ThermoLift, Inc., ranked #1 by the US Department of Energy's report "Energy Saving Potential and RD & D Opportunities for Commercial Building HVAC," announced that it has been accepted into Google Cloud for Startups. The program is designed to help startups run and scale their businesses in the cloud. As a part of the program, Google Cloud awarded ThermoLift $20,000 in cloud computing credits for advanced engineering.
ThermoLift will use Google Compute Engine (GCE) to create high-performance and high-CPU virtual machines and run computationally-intensive engineering simulations. "GCE will provide ThermoLift multi-core and cluster computing capabilities which cut simulation times by days. This allows ThermoLift to run design-exploration and optimization studies at a dramatically increased rate, reducing the time it takes to develop a new technology," said Dr. Siddhartha Gardiraju, ThermoLift Senior Systems Engineer.
ThermoLift is developing a natural gas-powered air conditioner and cold-climate heat pump. It combines heating, cooling, and hot water delivery into a single appliance. This results in a 30-50% reduction in HVAC costs, as well as associated reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. In the future, the device will be capable of running on hydrogen and solar energy thereby eliminating all CO2 and NOx emissions. ThermoLift does not use refrigerants (HFCs), which are potent greenhouse gases that can be hundreds to thousands of times more dangerous than carbon dioxide in contributing to climate change. Without modifications to traditional equipment, the EPA projects that HFC emissions will increase nearly twentyfold in the coming decades, mostly due to increased demand for refrigeration and air conditioning, particularly in developing countries.
ThermoLift's President Dr.-Ing. Professor Peter Hofbauer stated, "We are very pleased to work with Google Cloud and proud to have been selected for this award. As a developing company, access to high speed computing allows our engineering cycle to accelerate, a resource not available in the early days of innovation."
About ThermoLift: ThermoLift is headquartered at the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center (AERTC) in Stony Brook, New York and receives business development support from Stony Brook University's Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP). ThermoLift is funded by private capital from Topspin Partners and the Long Island Angel Network and has received grants from the US Department of Energy, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the Wells Fargo IN2 Incubator.