January 23, 2020

Yeti Cycles

On Friday I was joined by City Councilor Bob Vermuelen, Chris Ball (the chair of our Economic Development Commission), and the city’s Planning and Development Director Steve Glueck on two great visits to local businesses.  Our first stop was at Golden’s own Yeti Cycles, manufacturer of high end mountain bikes.  Chris Conroy, one of Yeti’s principals, graciously took the time to give us a tour of their facility, including the very impressive shop where they design and build prototypes and bikes for their racing teams.  Chris emphasized the importance of good trail access in Golden to both their own presence here as well as to Golden’s recreation economy.  Yeti has also been really supportive of our mountain bike community, including contributing to the new mountain bike skills park at Grampsas.  Here’s a shot from their shop, and I put few other photos up on my Facebook page as well.

Large racks of high-end Yeti frames.

Biochar Engineering: Carbon Sequestration Through Pyrolysis

Biochar Engineering, in an industrial park on Golden’s north end, is busy figuring out one of the more interesting and important biomass challenges: converting biomass waste like wood products left over from fuels reduction projects into a useful, low impact materials.  In their case, not only do they produce a charcoal that can provide significant agricultural benefits to soil, but it also has a significant carbon sequestration value as well.  Steve Glueck (the city’s Planning and Development Director) and I had a chance to visit with the Biochar folks a couple of weeks ago and see their biochar production machine first-hand.  They’ve got a video up on their web site which does a good job of explaining the machine and the process.  Another very cool Golden business doing very cool things that both help the planet and help drive Golden’s economic vitality.

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Golden Business Tour: Proterra’s Cutting Edge Hybrid Bus

Golden is home to some amazing companies doing very cool things.  Proterra is among them.  Proterra, which used to be known as Mobile Energy Solutions, is developing the most cutting-edge hybrid passenger bus in the world.

I joined a couple of city staff – our Planning and Development Director and our Sustainability Coordinator – on a visit a few weeks ago to their facility in Golden’s Coors Technology Business Park.  We spent a bit of time learning about the manufacturing process, their business development plans, and riding around in their working prototype.  The bus is very cool: constructed largely with a very lightweight composite material, it is powered by a hybrid battery election engine.  It should get substantially better mileage than a comparable bus and can hold more passengers than a conventional bus of the same length because the engine compartment is so much smaller.

They pointed out some of the small details that still need work but the bus appeared to be very much a near-finished product, it seemed to handle well even at highway speeds, and with its hybrid engine it was no louder than my Civic.

In the first photo, you can see the full profile of the bus at their Coors Technology Center facility.  In the second photo, you can see the bus pulling up to a model recharging station.  The copper plates connect to bars on the roof of the bus that are visible – looks something like a roof rack – in the first photo.

Proterra's high-tech hybrid bus.

Proterra's high-tech hybrid bus.

The bus pulling up to the recharging station.

The bus pulling up to the recharging station.

Golden Business Tour: Proterra's Cutting Edge Hybrid Bus

Golden is home to some amazing companies doing very cool things.  Proterra is among them.  Proterra, which used to be known as Mobile Energy Solutions, is developing the most cutting-edge hybrid passenger bus in the world.

I joined a couple of city staff – our Planning and Development Director and our Sustainability Coordinator – on a visit a few weeks ago to their facility in Golden’s Coors Technology Business Park.  We spent a bit of time learning about the manufacturing process, their business development plans, and riding around in their working prototype.  The bus is very cool: constructed largely with a very lightweight composite material, it is powered by a hybrid battery election engine.  It should get substantially better mileage than a comparable bus and can hold more passengers than a conventional bus of the same length because the engine compartment is so much smaller.

They pointed out some of the small details that still need work but the bus appeared to be very much a near-finished product, it seemed to handle well even at highway speeds, and with its hybrid engine it was no louder than my Civic.

In the first photo, you can see the full profile of the bus at their Coors Technology Center facility.  In the second photo, you can see the bus pulling up to a model recharging station.  The copper plates connect to bars on the roof of the bus that are visible – looks something like a roof rack – in the first photo.

Proterra's high-tech hybrid bus.

Proterra's high-tech hybrid bus.

The bus pulling up to the recharging station.

The bus pulling up to the recharging station.