Thursday December 5, 2013 0 commentsDENVER - Arvada-based Boulder Ionics Corp. was the winner of one of two Outstanding Venture Awards presented Wednesday, Dec. 4, during the final day of the two-day NREL Industry Growth Forum in Denver.
The company is a commercial supplier of ionic liquid-based, high-performance electrolytes and related chemicals for energy storage devices.
Boulder Ionics was the only one of seven Colorado-based companies that competed for awards and investment at the 25th Annual Industry Growth Forum to receive an award.
Others from Colorado making presentations during the forum were Prieto Battery, OptiEnz, Fabriq, VanDyne Super Turbo, Avivid and Solid Power.
All of the 30 companies selected from a nationwide-and-beyond pool to participate in the forum had an opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential investors and cleantech industry experts.
A New York-based company, Ener-G-Rotors, received the forum's top prize, the Best Venture Award. The company sells devices that are a breakthrough in the economic generation of electricity from low-temperature heat.
HIECO, a Canadian company, received the second Outstanding Venture Award. The firm is focused on the development and commercialization of a nonthermal pasteurization method.
"The union of R&D successes, a receptive investment community and favorable clean energy policies will accelerate renewable energy and energy efficiency technology innovations into the marketplace," said Dan Arvizu, NREL director.
"The relationships built and information shared at this forum are vital to the advancement of clean energy technologies. We are pleased to be able to leverage the convening power of the laboratory to facilitate this critical discussion."
All of the award winners will receive in-kind commercialization support to help increase their chances of becoming commercially successful, NREL said.
Since 2003, the presenting prototype, pre-commercial and expanding cleantech companies that have presented at the forum have collectively raised more than $5 billion in growth financing, said NREL.