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Necessity Gives Rise to a New Company

Necessity Gives Rise to a New Company

In 2006, a solar developer had a problem.  It wanted to win the bid to cover the roof of the Staples Center in Los Angeles with PV panels.  But like many arenas, the roof wouldn’t bear much weight and more importantly, the owner wanted to be sure the installation...
StartupSac Founder Spotlight: Ryan Barr of RePurpose Energy

StartupSac Founder Spotlight: Ryan Barr of RePurpose Energy

By Jeff Bennett of Startup Sac.  Blog on StartupSac. Ryan Barr is the co-founder and COO of RePurpose Energy, a Sacramento area cleantech startup that reuses electric vehicle batteries to store solar energy. Ryan started his career as a management consultant for...
Sierra Energy Moves Up to the Big Leagues

Sierra Energy Moves Up to the Big Leagues

By now the news has spread that FastOx waste gasification system innovator Sierra Energy in Davis has scored a new $33 million investment (see the press release).  That in itself is a big deal.  Sierra has made great strides in generating interest and enthusiasm in...
TripHammer: Energy Storage Power Plants

TripHammer: Energy Storage Power Plants

Although California has a grid rich with renewable power sources, it has a hard time handling the volatility inherent to renewables and the new demands coming from electricity users. Solar, for example produces all of its energy during the day at non-peak hours. With...
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...
Orange is the New Bike: JUMP Bikes in Sacramento

Orange is the New Bike: JUMP Bikes in Sacramento

If you are familiar with transit you know one of the biggest issues is the last mile problem.  How do people go the last mile from mass transit to their destination?  Cities have spent millions trying to fix this problem, with public bike share programs. Well, now...
Highlands Power Making Waves in Clean Mobility

Highlands Power Making Waves in Clean Mobility

What is the most delicious electric motor in the world?  It could be the “pancake”. Also known as the Axial Flux Motor, it is considered the most efficient and powerful types of electric motor, but also one of the hardest to successfully build. Building an axial flux...
Profile: Box Power

Profile: Box Power

UPDATE: Box Power CEO, Anglos Campus named to Forbes 30 under 30 list! What started as a project at Princeton University, in response to the Port au Prince Earthquake in Haiti has evolved into an emerging business with the goal of bringing clean, affordable energy to...
Helios Altas Hits New Milestones

Helios Altas Hits New Milestones

Remember sitting outside at EcoFitness (on one of the hottest days of the year) hearing Mike Carroll talking about his Powerball small hydro technology at our June 21 MeetUp?  remember his excitement about being close to having a microgrid going operational in the...
Profile: SPIN – Kinetic Storage

Profile: SPIN – Kinetic Storage

Storing electricity has always been a huge problem and one now that is commanding a great deal of attention as more and more of the power available on the grid from renewable sources is hard to control.  There are two ways to store energy. Chemical and kinetic. Most...

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