The Clean Tech Open (CTO), a business plan competition that will provide more than $1 million in prizes for early-stage clean technology startups, recently announced the finalists for its 2010 competition. The finalists, by regional competition, are listed below. You can also view a list of the semifinalists here.
These finalist teams will now be competing at the national competition, which will be awarding a grand prize of $250,000 in investment and services on November 17, 2010.
- FogBusters, Inc. – Revolutionary technology for removing fat, oil and grease (FOG) from wastewater
- Suntulit – Smart, multi-zone HVAC system enhancement for homeowners with central forced-air systems
- Stramit Strawboard – Converts low-cost agricultural waste into high-value building board
- Pure Solar – Laser-processing tool to produce an industry-standard c-Si wafer to increase efficiency for photo-voltaic cell manufacturers
- SmartSense - Real-time fault detection, fault prediction and performance monitoring for electrical grids
- Pressure Sentinel – Automatic tire inflation system that eliminates the problem of underinflated truck tires
North Central Region
- EarthClean – Creator of a biodegradable, non-toxic fire suppressant system that can be used in existing firefighting equipment
- Graphene Solutions, Inc. – Technologies that increase the practical application of nanomaterials in coatings, composites and energy generation and storage
- Silicon Solar Solutions - Improves energy output and lower cost of silicon-based solar power cells.
North East Region
- OnChip Power – Bringing integration to power electronics
- 7Solar – Energy Independence, one building at a time
- V Squared Wind – Wind technology
Pacific Northwest Region
- Arcimoto – Builder of a fun and cost-effective electric vehicle for the around-town drives that typify most vehicle use
- Nanocel Inc. – Revolutionizing the cooling of electronic devices with its microfluidic polymer cooling system that can cool specific areas that generate the heat
- Puralytics – Maker of unique water purification devices that remove all types of pollutants in a single step without using chemicals or producing waste water
Rocky Mountain Region
- infiniRel – Assures renewable energy service providers of maximum equipment uptime at the lowest service cost through predictive data analysis and maintenance scheduling support
- INOTEC – Distributes electrons to microbes in a manner that provides them with energy to more efficiently transform and remove contaminants found in waste and drinking waters
- pureSilicon – Addresses growing electrical use by computer servers