ClearFlame Engines Receives $1.1 million SBIR Grant from Department of Energy

ClearFlame Engine Technologies, a startup company dedicated to the development of clean engine technology, has been awarded a 2-year, $1.1 million Phase II grant from the Department of Energy’s SBIR program.

The funding will support the company’s continued research and development work for its breakthrough clean engine technology for the heavy-duty truck, off-highway, and industrial markets.

ClearFlame has developed a unique engine technology that enables low-carbon and carbon-negative fuels to be easily integrated into existing diesel engine platforms, offering a more sustainable and cost-effective solution than diesel fuel. It provides the same performance, fuel efficiency and rugged practicality associated with diesel engines, while eliminating the need for complex aftertreatment solutions. 

By replacing 100% of the petroleum fuel used with decarbonized fuels such as ethanol, ClearFlame’s engine technology significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, particulate matter and smog, helping to meet stringent global emissions regulations while reducing overall engine cost. 

“This DOE grant represents an important step forward in helping us to continue the development work critical to enabling future commercialization of our technology,” said Dr. BJ Johnson, CEO and co-founder of ClearFlame in an announcement. “As emissions regulations continue to evolve, engine manufacturers need solutions today that are easy to implement, cost-effective and most importantly, have a positive impact on climate change. We believe ClearFlame’s engine technology can help accelerate that path to cleaner heavy-duty diesel engines.” 

ClearFlame has previously received over $2 million in non-dilutive grant funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory, the Department of Agriculture, the Midwest Energy Research Consortium and Stanford University. 

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