Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hydrovolts Named 2010 Cleantech Open Semifinalist

Hydrovolts named a 2010 Cleantech Open semifinalist
Monday night, for the second consecutive year, Hydrovolts was named a semi-finalist in the Cleantech Open. The announcement came Monday evening in the Puget Sound Energy building in Bellevue, Washington at a convivial event attended by members of the local entrepreneur, investor, and cleantech communities.

Last year Hydrovolts was one of the winners in the Pacific Northwest Region and went on to win the National Sustainability Award at the finals in San Francisco.

Leading this year's Hydrovolts team are Brian Peithman, Director of Engineering, and James Marvin, Director of Field Operations and Business Development. Hydrovolts continues to focus on irrigation canals and other constructed watercourses for initial turbine deployments, but also sees great value in applying the Flipwing technology to military applications where distributed renewable energy provides many benefits to national security and saves lives.
James spoke for the team in accepting the award:

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

Byron McCann
CTO Co-chair Byron McCann leads the Pacific Northwest CTO

Audience and PNW CTO Awards announcement
Entrepreneurs, investors, professionals and others filled the room

The program provides the infrastructure, expertise and strategic relationships to turn clever ideas into successful global cleantech companies. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has enabled hundreds of clean technology startups to bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition, helped alumni contestants raise over $260M, and created an estimated 1,200 green collar jobs. Fueled by a network of more than 600 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America’s cleantech sector a thriving economic engine. For more information, visit and follow @cleantechopen on Twitter.

Burt Hamner, Brian Boatman and Geir Hansen
Hydrovolts CEO Burt Hamner chats with Brian Boatman
and Geir Hansen of Silicon Valley Bank

Hydrovolts is one of 16 semifinalists in the Pacific Northwest and one of 104 semifinalists from 22 states and 91 cities across all 5 regions of this year's competition. Good luck to our fellow semifinalists!

PNW CTO Semifinalists
Pacific Northwest CTO Semifinalists
James Marvin and Brian Peithman at right

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