[San Francisco, California USA]
Focal Point Energy is the 2008 Renewables Prize Winner with a “Solar Hot Water and Steam Generation for Industrial Applications” system.
The California Clean Tech Open (CCTO) third annual gala awards ceremony returned to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre in San Francisco last Thursday, November 6, 2008. 43 finalists (44 were announced in “Clean Tech Open Announces 2008 California Competition Finalists”) selected from over 100 original contestants vied for category “Start-Up in a Box” Prize Packages worth $100,000.
Here are the prize winners in my own order along with presentation and acceptance speech videos.
In addition to the six category winners of 2008 CCTO Prizes, the following special Awards were also presented.
Green Catalyst Awards
The Green Catalyst Award honored “Angels that really provided the first funding to get the competition off the ground,” said Michael Santullo.
A certain Michael and Amy Santullo are also among the charter funders of the competition.
Mr. Schechter was selected from over 150 mentors guiding the 2008 CCTO finalists and mentored 2007 Transportation Category Winner Syncromatics.
Sifting through the 2008 Awards Gala and Directory of Finalists, I found seven (7) companies with Photovoltaic or Solar related technologies:
I expect to revisit some of these companies in follow up posts.
Next year, the first regional expansion of the Clean Tech Open (CTO) will begin in Sping 2009 with the Rocky Mountain Clean Tech Open Competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). I recognized a few NREL Industry Growth Forum organizers among the Colorado contingent present at the awards gala.