EPA awards small business research grant to cookstove company

By Katie Fletcher | January 20, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a $100,000 green technology grant to ASAT Inc., of Cottage Grove, Oregon, to develop and market a clean-burning, integrated cookstove. ASAT was among 13 companies nationwide awarded $1.3 million in Small Business Innovation Research grants to develop and commercialize sustainable technologies to help solve current environmental issues. These 2016 SBIR phase-one recipients are focusing on technology development in the areas of cookstoves, manufacturing, toxic chemicals, water and building materials.

ASAT specializes in heating, cooking and thermoelectric generation (TEG) technologies and has developed clean biomass cooking stoves with Department of Energy grants. ASAT proposes to develop an integrated stove that will be sold and replace traditional wood or coal-burning stoves in developing world markets that can be inefficient and expensive to operate due to high fuel costs and consumption.

According to the EPA contract, ASAT’s integrated stove can be used for cooking and home heating while also providing electricity for lighting and charging cell phones and small appliances. The integrated cookstove design uses TEG technology to reduce fuel use and air pollution emissions to meet EPA’s most recent heating stove emission standards. EPA’s SBIR grant funds will help ASAT to develop and manufacture its integrated cookstove for sale in the global marketplace, including sale in China through an existing 1-million-stove-per-year distribution network, 10 developing world countries where ASAT has developed heating and cooking stoves, and in the U.S. through StoveTecStore.net, a commercial outlet owned and operated by the company.

EPA runs a yearly, two-phase process for SBIR awards. For phase one, EPA awards firm-fixed-price contracts of up to $100,000 for six months for proof of concept of the proposed technology. Companies who have received the phase one, like ASAT, can apply for phase two contracts of up to $300,000 to further develop and commercialize the technology once the project is commercially viable.

Request for applications closed Jan. 14, and the project period runs from Nov. 1 through April 30.

Other 2016 SBIR phase one recipients include California-based Hi-Z Technology Inc.’s biofueled thermoelectric cookstove and Ohio-based Faraday Technology Inc.’s electrochemical nutrient extraction from digestate proposal. The full recipients list and their abstracts can be found here.