Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Bettergy Corp. and Hypres Inc. to share $2M in government grants - Westfair Online

Bettergy Corp. and Hypres Inc. to share $2M in government grants - Westfair Online


Bettergy Corp. and Hypres Inc. to share $2M in government grants - Westfair Online

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 08:25 AM PDT

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Two Westchester-based technology companies have received grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to be used for research and development. Bettergy Corp. in Peekskill will receive $1,049,832 and Hypres Inc. in Elmsford will get $999,817. 

Hypres BettergyIn announcing the grants, U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey said, "The technology generated in America's small businesses is not only crucial to meeting our energy needs, but it plays a critical role in our national security."

The funds are made available through two of the Energy Department's programs: Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer.

Bettergy was founded in 2008 by Lin-Feng Li, its president, to conceive, develop and commercialize new energy and environmental technologies for military and civilian use. Although initially looking at energy storage and ways to make battery performance better, the company also has been investigating membrane technologies and nanopore structures, which have holes so incredibly tiny that only certain molecules can pass through.

The company previously has received grants, contracts or support from the Department of Defense, NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Army, among others.

Bettergy's grant is to further develop technology related to cost-effective capture of carbon dioxide that is produced in industrial processes as well as harnessing atmospheric carbon dioxide to help create long-lasting batteries. Zhong Tang, Bettergy's principal investigator for the project, said, "The reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is of great importance to society."

Hypres was founded in 1983 and is involved with various aspects of superconducting electronics, including making supercomputers even more powerful. It said it will use its grant to install ground-based telescopes to study radiation left over from the Big Bang to better understand the early universe.

Richard Hitt, the company's CEO, said, "This is an important contribution to our continuing work in applying principles of physics to detection technology for terrestrial-based deep space exploration. It also has secondary application to scalable quantum computing that has been a Hypres focus for several years."

Hypres has been involved in the field of superconductor electronics and its application in mobile networking, medical imaging and advanced computing. It has collaborated with the U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific on a project to produce a high-dynamic range signals intelligence antenna, which could be used in certain weapons systems.

"investing in the scientific research happening in our small businesses will boost the economy in the lower Hudson Valley and fuel research and development across the country," Lowey said.

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SA company granted $500,000 to help small businesses prepare for disasters - KSAT 12

Posted: 13 Aug 2019 07:23 PM PDT

SAN ANTONIO - If you're a small business owner, have you asked yourself the question "What if?" San Antonio company LiftFund said many small businesses aren't fully prepared for a natural disaster or emergency, so it has secured a $500,000 federal grant to change that. 

"LiftFund was instrumental in helping me when I first started my business," said Mauro Leija, who owns the Studyhall Learning Center day care on the Northwest Side. 

LiftFund is a local nonprofit funded by grants and investors. It loans money to small businesses to keep them afloat and help them grow.

"We're so busy doing the day-to-day operations, we sometimes forget about the long term," Leija said.

Part of the long-term vision includes preparing for a potential disaster.

"For the last two years, we've been helping (with) over $7 million worth of loans we've made just along the Gulf Coast area to help people after (Hurricane) Harvey," said LiftFund CEO Janie Barrera.

Barrera said a lot of businesses on the coast braced for the hurricane but not the recovery.  That's why she recently applied for the federal grant.

"To help and make sure these small businesses are prepared, so next time, we don't have to go through these hurdles," Barrera said.

LiftFund got the $500,000 grant about two weeks ago. They will use it for two things: creating digital education tools and manuals and hosting workshops featuring an array of experts.

"Workshops on marketing after a disaster, on getting your financials ready pre-disaster, making sure you have the right insurance in place," Barrera said.

On top of the half-million dollars from the federal government, local investors are also matching almost $300,000. 

Leija said the money will go to good use because preparation isn't just for hurricanes. Many emergencies can affect businesses in San Antonio. 

"Powerline goes down, a flood hits, what do we do with that?" Leija said.

LiftFund's new material and workshops should be available within 30 days. The nonprofit will also have teams going out to neighborhoods, dispersing the information through presentations as well as having it all available online.

LiftFund's online platform can be found at www.liftlearn.com.

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Grants available for small business, farms | Free Press-Courier - The Wellsboro Gazette

Posted: 08 Aug 2019 10:11 AM PDT

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced the availability of $1 million in grant funding to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program. Eligible projects include adopting or acquiring equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. Examples of eligible projects are HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency LED lighting, solvent recovery and waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.

Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $7,000 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Only costs incurred between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, are eligible.

Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2019-20 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2020, whichever occurs first.

All applications must be submitted through the commonwealth's Single Application for Assistance website. Printed, faxed, and mailed applications are not accepted.

The complete grant application package, which includes step-by-step instructions and instructional videos for completing the online application, is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman's Office website.

To contact the Small Business Ombudsman's Office, call 717-772-5160 or email epadvantagegtrant@pa.gov.

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