NREL's Industry Growth Forum Brings Together Energy Innovators
October 25, 2012
The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 25th Industry
Growth Forum this week attracted nearly 400 investors, entrepreneurs, scientists and
policymakers to Denver.
The two-day forum highlighted clean energy industry technology and business developments. In
addition to hearing business case presentations from thirty clean energy companies,
including eight Colorado companies, participants participated in a comprehensive agenda
of in-depth panel discussions and networking opportunities.
“There is a necessity to approach our energy issues differently in the future and
this requires high levels of technical and business innovation,” said Bill Farris,
NREL Associate Laboratory Director for Innovation Partnering and Outreach. “This forum
brought together the entrepreneurs, investors and policymakers that are critical to
bringing those innovations to the market for transformational change.”
More than $4 billion has been raised by companies presenting at the Forum since 2003.
Three entrepreneurial companies were singled out from the 30 competitively-selected
presenters to win the 2012 Clean Energy Venture Awards. Award winners will receive in-kind commercialization support to help increase their
chances of becoming commercially successful.
Silver Bullet Water Treatment LLC received the top prize, the Best Venture award.
This Colorado company has developed a cost-effective and environmentally responsible
water treatment solution for cooling towers. The technology can be used in office
buildings, hospitals, data centers and other commercial locations throughout the U.S.
Their proprietary, electrochemical water treatment system eliminates microorganisms
and scale formation without adding any harmful chemicals.
An Outstanding Venture award went to 7AC; this Massachusetts company commercializes
a novel membrane-based liquid desiccant HVAC system that provides cooling in summer
and heating in winter for commercial buildings.
An Outstanding Venture award also went to Carbo Analytics. This Colorado-based company
specializes in automated real-time sugar analysis through a microchip with electrochemical
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For a list of participating companies and sponsors, please visit the Industry Growth
Forum online at http://www.nrelforum.com/.
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