SEaB Energy has designed, patented and manufactured a containerised anaerobic digester. MuckBuster™ is a fully automated self-optimising micro anaerobic digestion system, housed in transportable shipping containers and providing PAS110 pasteurisation so that residual digestates can be sold as fertiliser. MuckBuster™ is scalable but typically used on sites producing 0.5 to 2.5 tonnes of biowaste per day. With income from UK Feed-in-Tariffs and Renewable Heat Incentives the modelled payback is 3 years, using 2 tonnes of biowaste per day. According to CEO Sandra Sassow, the unit further reduces carbon emissions by eliminating the transport of waste and dependence on the Grid.)
  13. Seawater Greenhouse (The Seawater Greenhouse provides a low-cost solution by enabling year-round crop production in some of the world’s hottest and driest regions. It does this using seawater and sunlight.   The technology imitates natural processes, helping to restore the environment while significantly reducing the operating costs of greenhouse horticulture.)
  14. VerdErg (VerdErg owns the patents that define the characteristics of the Spectral Marine Energy Converter (SMEC) - the only known renewable energy technology able to produce large scale, environmentally-friendly, electrical power directly competitive with fossil fuels. The Spectral Marine Energy Converter (SMEC) has been developed in-house since 2006 and promises renewable energy down to 5¢/Kwh. Several SMEC patents have been filed worldwide and the earlier filings have now been granted. Managing Director Peter Roberts calls the SMEC a step-up transformer, converting useless high-volume low-pressure flow to useful low-volume high-pressure flow from which electricity can be extracted cost-effectively.)
  15. White Fox (Ethanol is an important part of the energy mix and valued at US$55 billion annually. Capacity is expected to double by 2020 but traditional technologies are energy/water intensive, says Trond Heggenhougen of Whitefox Technologies. Whitefox has developed a membrane-based process that can reduce steam/water consumption by 20-50%. For Brazil this could mean annual cost savings of around US$500 million or US$3 billion in annual electricity revenues. Whitefox has proven the technology in large scale commercial plants and is ready to tap into a large growth opportunity. They are seeking investors sharing similar vision to make a significant return on investment.)
  16. Zeta Controls (Zeta has developed an LED replacement for the 60w incandescent light bulb.   Commercial Director Anthony McClellan describes the Life Bulb as 1) an LED component encased in an aluminium cage, allowing air to flow without overheating 2) only using 9W of energy but having the brightness of 60W, 3) with a lifespan of 25 years when used for four hours a day.  It provides instant light without the warming-up process of most energy efficient bulbs, distributes light through 360 degrees and is dimmable.   Finally, as it doesn’t contain glass or mercury the ‘bulb’ does not need specialised disposal.)

If you're interested in how they get on in California, remember to visit the clean and cool website regularly for articles, the videos and other updates, and follow the hashtags #cleanandcoolmission and #CCM12 on Twitter.

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