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Writing a Successful Grant (Oct. 2017)
Workshop presented at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on October 12, 2017. https://ipo.lbl.gov/blic/
New string of successes for Berkeley Grant Writing LLC’s client (Aug. 2017)
Berkeley Grant Writing LLC is delighted to report that its client Saratoga Energy (http://www.saratoga-energy.com/), continuing its streak of successes, has been awarded three new R&D grants in 2017. Saratoga Energy is a start-up based in Berkeley developing a breakthrough electrolysis process to manufacture low-cost and high-performance graphite and carbon nanotubes from carbon dioxide. The new awards are as follow:
1. Department of Energy FY2017 SBIR Phase I grant ($150,000) to demonstrate the feasibility of carbon nanotubes to prepare thick electrodes for high-energy batteries for electric vehicles. https://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-announces-nearly-9-million-small-businesses-focused-clean-energy
2. Department of Energy FY2017 Phase II grant ($1 million) to optimize its process to manufacture graphite from carbon dioxide and demonstrate fast-charging ability in large format lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. https://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-announces-nearly-32-million-innovative-small-businesses-focused
3. California Energy Commission CalSEED grant ($150,000) to demonstrate the use of carbon nanotubes for low-cost, extremely durable and safe lithium-ion batteries for grid storage applications. https://www.calcef.org/news/california-clean-energy-fund-grants-12-million-to-calseed-concept-award-winners/
These awards come after the four others previously reported:
- a Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR Phase I
- a Small Business Voucher from DOE Vehicles Technologies with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
- a Small Business Voucher from DOE Advanced Manufacturing with Oak Ridge National Lab
- a NSF SBIR Phase I
This series of seven awards in a row in for seven applications submitted in less than two years represents an exceptional and perhaps unprecedented feat in the extremely competitive business of government grants.
A year and a half year ago, while considering hiring the services of Berkeley Grant Writing LLC, Drew Reid, CEO of Saratoga Energy commented that he “had not had much success with grants.” This has changed. A perfect score of seven awards for seven proposals filed. Winning a research grant obviously requires an innovative technical idea and the potential to be disruptive in the market place. But the proposal needs also to be show cased in the most compelling light: this is how Berkeley Grant Writing helps to differentiate its clients proposals from the crowd.
New Research Grant Successes (Aug. 2016)
A couple of months ago, Berkeley Grant Writing announced that, for its very first project, it was able to assist its (also first) client to obtain their first DOE SBIR grant. We now can reveal that this client was Saratoga Energy (http://www.saratoga-energy.com/). In 2016, Berkeley Grant Writing has assisted Saratoga Energy in winning over $500,000 in DOE awards. Saratoga Energy is a start-up based in Berkeley developing a breakthrough electrolysis process to manufacture low-cost and high-performance graphite from carbon dioxide.
In a next step, Berkeley Grant Writing was able to help Saratoga Energy to obtain two Small Business Vouchers (https://www.sbv.org/) as just communicated by DOE. The mission of the DOE Small Business Voucher Program is to provide U.S. small businesses with unparalleled access to the expertise and facilities of its national laboratories. The first Small Business Voucher was on the Vehicles track. Saratoga Energy will be working with Dr. Vince Battaglia, Head of the Energy Storage Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Berkeley Lab Energy Storage Group is one of the world's leading centers for advanced battery research (https://esdr.lbl.gov/group/energy-storage). Dr. Battaglia’s lab is widely considered as the leader in the field of electrode characterization and cell failure analysis. The objective of this voucher will be to demonstrate the performance of Saratoga Energy graphite in an optimized full cell as well as to confirm its exceptional charge-rate capabilities.
The second Small Business Voucher, on the Advanced Manufacturing track, is aimed at identifying an energy-efficient process suitable for high-throughput purification of the graphite manufactured by Saratoga Energy’s patented route. For this voucher, Saratoga Energy will harness the expertise of Drs. Cristian Contescu and Nidia Gallego of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORNL has the nation’s most comprehensive materials research program and is a world leader in research that supports the development of advanced materials for energy generation, storage, and use (https://www.ornl.gov/science-area/advanced-materials). The Carbon and Composites Group of the Division of Materials Science and Technology has a remarkable set of core capabilities that directly relate to Saratoga Energy needs to develop a unique purification process for its graphite material.
Totally unrelated to the above projects and grants, Berkeley Grant Writing recently also worked closely with Research Scientist Dr. Emma Stewart, Deputy of the Grid Integration Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The Grid Integration Group studies the infrastructure that is compatible with requirements of electric system grid operators and electric utility companies while serving the loads and needs of electricity customers (https://gig.lbl.gov/). In this effort, Berkeley Grant Writing assisted in the development of two concept papers for the ENERGISE DOE Solicitation. The goal of this DOE initiative is to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid (http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/funding-opportunity-announcement-enabling-extreme-real-time-grid-integration-solar). As a result of Berkeley Grant Writing assistance, in a key step, the two concept papers submitted by the PI were “encouraged” and Dr. Stewart will submit full proposals.
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