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The 50 Most Innovative Companies 2011

Materials

Public Companies

American Superconductor

Why: Smart electrical grids and more efficient power cables can help save money and energy.
Key innovation: Underground superconductor power cables using AMSC’s Amperium™ high temperature superconductor wire can carry up to 10 times as much electricity as conventional copper cables.

Applied Materials

Why: Powerful computing devices are proliferating because of chips that incorporate every-smaller features without rising in price.
Key innovation: its machines can make chips that have both vertical and horizontal connections, to pack in more computing power.

Private Companies

Lattice Power

Why: Light-emitting diodes are an energy-efficient option for lighting in buildings and homes, but they are still expensive.
Key innovation: Its low-cost process produces LEDs on the same equipment used to make semiconductors.

Novomer

Why: Biodegradable plastics that aren't made from petroleum offer several environmental benefits.
Key innovation: Its polymer-¬manufacturing processes use carbon dioxide to make plastics needed for packaging.

Serious Materials

Why: Retrofitting existing buildings is a cost-effective way to increase energy efficiency.
Key innovation: Mass-produces windows with energy-saving features such as coatings and gas insulating layers.