Release 08-06
January 24, 2008

    Gennet Paauwe
Dimitri Stanich

$500,000 in grants to help three companies demonstrate clean air innovations

SACRAMENTO - Today the California Air Resources Board approved nearly $500,000 in grants to bolster the commercialization of three cutting-edge clean air technologies.

The projects, funded under the ARB's Innovative Clean Air Technologies program, include demonstrations of a solar water heating system, a mobile greenhouse gas measurement platform and an advanced particulate filter.

"The leap from idea to commercialization is often the biggest roadblock," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "These grants offer a chance to demonstrate budding new technologies and underscore California's entrepreneurial spirit in finding forward-thinking solutions to air quality challenges."

Three projects were selected for their potential to support ARB programs and initiatives, and facilitate emission reductions in California:

At least 50 percent of a project's total cost must come from matching funds;10 percent must be committed by the grantee. Criteria for project selection include: the potential air quality benefit, readiness for commercialization in California, project quality and synchronicity with ARB's existing programs.

ARB staff review proposals looking for technologies and projects that promote emission reductions in California by introducing a new prevention or control technology, augmenting the degree of control provided by an existing technology, reducing the cost or other practical impediment, or increasing scope of application. Proposals that meet these and other criteria are then recommended to the Board for its approval.

Since its inception in 1993, the Innovative Clean Air Technologies program has provided 60 grants, for a total of $12 million, including today's grants. Any new, technically challenging technology or application that supports ARB's programs and goals, while benefiting the state's economy, may be considered for a grant.

Examples of particularly successful past demonstration projects include:

For more information about the Innovative Clean Air Technologies program, and projects it supports, see:

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.