CleanTech OC Daily - 10/3/12

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

In Wave Energy, Oregon Races to Catch Up to Europe
The start of a legitimate wave-energy industry can be found in Oregon as the U.S. works to catch up to Europe. At a conference in Portland last week, there were obvious signs that Oregon’s government, universities and private sector are collaborating on a long-term plan to use the state’s ocean swells to create power. In a European-dominated industry, Hawaii and California are also joining Oregon in laying the groundwork for a wave-industrial complex that could pose serious competition to Europe.

A new 'frozen air' battery system could address the problem for solar and wind when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing. The battery system uses energy from peak production times to chill air to a liquid state, and then when needed, vaporizes the liquid and uses the released energy to turn turbines. Peter Dearman, an inventor in the UK originally developed his "cryo-power" technology for vehicles, but his efficient renewable energy storage technology may be better used in solar and wind applications.

The Cleantech Group revealed its Global Cleantech 100 list for 2012. The list recognizes “the one hundred most promising and innovative companies in areas such as energy efficiency, biofuels & biochemicals, smart grid, renewable energy, water and waste, and transportation,” as well as those the expert panel believe are “most likely to make a significant market impact over the next five to ten years.” Download your copy of the list here:

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