Small businesses with ideas that could boost the efficiency of buildings, generate electricity from renewable sources, improve manufacturing processes, and increase transportation sustainability were announced as recipients of grants from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) totaling more than $9 million May 6.
The DOE awarded $150,000 for each of 61 innovations with strong potential for commercialization and job creation. The small businesses receiving the awards are located in 25 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
In the category of buildings, grants were awarded to:
- InnoSys Inc. of Salt Lake City for lowering barriers to intelligent Secure Sockets Layer adoption through a combination of a next-generation installation/configuration software platform and a novel luminaire.
- Lucent Optics Inc. of Sacramento, Calif., for an ultrathin flexible LED lighting panel.
- Lumisyn LLC of Rochester, N.Y., for LED down-converter phosphor chips containing nanocrystals.
- Dioxide Materials of Boca Raton, Fla., for low-cost, high-accuracy, whole-building carbon-dioxide monitoring for demand-control ventilation.
- Intelligent Optical Systems Inc. of Torrance, Calif., for optical humidity sensors for building energy performance and air-quality control.
- KWJ Engineering Inc. of Newark, Calif., for an accurate micro-amperometric carbon-dioxide gas sensor for indoor-air-quality and building control.
- Mechanical Solutions Inc. of Whippany, N.J., for development of a high-efficiency radon fan.
To see the full list of projects, click here.