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Friday, March 20, 2009
CleanEquity Monaco 2009
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HSH Prince Albert II At The 2009 CleanEquity Investment Awards

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco awarded the three 2009 CleanEquity Monaco prizes to the winning companies in Monte-Carlo today. The three winning companies were General Fusion, Solar ETC, and Biograde. This was the second successful year for CleanEquity Monaco, which brings incubator and rapid growth Cleantech companies in front of potential major investors,and additionally gives them world media coverage and enhanced opportunities for success. The 2009 CleanEquity Monaco was hosted by Innovator Capital and the Monaco Chamber of Economic Development (CDE).

Prince Albert reiterated the commitment that Monaco has to the world environment and Monaco's associative efforts with other countries that border the Mediterranean to develop sustainable solutions in the interests of the Mediterranean's marine life. In October of last year, Monaco hosted the 2nd International Symposium On The Ocean In A High-CO2 World, which brought 155 scientists from 26 nations together to solidify an awareness and response mechanism to save our oceans and seas. Also on March 17, 2009, the Prince's 'Foundation Albert II' sponsored the 5th World Water Forum in Istanbul, Turkey,which aims to develop sustainable solutions for drinking water in developing countries. 

The Prince also spoke of the long history that Monaco has that transcends many generations in scientific study and awareness efforts towards the apprecition of the global environment. He said he now sees a glimmer of hope that with the United States Obama Administration there can be effective leadership towards a new appreciation and support for the implementation of sustainable solutions to combat climate change and the world's accelerating global pollution.

Previous stars of CleanEquity Monaco have included companies like Think of Norway, manufacturers of the popular Think City electric car, who went on to secure additional funding from General Electric and from venture capital partners Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers. Prince Albert conveyed his appreciation to all who had made this year's CleanEquity Monaco a success, and said that the people assembled in the auditorium represented part of the significant change needed to help secure our future.

The winners of the three 2009 CleanEquity Monaco Awards were in the following categories -

EXCELLENCE IN THE FIELD OF ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH

The award went to General Fusion, a privately held development company commercialising magnetised target fusion for energy production. The runners up in this category were third - Surfect Technologies, and second - Catch The Wind.

EXCELLENCE IN THE FIELD OF ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT

The winner was Solar ETC, a development stage company that has developed a state of the art advanced scalable solar thermal power plant with long-term storage capabilities. The runners up were third - Oxford Catalysts, and second - Hansen Industries.

EXCELLENCE IN THE FIELD OF ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALISATION

The award went to Biograde, a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of biodegradeable packaging resins derived from renewable sources for the global plastics packaging industry. The runners up were third - BGI Ecotech, and second - Heleocentris.

FULL LIST OF COMPANIES PRESENTING AT 2009 CLEANEQUITY MONACO

The companies who presented at 2009 CleanEquity Monaco were: Air Water Treatment, AlgaeLink, Aquamarine Power, Aquascientific, Applied Solar Technologies, BGI EcoTech, Biograde, BlueH Technologies, Borawind, Catch The Wind, Cellennium, Cerma Hyd, EnergyMixx, ErockIT, Firmus, Future-E Fuel Cells, General Fusion, Hansen Industries, Heliatek, Heliocentris, ITM Power, KL Energy,Nowait Transit, NTS, Oxford Catalysts, Power Si, PVflex Solar, Quimera Project, Solar ETC, SolarEmpower, SOMS Technologies, Surfect Technologes, Theodoma, Tidal Sails, TMO Renewables, Zeba Solar.

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