Oregon has one company on global cleantech roster

By Christina Williams

October 2, 2012 – Oregon barely registers on a roster of the top clean technology companies in the world with just one company represented on the list: Agilyx Corp.

The Tigard-based company, which has technology to convert waste plastic to synthetic crude oil, was the only Oregon cleantech startup to catch the attention of the panel of experts and researchers who put together the Global Cleantech 100.

The list is put out every year by the Cleantech Group LLC, a San Francisco-based research, event and advisory firm.

Venture-based Agilyx, which is the most likely candidate to become the region’s first official cleantech IPO, also made the list in 2011.

Agilyx closed on a $25 million funding round at the end of last year, and counts Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Waste Management Inc. and Total S.A. among its investors.

The company licenses its waste-converstion technology to other firms.

In August, Agilyx named Ross M. Patten as its new chairman and CEO.

The Pacific Northwest overall was not well represented on the Global Cleantech 100 with just one company in Washington and two in British Columbia, Canada.

California had 37 cleantech companies on the list, which includes clean technology companies that work on everything from more efficient solar panels to biofuels to cleaner water. There were also 37 companies from outside the U.S., including Canada.

Colorado had three companies on the list including ZeaChem Inc., an alternative fuels company that is operating a biorefinery in Oregon.

The Guardian points out that water technology had a strong showing on this year’s list with 11 companies.