Clean-tech grants awarded

Three local university research teams will receive grants and business mentoring to help further develop and commercialize clean technology research projects through a partnership among the city of San Diego, local universities and private companies.

The San Diego Clean Tech Innovation and Commercialization Program will award researchers from UCSD and SDSU $50,000 each for proof-of-concept studies and prototype development. The teams also will receive mentoring assistance from business advisers at UCSD’s von Liebig Center to help commercialize their technologies.

Panels of more than 18 reviewers selected the projects based on their commercial potential, environmental impact and intended use of the grant funds. The three projects selected from among 13 proposals include:

  • SleepServers, a software-only approach for reducing the energy consumption of computers in enterprise environments, being developed by UCSD computer science and engineering professor Rajesh Gupta and UCSD research scientist Yuvraj Agarwal.
  • Principal investigator Alexander Gershunov, postdoctoral scholar Kristen Guirguis and business development director Stephen Bennett from UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography received an award for their concept to commercialize research from the Scripps Partnership for Hazards and Environmental Applied Research (SPHEAR).
  • San Diego State University chemistry professor Douglas Grotjahn will develop and test low-cost catalysts to generate oxygen from water.