SkySong has signed letters of intent with two Chinese environmental technology companies — the second and third international tenants to join the high-tech center in Scottsdale.
Litree Co., which develops water purification technology, and Fscreen Sci-tech Co., which specializes in solar energy technology, will both set up operations within Arizona State University’s rented space with the possibility of moving into their own space in the future, said Rob Melnick, ASU associate vice president for economic affairs.
It’s unknown how many company employees will be based at SkySong, Melnick said.
“Both of them want a market presence in the U.S and both want to improve their technology through U.S. research,” Melnick said.
The latest announcement comes as steel framing is going up on the $300 million project’s first building on the southeast corner of Scottsdale and McDowell roads. Sky-Song, a collaboration among Scottsdale, the Arizona State University Foundation, which is the university’s fundraising arm, and private developers, is a planned 1.2 million-squarefoot research, retail and residential center.
The first building, more than half of which will be occupied by ASU research and entrepreneurial units, is scheduled to be completed by the summer.
Melnick said Litree makes membranes that purify water for industrial and municipal use and it also has entered the home market.
The company also plans to work with Scottsdale.
Fscreen Sci-tech is using television lens technology it developed for solar energy, Melnick said.
The product, which uses sunlight to generate electricity, is less expensive than most solar technologies but requires a sunny climate, Melnick said. Announced SkySong tenants
• Arizona State University
• Arizona Technology Council
• Aurigin Technology (Singapore)
• eFunds Corp.
• Litree Co. (China)
• Fscreen Sci-tech Co. (China)
• Qwest Communications
• WildFire Broadband Wireless Communications