SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission today awarded $1,815,274 to fund 20 research projects ranging from a low-cost solar photovoltaic tracker to energy storage devices using nanotechnology. Funds for the projects come from Commission's Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) program.

"These small grant projects will help seed innovation and investment in energy technologies throughout California," said Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller. "The EISG program is an innovative model that encourages growth in California's clean tech industry while attracting further investments. The program has led to $1.8 billion in follow on funding, most of which came from private investors."

The projects approved by the Commission include research in the areas of transportation, electricity, and natural gas.

The EISG program provides funding to small businesses, non-profit organizations, individuals, and academic institutions to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts. The program provides up to $95,000 for hardware projects and up to $50,000 for modeling concepts. For information on current funding opportunities, visit: www.energy.ca.gov/contracts/smallgrant/. Applicants have until April 26 to submit their applications.

See the source: http://www.energy.ca.gov/releases/2013_releases/2013-03-20_EISG_grants.html