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Panel will discuss clean energy ideas

A panel of clean technology industry leaders will discuss what's happening around the topic of Clean Energy at a Greater Spokane Inc.-sponsored discussion June 15 at The Spokane Club. It runs from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sponsors are CH2MHILL and Avista.
 
The topics range from sustainable aviation fuels, City of Spokane's energy initiatives, free-market environmental policies and other issues. The event is billed as the third annual update on clean energy practices.
 
Panelists include:
  • Lisa Brown, State Senate majority leader
  • Mary Verner, Mayor, City of Spokane
  • Kim Zentz, Executive Director of Sirti 
  • Ross McFarlane, senior adviser, Business Partnerships, Climate Solutions
  • Todd Myers, director, Center for the Environment, Washington Policy Center  

Hal Calbom, host of the well-regarded film “Evergreen: The Washington Clean Tech Story,” will moderate.

 

The session will include questions and answers from the audience. Admission is $10, increasing to $15 starting June 9. To register at http://events.greaterspokane.org.

 

Sirti sponsors tech innovation workshop April 29

Sirti, the state-funded economic support center for regional tech companies, is hosting an April 29 “Invention to Venture” workshop, at the Spokane Academic Center, WSU Riverpoint Campus.  The session runs from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Here's the description offered by Sirti: “A fast-paced workshop for science and technology students and faculty, as well as members of the university and business communities. Got a great idea for an invention? Not sure how to move your innovation or invention forward? Want to be more innovative in your business? Want to meet cool inventors and get inspired?  Join us for an exciting one-day workshop on the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship, invention and innovation!”

Cost is $30, $15 for students. Lunch is included.

To register go to http://invention2venture.org/wsu2011
  

Sirti’s John Overby joins Valley tech startup Flyback Energy

  John Overby, the director of client services at Sirti, has announced he's leaving in January for a new job.

Overby has been with state-funded startup-accelerator Sirti for almost six years.

He's taking the job of president and CEO of Spokane Valley startup Flyback Energy. That company was started in 2003 by three area engineers.

Overby and other Sirti staff have helped Flyback get their business plan sharpened. In fact, Overby liked what he saw on the drawing board and decided to join the company at a key point — within 12 months of the firm's first product release.

Flyback Energy has patented processes that are designed to tap into wasted electromagnetic energy — technically what engineers call flyback. Overby said the company will sell products —  the first group will be essentially a switch that is plugged into wall circuits — that capture and reuse some of the inherent wasted energy in an electrical circuit.

Overby has helped launch two other area companies, Advanced Hardware Architecture, based in Moscow  and Advanced Input Devices, in North Idaho.

“I hope No. 3 will be bigger than those two,” he said.

Two area firms get green-energy grants and loans from Sirti Foundation

Five statewide tech companies will receive $1.5 million in loans and grants from the Sirti Foundation, including two area firms developing energy technologies.

The money comes from an award from Washington’s Department of Commerce Energy Program, funded through the federal stimulus package. The goal is to assist companies to create high-quality jobs in energy-saving areas or environmentally beneficial products.

The two Spokane companies receiving grants and loans are:

  • $350,000 to Demand Energy Networks, a Liberty Lake firm developing Demand Shifter, an energy storage device that extracts energy from the grid, stores electricity in its batteries, and reintroduces energy back into the grid when it is needed. It will get $100,000 in loans and $250,000 in grants.  The company was launched in 2008. The grant anticipates creation of 49 additional jobs and leveraging $3,410,943 in additional funding.

The Spokesman-Review ran a story this past January on Demand Energy Networks. It’s here and includes the photo above, showing Randi Neilsen, a company executive. 

  • $200,000 to Great Northern Spokane, LLC, which is creating a geothermal heat pump demonstration project in the former Burlington Norther Santa Fe terminal acquired this year by energy management company, McKinstry.

The award provides a $100,000 loan plus a $100,000 grant. The goal is for McKinstry to use the project as a demonstration to work with other companies looking for energy savings. The project estimates eight new jobs.

Read the rest of the story below.

Inland Northwest Partners hosts its annual meeting Nov. 18

If it seems not enough discussion or energy is focused on economic development in the Inland Northwest, we suggest people go find out in person, at the annual meeting of Inland Northwest Partners.

That event is Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside in downtown Spokane. 

INP is an organization of communities, economic development entities and individuals looking to boost the economic profile of North Idaho and Eastern Washington. The non-profit organization advocates a “grow from within” philosophy and works to empower smaller communities and regional groups.

The meeting’s keynote speaker is De Scott, (in photo) founder and owner of Simply Northwest, a  successful  Spokane Valley retail business. Her remarks are titled: “Steps to Small Business Success.”

Cost for members is $30 and $50 for non-members. To register, go to www.imwp.org, or e-mail inlandnorthwest@comcast.net.


Money to start two export readiness centers

Spokane-area firms looking seriously at exporting products overseas will soon have a new “export readiness center” to assist them.

With a $1.28-million grant from the state Community Economic Revitalization Board, WSU Spokane will host two such centers; one will be in the Seattle area, the second will likely be in the Sirti building, at the Riverpoint Campus. The grant runs for two years.

Spokane already has the International Trade Alliance, a member-backed effort to increase and encourage export trade for area firms.

Brett Rogers, state director of the Washington Small Business Development Center, said the two agencies will work cooperatively. “We will leverage what they do and they will help us the same way,” he said. Some of the training materials that the ITA has will be made available to the export readiness center.

Companies that sign up for the service will receive an assessment of export options and guidance in exporting. Those services are free, said Rogers. The SBDC however does charge for training.

The program focus will be on companies who have not done extensive exporting. As a first step, those client companies will likely be advised to work initially with less-challenging export partners, such as Canada, Japan and Mexico. The export barriers to major markets, like China and India, are larger and take additional levels of sophistication to enter, he said. 

For information on the program, call the SBDC operated by WSU Spokane, at 509-358-7767.


 

Washington companies doing green tech: fed money and how to get it

Companies in Washington with clean-energy projects or energy-saving products can apply for federal money through a program being managed by Sirti.

A Thursday, Sept. 23, workshop at Sirti’s downtown Spokane building will detail the guidelines of the program. The $1.5 million to be awarded comes from the federal Recovery Act and is administered by the Commerce Department.

That meeting starts at 10 a.m. in the Sirti board room; it can also be attended online.

The money will be distributed in grants and loans to firms doing business in Washington.

Sirti market development director Linda Hemingway said applicants must apply for both a grant and a loan. Each qualifying company will receive from $100,000 to $500,000, Hemingway said

She said the expectation is that four to seven firms will receive the awards and loans. Applicants’ projects must be beyond the research stage and be ready for commercial development.

 

Sirti website hacked over the weekend

MODIFIED with new information, updated at 6:00 p.m. July 6:

An unknown hacker took advantage of a web vulnerability to redirect the Sirti.org website to an Iranian website over the weekend.

The Sirti main page was replaced by a page with Arabic words, a reference to the Persian Gulf and the phrase “Hacked by ::F-B-I::”

After 30 seconds the page then redirected to a Website based in Iran, said Linda Hemingway, the Sirti director of market development and communications. That page includes an e-mail address that could be that of the person responsible, she said.

She said the hacker did not breach Sirti information, other than change the appearance of the main page.  Sirti staff upgraded the page’s security settings and restored the original content by Monday morning, she added.

Sirti is a state agency that provides technology innovation and business services for area tech companies.

Hemingway said Sirti has no plans to take further action regarding the hack.

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