Belkin International, Alstom, Amonix
Playa Vista, Calif.-based Belkin International, Inc. recently announced it has made a significant equity investment in Juice Technologies, the Columbus, Ohio-based provider of products to optimize home and business energy use as well as technologies that enable the intelligent charging of battery and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Together, Belkin and Juice will deliver intelligent residential and small-business energy management products to the market.
Levallois-Perret, France-based Alstom will complement its strong portfolio in renewable energy sources through a partnership with BrightSource Energy, Inc., Oakland, Calif., to enter the high-growth solar energy market. Alstom announced it is investing up to $55 million in BrightSource Energy Inc., with an equity stake that positions Alstom as one of the main shareholders in the company.
Seal Beach, Calif.-based Amonix, Inc. recently announced plans to build a $20-million manufacturing plant in the Las Vegas area. The company will employ 278 workers making concentrated photovoltaic (PV) solar equipment, the same type of solar cells that are used to power satellites.