Oregon BEST backs sensor venture from PSU, Stevens Water

Shown here in Rwanda, Evan Thomas, PSU professor, is deploying the wireless sensor technology backed by Oregon BEST.

Shown here in Rwanda, Evan Thomas, PSU professor, is deploying the wireless sensor technology backed by Oregon BEST. 

Oregon BEST announced this month it awarded a commercialization grant to the collaborative project of Stevens Water Monitoring Systems Inc. and a Portland State University professor.

The joint venture, dubbed SweetSense, will use the funding to speed commercialization of its wireless water, air and environmental sensing technology.

As Sustainable Business Oregon reported in April, Rwanda is one of the technology's testing grounds.

The grant, $150,000, will be used to propel the technology into production.

Oregon BEST, the Oregon Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Center, will award more than $1 million in commercialization grants this year.

“We’re pleased to be able to target our commercialization grant funds to help this local company advance a unique technology that will ultimately create jobs, improve the environment, boost energy efficiency and establish another Oregon firm as a cleantech innovator,” said David Kenney, president and executive director of Oregon BEST in a press release.

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