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With electric vehicles taking over London, and record-setting wind energy installations in the US, it no longer looks like hyperbole when leading venture capitalists like John Doerr pronounce that "the field of green-tech is the largest economic opportunity of the twenty-first century." Perhaps that's why a group of 20 UK clean tech firms are headed to The States, seeking to attract the attention of Silicon Valley in their mission to mainstream green. The Clean & Cool 2010 trade mission features 20 of the strongest, most successful new clean tech companies in the UK, all of which are seeking to bring their products and services to the attention of a global audience.
Participants include Aquamarine's "Oyster" wave power generator (see Matthew's reporting on Aquamarine's plans for 1GW of wave power by 2020), EVO Electric's hybrid drive trains for transportation, and Passiv Energy's smart home energy management systems. View the mission's website for the full list of Clean & Cool participants—it really is an impressive and diverse group of pioneers that we'd all do well to keep our eye on.
Martin McAdam, Chief Executive Officer of Aquamarine Power, one of the companies selected to participate in the mission, welcomes the opportunity to reach a wider audience:
"The Clean & Cool Mission is a fantastic opportunity for Aquamarine Power to showcase our world-leading Oyster wave energy technology in the US, as well as exchange knowledge, expertise and contacts with our American counterparts. At Aquamarine Power, we've gone from a technology concept to a successful business employing over 45 exceptionally talented people. We're now looking forward to demonstrating our potential for commercial success on a global scale."
It's good to see both public and private money going in to kick-start clean tech industries. With feed-in tariffs just launched in the UK, it finally looks like British clean tech may be getting the support it needs to compete on a global scale.