Release 09-16
February 26, 2009

    Gennet Paauwe
$700,000 in grants to help three companies demonstrate clean air innovations

SACRAMENTO -- Today the California Air Resources Board approved over $700,000 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 big-rig truck trailer aerodynamic device, a specialized drivetrain for commercial vehicles and a stationary biogas engine.

"Taking an entrepreneurial idea to commercial success is often the most challenging part of business," said ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. "These grants are the seed money that will bring California new, green technologies that will enliven our economy and clean our air."

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

At least 50 percent of a project's total cost must come from matching funds and 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 63 grants, for a total of approximately $12.7 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:

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.