Students took home $200,000 in prizes for green ideas at an awards ceremony recently held at California Institute of Technology for a Department of Energy competition.

The three winning entrepreneurs won with ideas for robots for cleaning solar panels, developing energy from waste water treatment, and 20% more efficient solar cells. Stanford Nitrogen Group, Greenbotics and Xite Solar shared the prize money. The western region's three winners in the DOE's National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition (NCEBPC) were chosen by a top panel of judges including top Silicon Valley green innovation hunters Kleiner Perkins and Khosla Ventures.
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