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  • johndmo 12:17 am on June 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Los Angeles Cleantech Calendar 2016 – June 

    Green LAVAWelcome to the June, 2016, Cleantech Calendar of events for entrepreneurs, start-up executives, investors, service professionals and community leaders around Southern California and beyond. These are the events, conferences and programs that focus on clean energy, sustainable development, reducing environmental impacts and highlighting progress. Check back periodically for updates. On tap this month:  California Water Summit, CTC’s Presentation on Pollination, VERGE Hawaii and LAVA’s First Look LA at local innovation.  Go listen, learn and participate!

    June 1 – 2 – The United States will host the seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) in San Francisco, California, on June 1 & 2, 2016. The Clean Energy Ministerial is the follow-up meeting to the COP21 U.N. Convention of Parties climate change talks last December in Paris. The participating energy ministries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Westin, St. Francis, San Francisco

    June 1 – 3 – At Infocast’s 3rd California Water Summit, network and join the discussion with key regulators, municipalities, utilities, developers, investors, financiers, water technology companies, and other stakeholders in California water. There is still an enormous shortfall in the funding needed to fully meet California’s existing and estimated future water needs – and so public sector stakeholders will need to find alternative solutions to meet their water goals. Assessing new opportunities & projects and meeting key players from across the water value chain is especially critical at this juncture. Westin, Sacramento

    June 6 – 9 – Sustainable Brands is home to over one million business leaders who are reshaping the future of commerce worldwide. As the demand for new products, services and business models that deliver purpose and profit continues to soar, brand leaders who are tapping into this shift are thriving in the face of uncertainty. Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego

    June 8 – 10 – ACI presents the 3rd National Capitalizing on Grid-Scale Energy Storage: Energy Storage as a Practical Reality – Working toward Maturity and Building Value in a Developing Market Systems. Cost effective energy storage yields better asset utilization as well as the reduction of environmental damage from traditional energy generation, and now is becoming a reality due to economic and technological advances in bulk energy storage systems. Discover the significant market opportunities for energy storage, including government policy and regulatory initiatives, new requirements for transmission and distribution of power in electric markets, increased utilization of distributed energy systems and the integration of storage into smart grid platforms. DoubleTree Newark-Fremont

    June 10 – The 1st BC Green Power Forum.  Forme parte del 1er Foro Generación de Energía BC Green Power 2016 que reúne a los principales jugadores del sector energético en la Mega-Región.  Oportunidades para las tecnologías energéticas innovadoras abundan en Baja California. Asistir al primer Foro Generación de Energía donde las autoridades , empresarios y expertos en el sector de la energía , donde van a dirigir los debates sobre las oportunidades de generación de energía. El Santuario Diegueño, Tecate, BC, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

    June 15 – 16 – Energy Storage Update 2016 is the only event in the United States focused exclusively on the commercialization of storage, to help you bring your technology to market and win lucrative projects. This is your chance to network with key utilities, leading policy makers, financiers, developers and those at the cutting edge of technological development to define your future strategy. Hilton San Diego, Mission Bay

    June 21 – 23 – Introducing Grid Edge World Forum 2016: A conference and exhibition building on the growth and success of Greentech Media’s Grid Edge Live event for high-quality content, unparalleled business networking opportunities and dedicated exhibition time to experience the latest innovations at the grid edge. Hear from the industry experts shaping the next generation electricity system with exclusive keynotes, fireside chats and 120% more deep-dive knowledge sessions. Fairmont, San Jose

    June 21 – 23 – The Environmental Leader 2016 Conference is all about current and emerging real-world challenges and the practical tools and solutions to help you meet them. You will take away ready-to-go solutions that are tangible, replicable, measurable and transferable. An impressive and growing list of organizations are advancing their environmental, sustainability and energy programs by attending the interactive ground breaking event. Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, Colorado

    June 21 – 23 – The Hawaii State Energy Office has partnered with GreenBiz Group to launch VERGE Hawaii — Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit. VERGE Hawaii will explore innovative clean energy policies, models, technologies and infrastructure and sets the stage for immediate actions and plans needed to deliver on Hawaii’s ambitious goal of 100% renewably powered energy in the electricity sector by 2045. Further, this VERGE event will serve as a platform for Hawaii’s energy leaders and stakeholders to engage, learn and contribute. Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu

    June 22 – Clean Technology Council hosts William Lewis, Past President, CA State and LA County Beekeepers Association and his presentation: Decline of Pollinators Threaten World’s Food Supply. The founder of Bill’s Bees Inc. explains why many species that promote the growth of hundreds of billions of dollars worth of food each year face extinction. Pollinator insect species are threatened, including 16 percent of vertebrates like birds and bats. Bill presents solutions to this global crisis. Total Wine & More, Thousand Oaks, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

    June 23 – LAVA presents the 2016 First Look L.A., an introduction to the most interesting, promising research and startups from Caltech, University of Hawai’i, LA Biomed, Cedars Sinai, UCLA, USC, UCSB, UCI, ASU, and Children’s Hospital LA. First Look L.A. supports, nurtures and stimulates our unique culture in Southern California, while furthering L.A.s position as a center for start-ups and emerging technology.  Request an invitation to attend. UCLA California NanoSystem Institute, 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM


    Green LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association focused on opportunities and challenges coincident with the design, development and deployment of sustainable products, services and businesses. Green LAVA is generously supported by Stradling, LLP.

  • johndmo 6:40 pm on May 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: academic, cleantech, customers, Engines, , financiers, , manufacturers, Partnerships   

    Green LAVA: Bringing Cleantech to Market – the value of partners 

    Transient Plasma Technologies   Tuesday, May 20th, 1:00 – 3:30 PM at the Business Technology Center in Altadena, Green LAVA will present founders of 3 innovative clean technology companies to discuss the approaches to and value of strategic partnerships.  Entrepreneurs have a tendency to want to go it alone or operate in stealth mode or refine designs until the entrepreneur believes they are complete.  We think the design, development and launch of any start-up’s products can be accelerated and find product/market fit sooner through partnerships.  The nature of creating physical products with their long lead times and commitment of resources to models and prototypes justifies the efforts required to collaborate with partners.  And we will explore the value of partnerships and the ways these companies have engaged with their partners for mutual benefit.

    The companies:

    GreenTech Motors is a breakthrough energy company converting aerospace innovation and engineering technology into super efficient AC/DC commercial, scalable electric motors and generator systems. After extensive vetting, proposals and negotiations, The Boeing Company licensed the LAGER (Large Air Gap Electric Ring) Intellectual Property (IP) to GreenTech Motors. The LAGER motor/generator technology has the capability to radically change the design, manufacturing, materials, and performance metrics providing GTM with considerable competitive advantage over present iron- cored motors available today.  Founder and CEO Ron Pretlac will provide his expertise and experience.

    CEO Dan Singleton of Transient Plasma Systems will provide his observations and dealings with partnerships as he brings products to market based on technology developed as a PhD candidate at USC.  Among a variety of uses, transient plasma is attractive as a technology for the ignition in a variety of engines because when compared to traditional thermal ignition (spark ignition system) it results in reductions in ignition delay and has been shown to ignite leaner mixtures, which allows for lower specific fuel consumption, high-repetition rates, high-altitude operation, and reduced NOx emissions.

    B. Scott Farrenkopf (EVB and Director) and Steve Herbruck (CEO and Chair) of GoTek Energy bring their lessons learned from the  development, manufacturing and licensing of a rotary (non-Wankel) internal combustion engine.  The fuel agnostic ICE has application in vehicles and vessels, pumps, compressors, heat exchange and power generation.  The primary benefits of DynaKinetic technology is the reduction in size, weight and emissions while increasing performance, reliability and serviceability.

    What:  Green LAVA – Bringing Cleantech to Market

    When:  May 20, 2014, 1:00 – 3:30 PM

    Where:  Business Technology Center, Altadena, 91001

    How:  Register here – LAVA SIG events are free to members.  All others pay $35.  Pre-registration is required.

    Green LAVA is generously sponsored by Stradling, LLP and K&L Gates, LLP.


  • johndmo 10:30 pm on September 28, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cleantech, Corporate, , Next 10,   

    Next10 Cleantech Investment Report Card 

    According to the recently released report from Next 10, the cleantech investment landscape has expanded 300% from the early years of the new century.  Certainly investor’s appetite for cleantech investment has lessened somewhat from earlier years of this decade in large part due to the financial crisis, but it is significant, growing and keeps California in the forefront of cleantech development and project deployment.   From the press release:

    • Development & Growth investment contributed to the expansion of the cleantech sector over the last decade. This direct investment into California startup companies is more than three times higher in the first half of 2013 compared to the first half of 2003. More recently, investment in Development & Growth in California slid about 44 percent from the second half of 2012 to the first half of 2013 (from about $1.5 billion to $870 million). Venture capital specifically decreased less than Development & Growth overall, down about 22 percent in the same period (from $870 million to $680 million).

    The full report is available for download here:  Cleantech Investment: A Decade of California’s Evolving Portfolio

    California Cleantech Project Financing

    About Next 10 – focused on innovation and the intersection between the economy, the environment, and quality of life issues for all Californians. We create tools and provide information that fosters a deeper understanding of the critical issues affecting all Californians. Through education and civic engagement, we hope Californians will become empowered to affect change.

  • johndmo 6:49 pm on August 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cleantech, , Long Beach, , Maritime, , , Trade, Transportaiton   

    PortTech EXPO – September 11, 2013 in Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles 

    transpower truck profileTwo weeks remain until the kick-off of the only maritime oriented clean tech conference and exhibition being held on the West Coast this year.  At the 4th Annual PortTech EXPO technology companies will connect with business leaders at Southern California’s ports , trade and transportation professionals, regulators, entrepreneurs and university researchers to explore opportunities to achieve a more sustainable future. The EXPO features live demonstrations, interactive displays and the latest advancements in environment, energy, transportation and security solutions.

    Bringing together innovators and entrepreneurs; investors, sponsors and service providers; and academic, corporate and civic leaders; the EXPO attracts a global audience to explore ideas and opportunities.

    • Explore opportunities to bring innovative solutions to environmental challenges
    • Connect with decision makers in the maritime business and public sectors
    • Discover new technologies through live demonstrations and displays
    • Understand the challenges of continued sustainable port development and growth
    • Meet the leaders who inuence the way technologies are financed and deployed
    • Examine the industry’s commitment to clean tech solutions for ports and beyond


    • Kick-off Keynote – Federal Maritime Commision Chairman Mario Cordero
    • Focus on Energy – the challenges confronting ports and other large industrial complexes with their conversion to electrified vehicles, facilities and equipment
    • Luncheon Keynote – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
    • Demonstrations, indoor and outdoor exhibits, zero emission vehicles, clean tech products
    • Entrepreneur Pitch Competition Award Ceremony
    • Clean Tech, Cool Tech – a free public exhibition following EXPO hosted by City Councilman Buscaino open to local residents to see and learn about clean technology and the teams that produce designs, devices and systems.

    Registration /information: 2013 PortTech EXPO

    http://www.PortTechLA.org | Expo@PortTechLA.org | 310-519-1801





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  • johndmo 6:13 am on June 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    La Kretz Innovation Campus Breaks Ground June 19 – 5:00 PM 

    La Kretz Innovation CampusThe La Kretz Innovation Campus will become the epicenter of the region’s clean technology innovation and manufacturing.  Plans for the 60,00 square foot  Campus includes a  home for LACI, cleantech demonstration centers, R&D labs, conference facilities, work force training facilities as well as space for more mature cleantech companies.

    The dignitaries celebrating the ground breaking include Mayor Villaraigosa, Mayor-Elect Garcetti, City Councilman Huizar, LADWP GM Nichols and City Engineer Moore as well as entrepreneurs, investors, business executives, professional service firms and residents of Los Angeles who have a stake in the future of this endeavor.

    Enjoy a night of interactive booths by LACI’s portfolio companies, music, complementary food and drinks, networking opportunities, and speeches by the featured guests.

    The event is free.  Register at:  La Kretz Innovation Campus Groundbreaking Celebration and Showcase  

    The development of the La Kretz Innovation Campus represents a major milestone in LACI’s growth, and would not have happened without the leadership and support of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the City of Los Angeles, and Morton La Kretz.  Congratulations to Fred, Neal, Ian G, Ian H, Aaron, city officials, the partners, mentors and board for their efforts to keep Los Angeles in the vanguard of clean technology and sustainable development.

  • johndmo 8:50 pm on August 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Finalists Named for PortTech EXPO Pitch Competition – Sept 5 

    The 2012 PortTech EXPO opens with the Entrepreneur Showcase and Pitch Competition.  The 3rd Annual EXPO kicks off the evening of Sept 5 at 5:00 PM at the DoubleTree Hilton in Cabrillo Marina with an opening reception.  Register today at:  PortTech EXPO Registration.

    The Pitch Competition will feature 11 presentations – 10 finalists and an alternate:

    CleanAirTec, LLC.,  CEO Lutz Lehmann

    EcoPas, LLC.,  CEO Steve Colome´

    EnSolve Biosystems, Inc.,  CEO Jason Caplan

    EnZinc, Inc.,  CTO Bill Cogen

    Four Products, LLC., CEO Joseph Demers

    Marenco Technology Group,  CEO Harriet Roop and CTO Hap Nguyen

    Pareto Point Industries, Inc.,  CEO Robert Hammer

    PurWaste, LLC.,  CTO Jorg Lorscheider

    TREXA, LLC., CEO Seth Seaberg

    Vӱykn, Inc., CEO Steve Kuzara

    ALT:  ACTON, Inc., spnKiX, CEO Janelle Wang and CTO Peter Treadway

    So go ahead and register for the event.  Your registration covers admission to both days – the Pitch Competition on Sept 5th and the General Session on Sept 6 at the San Pedro DoubleTree Hilton.  The General Session starts at 8:00 AM and will feature three panels sessions (Financing Tech, Environmental Tech, Labor and Technology); the debut of a Class 8 Electric Truck by one of PortTech’s clients – TransPower; a luncheon with CEC Commissioner Carla Peterman’s keynote presentation, an SBIR/STTR workshop; breakout sessions; Awards Presentation and closing reception at 3:00 PM on Thursday.

    PortTech EXPO 2012 is hosted by PortTechLA, a 501(c)(3) clean technology commercialization center and incubator program adjacent the Port of Los Angeles. The EXPO draws nearly 100 exhibitors, presenters and sponsors, and more than 300 business, industry, research and community leaders each year.

  • johndmo 5:23 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Congratulations LACI Alumnus 350Green 

    The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator scores another victory with the acquisition of early incubator client 350Green by the CarCharging Group.

    “Adding 600 EV charging stations in 20 markets to CarCharging’s network will create the most robust infrastructure network in the nation,” said Mariana Gerzanych, CEO of 350Green. “This partnership will be highly advantageous to the EV charging industry and will contribute significantly to the overall growth of the market.”

    About:  350Green

    350Green is a project developer that designs, builds and operates scalable networks of plug-in electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the US. The company distributes its stations by partnering with retail hosts at select, high-traffic shopping centers and other places near where EV drivers live and work, to create an expansive and convenient network of EV charging locations. Current projects totaling several hundred chargers are underway in Chicago, the State of Pennsylvania, and the San Francisco Bay Area. More information on 350Green and its projects can be found at its website, http://www.350green.com.

  • johndmo 11:05 pm on July 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cleantech, , , incentives, , ,   

    Seizing Transformational Opportunities with Cleantech 

    A couple of months ago, E&Y issued their 4th annual report on opportunities in sustainable business practices.  This report (found via OCTANe – an Orange County Tech Networking Association) Cleantech matters: seizing transformational opportunities looks at cleantech and sustainability for both the enterprise and as national priorities in the US, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  A broad perspective that highlights the nature, depth and extent of investments driven by efficient operations and low-carbon economics globally.  And recognition that corporations and states now see cleantech investment as a vehicle for producing top-line results rather than just holding or reducing the costs of operations.

  • johndmo 3:59 pm on April 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    April Clean/Green Events around Los Angeles 

    Green Tech Leaders Conference – Automotive & Industrial Applications of Thermoelectric Energy, Westlake Village, April 5, 6:00 PM

    UCLA Smart Grid Thought Leadership Forum – From Technology to Consumer, UCLA, April 6, 8 AM

    Green Business Network – 5th Anniversary Event, Santa Monica, April 12, 6:30-9:00 PM

    LABC Sustainability Summit – Fulfilling our New Market Potential, Getty Center, April 12, 7:30 AM

    Go Green Expo – 3rd Annual Eco-friendly event, Los Angeles Convention Center, April 15 – 17

    Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum – Greening your ride, Pasadena, April 16, 8:00 AM

    Earth Day – April 22nd

  • johndmo 5:48 pm on February 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cleantech, , , finance, , , , U.S.,   

    US Venture Capital Investment in Cleantech Grows to Nearly $4 Billion in 2010 

    “In comparison to the early days of cleantech, the 2010 US VC investment results reflect a turning point in the industry due to improving credit and capital markets, the deployment of stimulus spending and increasing corporate cleantech adoption,” said Jay Spencer, Ernst & Young LLP’s Americas Cleantech Director.  

    Transportation and Solar lead the way – see more here: http://solarenergy.einnews.com/pr-news/305159-us-venture-capital-investment-in-cleantech-grows-to-nearly-4-billion-in-2010-an-8-increase-from-2009

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