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How building an outdoor ice rink led to a new way to produce cheap, clean power

September 21, 2017

So many innovative ideas begin with inventors observing simple events. Take Newton’s falling apple, for example, or Archimedes’ overflowing bathtub. For Emil Ureel of West Michigan, it was building an ice rink in his backyard — or rather designing a refrigeration system to keep it from melting.

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Synergy Power LLC creates zero emissions system

September 03, 2017

The company, Synergy Power LLC, has created a device about the size of a kitchen table known as the Synergine that provides a zero emissions energy production system that puts large wind farms and expansive solar energy systems in the rearview mirror.

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Energy startup wins grant to power up

September 01, 2017

A startup that’s developing a water-based residential alternative energy system has won a grant to move its product to the next phase. Holland-based Synergy Power received the $10,000 business accelerator fund, or BAF, grant via Lakeshore Advantage's SURGE program.

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Holland Firm Lands Grant for Energy Project

August 30, 2017

A Lakeshore-based startup company has received a grant that officials say will help accelerate development of alternative energy for household use.

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Extracting drinking water from manure?

June 15, 2017

ACRE AgTech, formerly the Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator located in Ottawa County, has added Digested Organics LLC to their growing client list. Digested Organics, an Ann Arbor based company founded in 2013, specializes in organic waste management, alternative energy, and water reclamation solutions.

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Michigan company's system extracts drinking water from poop

June 13, 2017

This story isn't a load of crap. But if it was, this Michigan company could put it to good use. Digested Organics, an Ann Arbor based company specializing in sustainable waste management and alternative energy, has created a system that allows clients to convert manure into clean water for farm use and surface water discharge.

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AgTech Grows in Michigan

March 28, 2017

Michigan is more famous for its car industry, great lake, and big 10 universities than it is for agriculture. But about 180 miles west of Detroit is West Olive, a township located in Ottawa County founded by Dutch immigrants. With a population just shy of 5,000, West Olive is non-descript and sleepy, but it is also the base for one of the few agtech incubators in the U.S. Could Michigan be the next Silicon Valley?

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Ag business incubator changes name

March 10, 2017

The Great Lakes Ag-Tech Business Incubator, which serves entrepreneurs, farmers and emerging small businesses, recently announced a new name and visual identity. The incubator, now known as ACRE AgTech, will continue its work to connect, develop and cultivate agriculture technology innovations, either into new businesses or commercializing them in partnership with established entities.

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ACRE AgTech seeks to help agricultural entrepreneurs

March 01, 2017

The company works to connect, develop and cultivate agriculture technology innovations for either new businesses or commercializing them in partnership with already established businesses.

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Incubator Helps AgTech Startups

March 01, 2017

A business incubator coordinator says Michigan could be the next Silicon Valley for new agricultural technology. Click the audio link at the bottom of the article for the full interview.

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