Profile: Vortex Green Energy

Profile: Vortex Green Energy

Did you know that 20-40% of the energy produced by utilities is wasted? A Sacramento based company called Vortex Green Energy has a solution to this problem by using TriPac Systems’ phase angle synchronization (PAS) technology using machine learning to combat energy...
Mobility Moves Forward…

Mobility Moves Forward…

I Love My Leaf, But… Stopping emissions is important to me.  I spent years in China watching emissions grow.. 40% of CO2 emissions  in California come from transportations and this is why I advocate that for everyone to turn to public transportation or drive a...
Upcoming Roundtable: Being a Small Fish, But Looking Bigger

Upcoming Roundtable: Being a Small Fish, But Looking Bigger

It is never to early to start engaging with quality legal counsel when building your business. Like a monetary investment, small things early pay off greatly over time.  If you are have a startup and think a session with an experienced lawyer may help, sign up to join...
CleanStart 2014 Prize Winner Sunfolding Making Huge Strides

CleanStart 2014 Prize Winner Sunfolding Making Huge Strides

Recently we had a chance to catch up with Leila Madrone, founder and now CTO of Sunfolding, the winner of the CleanStart Prize at the Big Bang in 2014.  Leila and her colleagues had come up with a very clever way to move solar panels so they were pointed as directly...
Lots of New Business Opportunities Identified as Utilities Evolve

Lots of New Business Opportunities Identified as Utilities Evolve

Our May 7 Roundtable took full advantage of our panel of 9 experts and an audience of three dozen.  So many ideas were flying around the room that one participant said it was like drinking from a fire hose.  The clock ran out on this session, but the crowd was very...
RePurpose Energy Scores Another Big Win

RePurpose Energy Scores Another Big Win

Following on the heels of winning the Energy and Resources Category, the RePurpose Team then competed for the overall Grand Prize—and won!  In 2006, the Big Ideas Contest launched at UC Berkeley to catalyze and support an interdisciplinary and diverse network of...
Will Storage Demand in the Electric System Be Smaller than Expected?

Will Storage Demand in the Electric System Be Smaller than Expected?

One of the biggest questions about the future of the utility business is how much energy storage will be required to match the availability of renewable sources to loads on the system.  The conventional view is that a lot will be needed. But it could be the opposite....
Sage advice to Startups at Davis Meet Up

Sage advice to Startups at Davis Meet Up

At the most well-attended MeetUp yet, the audience heard from the leaders of three companies—two seasoned veterans and one newcomer that had decades of research experience.  The focus was not so much on the technology but on the journeys each had taken in their...
Blue Oak Energy Pivots Back to Its Original Role

Blue Oak Energy Pivots Back to Its Original Role

We recently had the chance to catch up with one of the pioneers in the regional clean tech cluster, Blue Oak Energy.  Blue Oak was founded in Davis in 2007 by Tobin Booth to provide some specialized and integrated engineering and project management to developers of...

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