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Demystification of the Asian Development Bank

This Business Opportunities Seminar is designed for U.S. manufacturers, suppliers, project developers and consultants to learn how to bid successfully on consulting and infrastructure projects supported financially by the Asian Development Bank in forty-two Asian development countries.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) was created in 1996 to improve the living standards of its 67 member countries. By wisely targeting investments such as loans, grants, and expertise to countries such as India, China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, and others spanning the Pacific Islands and Central Asia, the ADB is able to help create a world in which everyone can share in the benefits of sustained and inclusive growth. The objective is to alleviate poverty by promoting private sector development/operations, good governance and capacity development, gender equity, knowledge solutions, and partnerships. Key sectors include infrastructure, environment, transportation, agriculture, finance sector development, and education. Despite the need for infrastructure improvement, the Asia and Pacific region contributes one-third of global output and over half of global economic growth. In fact, growth in the region is forecast to grow moderately at an average of 6.3% in 2014-2015. In 2013, ADB assistance totaled $21.02B, including $14.38B financed by ADB and $6.65B in co-financing.

Speakers include:

  • Ambassador Robert M. Orr, Asian Development Bank, Manila, the Philippines
  • The Honorable Jim McDermott, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
  • Mr. John Brislin, Director, Seattle Regional Office, Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Ms. Sandra Edwards, Regional Manager, Export Solutions Group, U.S. SBA, Office of International Trade
  • Mr. Sam Kaplan, President, TDA, Private Sector Liaison Officer of the World Bank, Seattle
  • Mr. Doug Kemper, President and CEO, Export Finance Assistance Center of  Washington
  • Ms. Margaret Keshishian,Director, U.S. Commercial Service Liaison Office, ADB, Manila, the Philippines
  • Mr. Amr J. Qari, Senior Procurement Specialist, ADB, Manila
  • Mr. Craig Steffensen, ADB, North American Representative Office, Washington, DC
  • Mr. Rob Wilson, President, Emission Technologies, Inc.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Seminar   Registration begins at 8:00am, Program 8:30am-4:30pm

K&L Gates LLP, 925 Fourth Avenue, Suite 2900, Seattle, WA  98104

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

One-on-One Meetings at the USEAC, 2001 6th Avenue, Suite 2600, Seattle, WA  98121

Contact Bob Deane at 206-553-5615 x 225 for one-on-one meetings with:

Ms. Keshsihian and Ms. Santos, Mr. Amr J. Qari, or Mr. Steffensen

Cost:                     $65.00 per person, $85.00 at the door, registration fee includes lunch on Monday


Deadline to register:  Thursday, July 31, 2014

Important program support comes from:

  • Ex-Im Bank of the United States
  • Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington
  • K&L Gates LLP
  • Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle
  • Washington State China Relations Council
  • Washington State Dept. of Commerce
  • Washington State District Export Council
  • U.S. Small Business Administration


Alternative Fusion Technologies Heat Up

helio_logo title_stacked_LinkedJul 24, 2014 |By M. Mitchell Waldrop and Nature magazine *The full article includes reference to Tri Alpha Energy and General Fusion.

Helion Energy in Redmond, Washington is developing a linear colliding-beam reactor that would be small enough to be carried on the back of a large truck. The Helion reactor will fire a steady stream of plasmoids from each side into a chamber, where the fuel is crushed by magnetic fields until fusion begins. Within one second, the fusion products are channelled away just as the next pair of plasmoids hurtles in. “The analogy we like to make is to a diesel engine,” says the company’s chief executive, David Kirtley. “On each stroke you inject the fuel, compress it with the piston it until it ignites without needing a spark, and the explosion pushes back on the piston.”

Helion has demonstrated the concept in a D–D reactor with plasmoids that fire once every three minutes, and it is now seeking $15 million in private financing over the next five years to develop a full-scale machine that could use D–T fuel to reach the break-even point, when it generates as much energy as it takes to run. The company hopes that its reactor could eventually reach the hotter conditions needed to fuse deuterium with helium-3, another combination that produces only α-particles and protons, with no neutron by-products.

Kirtley is optimistic about the money. “There is a giant market need for low-cost, safe, clean power,” he says. “So we’re seeing a big push in the private investment community to fund alternative ways to generate it.” And if the fund-raising is successful, says Kirtley, “our plan is to have our pilot power plant come online in six years.” Read more here.




Gov. Inslee asks Business to Help Shape Climate Policy

By Brian Mitgee, Association of Washington Business, July 24, 2014.  Original story here.

Gov. Jay Inslee discusses his climate change and carbon reduction initiatives with AWB members Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at AWB’s Olympia office.

July 24, 2014 (Olympia, WA) – Gov. Jay Inslee came to AWB earlier this week to share with the business community his perspectives behind his climate initiative. Carbon reduction is a cornerstone of Inslee’s administration, and he made the case that innovating toward a low-carbon future can boost Washington’s economy.

That message was met with questions and skepticism by AWB members. They asked how can Washington maintain a competitive footing if rules imposed to reduce carbon emissions cause the costs of energy, fuel, and other business operations to rise. Read More…


Boeing Donates $100,000 to Wildfire Relief in Central Washington

Washington Clean Technology Alliance Platinum Leader Boeing CompanySEATTLE, July 25, 2014 – Boeing [NYSE:BA] today announced a donation of $100,000 to provide immediate aid and relief to families affected by the wildfires currently burning in Central Washington. The donation will go to the American Red Cross as they assist residents who have lost their homes or been evacuated from the fire zones.

825Washington Wildfires“Our thoughts are with all our neighbors in Central Washington who have been impacted by the wildfires,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner. “We’re proud to make this donation to the American Red Cross as their crews help residents start healing and rebuilding.”

“As the Red Cross helps those affected by the wildfires, we are extremely grateful for Boeing’s support, which allows us to shelter, feed and provide health and mental health services to the hundreds of residents who have been forced to evacuate their homes,” said Dawn Angelo, regional chief executive, American Red Cross Western Washington Region.

Boeing is committed to giving back to the communities where the company’s employees live and work. In 2013, Boeing, along with its retirees and more than 81,000 employees in Washington, contributed more than $53 million to organizations across the state.


Energy from biofuels can match crude oil levels

By Andy Tully, originally published by

The beauty of biofuels is that they don’t pollute. After that things can get ugly.

First, biofuel, an oil made from plant tissues, doesn’t generate as much energy as an equal amount of crude oil. And the oil is difficult to refine because it contains too much water and is acidic.

That’s about to change. Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands report that they’ve developed a way to improve the quality of the oil even before it reaches a refinery. As a result, they say, biofuels can pack even more punch than crude oil and rivals the energy found in diesel fuel.

The Twente researchers say they’ve developed a catalyst of sodium carbonate on a sheet of aluminum oxide crystals. They add this catalyst to the biomass oil that’s been heated in nitrogen to 500 degrees Celsius (932 degrees Fahrenheit). This can nearly double the biofuel’s energy content from 20 million joules to between 33 and 37 million joules per kilogram.

The fuel can be improved further with the addition of cesium, an alkaline metal element, and sodium carbonate. “By doing so, we can, for instance, also reduce the aromatics, which are harmful when inhaled,” Seshan said. Read More…


Breakthrough on Polling a U.S. Carbon Tax

carbon_emission-300x225A surprising but frustrating obstacle to carbon tax progress has been opinion polling. It took years for pollsters to even ask about a carbon tax rather than (or in addition to) cap-and-trade proposals. Even when that changed, little or no context was provided about possible uses of the revenues. Asking “do you support a carbon tax?” without at least hinting at possible revenue uses was akin to asking “Where should we land this punch?”

A revenue-neutral carbon tax, in which all tax revenue would be returned to the public as a rebate check ["dividend"], receives 56% support. The largest gains in support [relative to opinion on a carbon tax w/o revenue mention] come from Republicans. Read More…


Rooftop solar panels just got easier to install in Washington State

Solar power being generated in Ellensburg, WashingtonThe state Building Code Council has unanimously approved a change in state law to allow installation of simple rooftop solar power systems without review by an engineer.

This change should reduce project costs by $500 to $2,500 and eight weeks of review time previously experienced by homeowners, state Department of Commerce officials said.

An emergency rule approving the change went into effect July 1. The council is expected to approve the permanent rule in November after public hearings and formal rulemaking.

The building code change had the support of Northwest Solar Communities, a coalition of jurisdictions, utilities, industry partners and citizen groups working to make rooftop solar systems more affordable.



Healthcare and Energy Business Development Mission

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Business Development Mission to Japan and South Korea 

October 19-23, 2014

For more information or to register:

An Exciting Opportunity to Expand Your Business in Asia

Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will lead a Healthcare and Energy Business Development Mission to Asia with stops in Japan and South Korea from October 19-23, 2014. This business development mission will promote U.S. exports to Asia by helping U.S. companies launch or increase their business in the healthcare and energy sectors. In both countries, the governments and private sector are investing significant money to develop both sectors.

Business Development Missions organized by the Department of Commerce provide a unique opportunity for businesses interested in exploring export opportunities overseas. Participating U.S. companies will meet with prescreened potential partners, agents, distributors, representatives, and licensees. The agenda will also include meetings with high-level national and local government officials, networking opportunities, and country and industry briefings.


WCTA Begins Working with State to Quantify Cleantech

WA Cleantech Study Task Force 2 We know cleantech is important in our state–it’s time to figure out how important it is.

To begin figuring this out, the WCTA has helped to convene a task force of expert stakeholders to get a grip on this hard-to-define sector.  At the WCTA offices on July 22, 2014, the process began.  Included in the task force were representatives from the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Washington State Department of Revenue, Washington State Employment Security Department, the Economic Development Council of Seattle-King County, and the WCTA.  Two WCTA Board members joined the conversation:  Board Chair Steve Gerritson and Richard Locke of the Washington State Department of Commerce. Read More…


Hydrobee Wins Innovative World Technologies Award at the SXSW V2Venture Competition

HydrobeeJuly 16, 2014, SEATTLE, WA – Hydrobee SPC won the Innovative World Technologies award at the SXSW V2Venture conference and business pitch contest on July 16, 2014 in Las Vegas.

Hydrobee Stream Body - Model“We are glad the judges recognize the huge impact our product can have on people’s lives,” says Burt Hamner, co-founder and President of Hydrobee. The small Hydrobee turbine battery harvests renewable energy from any natural energy source, including water pipes, rivers and streams, wind, fire, sun, bikes and muscles. It puts out USB power for phones, LED lamps, or any USB device. Equipped with a text messaging chip for remote on-off control, the Hydrobee will be sold via Pay-As-You-Go micro-financing so a billion people who live off the grid can have a renewable energy source for phones, lights, tablet PCs, and more.

To see Hydrobee founder Burt Hamner’s award winning 2-minute pitch presented at SXSW V2V, visit
V2Venture is a fast-paced pitch event geared to take the most innovative startups through a rigorous review and rehearsal process before unleashing them on a live audience and panel of esteemed judges. More than 200 companies submitted to present at V2Venture, and five finalists were selected in five different categories including: Education Technologies, Health Technologies, Mobile and Tablet Technologies, Culture and Entertainment Technologies and Innovative World Technologies. Read More…

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