This spotlight focuses on some of the North Bay people and companies that are creating new green technologies that are being put to work in the field daily. Know someone who should be here? Let us know. Listed alphabetically by innovator name.
Chief executive officer, KriStar Enterprises; 360 Sutton Place, Santa Rosa 95406; 707-524-8181; www.kristar.com
Doug Allard has been on the forefront of controlling stormwater erosion since he started KriStar Enterprises in 1993.
As federal and state regulations related to clean water and endangered species protection have increased, KriStar's line of products designed to keep washed-away pollutants such as sediment and petrochemicals out of waterways broadened. By the height of the construction boom, KriStar had 40 percent market share for stormwater management products such as fiber roll and fabric bag filters.
In 2008 Mr. Allard formed Cudo Stormwater Systems as more water-quality regulators called for construction sites not only to have slower and cleaner stormwater flow offsite but also to mimic the hydrological conditions of the site before construction, called low-impact development. Cudo Cube modular underground water-retention products include a tree-box cistern and a system for improving the sediment-sifting action of bioswales. –J.Q.
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President, chief executive officer, Deposition Sciences Inc.; 3300 Coffey Lane; Santa Rosa 95403; 707-573-6700; www.depsci.com
Lee Bartolomei and optical coating company DSI have been working on halogen lighting since the company was founded 25 years ago. Now, Philips Lighting and DSI are working together to meet the challenge of a probable ban on traditional incandescent bulbs.
According to Mr. Bartolomei, halogen bulbs give similar light to incandescent, but they last for two years and are twice as efficient. Also, they don't contain mercury like compact fluorescent bulbs, making them much safer to dispose of.
Regular halogen lights produce 14 to 20 lumens per watt. Energy-saving halogen bulbs produce 24 to 28 lumens per watt currently. DSI is working to increase that number to 45, which is expected to be the mandated minimum in the U.S. by 2020.
Mr. Bartolomei, who received a M.S. in mechanical engineering at U.C. Berkeley and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara, is the founder of DSI and has served as DSI's president, CEO and chairman of the board since the company's inception in 1985.
Mr. Bartolomei has 43 years of experience in the optical coating industry. He worked for Optical Coating Laboratory Inc. for nearly 20 years, holding the position of senior vice president of operations before he left to found DSI.
Mr. Bartolomei holds several patents for precision optical coatings, optical components and coating deposition processes. –L.S.
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President, chief executive officer, ThermaSource; 3883 Airway Drive, Ste. 340; Santa Rosa 95403; 707-523-2960; www.thermasource.com
Starting out in the petroleum drilling industry, Louis Capuano moved into geothermal drilling in the 1980s, first for Hughes Aircraft Corp. and then as CEO of his own geothermal drilling consultancy ThermaSource.
During the past two years, answering the demand for more clean, sustainable geothermal power, Mr. Capuano has taken his company from a three-man operation to the largest geothermal drilling outfit in the world today, with 220 employees and a fleet of 10 drilling rigs. He has raised $93 million in venture and private capital.