A shining star of Stony Brook University’s commercialization and innovation ecosystems is renewing ties with an old friend – and leveraging some fresh international funding – in its efforts to perfect its energy-efficient environmental-control systems.
ThermoLift Inc., headquartered at SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, has inked a second collaborative contract with the Gas Technology Institute, a Chicago-based R&D and training organization serving the U.S. natural gas industry.
With “sponsorship funding” from Utilization Technology Development – a member-controlled, Illinois-based collaborative of 18 natural gas distributors, serving some 40 million customers in the United States and Europe – ThermoLift and the GTI will team up to enhance the combustion system of ThermoLift’s natural gas-powered air conditioner and cold-climate heat pump system.
ThermoLift announced its first partnership with the GTI in 2015, noting then the Chicago-based institute would be instrumental in putting ThermoLift’s second-generation prototype through its paces.
The institute is “looking forward to continuing our relationship with ThermoLift,” GTI Managing Director William Liss said this week, adding the renewed collaboration would focus on efforts to “deliver an optimized combustion design for volume production.”
While the exact terms of Utilization Technology Development’s financial support were not disclosed, former KeySpan CEO and National Grid U.S. Chairman Bob Catell agreed with Liss that the new round of GTI work – and UTD’s backing – would help speed ThermoLift’s patented technology to market.