Meet the Champions of Clean Tech

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The energy venture capital firm Chrysalix takes a realist's approach to oil and gas. Rather than take big investment risks on companies that depend on a mainstream rejection of fossil fuels, the Canadian investment group is more interested in start-ups aiming to modify the extraction and refinement processes--even in a small way. "Oil and gas will be with us for a long time. If we can clean that up we will do the world a great service," CEO Wal van Lierop told the Associated Press earlier this month. Among their portfolio companies: Glass Point, a company that creates solar-powered generators specifically for the oil and gas industry.

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