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Green Graveyard: ReVolt Technology Bites the Dust
Posted By Rachael Slobodien On November 30, 2012 @ 3:30 pm In Energy | Comments Disabled
Bringing the number of tombstones in Heritage’s Green Graveyard  to 20 is ReVolt Technology, a Portland-based company, which specialized in developing zinc-air flow battery systems.
ReVolt earned its place in the Graveyard  when it declared bankruptcy , despite the fact it had been offered a whopping $10 million in funds from federal, state, and local governments. The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy  offered a $5 million  grant in 2010. Oregon matched the federal government’s promise with $5 million worth of loans.
The federal Department of Energy (DOE) promised taxpayers that it had closely examined each applicant, and according to DOE spokesman Damien LeVera , the companies “were rejected, if they looked too rich or too risky.” By the looks of it, ReVolt must have fallen through the cracks.
It appears that DOE failed to adequately scrutinize ReVolt Technology, but the Portland Development Commission (PDC) saw the writing on the wall. A mere two months after the DOE offered ReVolt an ARPA-E grant, the PDC also promised the company a $1.2 million loan. But unlike the DOE, PDC acknowledged  from the get-go that “this one [ReVolt] we identified as high risk.”
While the government’s poor discretion and bad policy is to blame for this loss, taxpayers are the ones left with the bill.
Government’s Bad Bet : $10 million
Elinor Renner, part of the Young Leaders Program at Heritage, contributed to this post.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/GreenEnergyGRaveyard.jpg
 Heritage’s Green Graveyard: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2012/11/06/green-graveyard-an-in-depth-look-at-governments-bad-bets-on-19-now-bankrupt-companies/
 Graveyard: http://blog.heritage.org../../../../../2012/11/05/green-graveyard-19-taxpayer-funded-failures/
 declared bankruptcy: http://vikingventure.no/index.asp?menuid=3352&docid=14171
 Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy: http://www.doe.gov/sites/prod/files/CX-003072.pdf
 $5 million: http://usaspending.gov/explore?frompage=assistance&tab=By%20Prime%20Awardee&comingfrom=searchresults&federal_award_id=DEAR0000068&federal_award_mod=A000&fiscal_year=all&typeofview=complete
 Damien LeVera: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/12/business/energy-environment/a-cornucopia-of-help-for-renewable-energy.html?_r=4&pagewanted=all&
 acknowledged: http://www.sustainablebusinessoregon.com/articles/2012/11/how-well-did-oregon-vet-its-5-million.html?page=all
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