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Quantum named CleanTech O.C. Company of the Year

The Irvine-based alternative energy firm garnered the top award during Monday's green conference.

By Kristen SchottPublished: September 29, 2010 01:42 PM

Irvine-based Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide was named the CleanTech O.C. 2010 Company of the Year during the CleanTech O.C. 2010 Conference and Expo, held Monday at the Hyatt Regency Irvine.

OC METRO Publisher and Churm Media CEO Steve Churm presented the honor to Quantum, which develops advanced propulsion systems, energy-storage technologies and alternative-fuel vehicles.

"Quantum provides the solutions that OEMs (original equipment manufacturers), governments and commercial organizations need – from concept to production," said Churm.

Quantum was among a number of local companies that turned out for the inaugural conference, which highlighted the region's top clean-tech firms and offered forums and networking opportunities to the 300 business professionals, government leaders and investors in attendance.

Among the day's offerings: Quantum CFO Brian Olson gave an overview of the alternative energy firm's long-term clean-fuel technologies and its participation in the Fisker Karma vehicle, which is slated to begin regular production early next year.

The company developed the much-anticipated luxury automobile's Q-Drive, a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid powertrain.

"Whether it's a factory-produced natural-gas pickup truck, a fuel-cell-powered Army vehicle, a transportable hydrogen refueling station or specialty and limited-edition vehicles, their technology leads the way," finished Churm.

OC METRO is a proud sponsor of the CleanTech O.C. 2010 Conference and Expo.

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