Want a computer power supply system that cuts down energy use by 50 percent? Or a motor that makes air conditioners 80 percent more efficient?
These are just two of nearly 30 products and services submitted by Orange County companies to the Toshiba Green Innovation Awards. Six finalists have been named and all will present their product to a group of judges tomorrow in Irvine during the Innovation and Globalization in Green conference at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine.
The six finalists are (descriptions are from Toshiba):
- Irvine’s Advanced Biocatalytics Corporation, whose company’s biotechnology based products allow the elimination of many harsh and often toxic conventional chemicals and solvents. This leapfrog technology has applications across a broad array of business sectors including water, energy, agriculture and the industrial and consumer product fields.
- Endangered Planet Foundation, is a non-profit organization based in Laguna Beach that is dedicated to ensuring the survival of the Earth through the arts, education, dialogue, the dissemination of knowledge and the recognition that advances in technology can provide many of the answers that will lead to a sustainable future;
- Green Vision Partners, San Juan Capistrano-based company brings environmentally sound solutions to market such as remediation technologies that help restore the natural balance of ecosystems of lakes, lagoons and waste water treatment;
- SNTech, Inc., a company with offices in Costa Mesa designs and manufactures an ‘Electronically Commutated Motor (The GREEN Motor)’ that is 80 percent more power efficient than standard air conditioning motors;
- The Orange County Water District (OCWD) and Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) jointly collaborated on a Groundwater Replenishment System (GWR) which purifies sewer water to state and federal drinking water standards. The GWR system is the largest purification and water reuse project of its kind worldwide, utilizing a three-step process of reverse osmosis, microfiltration and ultraviolet light;
- A Newport Beach company Verde Power Supply, Inc. developed new technology for power supplies used in computers, servers switches and storage devices that saves up to 50 percent of the electricity used by the most efficient power supplies (called 80 Plus).
The winner will receive $5,000 and a Toshiba laptop PC. Second- and third-prize winners will receive $3,000 and $1,000, respectively, and a Toshiba laptop PC. There will also be a live audience vote at the conference, which will award another Toshiba laptop PC to a “people’s choice” winner.
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