Stasis Energy works to bring clean energy solutions to Central Valley

Company awarded $1.6 Million from California Energy Commission to deploy their HVAC technology into disadvantaged communities across state, specifically the Central Valley

FRESNO – As blistering heat waves continue to strain the state’s electrical system, one company is working towards mitigating that issue. Stasis Energy Group has been awarded $1.6 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to deploy their heating ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) technology into disadvantaged communities across the state, specifically the Central Valley, to help reduce stress on power grids.

The award is the result of “BRIDGE 2020: Bringing Rapid Innovation Development to Green Energy” (GFO-20-201), a competitive solicitation to fund continued technology development in either applied research or demonstration and deployment for the most promising energy technologies. The grant award includes significant matching funds that brings the total amount for the project to just under $3 million.

“By installing our system, in partnership with real estate owners, HVAC tradespeople and energy bill payers, we are reducing HVAC energy capacity charges by 75% and energy usage by 25% from thermal storage cooling,” Rob Morton, CEO of Stasis Energy Group said. “While California continues to work towards its ambitious goals of 100% renewable and zero-carbon energy resources by 2045, our hope is that we can help meet that need through load reduction while also creating good-paying HVAC retrofit jobs in California and assisting disadvantaged communities to reduce their energy bills without sacrificing temperature control in their buildings.”

In 2020, California suffered public safety shut offs due to high temperatures driving air cooling HVAC technology with the ability to lower peak demand from HVAC load, increase resilience and reduce public risk while bringing down energy costs to customers. Stasis Energy Group’s thermal energy storage system (TESS) for packaged HVAC systems is designed to act as a thermal battery to charge during normal daytime cooling operations. Late in the day during peak demand periods, when the cost of energy soars, the stored thermal energy is then deployed which delivers cooling to the space in lieu of using traditional HVAC compressor which releases stress on the grid. For ratepayers, this will create significant savings on monthly energy bills.

“By shifting energy from late in the day to earlier in the day, our greenhouse gas mitigation potential is pretty significant because we end up charging our system using electricity during earlier parts of the day, that is predominantly driven from sustainable sources such as wind and solar,” Morton said. “We are dedicated to doing what we can to make a contribution towards environmental equity, and energy justice. We focus our product to the greatest extent possible for deployment in disadvantaged community and low income areas.”

Over the next few years, Stasis Energy Group will be identifying and installing their product across the state to demonstrate that it has the robustness and capability to perform in different climate zones with different types of air conditioning equipment, building types, and occupancy profiles. Morton deems it a great opportunity for building owners in the Central Valley as he deems there is not a lot of technology that is affordable and commonly available to help with existing HVAC units.

“We feels that the Central Valley could really benefit from adoption of this technology because it reduces the cost of operations of their building, it extends the life of the equipment, it brings older aging equipment into a more energy efficient mode, and it provides significant ratepayer savings to the building owners that they can use for hiring, training and expanding the growth of their company,” Morton said.

Since 2017, Stasis has been tuning its machine learning platform, perfecting its bio-based phase change material (PCM) and optimizing the entire system in test installations across California. Some of these efforts were made possible by generous funding from the California Energy Commission’s CalSEED program, where Stasis won Concept ($150k) and Prototype ($450k) funding and is currently performing validation testing at UC Riverside under a grant voucher provided by a CalTestBed award. Stasis has also partnered with Pure Temp in Minnesota for patented materials and investment. The company is not currently raising capital but may look to add investor partners, both strategic and financial, towards the end of 2022. With these new HVAC installations, made possible by CEC’s BRIDGE grant performing as expected, Stasis will be in high-speed growth mode.

Stasis Energy Group will now spend the next few months looking for qualified buildings to begin deployment of the technology in January. Building owners who are interested in having a site receive free technology to participate in this study can contact Rob Morton at [email protected] or 720-435-4550. They are looking for one to two story commercial building that have normal business hours around 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. such as office buildings or manufacturing plants with offices in the front of the building.

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