19 of the UK's Standout Clean Tech Companies Open Up to U.S. Partners and Investors; "Clean and Cool Mission" Participating in San Francisco Cleantech Forum

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Nineteen of the UK's most successful and promising clean technology businesses are in San Francisco and Silicon Valley this week, showcasing their technologies and meeting with investors, potential partners and customers.

Nineteen of the UK's most successful and promising clean technology businesses are in San Francisco and Silicon Valley this week, showcasing their technologies and meeting with investors, potential partners and customers.

Members of the mission will also attend and in some cases are presenting and exhibiting at Cleantech Forum in San Francisco taking place from February 24-26. The public-private Clean and Cool Mission 2010 is organized by the UK's Technology Strategy Board, UK Trade and Investment, Polecat, Volans and Enterprise UK and supported by Orrick, BP Alternative Energy and Cleantech Group.

In addition to gaining greater insight into the large U.S. market, the entrepreneurs behind some of UK's most innovative clean tech and environmentally friendly businesses bring to the U.S. proven experience and technologies honed in a highly carbon-regulated environment.

The companies cover the full spectrum of clean technologies, including solar, wind, and bio fuels, smart-grid technologies, clean energy efficient electric and hybrid car engine systems, and efficient use technologies such as carbon-negative building (ModCell Ltd), natural ventilation systems (Breathing Buildings), and building performance analysis tools (Integrated Environmental Solutions).

Companies such as carbon accounting firm AMEE provide a web services platform that helps track and measure carbon consumption, and Passivsystems develops smart home systems for the mass market. In similar vein consumer clean tech brand DIY Kyoto is the creator of Wattson the high-design, energy monitor.

Other such as Evince Technology harness diamond technology to deliver power electronic devices for sustainable electrical energy, while Diverse Energy provides green power solutions for telecommunications companies. Isentropic delivers pumped heat electrical energy storage technology, and Xeros is focused on reducing energy and water usage in the global laundry market with the planned introduction of its patented polymer cleaning system.

Some companies such as Juice Technology a maker of LED fixtures and control systems already have U.S. partners and are looking to address new markets. In the case of Juice that means integrating high efficiency power and data communication into office furniture.

Other leading clean tech companies making up the mission include, Intelligent Energy a clean power systems company with a range of leading fuel cell and hydrogen generation technologies. The company this year launched the Suzuki Burgman Fuel Cell Scooter in the U.K., and are leading a program to develop a fleet of fuel cell London taxis by 2012 in time for the Olympics.

EVO Electric develops and manufactures advanced electric machines, hybrid drive trains and generator sets for a wide range of applications including hybrid and electrical vehicles.

Other companies include Microsharp Solar a developer and manufacturer of microprismatic Fresnel Optics for the Concentrated Solar Power market.

Acquaramine Power, a wave power company that has developed a hydro-electric wave energy converter called Oyster.

Artemis, with proven technology in developing digital hydraulic hybrid vehicles, is now focused on the wind turbine market using the same transmission system.

Diverse Energy offers green power solutions to the telecommunications industry.

Hydro Venturi targets the hydropower industry solving treatment challenges while generating inexpensive, clean power.

Nexeon is a battery materials and licensing company developing silicon anodes that provide lighter batteries with more power and longer lifetime between charges

Oxford Catalysts produces catalysts for the generation of clean fuels, from conventional fossil fuels and renewable sources such as biomass.

For more information about these companies and the Mission organizing groups, visit http://www.cleanandcoolmission.com.

The 19 companies are:

o Aquamarine Power
o Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd
o Breathing Buildings Ltd (previously E-Stack Ltd)
o Diverse Energy Ltd
o DIY Kyoto
o Evince Technology Ltd
o EVO Electric Ltd
o HydroVenturi Limited
o Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd
o Intelligent Energy
o Isentropic Limited
o Juice Technology Limited
o Microsharp Corporation Ltd
o ModCell Limited
o Nexeon Ltd
o Oxford Catalysts Group plc
o PassivSystems Ltd
o Xeros Ltd

About the Mission Organizers:

The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led executive non-departmental public body, established by the UK Government. Its role is to promote and support research into, and development and exploitation of, technology and innovation for the benefit of UK business. It is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). http://www.innovateuk.org.

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the British government organization that helps overseas companies bring high quality investment to the UK and also helps UK-based companies succeed in an increasingly global economy. http://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk

Polecat is a market intelligence company. Polecat's product, MeaningMine, enables strategic decision-makers such as the Technology Strategy Board to better understand the environment in which they work surfacing emerging and dominant trends, influencers and perception statistics.

Volans. Focusing on the business of social innovation, Volans is part think-tank, part consultancy, part broker and part incubator. Volans works globally with entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and governments to develop and scale innovative solutions to financial, social and environmental challenges. http://www.volans.com.

Enterprise UK Enterprise UK gives people the skills, confidence and ambition to be enterprising, through four programs of work promoting enterprise for now and for the future, globally and locally. http://ww.enterpriseuk.org

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is a global law firm with more than 1,100 lawyers in 21 offices. Orrick's Emerging Companies Group is a multidisciplinary group of lawyers that merges deep experience and commitment to high-growth businesses with a global platform that scales with its clients as they grow. http://www.orrick.com/emerging

BP Alternative Energy, launched in November 2005, is a portfolio of some of the fastest growing energy businesses in the world today. The portfolio includes wind, solar, hydrogen power and alternative energies including advanced biofuels and the capture and storage of carbon dioxide from traditional fossil fuels. http://www.bpalternativenergy.com

The Cleantech Group pioneered clean technology as an investment category in 2002. Since its inception, the Cleantech Group has focused on providing insight, business opportunities and relationships that catalyze the growth of cleantech markets worldwide, through 3 distinct services: Research, Advisory Services and Events. http://www.cleantech.com

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