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Carnot Compression LLC Awarded SBIR Grant From the National Science Foundation

January 19, 2016
By Business Wire News


Carnot Compression LLC is pleased to announce it has been awarded a Phase 1 Grant of $150,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This grant will provide funding to validate the total system efficiencies of Carnot’s technology through the design, manufacturing, and testing of a commercial scale prototype air compressor.

Carnot’s proprietary isothermal compression process uses a gas/liquid micro-emulsion to compress gas in a centrifugal field. Liquid absorbs the heat of compression, therefore Carnot’s process requires less energy input to deliver comparable compression output versus conventional compressors.

“The support provided by the NSF under this Grant will greatly accelerate our path to commercialization,” said Todd Thompson, Carnot CEO. “The support has also enabled us to strengthen our team through the addition of Chris Finley, VP Engineering and Principal Investigator for the project.”

Carnot’s technology will drive energy and cost savings across a broad base of compression applications including industrial air compression, multiple oil and gas compression applications, CNG fueling, refrigeration, HVAC, energy storage, and more.

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About the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Programs

At the National Science Foundation (NSF), Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) is an approximately $180-million program that catalyzes the commercialization of high-risk technological innovations via R&D grants to small businesses and startups. Through SBIR/STTR, NSF seeks to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit. NSF is an independent, $7-billion federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.

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