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ReliOn lands on major list of 200 green-tech pioneering firms

Spokane's ReliOn has landed on a notable industry list: the AlwaysOn Going Green Silicon Valley Global 200 listing of notable tech firms. Basically, it's a checklist of major firms that are moving the ball forward in green technology.

The list was compiled from U.S. and international tech companies that were nominated by investors, bankers, journalists and technology industry insiders. 

Two other Washington firms landed on the list as well:

ReliOn announces another round of backing, expanding sales goals

Spokane Valley fuel cell developer, ReliOn, announced Tuesday it's gained an additional $6 million in further investment from its existing backers.

The money, according to a ReliOn release, will help push further U.S. commercial sales and expand marketing and sales internationally.

The focus in Europe derives, in part, from ReliOn's recently announced partnership with HOPPECKE Batteriren GmbH, a major European innovator and producer of battery systems.

A press release Tuesday noted that privately held ReliOn has enjoyed a nice upward swing in sales and gross profit.

The release also quoted CEO Gary Flood saying, "With this funding, we are able to accelerate a number of important programs currently underway which move the company toward our objective of becoming the first profitable fuel cell company."

ReliOn’s fuel cell product takes a third at CTIA Wireless 2011

Spokane Valley's ReliOn won a third prize in this year's CTIA Wireless E-Tech awards competition, held in Orlando.

The company's new E-2500 Fuel Cell System came in third in the "green telecom and smart energy solutions category. The winner in that category is the What You See is Photovoltaic Surface, by WYSIPS LLC. Second place went to the LilyPad developed by Wireless NRG, LL.

Media and analysts judged the entries on innovation, functionality, importance, implementation and overall "wow" factor. The entries are on view at www.ctiashow.com/awards.

The E-2500 is marketed toward telecom companies and government users.

The top two green telecom winners both offered innovative physical surface-based systems that convert solar or existing light to energy. The full green telecom category can be viewed here.

ReliOn’s E-2500 has turned some heads, nominated for a CTIA green-tech award

Spokane's ReliOn has one of its new fuel-cell backup systems nominated in the annual CTIA e-Tech Awards, given to companies introducing emerging new products in technology.

The company's microwave-oven-sized E-2500 fuel cell system has been named a finalist in the Green Telecom & Smart Energy Solutions, Applications and Hardware cagegory.

There are 14 separate categories in this year's CTIA contest, with winners chosen by popular vote.

The full list of nominees is here. Winners will be announced at International CTIA WIRELESS® 2011, taking place March 22-24 in Orlando, Florida.

The E-2500 fuel cell is the third in a new ReliOn product line, the E-series.

The E-2500 provides 2,500 watts of power in a chassis that's 14 inches tall by 23 inches wide, and roughly 60 percent of the size of ReliOn’s 2,000-watt T-2000. 

The ReliOn E-2500 is marketed as a backup power solution. It provides electricity for up to 24 hours for equipment needing up to 10 killowatts of power. Higher power configurations are available as well. 

The main market is wireless telecommunications firms. Other ReliOn customers are in wireline telecoms, government and transportation networks communications. 


Senate commitee approves defense bill, with Spokane earmarks intact

The 2011 Defense Department appropriations bill, which we mentioned in an earlier post here, has moved through the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The vote was 18-12. The bill includes three items items inserted by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., which provides money for three Spokane tech agencies or firms.

Those items are covered in the earlier post. The next step is consideration of the bill by the full Senate. It’s not clear when that will occur.


Murray pushing defense dollars for Spokane area tech projects

Patty Murray, D-Wash., has added language to the 2011 defense appropriation bill that would benefit area businesses and organizations. Here are the key Eastern Washington items added to the bill, which is now being considered by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

  1. Washington State University’s Applied Science Laboratory: $1 million to be used to establish a fuel and energy lab at the ASL in Spokane. One goal is to work with Spokane’s ReliOn in developing alternative energy sources for the Navy.
  2. WSU’s Positron Capture and Storage Project: $3 million for reseach into positron storage,  a high-density, concentrated non-nuclear energy source.
  3. Spokane tech company Next IT: $1.5 million to design and develop virtual agent software to help servicemembers, vets and families obtain information about care and treatment.