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Illinois organizations awarded for environmental efforts

Submitted by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Twenty-five Illinois companies and organizations have been honored for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain...

Niche green products gain share in recession

As consumers pinched pennies during the recession, many put aside environmental concerns and opted for lower-priced products, the New York Times reported. As a...

Tech startups vie for funding at Midwest Energy Forum

By Ann Meyer The major automakers might get credit for launching electric vehicles into the marketplace, but they couldn t have done it...

How green are the clothes on your back?

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition plans to catalog the environmental impact of apparel making and assign sustainability scores to garments based on its findings, The...

Chicago to add 280 electric car charging stations

By Ann Meyer With 280 electric car charging stations to be installed at Chicago-area plazas by the end of the year,  recharging an electric...

Giant Greenbuild expo beckons smaller players

Small companies with environmental products or services were among 27 employers participating in a a "green" jobs fair that attracted 500  Chicago-area job seekers...

Wind energy start-ups seek capital to power up

With momentum building for clean energy, Chicago entrepreneurs Elizabeth Iwanicki and Giovanni Bonomi say demand for their wind turbines is accelerating. Once they seal deals with prospective customers in the United States and abroad, their start-up, Tempest Wind Energy Inc., plans to add workers and move to a larger manufacturing facility, they said. We know we will get the orders. I want to bring this business to Chicago. The whole idea is to get employment here, Iwanicki said.

Chicago’s cutting-edge clean-energy firms seek funding to meet demand

AllCell, launched in 2001 with technology developed at Illinois Institute of Technology, offers a patented phase-change material technology that absorbs the heat generated from lithium batteries, making them safer and doubling their lifespan, Al-Hallaj said. The batteries are currently being used to power electric scooters and bikes, but soon will be in electric and plug-in hybrid automobiles and trucks, he said. The company has been selling to the military since 2008 and currently is working with top automakers, he said.

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