Our Story

Our Story

  • 1918

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    The invention of the Vuilleumier (VM) cycle from which the thermodynamic principles of TCHP™ would evolve.

  • 1960s

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    From the early 1960s to the late 1970s, researchers at labs including the Technical University of Munich, Phillips Research, the U.S. Air Force, and NASA, built small VHPs for low-temperature cryogenic cooling applications.

  • 1991

    The most comprehensive research program was completed by a collaboration between the Technical University of Dortmund and Bosch-Viessmann Energie (BVE) in the 1990s.

  • 2012

    ThermoLift founded by Peter Hofbauer and Paul Schwartz.
    The company was founded by Paul Schwartz, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Hofbauer in 2012 when informal discussions led to the realization that there was a tremendous unmet need in the HVAC industry.

  • 04/2013

    Work begins on Gen 1 – TCHP™ prototype, which would demonstrate the fundamental thermodynamics and unique thermal compression concepts of the system.

  • 08/2013

    ▪ DOE and NYSERDA funding $1.3 million
    ▪ Series A investor funding $1.7 million

  • 10/2015

    Work begins on Gen 2 – TCHP™ prototype, with thermodynamic concepts validated, the 2nd generation prototype focused on component optimization, improved system design, and utilization of low-cost production.

  • 02/2016

    Wells Fargo funding grant $250,000.

  • 10/2016

    ORNL and NREL visit ThermoLift
    ORNL and NREL visit ThermoLift for inhouse testing of the Gen 2 TCHP prototype.

  • 12/2016

    Series A-1 investor funding $5.9 million.

  • 01/2017

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    Work begins on Gen 3 TCHP™ prototype, this generation focused on system, burner and mechatronic strategies to improve power and load response.

  • 03/2018

    Series B investor funding $8.2 million.

  • 07/2018

    Machine Freezing Over at ORNL
    Demonstration test at ORNL achieved heating COP of 1.5 at 8˚C and natural gas driven cooling to -100°C (approximately -150°F).

  • 10/2018

    Work begins on Gen 4 TCHP™ prototype.

    Work begins on Gen 4 TCHP™ prototype.