Oregon BEST E-news Masthead
January, 2011    
In This Issue...
Oregon BEST Commercialization Grants Announced
UO Launches State's 1st PhD in Architecture
Securing up to $1.2M for Oregon Sustainability Center
RESEARCHER SPOTLIGHT: Chang Innovates Solar Gain
Oregon BEST Researchers Make Headlines in the News
Events & Deadlines


ARPA-E announces its High Density Thermal Energy Storage Workshop that brings together a diverse community of scientists and engineers to develop new ideas and identify the most promising R&D pathways for thermal energy storage.
Arlington, VA


U.S. Dept. of Energy's joint ARPA-E/EERE workshop Addressing Power Electronics in Photovoltaic Systems, examines innovations in modules and power electronics, system integration, and increasing the value of power electronics within the PV system without exceeding the $1/W PV system cost target. Washington, DC



The Oregon Entrepreneurs Network's ANGEL OREGON 2011, one of the nation's premiere angel investing competitions, spotlights promising Oregon and SW Washington companies. Portland, OR



Investors associated with the SOUTHERN OREGON ANGEL CONFERENCE will announce $125,000 investment in early-stage companies. Medford, OR


(submission deadline)

Business Plan submissions for the May 12th WILLAMETTE ANGEL CONFERENCE are due March 21st for the $150,000 investment prize. Corvallis, OR

APRIL 12-13

Future Energy Conference brings together members of the energy industry, policy makers, energy project hosts, and users of energy services. Combines both renewable energy and energy efficiency, and features project development, energy policy and strategy, and in-depth business analysis of key technology sectors. Portland, OR 



The GORGE ANGEL CONFERENCE matches the Columbia Gorge's brightest companies with qualified investors of the Gorge Angel Network and an investment prize of $100,000. The Dalles, OR 

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Executive Director's Report

New Year = More Commercialization

David Kenney portrait
Happy 2011 to all our Oregon BEST stakeholders, a group that's grown considerably over the past year! With our Member Faculty now numbering 190 and with more than 250 attendees at Oregon BEST FEST 2010 in September, we are now engaged with hundreds of Oregon businesses, entrepreneurs, economic development entities, nonprofits, universities, and other organizations who share our goal of Fueling Oregon's Green Economy.
With a strong research base of tens of millions of dollars annually flowing into Oregon to fund sustainable built environment and renewable energy research, and a network that's grown to seven shared-user lab facilities available to industry and university researchers, we've ramped up our focus on commercialization activities - the process of turning research discoveries and knowledge into new products and services that companies deliver to customers, and in doing so, create jobs.

In 2010, we recruited a Commercialization Advisory Board and launched our Commercialization Grant Program (see news of our first awards below!). And our success winning a $1 million federal i6 Challenge Grant with ONAMI and OTRADI (Oregon's two other Signature Research Centers) means more activity and focus on technology commercialization in 2011.
We look forward to partnering with many of you to launch, promote, and catalyze technology innovations and economic successes in 2011 that reach all corners of Oregon and enable green job creation.
Happy New Year!
David Kenney, President & Executive Director

Commercialization Grants Announced
Oregon BEST funding supports Oregon Business-Industry teams

 indow windows

Green Lite Motors

Trillium FiberFuels

Corvallis Tool Company

Oregon BEST has
named four Oregon business-university teams to receive its inaugural round of Commercialization Grants.
The $250,000 in funding is aimed at fast-tracking development of some of the state's most promising renewable energy and sustainable built environment technologies so companies can move them to market more rapidly and create new clean-tech jobs for Oregonians.
The selected businesses will work closely with Oregon BEST researchers to test and further develop technologies ranging from thermal window inserts and high-density poplar wood to an enzyme that could dramatically lower the cost of biofuel production and a control system for a hybrid gas-electric urban commuter vehicle. Read the full story.

SPOTLIGHT on Oregon BEST Research

iSTAR Lab Joins Oregon BEST Network
Oregon BEST Investment Enables Testing of 'Green' Wall Systems

iSTAR Lab, overhead viewAn investment by Oregon BEST has added the existing infraStructure Testing & Research (iSTAR) Lab at Portland State University to our growing shared-user network of university-based research facilities.

The investment funds the design and installation of a new inertia mass system, a strong wall, and enhanced data acquisition equipment that allow researchers to test seismic characteristics of building materials and wall systems. The new inertia mass system combines with the lab's existing shake table for real-time earthquake simulation of structural components. 


Oregon BEST researcher, Peter Dusicka, directs the lab, where a group of 12 students assist with a range of research projects from urban and rural Oregon. Read the full story

UO Launches PhD in Architecture
Doctoral Program to focus on sustainable design

The University of UO Architecture StudentsOregon has launched the state's first PhD program in architecture, focusing on the art and science of sustainable design.

The new doctoral program offers students pursuing an advanced degree the opportunity to examine sustainability at multiple scales: city, building, and material. Many Oregon BEST researchers are affiliated with the UO Dept. of Architecture, which was ranked No. 1 last year in the U.S. in sustainable design education by DesignIntelligence, a journal that ranks the country's top architecture and design schools. More information about the new PhD program at: http://architecture.uoregon.edu.

Up to $1.2M for Sustainability Center

Funding Advances Oregon BEST-Led Research Agenda at Building

Oregon Sustainability CenterU.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the Oregon Sustainability Center (OSC) is one of 24 building projects nationwide that will receive between $200,000 and $1.2 million in technical assistance from the nation's top energy labs and consultants.

The award was issued to Oregon BEST, which helped apply for the funding and is leading the research agenda attached to the OSC, a planned high-rise, super-efficient building in downtown Portland that aims to meet the Living Building Challenge. Read the full story.
SPOTLIGHT on Oregon BEST Member Faculty

Innovating Solar Gain at OSU
Researcher Directs Oregon BEST Signature Research Facility

OSU's Chih-hung ChangOSU professor and Oregon BEST researcher Chih-Hung Chang directs  the Oregon Process Innovation Center (OPIC) for Sustainable Solar Cell Manufacturing, a signature research facility of Oregon BEST.

Chang, OPIC associate director Greg Herman, and their lab team are not only innovating new ways to reduce the cost of existing solar cell manufacturing processes, but their research in thin films (the high-precision application of nanometer scale chemical layers on substrates ranging from eye glasses to next-generation solar cells) is building bridges to Oregon's rapidly growing solar energy sector. Read the full story.

From top rankings to a Swedish green building company...
Oregon BEST Researchers IN THE NEWS...

Christine Theodoropoulosиии Head of the UO Department of Architecture, CHRISTINE THERADOPOLOUS, believes part of the reason behind the Department's continued high national ranking is that sustainable design and green building are deeply integrated into the programs and there is "a shared commitment among students and faculty that every project must be sustainable, in theory and in practice."  Full story...

Chih-hung Chang, OSUиии OSU chemical engineeringGreg Herman, OSU professors CHIH-HUNG CHANG and GREG HERMAN are using a new fabrication method to increase the production rate of nanoparticles by 500 times, while reducing the amount of environmentally harmful byproducts involvedFull story...

PSU Prof. Peter Dusickaиии PSU civil engineering professor PETER DUSICKA, who directs the iSTAR Lab, a signature research facility of Oregon BEST, has played a role in recruiting Fagerdala, a Swedish green building materials company, to site its North American headquarters in Portland. Full Story...


The Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center (Oregon BEST) connects Oregon businesses with the state's shared-user network of university facilities to transform green building and renewable energy research into on-the-ground products, services, and jobs that power Oregon's green economy. Oregon BEST's founding partner universities include Oregon State University, the Oregon Institute of Technology, Portland State University, and the University of Oregon.

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