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Startup companies working to advance tech at Tucson’s Biosphere 2 | Business

University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 has been the site for research on ecological systems and human habitation since it was built in the late 1980s.

Now, the 3-acre ecological laboratory about 30 miles north of Tucson near Oracle is providing fertile ground to help grow startup companies focused on renewable energy and sustainable technology.

The UA Center for Innovation recently launched its latest business incubator “outpost” at Biosphere 2, with an inaugural class of four startup companies:

Over the Sun, an Arizona-based company that produces platforms for research, science outreach and education and is building a Mars habitat at Biosphere 2

SolarSpace, a Tucson-based startup using licensed UA solar technology for off-grid applications including electric vehicle charging stations

Tectonicus Constructs, a local architectural firm developing a unique “solar river” concept of covering miles of canals with photovoltaic panels

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