Source: | Tom Ballard | May 26, 2020

Twenty companies, including three that are participants in Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s “Innovation Crossroads” (IC) program, have received Phase I Release 2 grants under a solicitation from the Building Technologies Office of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

The 20 grants were part of a $53 million announcement made under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). According to DOE’s announcement, the 20 awards are for about $200,000 for a period of less than one year and are designed to demonstrate technical feasibility for innovations during the first phase of their research.

The three IC-related recipients are:

  • Active Energy Systems Inc. that is focused on enabling a lower-cost, more-efficient thermal energy storage method to provide long-duration resilient cooling when the electric grid is down;
  • Grid Fruit LLC that is developing an integrated hardware and software technology that is a non-invasive automation solution to improve both energy resilience and energy efficiency of centralized and single condensing commercial refrigeration systems; and
  • TCPoly that is developing high-thermal-conductivity PCM-infiltrated 3D printing filaments for advanced thermal energy storage.

TCPoly is part of Cohort 2 that is finishing its two-year program, while Grid Fruit is a member of Cohort 3 that is midway through the program and Active Energy was part of the inaugural cohort.

To learn more, click here for the DOE announcement.