10 Cleantech Companies Greening the Olympics

The smoggy skies of Beijing might not clear up, but plenty of clean technologies have been deployed in preparation for the Olympic games. And that has meant good business for green firms all over the world. China invested $12 billion in renewable energy last year, through which the Department of Commerce can guide you with its primer on China’s green energy investment opportunities for American companies.

But America is hardly the only one helping China green the games. Here’s a roundup of 10 cleantech deals made in preparation for China’s Olympic coming-out party.

Cree – LED veteran Cree so impressed Olympic organizers with their 440,000 XLamp LED display on the Beijing National Aquatics Centre, aka “the Water Cube,” that they were asked to do a similar installation on the so-called Bird’s Nest main arena. Cree’s LED technology can also be seen in huge video displays all over the Olympic complex. The company is making a strong push in the Chinese market, including acquiring Hong Kong-based LED maker COTCO Luminant Device Ltd. last year.

Suntech – The Chinese solar giant signed a 10 million RMB ($1.25 million) contract with Beijing’s National Olympic Stadium to install a 130-kilowatt photovoltaic system at 12 entrances of the Bird’s Nest.

Canadian Solar – Canadian Solar, a maker of photovoltaic cells and modules, has supplied 66 KW of building-integrated PV modules for street lights in Beijing. The solar powered lampposts will illuminate the Olympic Boulevard from the “Bird’s Nest” to the Olympic Square.

ET Solar – The Chinese solar company has had an 11-kilowatt tracking PV system in operation at the Beijing Olympic Beach Volleyball Coliseum since last year. The system’s tracking capabilities allow it to swivel across 270 degrees, boosting energy output by 35 percent, the company says.

Atos Origin – Atos Origin has been managing the IT side of the Olympics since the 2002 Salt Lake City games and is already in place for Vancouver in 2010. This year, in Beijing, Atos has consolidated the number of servers and data centers it will run and has instituted its Commentator Information System, which delivers event results to broadcasters in a “remote mode.” This will enable journalists to cover Olympics from the their base locations, reducing the number of reporters traveling to the games, Atos says.

Echelon – The San Jose, Calif.-based Echelon Corp. has had their LonWorks lighting control system installed in the Olympic Village, managing the lights for some 23,000 athletes residing in its more than 40 buildings. The system will manage the lighting of the apartments, public areas, parking lots and other exterior installations. The system saves energy by monitoring light output and automatically dimming lights when needed.

Volkswagen – The German auto maker is providing a green fleet of 30 vehicles to the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games and the games’ main press center. The vehicles represents a variety of VW’s fuel efficiency technologies including TSI petrol engines, TDI diesel engines, DSG dual-clutch transmission (a super-efficient automatic transmission), EcoFuel (natural gas) and BlueMotion (high-efficiency diesel).

Beijing Bus Company Feng Xingfu – Feng Xingfu will use 50 lithium-battery-powered buses to shuttle athletes and media between events and the villages. The buses are part of a purchase plan involving a total of 2,810 new environment-friendly buses, including 900 diesel-powered vehicles that meet the Euro-IV emission standard and 250 natural-gas-powered vehicles.

Alcoa and Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Company – Chinese bus maker Yutong Bus Company will be road-testing two new prototype buses in Beijing during the Olympics, built in a partnership with aluminum giant Alcoa. The aluminum bodies should reduce weight by 15 to 20 percent, Alcoa says, and therefore boost fuel efficiency. The buses feature Alcoa’s spaceframe technology, which it developed with Ferrari, as well as aluminum wheels and paneling.

GEGE is providing a huge variety of water, energy and infrastructure services at 37 Olympic venues, including the Forbidden City. Check out their animated map to see all the Olympic pies GE has its finger in. A total of 130 GE 1.5 MW wind turbines will help power Olympic venues. 100 are at the Shangyi Wind Power Farm Project while the other 30 are at the Zhangbei Wind Power Farm Project. Solar-powered LEDs from GE will illuminate the Fengtai Softball Field while standard LEDs will light up the Beijing Olympics Committee’s headquarters. Meanwhile, the National Stadium will keep the giant pitch green with a GE Zeeweed nanofiltration membrane rainwater recycling system.