Partners and Supporters

Partners and Supporters

Development and Demonstration

  • DOE and  NYSERDA have provided nearly $1.4M in funding for the continued advancement of TCHP. This collaboration represents a unique relationship that has coupled the expertise and knowledge that exists in federal and state research with the resources and efficiency of the private sector. As a result, ThermoLift is able to tap into a highly specialized resource network of experts that are assisting in making TCHP a success.

  • Composite Prototyping Center (CPC), a local New York facility specializing in the field of composites fabrication for consumer products, has assisted ThermoLift with access to composite prototyping equipment and facility infrastructure for initial experimentation with composite materials. These materials will greatly reduce TCHP system cost and improve durability of system components for commercialization.

  • Stony Brook University provides academic engineering resources including access to faculty and student personnel from the College of Engineering and Applied Science. As part of this partnership, ThermoLift and SBU collaborate on research with significant state-subsidized cost-share, providing economical engineering assistance. ThermoLift has a successful history with SBU including hiring Masters and Ph.D. engineers to assist in thermodynamic analysis.

  • Hofstra University and ThermoLift formed the Center for Innovation, a strategic research partnership for advanced mechatronic control. The goal is to create collaborative programs that help companies solve their business challenges while exposing Hofstra’s engineering students to real-world applications.  The partnership provides ThermoLift access to expertise in mechatronic system design and control adding to the depth of the team’s capabilities.

  • DOE and  NYSERDA have provided nearly $1.4M in funding for the continued advancement of TCHP. This collaboration represents a unique relationship that has coupled the expertise and knowledge that exists in federal and state research with the resources and efficiency of the private sector. As a result, ThermoLift is able to tap into a highly specialized resource network of experts that are assisting in making TCHP a success.

  • Linamar Corp. is ThermoLift’s manufacturing partner. An $8 billion global manufacturing firm, it provides manufacturing services and expertise through its subsidiary McLaren Engineering. Linamar will be instrumental in the manufacturing of TCHP and ThermoLift will take advantage of their existing facilities and manufacturing capacity for initial production.

  • Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a well-established industry leader with extensive knowledge and expertise in gas combustion systems, is assisting burner system integration and the design of a low-cost combustion system. For 75 years, GTI has been developing solutions for industry, government, and consumers. GTI have provided over $150K in match funding and ThermoLift will look to continue this partnership as we enter commercial burner design.

  • Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP), an SBU-affiliated incubator for small start-up companies, provides entrepreneurial mentorship, guidance and direction on strategic plans in addition to assistance in preparing for and locating funding opportunities. Funded by NYSERDA, CEBIP has been in operation since October 2011 and provides assistance and resources to at least ten other renewable and clean-energy technology companies.

National Laboratories

  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provided third-party validation of the TCHP system as part of ThermoLift’s active DOE grant program in which $200K in funding has been allocated. As part of this program, the generation 3 prototype was delivered to ORNL facilities for laboratory testing and energy performance benchmarking. ThermoLift expects to expand on this relationship into later stages of development and commercial implementation.

  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) assisted ThermoLift with benchmarking the TCHP system as part of the IN2 Innovation Incubator program in which $250K in funding has been provided by Wells Fargo. ThermoLift worked with NREL personnel to develop a framework and use it to create a full-system building energy model of TCHP operation.

Domestic and International Utility

  • National Grid, the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeast and a major international utility with more than 11M customers worldwide, represents a key utility partner that can provide a point of access to both the domestic and international natural gas markets, especially with residential customers. National Grid contributed cost-share under the DOE and NYSERDA funding grants.

  • British Gas, UK’s largest gas utility with its own dedicated installer and sales network, can enable ThermoLift to access multiple business streams needed for implementation in a significant export market. ThermoLift maintained discussions with British Gas and was personally invited for a site visit to its Technology Lab in Leicester in 2014. British Gas provided a letter of support for the development of TCHP and is interested in testing the system as well as assisting with U.K. commercial implementation strategy.

  • Par Group, a sizable HVAC installation company servicing mostly commercial buildings in New York City, represents a point of entry into a well-established local commercial market. Accessing the commercial market will be an important milestone in the initial commercialization of TCHP. ThermoLift plans to maintain a close relationship with Par Group to get a better understanding of the HVAC market environment and incentives that exist for commercial consumers.

  • SoCalGas, the primary provider of natural gas to Southern California with a total service area of approximately 21M customers, provided a support letter expressing its interest in TCHP and the advantages it provides. SoCalGas also expressed its interest in hosting a demonstration program at one of its California facilities with potential for more formal collaboration under its RD&D program.

  • FortisBC is an electric power and gas distribution company in British Columbia and a subsidiary of Newfoundland-based Fortis Inc., Canada’s largest private utility company. It provides natural gas, electricity, alternative energy and related services directly to approximately 111,500 customers in BC and approximately 48,500 customers through wholesale supply of power to municipal distributors.

  • ATCO Gas has a presence in most of the Canadian market but is an international mover in the natural gas industry. Based in Alberta, it is that province’s largest distributor of natural gas and serves more than 1.1 million customers.

  • Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, is a Utility Consortium based out of the U.S. Northwest, representing more than 140 utilities and energy efficiency organizations working on behalf of more than 13 million energy consumers.  The Consortium is the first regional effort to drive natural gas market transformation in the country and ThermoLift has initiated discussions with it to demonstate TCHP units at its member utilities.

  • ConEdison, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies with approximately $13B in annual revenue. ConEdison provided a letter of support and encouraged ThermoLift to pursue its Reforming Energy Vision initiative, funding of technologies that have the potential to reduce electric load during peak periods of consumption, and expressed interest in hosting a demonstration project at either a local company facility or customer site.

  • PSEG-LI, an energy company with annual revenues of $10B, represents another utility network that can provide access to the local customer base. As both a natural gas and electric utility, PSEG-LI is interested in the capability of TCHP to offer load balancing during peak times of consumption. To date, ThermoLift as had multiple high-level discussions with PSEG-LI officials develop this relationship as it enters initial commercialization.

  • Petro (Star Gas) is a major HVAC service provider in the U.S. that routinely performs over 10,000 heating system installations per year including many oil-to-gas conversions. Petro represents a major network installer that can assist ThermoLift in accessing the local residential market including on-site system installations. Petro provided a letter of support for future research, development, and testing of TCHP.

  • DTE Energy, a utility located in Michigan comprised of 2.1M electric and 1.2M natural gas customers, supplied a letter of support highlighting the company’s interest to assist ThermoLift in the testing and commercialization of TCHP. DTE Energy invited ThermoLift to its headquarters on multiple occasions and ThermoLift plans to pursue this relationship further in the future during later stages of development and commercial deployment as a potential access point to the Midwest market.

  • Enbridge is a Canadian multinational energy transportation company based in Calgary, Alberta focusing on the transportation, distribution and generation of energy, primarily in North America. The company serves about 3.7 million retail natural gas customers in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York. It is regularly ranked on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations index.