At cleantech event, startup companies know BEST (Photos)
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Mohammad Ghazvini showed off his MicroCHX portable air and water heating device at last week's BEST Fest. "There is a tremendous potential to use of this device for portable air and water heating as well as for building heating applications," he said. He's working with Oregon State University's Venture Accelerator Program as the product approaches the market. Click through for more on Ghazvini's device and other scenes from last week's BEST Fest.
The hundreds of attendees who hit last week's BEST Fest's series of cleantech symposia and other events also encountered a handful of pre-revenue companies that'll provide tomorrow's sustainable jobs.
Typical of the companies is the so-far nameless outfit that'll be launched by founder Mohammad Ghazvini. Ghazvini discussed his intentions with attendees who flowed through the BEST Fest's exhibit space.
Keeping it cleantech: Scenes from this year's BEST Fest
Ghazvini co-developed a device that reduces waste energy, by 25 percent to 40 percent, and increases efficiency when used for different applications. The device, currently in the prototype phase, is being developed as Ghazvini works with Oregon State University's Advantage Accelerator program.
Without a company name, Ghazvini is calling his venture MicroCHX.
"This can be used for residential-distributed heating compared to central furnace space heating," said the engaging Ghazvini in between greeting visitors to his exhibit. "Therefore our technology is a technology for clean environment and reducing energy waste."
The device is small and lightweight but still maintains up to 98 percent combustion efficiency and more than 92 percent thermal efficiency.
"It's small: It could actually fit in a backpack if you wanted," Ghazvini said.
Along with its exhibitors and a dynamic keynote speech by author Jay Harmon, the BEST Fest featured an array of seminars designed to help early-stage cleantech companies develop their operations. Click through for a closer look at some of the people, companies and other sights at the 2013 BEST Fest.
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