Fresno State will use a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission to provide key services, infrastructure and resources for energy entrepreneurs with the goal of successfully deploying and commercializing technologies and innovations in water and energy.
The entrepreneurs will be offered a variety of services, including technology evaluation, proof-of-concept validation, advisory support, training, education and incubator services, as well as opportunities to connect with investors, industry leaders and potential customers.
Overhead irrigation systems have revolutionized agriculture across the United States and in other parts of the world, using less water than furrow irrigation and requiring significantly less labor and maintenance than drip systems.
But in California, the No. 1 agriculture state in the nation, it hasn’t gotten off the ground. That could be changing.