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California Clean Energy Fund Awarded $11 Million California Test Bed Initiative by California Energy Commission

12/10/2018 6:05:56 PM

Sacramento— December 10, 2018 — Today at the California Energy Commission Business Meeting, the California Clean Energy Fund was officially awarded a $10,999,701 grant to fund the development of the California Test Bed Initiative (CalTestBed). CalTestBed will accelerate the time it takes to move new energy technologies from the prototype stage to the pilot demonstration stage. The University of California Office of the President and its associated research facilities, as well as Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, will be crucial partners in making the CalTestBed program the largest clean energy testbed ecosystem in the world.

“We are thrilled to enable clean energy entrepreneurs to secure proof of concept and validation. This is a critical step in making clean energy technology scalable.” said Tenley Dalstrom, Director of California Programs at the California Clean Energy Fund.

UC San Diego’s Vice Chancellor for Research, Sandra Brown, concurs, saying “This program will allow California innovators to expeditiously team with the immense lab and demonstration resources within the UC system to accelerate, broaden and deepen the commercialization of the clean energy technologies for worldwide markets.”

The CalTestBed initiative will coordinate a voucher program with a newly created statewide network of eligible testbeds to ensure California energy entrepreneurs have access to testing and certification services that they need to refine their prototypes based on user feedback, verify the safety and customer performance of their technology, and move forward with pilot-scale demonstrations.

“This newest program extends the California Clean Energy Fund’s seed-to-growth funding model beyond our existing XIR and CalSEED programs to accelerate an equitable clean energy transition for California and the world.” said Sarah Chester, Grant Compliance Manager at the California Clean Energy Fund.


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