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May 31, 2016

Announcing the 2016 FLoW Competition Winners

Stanford University’s XStream Trucking team won the US Department of Energy sponsored $50,000 first prize at the 2016 First Look West (FLoW) competition held at the Caltech on May 18, 2016. XStream’s patented GapGorilla technology deploys a device at highway speeds that closes the gap between a truck’s cab and trailer, reducing drag and improving fuel economy by up to four per cent.

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2015 Caltech SISCA Winners

December 17, 2015

Dow and Caltech's Resnick Institute Collaborate to Recognize Student Innovations in Sustainability

As the world is increasingly focused on reducing carbon emissions because of COP21, Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute has come together with The Dow Chemical Company to award a number of exceptional young scientists and engineers the Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) for outstanding student achievement in sustainability innovation.

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October 1, 2015

Caltech Opens Nominations for Resonate Awards

Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute has announced that nominations are open for the 2016 Resonate Awards. The awards bring attention to up-and-coming innovators who are making outstanding contributions to renewable energy or sustainability-related science and technology. Nominees can be under the age of 40 from anywhere around the world.

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July 7, 2015

2015 Resonate Award Winners Announced

Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute has honored five innovators with creative solutions to cutting CO2 emissions. Recognizing the need for substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to reduce the risks of climate change, this year’s recipients of the Resonate Awards for sustainability have developed an array of technologies aimed at cutting the largest sources of them.

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June 19, 2015

Can Lessons From the California Drought Help Conquer the Global Water Problem?

Is it possible that lessons learned from addressing the California drought can lead to insights that will help water-starved locales around the world? Neil Fromer, Executive Director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech thinks it can, but only if we both solve today’s problems and create a generalizable solution for future droughts.

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May 19, 2015

New Advance in Energy Storage wins Top Prize at FLoW

Axiom Exergy, led by a Stanford University team, won the $75,000 First Place prize at the Fourth Annual First Look West (FLoW) Regional competition, with technology that could save the food industry millions of dollars in energy costs.

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April 7, 2015

Solar is Finally Coming into Wide View

Today’s worldwide active adoption of solar power means that it is finally beginning to have substantial impact on environmental sustainability, according to Dr. Harry Atwater, Caltech’s Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science.

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November 21, 2014

Why is it Harder to be a Cleantech Entrepreneur?

With the launch of the First Look West (FLoW) 2.0 competition, the difficult question of how to become a successful cleantech entrepreneur is being addressed.

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October 1, 2014

Resnick Institute Launches Postdoctural Program to Support Big Leaps in Sustainability Science

At Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute some of the world’s best young scientists have begun their postdoctoral fellowships to develop ideas that could have transformational impact on the earth’s environment over the long term.

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August 15, 2014

2015 Resonate Award Nominations Open

Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute has announced that nominations are open for the 2015 Resonate Awards. The awards are designed to bring attention to unheralded innovators with provocative ideas that contribute to long term sustainability.

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June 17, 2014

FLoW Winner Sweeps Top Prizes at DOE’s National Competition

REEcycle, the team whose passion is turning electronic waste into resources for superefficient wind turbines and electric motors, has taken the top prize at the DOE’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition (NCEBPC), in Washington D.C.

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May 19, 2014

Resonate Award Winners Announced

To promote innovative and potentially game-changing solutions to some of the hardest problems in alternative energy and the environment, Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute has announced the winners of the 2014 Resonate Awards.

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May 15, 2014

Recycling Innovator Wins at FLoW

Turning waste from hard drives into critical resources used in the most efficient wind turbines and electric motors is REEcycle’s passion, the Texas team that won the $100,000 First Place prize at the Third Annual First Look West (FLoW) Regional competition.

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May 14, 2014

Atwater Calls for Change

Resnick Sustainability Institute Director Harry Atwater to challenge that business and industry pay too little attention to long-term innovation in sustainability and the environment.

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March 25, 2014

Resonate Awards Advisory Panel Announced

Thought leaders from Google, Facebook, governments, media, science and academia to choose awardees for the Resnick Sustainability Institute's annual Resonate Awards. The Resonate Awards recognize individuals for provocative and creative solutions to difficult sustainability and environmental challenges.

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November 18, 2013

Dow and Caltech’s Resnick Institute Partner to Award Student Innovators In Sustainability

This Year’s SISCA Award recipients include scientists who are developing new ways to protect the Earth from harmful chemical waste.

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October 1, 2013

Energy and Environmental Sustainability Demand International Community Work Together to Conquer Tough Challenges

Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute Director congratulates Taiwan and calls for more international cooperation programs to be created.

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August 21, 2013

Resnick Sustainability Institute Launches "Resonate" Awards

The Resnick Sustainability Institute at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has announced that it has established an award that will honor cutting-edge work that addresses some of the hardest problems in energy and sustainability.

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July 24, 2013

Resnick Sustainability Institute and FORTUNE Magazine to Partner on Innovation

At FORTUNE’s Brainstorm Tech Conference this week, a partnership between Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute and FORTUNE was announced designed to identify innovative work being done in the field of sustainability.

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July 8, 2013

Dr. Harry Atwater to Discuss Photonic Technology at Intersolar

Dr. Harry A. Atwater, will discuss innovative photonic concepts for PV (photovoltaic) technology that have the potential to enable solar efficiencies of over 50%. Today's most commonly available solar technologies have reached 20% efficiency or below.

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June 11, 2013

Caltech Alumni Honored at DOE Sponsored First Look West (FLoW) Competition

A student team who worked with Caltech’s Resnick Sustainability Institute have won second place in the western finals of the DOE business plan competition: First Look West (FloW). The team, called Chai Energy, is developing a mobile phone app for monitoring energy usage in the home.

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Frances Arnold

June 4, 2013

Resnick Institute Scientist Honored With Eni Award in Renewable and Non-Conventional Energy—For Second Year

A principal scientific investigator at Caltech's Resnick Institute, Dr. Frances Arnold, has received this year’s Eni Award in Renewable and Non-Conventional Energy. This follows last year’s Eni award to Dr. Harry A. Atwater, Director of the Resnick Institute.

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May 1, 2013

Cisco and Resnick Sustainability Institute Working Towards Improved Future Power System Architectures

The Cisco Connected Energy Networks business unit is working with the Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech on important research toward a clean distributed energy future.

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April 18, 2013

Sustainability Innovations Showcased at First Look West (FLoW)

The second annual First Look West (FLoW) competition will star university cleantech entrepreneurs whose innovations may transform our energy future.

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