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Moses Lake’s SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, which makes the materials used in BMW’s electric cars, will expand production. The firm plans to add two new productions lines at a cost of $100 million.
“The SGL project aligns perfectly with Washington economic development comprehensive plan,” says Brian Bonlender. “It is an ideal example of the cutting-edge industries that we must compete for in order to secure our state’s long-term prosperity in the global innovation economy.” Bonlender is Director of the Washington State Department of Commerce, a WCTA Gold Member.
Source: Puget Sound Business Journal, November 22-28, 2013.
Halosource announced today the promotion of Lisa Wakida, General Counsel & Secretary, to Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary for the company. Lisa joined HaloSource in September 2011. She is responsible for overseeing all legal and regulatory matters for the company. Prior to joining HaloSource, Lisa worked for both Concur Technologies and RadioFrame Networks. Lisa spent much of her early career with several very well regarded law firms in Seattle and Chicago, including Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. Lisa received a B.B.A. with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. HaloSource CEO Martin Coles commented, “We are so fortunate to have such a talented and hard-working member of our Leadership Team. The value of her contributions far exceeds the scope of her role. Lisa puts 100% into everything she does and this recognition is well-deserved.”
By Ben Miller, Puget Sound Business Journal
Airbiquity said its smartphone integration and cloud computing technology will integrate with Nissan vehicles’ displays, switches and voice recognition systems.
“Consumer expectations regarding smartphones, apps, services and cloud content being part of their driving experience are fueling increased interest in connected car features. Airbiquity’s Smartphone Integration solution enables Nissan to meet this demand,” said Kamyar Moinzadeh, CEO of Airbiquity, in a statement. Look for the 2014 Altima to be equipped with Airbiquity technology.
Scientists looking to create a potent blend of enzymes to transform materials like corn stalks and wood chips into fuels have developed a test that should turbocharge their efforts.
The new research is part of a worldwide effort to create fuels from plants that are plentiful and aren’t part of the food supply. It’s possible to do this today, but the process is costly, laborious and lengthy. The findings by chemists and colleagues at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory open the possibility that laboratory research that now takes months could be reduced to days, and that scientists will be able to assess more options for biofuel development than is possible today.
“The ultimate goal is to begin with a plant material like corn stalks, for instance, and to subject it to a cocktail of enzymes that would convert those plants to fuel,” said chemist Aaron Wright, who led the PNNL team. “It takes a series of steps to do that, and the cost has to come down if these fuels are to compete seriously with traditional hydrocarbon-based fuels.”
Wright’s team developed a way to measure the activity of each of the ingredients simultaneously, as well as the mixture overall. Instead of needing to run a series of experiments, each focusing on a separate enzyme, the team runs one experiment and tracks precisely how each of dozens of enzymes reacts to changing conditions.
“Identifying exactly which enzymes are doing most of the work you need done is crucial for making this an economical process,” said Wright. “We’re trying to keep tabs on the precise activity of every enzyme as each goes through a very complex process, as conditions like temperature and pH vary, to measure their activity through each stage.”
Only one law firm is honored as “Law Firm of the Year” for each of the nationally ranked legal practice areas. Perkins Coie was selected based on a combination of the results of client surveys, the high regard that lawyers in other firms in the relevant practice area have for the firm, and information that was provided in response to the law firm survey.
Perkins Coie’s Patent practice has more than 190 attorneys dedicated to patent procurement and patent litigation matters for Fortune 100 and 500 companies as well as leading emerging growth companies. More than 100 of our practitioners are registered patent attorneys before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and many have significant industry experience as practicing engineers or scientists, or hold advanced degrees in their technical fields. Several of our attorneys are former patent examiners at the USPTO or worked as in-house patent counsel at FORTUNE 500 corporations before entering private practice. In the past three years, the group’s efforts resulted in the issuance of more than 4,500 patents and the filing of nearly 9,700 new patent applications in the United States and around the globe. In addition, we regularly represent clients in portfolio analyses, patent acquisition transactions, and intellectual property due diligence matters. Perkins Coie also has one of the largest patent litigation practices in the United States, with nearly 100 full-time patent litigators. We are fortunate to represent a “who’s who” of the world’s leading semiconductor, software, computer, mobile device, Internet, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and medical device companies in patent cases in district courts throughout the United States and in the International Trade Commission.
HaloSource, the clean water technology company and Industrial Dewatering International, LLC (IDI) today announce a new partnership to distribute the HaloKlear® line of environmental water technology products to oil and gas industry companies in Texas and New Mexico.
The technology will enable customers to achieve significant cost savings by choosing green solutions rather than doing business conventionally. Using HaloKlear® will allow on-premise water to be recycled with no settling time rather than the much higher cost off-site treatment options.
Martin Coles, President and Chief Executive Officer of HaloSource commented, “It is exciting to enter the multi-billion dollar oil and gas industry with our clean water technology. This has been a major objective for us which we are delighted to have achieved. Our biopolymer-based technology matched with IDI’s technical, application and mobility knowledge will deliver economically competitive solutions utilising greener chemistries. Understanding and positively impacting the effects of the water-energy nexus is directly in line with our core value of delivering solutions that protect our most valuable resource.”
Ronnie Vinson, Chief Executive Officer of IDI added, “The opportunity to bring green chemistry to this industry with such an innovative company like HaloSource is significant. Our partnership truly represents a new era in the methodologies utilized today in the recovery of valuable oil and hydrocarbons from waste streams, while providing recycled water that meets regulatory compliance requirements for water quality standards in re-use applications. Together, we are changing the way the oil and gas industry handles contaminated water.”
By Taylor Soper, Geek Wire
The City of Seattle is putting a new meaning to the word recycle.
Plans are in the works for the city to take excess energy from data centers to power what’s called a district heating system. Essentially, Seattle wants to use heat generated at a centralized location and spice it up with some modern technology. If approved, the new system would move the extra energy from data centers to a district heating system, which would then provide heat to buildings in the South Lake Union area.
The city is in discussions with Washington Clean Technology Alliance Gold member, Seattle Steam, a utility company called Corix and local developers to use excess energy from data centers at the Fisher Plaza and Westin Building Exchange. That system could potentially heat up Amazon’s new towers at its headquarters in South Lake Union.
Read the original article here.
Update to Global Cleantech Cluster Association Later Stage Awards.
The Global Cleantech Cluster Association is pleased to announce its Global Top 30 for the 2013 Later Stage Award. The finalists will now be judged by 28 cleantech venture capitalists, investors and serial entrepreneurs who collectively manage $3.5 billion in clean technology investment. Winners in the 10 Later Stage Award categories will be announced at theCorporate Cleantech Venture Day in Lahti, Finland on November 20, 2013.
WCTA Gold Member, 3TIER, is one of three finalists in the Cleanweb/IT category. Congratulations! 3TIER helps the global energy market manage renewable energy risk. A pioneer in wind and solar generation risk analysis, 3TIER uses weather science to frame the risk of weather-driven variability – anywhere on earth, across all time horizons. With offices serving North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific region, 3TIER has global reach with products and services spanning renewable energy project feasibility, energy marketing, and asset management.
Another WCTA member, Silicon Energy is one of three finalists in the Solar and Wind category. Congratulations! Silicon Energy, in 2007, was the first certified PV module manufacturer in the State of Washington, and it was not by accident. Internationally renowned inverter manufacturer, Outback Power, based in Arlington, Washington, recognized the opportunity to deliver a similarly world class solar PV module to the market. Feed-in tariffs were being introduced in the State of Washington to promote economic stimulus and jobs in the solar market, and these tariffs would fuel the start-up of Silicon Energy.
Every year, U.S. households, institutions, factories, and farms throw away so much garbage, yard trimmings, crop residues, and other organic wastes that, if turned into a source of energy, it could power almost every urban truck and bus fleet in the nation. This fuel, called “renewable natural gas” (RNG) or “biomethane” is interchangeable with fossil natural gas but has distinct advantages over it. Wastebased natural gas generates close to zero greenhouse gases on a well-to-wheels basis, produces almost no health-threatening particulate emissions, and its production requires no drilling! By throwing away all manner of organic wastes, Americans have actually been destroying a vast renewable fuel feedstock while also draining public budgets.
This Guide (Renewable-Natural-Gas-Community-Guide) has two overall goals: The first is to clarify the distinct and significant contribution that waste-based natural gas can make in reducing U.S. dependence on oil – primarily for transportation fuel. The second goal is to provide communities with the steps they can take to turn their residential and commercial organic wastes, and possibly the organic wastes generated locally into a clean, secure, money-saving fuel solution.
WCTA member, Biomethane in Lynden Wa., is already testing the possibilities of producing RNG from farm waste. While current technologies to produce biomethane from farm waste are generally too expensive for all but the largest farms, Biomethane offers a cost-effective biological process for the biodigestion of dairy waste into fuel. So far, the Vander Haak Dairy in Washington is selling RNG fuel made from its dairy waste to the Bellair Airporter Shuttles which will use the fuel to power its route from Vancouver B.C. to Sea-Tac, WA. (Welcome Biomethane)
The Puget Sound Business Journal noted that WCTA member A&R Solar was one of the fastest growing companies in Washington State. A&R Solar ranks 42nd on the list published in October 2013.
The company reported revenues of $2.355 million in 2012, an increase of 172.88% over 2010. The company has 12 employees.