Small Solar Power Firm Wins Big Competition

A small company commercializing advanced photovoltaic (PV) technology has won the 2003 National Clean Energy Venture Competition at the 16th NREL Industry Growth Forum.

Austin, Texas – November 24, 2003 [] Advent Solar, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, beat out 35 competitors to take the top prize of US$7,000 plus incubation services from the Austin Clean Energy Incubator valued at more than $3,000. Julie Brokaw, of Bechtel Corporation, founding sponsor of the competition, announced winners. Advent Solar provides a full line of advanced photovoltaic cells and modules based on proprietary technology aimed at dramatically reducing the cost of producing electricity. Advent’s technology is exclusively licensed from Albuquerque, New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories. “I’m pleased to receive this award from Bechtel and want to thank NREL for the opportunity to present to such an illustrious group of investors and colleagues,” said Advent Solar President and CEO Rusty Schmit. “This validates Advent’s business potential, its technology, and its team.” Participants in the competition were selected from hundreds of applicants to present their business plans to energy executives and other potential investors. Outstanding Presentation Awards of $1,500 cash and $500 in incubation services each went to ISE Corporation and Power Tube. ISE, based in San Diego, California, is a supplier of hybrid-electric and fuel cell drive systems for heavy-duty vehicles such as buses and trucks. “Our ThunderVolt hybrid-electric drive systems and technologies are particularly exciting because of their potential to create a clean, efficient transportation system,” said ISE CEO Michael C. Simon. Power Tube is a Texas-based company developing technology for turning the heat of the Earth into electric power. “Its great to be recognized by the investment community for having a compelling clean energy business,” said Power Tube CEO Glen Lovelace. Bechtel provided $10,000 to launch the annual clean energy award in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and the Austin Clean Energy Incubator. “As founding sponsor of this competition, Bechtel is proud to help showcase technological innovation and vision,” said Brokaw, senior science and technology specialist at Bechtel. “It’s exciting to get a sneak preview of our energy future. Society requires abundant and varied supplies of clean energy, and some really smart people are working very hard to meet that need.” Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Bechtel is a global engineering and construction organization, with 44,000 employees worldwide. Located in Golden, Colorado, NREL is a renewable energy research laboratory. Its mission is to lead the United States toward a sustainable energy future by developing and employing renewable energy technologies and by improving energy efficiency.
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