Sacramento – A pioneering green technology company in Hayward that creates methods to clean water and convert biomass into sustainable biofuels and biochemicals is the Small Business of the Year in Senate District 10, Sen. Bob Wieckowski announced today. Microvi was honored at a ceremony today recognizing businesses across the state as part of the California Small Business Association’s Small Business Day 2017.
“Access to clean water is an increasingly important issue in our state and around the world,” said Wieckowski, the chair of the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. “We need safe, sustainable systems in place and Microvi’s advanced nitrate removal technology is providing more than 200 million gallons of potable water to thousands of households in California.”
In addition to nitrate, Microvi says its technology can be adapted to eliminate other groundwater pollutants, including uranium, Chromium-6 and perchlorate. Its technology leads to other cleanup savings by eliminating the need for pipelines and more disposal vehicles, cutting vehicle emission rates and decreasing the impact on landfills and the environment.
Wieckowski presented the award to Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi, Microvi’s chief executive officer. As CEO since 2008, Shirazi has guided the privately-held company through its first round of investment, scaled up its technology platform and forged many strategic partnerships.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a California Small Business of the Year,” Shirazi said. “Our state is a world leader in clean technology, and Microvi is thrilled to continue to play a role in delivering breakthrough technologies for the world’s needs in water, energy and the environment.”
Microvi has partnerships around the world with municipal agencies, public and private firms and academic institutions. In March, it received a Clean Tech award from the East Bay Economic Development Alliance.
California Small Business Day is dedicated to recognizing the contributions of small business to the state of California. The day-long event is an opportunity for small business leaders to connect with other small business owners from across California.
Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of Santa Clara County.