DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE ANNOUNCES $746,000
PROJECT AWARD TO ENER-G-ROTORS, INC.
Funding to support demonstration of company’s GEN4 unit at West Point
Dec. 2011 – The Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) has announced a $746,000 grant to Ener-G-Rotors, Inc., a renewable energy company in Rotterdam, NY. The funds will support a project to demonstrate the waste heat to electricity conversion potential of the company’s GEN4 unit.
The GEN4, which has the capacity to generate 40 to 60 kilowatts, converts waste heat (150F-350F) from industrial processes to electricity. Following assembly at the company’s facility in Rotterdam, the device will be installed at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; deployment is expected to take place late next year.
The Ener-G-Rotors proposal was one of only 27 selected by the ESTCP from a national pool of 575 entries submitted by private firms, universities and federal organizations. According to the Department of Defense, the ESTCP initiative is designed to support new projects to demonstrate emerging energy technologies on military installations through its Installation Energy Test Bed initiative. The initiative plays a key role in testing, evaluating, and scaling up innovative new energy technologies to improve the department’s energy security and reduce its facility energy costs.
“We’re extremely pleased to receive the ESTCP grant, and we’re looking forward to demonstrating how the GEN4 can support the Department of Defenses’ efforts to reduce energy costs,” Michael Newell, CEO, Ener-G-Rotors said. “The installation at West Point is another important milestone as we move to full commercialization.”
The ESTCP funding follows awards totaling nearly $2.4 million by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) over the past five years. The NYSERDA awards are supporting Ener-G-Rotors’ on-going research and development efforts as well as demonstration projects to deploy individual GEN4 units at three to-be-identified industrial sites in New York State. Additionally, in October, the Eastern New York Angels, LLC, which provides seed funding and mentorship to early stage companies, announced an investment of $150,000 in Ener-G-Rotors; this marked the group’s first investment since its founding earlier this year.
“NYSERDA congratulates Ener-G-Rotors on receiving the Department of Defense grant,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “With Ener-G-Rotors being awarded this nationally-competitive grant, it highlights how New York State’s commitment to innovation in the cleantech industry is getting results and continues to be a leader in this industry.”
The public and private funding, according to Newell, will help enable Ener-G-Rotors to meet or exceed its job creation benchmarks and commercialization timeline. “These investments and demonstration projects are vital as we seek to grow from our base of six employees to 12 by the end of next year. Based on our projections, we have the potential to create 120 jobs by the end of 2015,” Newell said.
“I want to congratulate Ener-G-Rotors for being chosen to participate in the Department of Defense’s Energy Technology Demonstration program,” said Congressman Paul Tonko. “The fact that Ener-G-Rotors was chosen for this very competitive program is further proof that its innovative clean energy technology holds great promise, and brings it a step closer to the commercial market.”
The company’s flagship product, the GEN4, can be used in industrial processes, commercial buildings, solar thermal collectors, geothermal sources, biomass boilers and combustion engines. A modular system, the GEN4 is installed close to the heat source and generates power based on a breakthrough heat engine technology. The device creates no waste and uses heat waste that otherwise would be exhausted into the atmosphere. The equipment pays for itself in as little as two years by generating carbon-free electricity, thus reducing the amount of power drawn from the electric grid.
According to department officials, the Department of Defense has 300,000 buildings on its installations and spends nearly $4 billion a year on the energy needed to operate them. Demonstrations generate the cost and performance data needed to validate promising technologies, allowing them to be fielded and commercialized more rapidly. These technologies will enable DoD’s installations to operate using less energy, and they will improve energy security by allowing installations to maintain critical activities even if the commercial electric grid is disrupted. The West Point Military Academy has been designated by the Army as “Net Zero Installation “by 2020. Net Zero is a major sustainability program at the US Army, in which a Net Zero installation effectively produces as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year.
For more information on the ESTCP Installation Energy Test Bed Initiative and its associated technology demonstration projects, visit http://www.serdp-estcp.org/Featured-Initiatives/Installation-Energy.
Based in Rotterdam, NY, Ener-G-Rotors is commercializing devices based on a near frictionless expander that turns low- temperature heat into electricity, opening up new markets in industrial waste heat and changing the technology landscape for solar thermal and geothermal installations. The company is widely recognized as a pioneer in the conversion of low-temperature waste heat into electricity, and it has received awards at six clean-energy forums around the country in the last two years. The firm was recently named a “Top 10 Defense Energy Technology Solutions” company, chosen from a field of 220 applicants, by the U.S. Military, which describes itself as the nation’s largest consumer of fossil fuels. The Ener-G-Rotors team showcased its product to Department of Defense representatives and others at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit in September in Hawaii. See www.ener-g-rotors.com