Photo of Palace of Fine Arts via 23am
Out of 43 great innovations submitted to the California Clean Tech Open, a small handful of winners were chosen last night at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts to receive a "start-up-in-a-box" prize, which includes the equivalent of $100,000 in cash and business services to help get their technology off the ground.
Filling out the categories of Air, Water & Waste, Energy Efficiency, Green Building, Renewables, Smart Power, and Transportation, the winners and runners up represent the best ideas in clean tech during 2008.
Read on to find out who you can expect to see more of in the coming months.
Air, Water & Waste Award: Over the Moon Diapers - makes high performance, consumer friendly diapers that are industrial wash compatible and can be laundered by diaper services.
Energy Efficiency Award: Viridis Earth - company makes an efficient retrofit product to save 20-30% off of the $30 billion spent annually in the U.S. operating residential air conditioners, offering a payback of less than two years.
Green Building Award: BottleStone - manufactures ceramic stone surface material made of 80% recycled waste glass.
Renewables Award: Focal Point Energy - offers solar hot water and steam generation for industrial applications.
Smart Power Award: Power Assure - makes on-demand energy efficiency management software for data centers.
Transportation Award: ElectraDrive - offers rapid, inexpensive adaptation of existing vehicles to electric drive.
You'll hear more about these start-up companies here on TreeHugger as they get cracking on their work. You can also check out the runners up at Clean Tech Open's website.
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