Skyven Technologies and California Dairies Inc. reduce air pollution in Central Valley California

Visalia, CA, May 3, 2019 – Skyven Technologies, Inc. has signed an agreement with California Dairies Inc. (CDI) to install the world’s largest rooftop-mounted Intelligent Mirror Array (IMA™) system at the CDI plant in Visalia, CA.  The system will reduce local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions by 436 metric tons of CO2 annually.

As one of the nation’s leading dairy co-ops, with seven dairy processing facilities in California, CDI is setting a best practice example for fuel-less heat solutions in the food and beverage industry. CDI will deploy 2,000 cutting-edge IMA collectors, which capture heat from the sun and inject that heat into the plant’s boilers, reducing the need for burning natural gas.

The project is supported by the California Energy Commission Food Production Investment Program with the goal to accelerate the adoption of state-of-the-art energy technologies that can substantially reduce energy use and costs and the associated GHG emissions.

“Sustainability is at the heart of our business, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because there are clear business benefits,” said Darrin Monteiro, Director of Government Relations at CDI. “Our project with Skyven is going to save the company money on fuel and reduce our CO2 emissions”.

“CDI is an amazing partner to work with,” said Arun Gupta, CEO of Skyven Technologies. “This project proves that sustainable business practices and innovative solutions pay off and benefit, both the industrial sector and the society.”

About CDI:
California Dairies, Inc. is the largest member-owned milk marketing and processing cooperative in California producing 40 percent of California’s milk. Co-owned by nearly 400 dairy producers who ship 16 billion pounds of Real California Milk annually. California Dairies, Inc. is a manufacturer of quality butter, fluid milk products and milk powders. In addition, California Dairies, Inc. is the home of two leading and well-respected brands of butter – Challenge and Danish Creamery. California Dairies’ quality dairy products are available in all 50 United States and in more than 50 foreign countries. For additional information on California Dairies, Inc., visit www.californiadairies.com.

About Skyven:
Skyven is a solutions provider for industrial process heat. Skyven’s proprietary Intelligent Mirror Array (IMA™) reduces the need for burning fossil fuels in industrial boilers. Thanks to IMA™ manufacturing facilities save money and improve local air quality. To learn more about Skyven, visit: www.skyven.co

About The Food Production Investment Program:
The Food Production Investment Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in priority populations. The Cap-and-Trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investments projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling, and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are located within and benefitting priority populations across California. For more information, visit the California Climate Investments website at: www.caclimateinvestments.ga.gov

Skyven Technologies Awarded Competitive Grant from the National Science Foundation

DALLAS, TX, March 28 2019 – Skyven Technologies has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant for $750,000 to commercialize innovative technology by conducting research and development (R&D) work on a renewable solar energy system, reducing the need for burning fossil fuels in industrial applications.

Today, roughly 30% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are produced from industry, making it the largest contributor of greenhouse gases of any sector. This is the last bastion of fossil fuels. Skyven Technologies changes this status quo with its Intelligent Mirror Array (IMA™) technology, which curbs fuel consumption by capturing high-temperature heat from the sun and injecting it into the industrial processes.

NSF-supported projects will focus on large-scale deployment of the IMA™ technology, demonstrating system performance at temperatures up to 400°C on live industrial facilities. The project will help accelerate the deployment of cutting-edge zero-fuel solutions in the process heat space.

“For 40 years, America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF has helped startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable products and services,” said Linda Molnar, Program Director of the Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division at the National Science Foundation “I trust Skyven has the potential to change the way industrial manufacturers produce heat while reducing both their cost and their emissions. I look forward to observing Skyvens success, with the support of the National Science Foundation”

“I’m most thankful for this repeated recognition of the National Science Foundation,” said Arun Gupta, CEO of Skyven Technologies. “With our Phase II project, we will deploy our emissions-free solution for industrial heat at large scale in food processing industries across the country. This will be a stepping stone for air pollution reduction from the industrial sector in the United States.”

Small businesses can receive up to $1.5 million in funding from NSF. Companies must first have received a Phase I award (up to $225,000) to become eligible to apply for a Phase II grant (up to $750,000) to further develop and commercialize the technology. Small businesses with Phase II grants are eligible to receive up to $500,000 in additional matching funds with qualifying third-party investment or sales.

Small businesses with innovative science and technology solutions, and commercial potential across almost all areas of technology are encouraged to apply. All proposals submitted to the NSF SBIR/STTR program undergo a rigorous merit-based review process. NSF’s deadlines for Phase I small business proposals occur twice annually, in June and December.

To learn more about Skyven, visit: www.skyven.co  

About the National Science Foundation's Small Business Programs: America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards nearly $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of about $8.4 billion that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering.