Proteus Environmental Technologies and Technoplex Inc. Announce Strategic Partnership for Green Innovations

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Technoplex, Inc., a port technology consulting group, and Proteus Environmental Technologies, a leader in green technology innovation, have announced a national strategic partnership. The purpose of this partnership is to bring their combined "green technology" practices into the port, maritime and goods movement community. The Los Angeles port complex, in which both firms are involved, is the largest in the U.S., and includes the ports themselves, shipping, trucking, railroad, energy and utility firms. It is becoming the U.S. center of green port technology due to "green" policy changes by the ports to reduce pollution and increase renewable energy supply.

Technoplex, Inc., a port technology consulting group, and Proteus Environmental Technologies, a leader in green technology innovation, have announced a national strategic partnership. The purpose of this partnership is to bring their combined "green technology" practices into the port, maritime and goods movement community. The Los Angeles port complex, in which both firms are involved, is the largest in the U.S., and includes the ports themselves, shipping, trucking, railroad, energy and utility firms. It is becoming the U.S. center of green port technology due to "green" policy changes by the ports to reduce pollution and increase renewable energy supply.

Led by Dr. Tony Michaels, formerly Director of the USC Wrigley Institute and Jim Rhodes, a senior executive with 25 years of experience in financial services, Proteus finds and commercializes transformative environmental technologies, building successful companies that can drive substantial returns to its investors and partners. Proteus has a close relationship with several universities and institutes, including the University of Southern California, Arizona State University, the J. Craig Venter Institute, and the Girvan Institute. According to Dr. Michaels, "The strategic relationship with Technoplex brings our technologies directly to local targeted markets, which will boost the profitability of our firm and the sustainability of the ports".

Among the Proteus technology portfolio are PhycoSystems, which is pioneering a market-changing new approach to creating biofuels and electricity from algae; Microbial Energy Systems, which is developing advanced technologies in organic waste treatment and the concurrent production of electricity and two initiatives in sustainable aquaculture to improve aquaculture yields and increase the efficiency of off-shore aquaculture through automation. In addition, Proteus is focused on the development, testing and verification of a variety of approaches to energy efficiency, waste reduction, carbon efficiency and carbon sequestration in partnership with other companies. It also provides consulting services in the areas of sustainability and strategic environmental practices.

Technoplex, Inc., headquarted in San Pedro, California, was founded by Bill Lyte and Bill Walles. It uses a hands-on approach to technology cluster development and use of new technologies within them. Among their clients, the firm represents the Australian wave energy firm Protean Power, Ltd., and Chevron Energy Solutions, Chevron's renewable energy division.

Lyte helped launch a highly successful Pasadena technology cluster with Caltech and JPL, and has worked to apply their technologies at ports in federally-funded projects. He also chaired the startup of the Los Angeles County Business Technology Center, a globally-recognized technology incubator in Altadena. Walles is a U.S. Navy-trained mechanical engineer who later managed Ford Motor Company's new technology integration operations for ten years before becoming an internet entrepreneur.

Technoplex, Inc. has been particularly involved in the Los Angeles ports, helping to lead the approval of $5 billion of pending capital projects which require green technologies. Both Lyte and Walles are officers of the Harbor Association of Industry and Commerce, a powerful port and industrial organization. Lyte is a longtime director of the California Marine and Intermodal Transportation System Advisory Council (CALMITSAC). Through these organizations, Technoplex, Inc. is helping to establish the Los Angeles ports as the national center of green port technology, and to replicate the model nationally, working with other U.S. ports, universities, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

For further information, please contact Dr. Tony Michaels at (310) 990-7641; Jim Rhodes at 818-209-5936; or Bill Walles at (424) 772-6153.

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