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Fresno State WET Center home to BlueTechValley entrepreneurs

September 13, 2017 California Ag Today By Patrick Cavanaugh, Farm News Director BlueTechValley Series – Part 3 We’re continuing our series on California Ag Today regarding the BlueTechValley Initiative, which was established on the Fresno State campus in 2011, and part of an innovation cluster that provides access to commercialization services that will accelerate innovation and growth of water and energy-oriented companies in 39 counties from central to northern California. We spoke to Helle Petersen, the manager of the…

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BlueTechValley funded by California Energy Commission

August 30, 2017 By Patrick Cavanaugh, Farm News Director | California Ag Today The BlueTechValley Central Valley regional innovation cluster represents an expansion and interconnection of multiple incubators in entrepreneurship programs, with services located at each of the seven designated BlueTechValley cluster hubs, collectively serving 39 counties and covering two-thirds of California’s geographic area. Funding for the new cluster is provided by a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission. The designated hubs for the BlueTechValley innovation cluster…

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Central Valley Angel Group invests in PowWow Energy, Inc.

August 18, 2017 The Central Valley Angel Group has added PowWow Energy, Inc. to its investment portfolio. PowWow is applying data science to solve practical problems in agriculture. It provides a simple water compliance solution using a clever algorithm that turns energy data into useful text alerts and water records for growers. The team of agronomists and computer scientists are extending the data-mining platform with 100 Terabits of aerial images and weather forecast to identify where farms can recover…

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Webinar on Emerging Technologies

July 25, 2017 On August 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM, California Energy Commission staff will host a one-hour webinar to share information on innovative projects focusing on phase change materials and their exciting potential to make zero net energy buildings more affordable. Phase change materials (PCM) are materials that change from one phase (i.e., solid, liquid or gas) to another at a designated temperature. Speakers: Martin Vu and Kyle Dunn, RMS Energy Consulting, LLC, will discuss their work with…

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California’s hydrogen refueling network expands to South Pasadena

California welcomed another station to its growing hydrogen refueling network, further bolstering the state’s global leadership in the adoption of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) as part of its broader strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality. The new station, now open at 1200 Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadena, provides Californians with the fueling options they need to consider replacing their petroleum-fueled cars with hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles. With transportation responsible for nearly 40 percent of California’s…

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Vertical hydroponic farming, Alaska natural organics affects economy

The Greening of Alaska Lester Mondrag | June 5, 2017 Alaska is now an agricultural supplier of fresh fruits and garden vegetables that usually grows in the warm areas of California and Mexico. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Services supports and funds the farming technique. The 49th state enjoys the funding and is now accelerating its farming industry with additional greenhouses for construction, the greening of Alaska is at hand. The greening of Alaska has its…

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Energy Commission awards research grants for renewable energy

July 12, 2017 For Immediate Release: July 12, 2017 mediaoffice@energy.ca.gov, 916-654-4989 Energy Commission Awards Research Grants for Renewable Energy SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission today approved research grants for a wide range of projects, including nearly $3 million for efforts to produce renewable energy and reduce fire risk by using forest waste left by the state’s unprecedented tree die-off for electrical generation. A record drought and bark beetle infestation have led to more than 102 million trees dying…

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Humboldt signs first contract with BlueTechValley

Fresno State, spearheaded by the International Center for Water Technology (ICWT), was awarded a $5 million dollar grant from the California Energy Commission to create the BlueTech Valley: Central Valley Regional Innovation Cluster. The grant funding is being used to expand the existing programs and services that are available at the Cluster Hubs and link them to maximize the benefits of regional planning and collaboration. The funding is also allowing Fresno State’s WET Center to double their dedicated office…

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Central Valley Venture Forum, Stock Exchange merge

The Central Valley Venture Forum and Central Valley Stock Exchange are merging to create Central Valley Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum, the largest event for innovation and entrepreneurship in the Central Valley. We have set the date and location for this first-ever event. It will be Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at Clovis Veterans Memorial District in Clovis, Calif. If you would like more information as it becomes available, please sign up for the BlueTechValley listserv

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