AST wins Cleantech Challenge!

The second annual Mining Cleantech Challenge took place at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver, Colo. on March 29, 2018. Ten companies were invited to compete for the grand prize of $5,000 in a final pitch round before a group of high-caliber companies within the mining industry. Resident Enterprise Partner of the Energy Institute, Access Sensor Technologies (AST) won the competition (and the giant check) with their easy-to-use water analysis test cards.

AST’s business-card sized tests can be used by mining companies to detect the presence of metals like iron, copper, zinc, lead, and cadmium in water and soil. This technology was first conceived at CSU and has since been refined at AST. Though other base-metal testing methods exist, AST’s test cards are easy to use, require no special training, and provide clear quantifiable results. These benefits translate into cost savings and improved efficiency for mining companies.

“It was a really positive experience,” said Thomas Reilly, Chief Scientific Officer at the company, who pitched the idea alongside AST’s Research Director Josephine Hofstetter who said that participating in the challenge was “a great opportunity that we’re hopeful will lead to new partnerships and investments,” and added that they plan to use their winnings to increase visibility and adoption of their test cards.

Please join us in congratulating AST on their exciting win!

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