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Cleantech covers a broad spectrum of growing industries. From state of the art software to innovative methods of hydroponic gardening, electric vehicles to biodegradable jerseys for marathon runners, cleantech is an essential component to improving quality of life and growing the economy in a responsible and sustainable manner.

 

2016

 


Ento Foods is exploring the development of sustainable food ingredients derived from edible insects protein powder and omega -rich oils. Insects require less water, animal feed and land, than conventonal protein sources. Sustainable, nutritious products from insects can alleviate pressure on resources that are currently used to raise animals for meat as well as reduce the impact of fish farming. Ento Foods is led by Charles Wilson, a recent law graduate of the University of Oregon, and Yesenia Gallardo from Yale University.

Infinity Homes is developing a sustainable small home construction process that sources all building materials from the waste streams they contribute to. Their goal is to save 90% of home owners’ HVAC costs by adhering to Passive House energy efficiency standards. Infinity Homes is led by Amanda Stowe, Zac Neubauer, and Joe Brinkman, Entrepreneur Scholars at the University of Portland.

Kale Tek is developing a water resistant spray by extracting the microcrystal surface of kale leave.

The group is looking at testing the product on different surfaces, but sees potential in fabric and wood applications as well as agricultural applications. Kale Tek is led by Joshua Proto, Emily Kelley, Ian Dechow, Jonah Svihus and Blake Slatengren, biochemistry and liberal arts students at Lewis & Clark college


Liquid Wire has developed a highly conductive thermal material that could allow for heat harvesting also can be used as printable fluid to power electronic devices in soft robotics and wearable products. Liquid Wire is led by Mark Ronay, an electrical and computer engineering graduate student at PSU, and Bahar Ajdari, a physics Ph.D. student at PSU.


Agriculture requires the application of a high volume of fertilizer to grow as much food as possible. Since the amount of fertilizer is often more than the uptake rate of plants, extra dissolved nutrients make their way into water, leading to contamination of drinking water. The Living Filtration System is a regenerative technology for agriculture which captures excess nutrients in runoff and improves soil health. The team is led by Alison Lewis, Casey Howard, Wade Hanson and Matt Jorgensen, landscape architecture students at the University of Oregon.


Ocean Hexapod aims to radically improve the cost and efficiency of wave power generators by using a robot that can move along six different axes. Ocean Hexapod is led by Jonathan Bird, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Wei Qin and Mojtaba Bahrami Kouhshahi graduate students at Portland State University.


Vineyard managers plan pesticide schedules using temperature and humidity data recorded from weather stations.  This approach fails to take into account topological and microclimate variability. Plantalytics developed a network of temperature and humidity sensors to provide vineyard managers a detailed, real-time map of their vineyards. Plantalytics is led by Ben Nahir, Doug Beyers, Brad Scardino and Troy Brown, business and engineering graduate students at Portland State University.


Energy production is a major contributor to climate change. Actions to reduce carbon output can be done now with the existing infrastructure without waiting for new energy technology to be developed. As 20% of power is lost between generation and consumer electrical outlets. Transposition is developing a system that increases the efficiency of the electrical grid by interfering with losses that occur as electricity transfers between power lines. Transposition is led by Autumn Engh and Brianna Dickenson, renewable energy engineering graduate students at Oregon Tech


When timber is falling, the main goal of the cutter is to fall directional lyso there is the least amount of breakage when the tree hits the ground. Tree  Dog is designing a safe tree-cutting system that holds a cut tree in place and directs its fall to a desired location. Tree Dog is led by Dylan Gould and Zach Caprai, business and engineering students at Oregon State University.


A key environmental problem is groundwater and surface water pollution from landfill leachates. Landfills are the common practice for municipal solid waste disposal. Seepage of landfill leachate into underground aquifers can make them unsuitable for human use. Water Boys developed an on-site treatment system to both remove pollutants and recover resources from landfill leachate. Water Boys is led by Steve White and Hossein Tabatabaie research associates from Oregon State University.

 

2015

Baldr

Creating solar power delivery systems that are smart, efficient and cost effective by including the cells in the inversion process and cutting down the cost of conversion from direct current to alternating current.

30 Birds to Know in Portland/30 Pajaros Para Conocer en Portland

Bilingual flashcards and interactive website to make birding and wild areas accessible to underserved communities.

Bythos Environmental

A modular drone-mounted water collection system to improve field water sampling to increase and enhance research capabilities.

Compostable Composting

An aesthetically pleasing in home composting bin made of materials that are themselves fully compostable that provides users a more convenient and effective tool for composting.

Environmental Audio

Audio equipment designed with local, environmentally friendly, reclaimed materials with a business model that gives back to environmental restoration groups.

Waste2Water

Anaerobic digester with a water distillation system to process waste, reduce methane emissions, produce clean water, and improve sanitary conditions for rural communities in developing world.

2014

Baldr

Reducing the cost of inverting solar energy, reducing the overall costs of installing solar panels, thus making the technology more available to all.

Eclipse Solar Shading System

Solar-powered "smart" shade for outdoor installation that will open and close automatically prevent the buildup of heat pockets between the glass and indoor shades or curtains, thus lowering the temperature indoors and reducing the need for energy to cool a house.

Portland Shower

An open loop system wherein a user’s shower water is captured, treated, reheated and cycled back into the water supply raining out of a shower head.

Shreddit

Green building materials made from waxed cardboard to provide Portland grocers with an ecofriendly solution to a costly waste problem.

SPEC: Sensing Pollution Exposure by Community

A portable, affordable, networked multi-sensor machine that records levels of certain air pollutants and collects data on meteorological conditions, location and duration of trips, and physiological (heart and respiratory rates) and employs a smartphone application to analyze, manage, and store the aggregate data.

ThorVolt

An alternative electric power source for automotive vehicles that eliminates the environmental and health risks associated with lead-acid batteries, has triple the life expectancy, and recharges many times faster than traditional automotive batteries.

 

 

2013

Diatomix

Using diatoms, which convert light into usable energy while creating oxygen and organic carbon compounds, to improve light to electricity conversion in solar cells.

Mobius Microfarms

A computer-controlled aquaponics system for home use to lower food prices, conserve awter, and reduce the need for toxic fertilizers.

Endobright

Using fungal endophytes that release pigmented compounds to meet the growing demand for natural dyes and pigments in a less energy and water intensive way.

Buckling Restrained Brace

An ultra-lightweight and corrosion resistant buckling restrained device to make this life- and structure-saving technology easy to install and deploy in exposed conditions.

Neptune Purification

A solar-powered, point-of-use water filtration system. Using a unique method of magnetic photocatalyst recycling, the system will purify water of organic contaminants using only energy from the sun.

Green Innovations Inc.

Recycling waste oils to produce affordable diesel fuel with the goal of providing shipping and trucking companies in the Metro region and beyond the diesel to fuel their fleets for $1.99/gal.