Press for Disruptive Technology

The University of Minnesota has licensed its solar and wind energystorage system to SustainX, a developer of energy storage technologies. The storage system was developed last year by a team of researchers led by Professor Perry Li. The system was developed to help make the storage of solar and wind energies more efficient, which would also make them more alluring for use in business, industry, and residential endeavors. SustainX will be using the system to create new storage technologies that may accomplish the goals University of Minnesota researchers had envisioned.

SustainX, Inc., developer of an industry-leading, transformative technology for utility-scale bulk energy storage using compressed air, today announced that it recently received four new U.S. patents that provide additional innovations for its isothermal compressed air energy storage (ICAES™) technology.

Mascoma Corporation, a renewable fuels company, and Lallemand Ethanol Technology, a leading supplier of fermentation ingredients to fuel ethanol producers, announced today that they have entered into a commercial agreement with Pacific Ethanol Columbia, LLC, the owner of the ethanol production facility located in Boardman, Oregon and operated by Pacific Ethanol, Inc., (NASDAQ: PEIX), the leading marketer and producer of low-carbon renewable fuels in the Western United States. The agreement provides terms and pricing for any purchases of the Mascoma Grain Technology, or MGT™, yeast product for use at Pacific Ethanol Columbia, a facility with annual production capacity of 40 million gallons, and also provides for the extension of these terms and pricing to three additional plants operated by Pacific Ethanol. The four Pacific Ethanol plants have a combined annual production capacity of approximately 200 million gallons.

Stion, a leading manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film solar modules, has received both Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL) and International Electrotechnical Commissions (IEC) certifications to ship modules produced at its Hattiesburg, Miss., factory.