Entrepreneurs across the Pacific Northwest are creating unique technologies and products that are helping to fight climate change and create resilience to climate challenges. Here are just a few of the companies that VertueLab, a Portland-based nonprofit, has supported that are devoting their missions to ensure we have a safe planet to live on for generations.
About: Today’s solar panels face many challenges, one of which being that given the broad spectrum of sunlight wavelengths, some of that light might be reflected, passed through, or absorbed and converted into energy. Today’s typical silicon solar cell panels operate at about 22% efficiency, which is exactly what BlueDot Photonics is working to increase.
Climate Impact: BlueDot’s proprietary perovskite material converts high-energy UV and blue sunlight into more useful near-infrared light, creating higher-performing, longer-lasting, and less expensive solutions for solar energy.
BlueDot is one of the first three companies to receive an investment from our Climate Impact Fund, as well as being an alumnus of the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator, which is co-operated by VertueLab and CleanTech Alliance. VertueLab also helped BlueDot apply for federal funding, introduced the startup to their first investor, IdeaShip, and nominated BlueDot for an NREL/Shell Game Changer Award, which the company won.
About: Currently only 3% of U.S. cleaning products are eco-friendly and these products face challenges because most do not clean efficiently and they produce toxic by-products that are currently facing new regulations. Sironix Renewables is creating high-performing eco-friendly cleaning products derived from plants to solve these problems.
Climate Impact: By deriving its products from plants, Sironix is replacing petroleum-based ingredients in everyday cleaners. Additionally, its products are helping to reduce emissions by sourcing bio-based feedstock, using less energy to create its products, and increasing shipping efficiency by delivering more detergent power with less shipping weight than competing detergents.
VertueLab Support: Sironix Renewables participated in our 2019 accelerator cohort and has participated in a special networking event where we introduce them to potential investors.
About: 99% of Americans, including newborn babies, have detectable levels of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in their blood. These chemicals cause kidney, liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer, endocrine disruption, and developmental issues. Aquagga offers a portable, end-of-life PFAS destruction solution that creates no toxic byproducts. Aquagga has received technical validation and funding support through awards from the EPA, USAF, and NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, as well as First Place in the EPA Innovative Ways to Destroy PFAS Challenge in May 2021.
Climate Impact: By destroying PFAS Aquagga is helping to ensure we have a resilient society and clean drinking water for generations to come.
VertueLab Support: Aquagga participated in the 2020 Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator and won the “Achievement Award” for their hard work as well as being showcased at our annual summit that year.
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