On August 8, the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology (CSIT) announced that a total of $1.3 million in funding had been awarded to 18 companies chosen in Round 2 of the Clean Tech Seed Grant Program.
The Clean Tech Seed Grant Program, which was jointly developed by CSIT and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA), provides grants for research and development (R&D) to very early-stage companies and companies researching new technologies. The grants help these New Jersey-based clean technology companies advance their development of products and services to a point where they can more readily appeal to outside investors and, in some cases, begin to generate revenue.
Seventy-two percent (13 companies) of the awardees have five or fewer employees. Additionally, 16 percent (3) are certified as minority-owned businesses, and 16 percent (3) are certified women-owned. Eleven percent (2 companies) of the awardees have licensed technology from a New Jersey university.
Each listing below is structured as follows: applicant name (funding awarded), location. Then there is a description. Most information is taken from company websites or from other public sources (in which case, it is attributed). The NJEDA provided some of the information.
Clean Tech Seed Grant Program Awardees
- 13 Mari ($74,578), Kearny. “We’re a group of maritime research and execution professionals that thrive on sharing our experience and knowledge to help you make a success of your business. Our track record proves that inexpensive, unique and sensible solutions combined with client collaboration will boost your profit line.”
- 4.0 Analytics ($75,000), Newark. With the company’s “Mechanic On Board” technology, you can predict car failures before they happen. 4.0 Analytics uses big data, analytics and the internet of things (IoT) to improve vehicle operating efficiency, while reducing carbon emissions. It also enhances the transparency of the car’s system.
- Blue Rock Solutions ($75,000), Williamstown. Blue Rock Solutions is developing a superior insulating skylight that will solve the problem of excess skylight heat loss in greenhouses, commercial buildings and residences, by using an insulated compound parabolic concentrator (i-CPC).
- BRISEA Group ($74,800), Parsippany. BRISEA Group provides environmental and energy services and technologies to developing countries. For over 20 years, it has worked with government agencies, private industrial companies and international funding organizations.
- Energy Research Company (ERCo) ($74,996), Plainfield. ERCo has developed laser diagnostic technologies to measure in situ and in real time the chemistry of materials. ERCo is a small high-tech company that conducts research on industrial energy and emissions-related areas. It has a number of federal and state R&D technology contracts, as well as funding from commercial sources.
- ExoCell Power Corporation ($74,993), Hoboken and Binghamton, N.Y. This company produces engineering lightweight fuel cells for the future of portable energy. ExoCell’s “Thin Flexible Fuel Cell” (TFFC) is a hydrogen-fed, flexible, air-breathing proton exchange membrane fuel cell. The TFFC uses a radically new architecture that eliminates the heavy metallic parts found in conventional fuel cells, thus massively reducing the weight and significantly increasing the energy density of the overall power system.
- Exovolar Industries ($74,930), Union City. “Air mobility platforms for aerial utility – we are developing an ‘everywhere elevator’ to empower rapid mobility for cargo, robots, and crew. Our goal is to offer a flying chassis with robust control for software/hardware integrations from either us, third party companies, and/or other solution providers. The vision is to host increasingly autonomous and capable attachments to perform any task in the sky.”
- FPG PowerPLUS ($75,000), Manchester and Flanders. “First Priority Group (FPG) is a diversified manufacturer, dealer, upfitter and service provider of emergency and specialty vehicles.”
- HiT Nano ($75,000), Bordentown. This company produces advanced materials for energy storage. The materials are manufactured using a completely new particle technology.
- iCheck Energy ($75,000), South Plainfield. From the website: “Energy professionals who bat for the energy user not the suppliers. We will give you and guide you with actionable information and processes to follow through with overcharges, billing errors and disputes.”
- Neutroelectric ($75,000), Williamstown. Neutroelectric has developed a scalable, reproducible process for manufacturing a lightweight, high-temperature neutron shield that will make commercial nuclear power safer and cheaper; it will also improve spent fuel management. The shield will increase the safety of nuclear plant operations by reducing radiation damage to in-containment components and the radiation exposure of power plant workers.
- Phoresis ($74,968), Princeton. “The company aims to improve water purification with a new process offering reduced costs. Currently 1.8 billion people worldwide drink feces-contaminated water, of whom half a million die from waterborne diarrhea annually. The proposed technology also will reduce capital costs in more developed areas as it eliminates the need for pumps and filtration membranes. The modular nature of the process equipment makes it scalable, from the modest requirements of isolated rural communities not served by distribution networks to the largest-scale throughputs of utilities serving major cities. This technology advances new methods for drinking water purification leveraging new research in fluid mechanics and electrokinetics.” Source: website of research firm VentureRadar (London).
- Pollux Technologies ($74,960), East Brunswick. Pollux Technologies was incorporated in New Jersey in 2018. The company is currently developing an IoT-based smart air filter technology based on two granted U.S. patents.
- Project Plastic ($74,990), Princeton. The company is developing a natural way to remove microplastics from rivers.
- Redi-farms ($63,080), Westfield. Redi-farms is an indoor, vertical, hydroponic farm startup located in a 100-year-old brick industrial building previously owned by Handler Manufacturing. The company intends to restore the building to its historical grandeur with an industrial-chic atmosphere, and use it to house a vertical farm and a high-end restaurant.
- SingletO2 Therapeutics ($75,000), New Providence. SingletO2 Therapeutics’ team of scientists is developing a breakthrough treatment for periodontal disease. The therapy will harness the bacteria-killing capability of singlet oxygen to treat advanced stages of the disease without surgery.
- Sunowner ($74,160), Whippany. Sunowner is developing a technology to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from homes and businesses.
- SWIND POWER ($72,510), Princeton Junction. This New Jersey startup was founded in 2021 to develop new ways to produce wind energy. The company’s mission is to generate electricity efficiently by means of its “New Type Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT),” which uses the latest technologies.