Cleantech CURRENT
The monthly newsletter from Colorado Cleantech Industries Association

February 17, 2017
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CCIA Highlights
Chris Shapard Headshot
I hope you saw the announcement of the Mining Cleantech Challenge recently. Hard on the heels of the 3rd successful market-driven program with the oil and gas industry, we were approached by the mining industry to organize the same, and were able to launch with several incredible mining partners.

Led by partners Resource Capital FundsJolimont Capital ,
Newmont Mining, McEwen Mining, Ausenco and Davis Graham and Stubbs, we launched the Mining Cleantech Challenge on February 6 and will conclude the process and initiative on April 12 with a day-long pitch event and reception at the Colorado Governor's Mansion. An invitation to the reception will be forthcoming.

We now have a proven model that can be rolled out for new markets and are able to point to successful outcomes. Connecting companies to customers and capital are two of CCIA's main objectives and we're doing just that.

Chris Shapard
CCIA Executive Director

Upcoming CCIA Events 

Energy Connections: Denver's Smart City - The Future is Closer than You Think
Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Faegre Baker Daniels, Denver
The city of the future is here - and it's a smart city. It's Connected, Intelligent and Responsive and includes Buildings, Transportation and Energy. Panasonic, Xcel Energy and NREL are all working on various aspects of what it takes to build a smart city and will discuss how Denver's smart city may take shape, what outcomes are expected when it's complete and what it means for Colorado's energy future. Register here.

NREL Industry Growth Forum PLUS Emerging Markets Day
NOW April 12-14
Westin Downtown Denver
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL's) Industry Growth Forum is now open for registration! Please be sure to register and mark your calendar for the Industry Growth Forum April 13-14, 2017 at the Westin in downtown Denver, Colorado. This year, USAID, the State Department and USTDA are working with NREL to further expand representation of emerging market companies and investors at the event in an effort to facilitate co-investment between US and international investors in the energy sector and enable emerging market and US entrepreneurs to learn from each other.  Event details and more information can be found on the Industry Growth Forum website .

Energy Fellows Institute
May 10-17  
Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and surrounding communities
Energy Fellows Institute is an executive immersion program providing a platform for the exchange of ideas, opportunity, skills and community to develop leaders ready to succeed in world changing advanced energy businesses. We are now accepting applications for the May 2017 program. Apply today.

New Members
Ceramatec's advanced ceramics material technology research and development focus is primarily in energy & environment (cleantech) areas. We take pride in taking high-risk ideas and converting them into high-payoff, market-ready solutions.

Last month, we mistakenly used a previous version of the logo for the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association   (COSEIA). Here is their current logo, with apologies.

SunTech Drive
SunTech Drive is a manufacturer of a new generation of power electronics for the off-grid solar market.  Based on firmware vs. legacy electromagnetics their controllers operate with 50% less PV capacity and for the first time allow single phase motors to operate directly off  of PV solar power.

Policy Update

Last week, HB 17-1090 (Advanced Industries Investor Tax Credit Extension) passed the House Business Affairs Committee on a solid bipartisan vote of 9-4. This important bill doubles the amount of existing tax credits available for qualified investors to invest in innovative start-up and early stage companies and extends the program till 2023. Next stop for the bill is the House Finance Committee on March 1st. 

Stay tuned next week for the next installment of the Under of the Dome update with a breakdown of all the bills we are watching on behalf of the Cleantech business community.

Workforce Information
Professor at CU-Boulder Seeks Project Sponsors
Professor Richard Mignogna, who is teaching an Energy Policy Projects course (ENST-4150) in the Environmental Studies Department at the University of Colorado - Boulder this semester, is seeking project sponsors to engage small student groups in projects that will solve a real need for the sponsor. The goal of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to complete a real world project that is or would be of interest to a corporate, governmental, or other NGO sponsor in the realm of energy policy and regulation. Suitable subject areas include, but are not limited to, utilities and electrical generation, transmission, fossil fuel development, alternative energy resources, transportation fuels, transportation technologies, and energy storage among others.

The semester runs from mid-January through the end of April. Student groups will present their final reports to the class and their sponsors some time in the last two weeks of April. The students will not be paid and it is suggested that any funds that would otherwise be available to pay interns instead be used to cover any project related expenses.

For more information, please email or call Richard Mignogna,  303.875.0857.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Is Recruiting Host Companies
The Colorado BioScience Institute's Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is currently recruiting host companies for their fourth summer of impacting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in Colorado. The RET program provides middle and high school teachers real-world STEM company learning experiences and helps them translate that experience and new knowledge into the classroom. This year's program will run June 5 - June 30, 2017, and is currently seeking host companies & mentors throughout the Advanced Industry sectors to help support the growing needs of K-12 STEM education. For additional program information please visit  their website or to sign up to host a teacher this year, please contact Meg John

Member Company Job Postings

Iowa State University
Director, Iowa Energy Center
Iowa State University seeks an accomplished, dynamic and innovative leader to direct the Iowa Energy Center. Reporting to the Vice President for Research while working closely with an advisory council comprised of industry, community, and academic representatives, the Director will provide leadership for the center's operations and initiatives; develop, implement and monitor the center's strategic plan; and will facilitate future strategic initiatives. Full job description and apply here.

Business Development Manager, Engineering
Czero seeks an experienced lead generation ("Rain Maker") business development professional with a proven record of identifying, nurturing and closing new sales opportunities in the Business to Business (B2B) engineering/technology services sector. We're looking to land exciting new engineering R&D projects developing innovations for the automotive, advanced transportation, O&G, aerospace, cleantech and other industries. Full job description and apply here.

Partner News and Events
CSU Innovation Day Call for Abstracts
In the spirit of celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship, CSU faculty, staff, and students, as well as alumni, business professionals, and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to engage with researchers and local emerging companies to find out more about the ground breaking research happening at CSU and around Northern Colorado.

Innovation Day Events:
  • Poster showcase
  • Speakers
  • Expert panel discussions
  • Networking
Submit an abstract and win $$$ - over $6,500 in cash will be awarded
  • Poster Showcase - 40+ posters highlighting research from across campus in one of four categories (engineering, creative works, life science, physical science). Attendees can view and vote for the best poster. 
  • Best in Show Award - The top poster/presenter from each category will compete by giving an oral presentation about their work.

Upcoming Partner Events
NREL Networking &Career Fair
February 23, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
NREL is organizing a networking/career fair on February 23, 2017. This 2nd annual event welcomes industry, government, and academia representatives to network with NREL Postdocs to discover candidates for recruiting and opportunities for collaboration. Register here.

NREL Png Jan 15
Solar Power Colorado (SPC)
March 13-15, 2017
Solar Power Colorado is the largest solar conference in the Rocky Mountain Region, and CCIA is partnering with COSEIA. It has a long tradition of being the place to explore the latest technologies and policy initiatives, and brainstorm plans that will advance the solar industry. Join new NREL Director Dr. Martin Keller, former Gov. Bill Ritter and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne at this year's gathering. 

Made in Colorado

March 2, 2017
This highly anticipated event will showcase the achievements of the Made in Colorado 250 manufacturers and discuss solutions to issues challenging Colorado's manufacturing sector.  We will also be awarding companies who have excelled over the past year. Come ready to network, share knowledge and celebrate manufacturing in Colorado!

International News
Advanced Industries Export Accelerator Grant
The Advanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant program, administered by the Global Business Development division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), is now accepting applications from current and aspiring Colorado exporters in the Advanced Industries who are looking to offset international business development and marketing costs. Questions can be emailed to Laura Brindle at .
World Trade Day - Save the Date
May 16, 2017
World Trade Day will be at the World Trade Center in Denver on May 16, 2017.
Colorado Cleantech Industries Association
14062 Denver West Parkway
Building 52, Suite 300
Golden, Colorado 80401
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