Clean and Cool in Colorado

Clean and Cool in Colorado


They say that to be successful, you have to kiss a few frogs. That may suit the founder and CEO of Green Fuels, James Hygate. He is in the business of turning pond slime into jet fuel.

The good news is that James has already met his prince. His firm, one of 16 which I’m travelling with here in the US, recently received a Royal Warrant.

Welcome to Boulder (near Denver), Colorado, the place where, according to the Kauffman Foundation, there is a higher density of technology start-ups than anywhere else in the US.

Not that it seems especially full. As I set out for a run into the bright and chilly morning (the state boasts 300 days of sunshine a year), I am struck by just how peaceful the place is, with fewer than 100,000 inhabitants.

Where the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains, this seems as good a place as any to ponder the technologies which, we hope, will shape the future of the planet.

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