Episode 22 – SF Business Times Cleantech & Sustainability Award Finalist Interviews (Part 2)
July 8, 2011
In the second part of our two part series, show host Dick Lyons chats with three more finalist companies from this year’s San Francisco Business Times Cleantech & Sustainability Awards, held on June 16, 2011. In Episode 22 of The Wendel Forum (originally aired on Green 960 AM radio on July 2, 2011), Dick learns more about the following companies:
Winner: Cleaire (interview with Brad Edgar, President and CTO, and Gale Plummer, CEO)
Description: Based in San Leandro, Cleaire designs and manufactures diesel engine filtration systems that could be used to remove particulate matter from exhaust in one million diesel engines in California –- and an estimated potential universe of 40-50 million vehicles already in service world wide. They distribute and service the technology through a qualified dealer network whose customers include fleets of buses, construction equipment and trucks.
Winner: Solazyme (interview with Harrison Dillon, Co-Founder, President and Chief Technology Officer)
Category: Sustainable Fuels/Chemicals
Description: Solazyme makes oil – all kinds. Their renewable oils are used in applications ranging from jet fuel to food products. Dillon and his partner, CEO Jonathan Wolfson, started the company eight years ago in a garage in Palo Alto (where have we heard a story like that before?), originally setting out to make a diesel oil substitute from algae. Since then, they’ve expanded to be able to custom design oils that can be used in a multitude of products. Their oil can even be found in natural products carried by retailers such as Whole Foods and GNC. By putting these healthy oils into food products, they are able to take out the saturated fat and keep the products both low fat and satisfying.
Winner: Driptech (interview with Peter Frykman, CEO)
Description: Driptech makes affordable drip irrigation systems that allow small-plot famers in developing countries to have access to the same water-efficient irrigation that large plot farmers have used for decades. The key to the technology (which includes some nifty precision laser manufacturing technology) is distributed local manufacturing. Amazing what a class project at Stanford might turn into!
Coming up this week:
Tune in Saturday morning (July 9) to hear from a company that gives collective buying power to individual employees in organizations for home energy improvements (such as solar panels, insulation and water heaters). If you’re out of radio signal range, remember you can always click the “Listen Live” button on the station’s website at www.green960.com.
Listen to the Interviews: Episode 22 of The Wendel Forum(22.17 mins)
Cleaire website: http://www.cleaire.com
Solazyme website: http://www.solazyme.com/
Driptech website: http://driptech.com/
Green 960 AM radio website: www.green960.com
About show host Dick Lyons: www.wendel.com/rlyons