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Presenting our 10 Big Ideas winners, which are some of the most innovative in the digital energy space, and have novel “Big Ideas” for how to use information technology to fight climate change. The winners will present at Green:Net 2011 on April 21 in San Francisco.

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The GigaOM Network is very excited to announce the startups we’ve selected to be the 10 Big Ideas winners for Green:Net 2011. These are companies that are some of the most innovative in the digital energy space, and have novel “Big Ideas” for how to use information technology — from software to the web to computing to mobile networks — to fight climate change.

This year, we decided to highlight companies across the board, from a couple of early stage firms, to a few companies that have gained considerable traction in the market place and millions of dollars in funding. The main component of our selection was ideas that spark the imagination (think big), have the potential to be a game-changer, and use IT in a novel way to lead to energy efficiency, the proliferation of clean power or greener transportation.

The 10 Big Ideas winners will present their innovations before the audience at Green:Net 2011, on April 21 in San Francisco. Hundreds of companies entered the Green:Net Big Ideas competition, and these 10 winners were selected by a team of GigaOM editors and industry judges.

The 10 winners of Green:Net Big Ideas are:

  • SeaMicro offers a redesigned server optimized for today’s data center workloads, resulting in a system that uses one-quarter the power and space of traditional servers.
  • Power Tagging is a smart grid company that digitally “tags” the power grid to produce energy enabling applications, helping utilities and consumers save money.
  • Viridity Energy provides innovative distributed demand management software systems and services, which transforms large energy consumers into 24/7 virtual power plants.
  • Virtual Vehicle Company enables greener transportation by combining cell phones, cloud computing, and smart algorithms to deliver rich data about when, where, how, and why people move.
  • Transphorm provides cost-competitive and easy-to-embed power conversion modules that reduce energy loss by up to 90 percent and redefine electric power conversion.
  • Fenix International produces ultra-affordable power generation and smart energy storage solutions that empower more than 1.5 billion people living off-grid.
  • BuildingIQ delivers predictive energy optimization software to reduce energy consumption, automate demand response events, and simplify operations for commercial buildings.
  • Calxeda has developed ARM-based server-on-a-chip technology that dramatically lowers the cost and power usage of Internet-scale server solutions.
  • Earth Networks. Beyond owning the WeatherBug brand, Earth Networks is building the world’s first privately funded global greenhouse gas observation and sensor network.
  • Phononic Devices produces high-efficiency thermoelectric devices that use electricity to remove heat for cooling and refrigeration, and conversely, harvest waste heat for power generation.

I’m really looking forward to Green:Net this year! Other speakers beyond the Big Ideas group include: NRG Energy CEO David Crane, Google’s Green Energy Czar Bill Weihl, DOE Loan Chief Jonathan Silver, Autodesk  CEO Carl Bass, cleantech investing pioneer Sunil Paul, SilverLake Kraftwerk Partners Adam Grosser & Cathy Zoi, Microsoft’s Environmental Strategist Rob Bernard, OPower CEO Daniel Yates, Control4 CEO Will West, Silver Spring Networks founder and CMO Eric Dresselhuys and many more. To see the complete schedule, see here.

Don’t wait to buy tickets; they’re selling fast. Previous years were sold out. Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities contact Mike Sly, at Sly AT gigaom.com. See you there!

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