ENVIRONMENTAL & ENERGY TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL OF MAINE

April 10th Forum - UMAINE: Clean Tech Innovation Partner

  • Tuesday, April 10, 2012
  • 7:15 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland & Wells Conf Ctr, UMAINE, Orono

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E2Tech heads north to Orono but will share the experience via video conferencing with forum attendees in Portland. This special event will bridge north and south, providing attendees a novel opportunity to network virtually and to learn more about the cutting edge facilities, technology and people available at UMAINE to support clean tech companies

The forum will feature talks and tours of five research centers most aligned with the current interests of clean tech companies and areas of anticipated growth in Maine. Meet leaders from these well renowned centers to learn how their current projects and capabilities have spun off successful businesses and how they may be able to help yours.

UMaine and USM

7:15 to 8:00: Networking

8:00 to 9:30: Panel discussion and Q & A

9:30: End video link between UMaine and USM; USM session ends.


UMaine Only

9:30 – 10:30: Introductions of Orono area businesses to E2Tech

10:30 – noon: Tours Offered - Forest Bioproducts Research Institute, Advanced Manufacturing Center, The AEWC Advanced Structures and Composites Center, and the Food Technology Pilot Plant


Wells Conference Center

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PANELISTS


Aquaculture Research Institute: Dr. Ian Bricknell, Director
Advanced Structures and Composites Center/ DeepCwind Consortium: Larry Parent, Assistant Director
Forest Bioproducts Research Institute: Dr. Hemant P. Pendse, Professor and Department Chair, UMAINE Pulp & Paper Fdtn
Advanced Manufacturing Center:  John Belding, Director
Food Technology Pilot Plant:  Dr. Al Bushway, Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
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Moderator: John Voltz, Blackstone Accelerates Growthan Innovative, Maine-focused Entrepreneurship Program developed to lead efforts to encourage entrepreneurs and spur innovation across Maine.

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What is Clean Tech?

Clean Tech is defined by a diverse range of products, services, and processes that harness renewable materials and energy sources, promote the sustainable use of natural resources, and reduce or eliminate emissions and wastes. Clean tech firms seek to increase performance, productivity and efficiency by minimizing negative effects on the environment, and describe companies that generally deal in energy (renewables, bio-fuels, efficiency, storage), recycling and waste, the environment, transportation, agriculture, materials and manufacturing. The clean tech sector refers both to clean tech firms as well as to all those industries that support those firms including construction, legal, marketing and any other number of businesses which may play a role as service providers. 

Clean tech venture capital has bounced back in the third quarter of 2011, according to Ernst & Young. The accounting firm said U.S. VC investment in clean tech companies increased 73 percent, to $1.1 billion. Regionally, while California was the top spot for clean tech investment ($583 million  in the 3rd quarter), Massachusetts was next at $170.4 million.  

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