Oregon BEST awards commercialization grants for green roofs, energy storage
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Applied Exergy, recipient of an Oregon BEST commercialization grant, has technology to store energy in ice slush.
Oregon BEST announced two commercialization grant awards in the last week, one focused on bringing an energy storage technology to market that uses ice slush to store power and another to fund collaborative research on green roof systems.
The Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center, known as Oregon BEST, launched its commercialization grant program in 2010 and is on track to award $1 million in grants this year.
Last week, Oregon BEST announced it would award $150,000 to Applied Exergy Inc., a startup working with Oregon State University to develop energy storage technology that captures and stores energy as an icy slush and then uses a heat source to discharge the stored energy when it's needed.
The technology is well suited to computer data centers, power stations and other sites that generate waste heat. The technology developed by OSU and Applied Exergy can store the energy in the form of ice at night using off-peak power then tap the waste heat to release the stored energy during peak electrical demand.
Michael Baker, CEO of Applied Exergy, said in a press release: "We are honored to be recipients of this Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant, which will allow us to increase the performance and design-for-manufacturability of the system."
On Tuesday, Oregon BEST announced an $80,000 commercialization grant for Columbia Green Technologies, a Portland ecoroof startup, which will fund that company's work with Portland State University researchers to measure and track the ability of ecoroof systems to manage stormwater runoff in urban settings.
Columbia Green will work with a PSU research team led by Graig Spolek, a green roof expert and Oregon BEST faculty member. The team will also work on the next generation of Columbia Green's ecoroof system.
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