AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A small company commercializing
advanced photovoltaic technology has won the 2003 National Clean Energy
Venture Competition at the 16th NREL Industry Growth Forum.
Advent Solar, Inc., based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, beat out 35
competitors to take the top prize of $7,000 plus incubation services from the
Austin Clean Energy Incubator valued at more than $3,000. Winners were
announced Wednesday by Julie Brokaw of Bechtel Corporation, founding sponsor
of the competition.
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 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 Rusty Schmit, president and chief executive officer of
Advent. "This validates Advent's business potential, its technology, and its
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, Inc.
ISE, based in San Diego, California, is a leading 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 Michael C. Simon, CEO of ISE.
Power Tube is a Texas-based company developing novel 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, Bechtel is a global engineering and
construction organization, with 44,000 employees worldwide.
Located in Golden, Colorado, NREL is a premier laboratory for renewable
energy research. 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.
The Clean Energy Incubator is a project of the Austin Technology Incubator
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