Clean tech’s growing role

Throughout his career, Eric Burnett has created a successful spinoff of General Electric Power Systems and built and sold a company that developed lending software for banks. His latest venture, Auterra Inc. in Malta, has invented a low-cost and low-emission-generating chemical process to purify oil. This process, he believes, could lead to the first major advancement in refining in 30 years. Burnett, 51, who has raised $10 million in venture funding for Auterra, has attracted the attention of…