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National Science Foundation Awards Harvest Thermal $1 Million Grant

Small Business Innovation Award supports scaling deployment of building decarbonization solution

The work funded by this grant will prepare our business for the scale we need to fight climate change while providing clean, comfortable and affordable home heating and hot water.

— Dr. Jane Melia, CEO

BERKELEY, California, USA, June 2, 2022 / — Harvest Thermal Inc. has been awarded a $1 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant to help scale its award-winning, ultra-efficient building decarbonization solution that creates a new product category in home heating and hot water.

This is the second SBIR grant awarded to Harvest Thermal by the NSF. Only 4% of companies that apply for an SBIR Phase I grant subsequently receive a Phase II grant.

The Harvest Thermal Pod™ platform uses cloud-enabled analytics, electronic controls, and machine learning to reduce carbon emissions, reduce energy bills, and improve home comfort. In pilot projects supported by the SBIR Phase I grant, the IoT smart pod has demonstrated emissions reductions of over 90% over gas, 50% over standard heat pump solutions, and bill savings up to 40%.

“We are deeply grateful to the NSF for recognizing our successful pilot project and awarding this Phase II grant. The work funded by this grant will prepare our business for the scale we need to fight climate change while providing clean, comfortable and affordable home heating and hot water,” said CEO Dr Jane Melia. “Clean home energy is absolutely essential for our health and for reaching the global 2030 target, when experts agree that new buildings must be net zero emissions.”

The Harvest Thermal system runs a single heat pump and operates the water tank like a thermal battery, shifting the electrical load to the cleanest, cheapest times of the day while discharging a heater and constant and comfortable hot water whenever needed. Customers experience a new kind of stable and comfortable heat with continuously variable power.

NSF funding will be used to prepare the Harvest system for commercial scale: reduce costs, increase cloud infrastructure and remote diagnostics, and improve security protections.

Applications for the NSF SBIR program undergo a rigorous merit-based review process. The program, also known as America’s Seed Fund, targets startups and small businesses with innovative science and technology solutions and business potential.

About Harvest Thermal
Harvest Thermal, Inc., is a developer and manufacturer of ultra-efficient, all-electric hot water, heating and cooling systems for the residential market. Founded in 2019, Harvest Thermal has been backed by the National Science Foundation, the California Energy Commission and private investors. Harvest Thermal’s software/hardware and cloud platform harnesses the power of advanced analytics and machine learning to dramatically reduce carbon emissions, save on customer bills and use a greater share of renewable energy on the network. See also this story from Canary Media.

About the US Seed Fund
America’s Seed Fund, powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF), awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, turning scientific discovery into products and services with business and societal impact. Startups working in almost any area of ​​science and technology can receive up to $2 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping to reduce technology risks to commercial success. America’s Seed Fund is mandated by Congress under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The NSF is an independent federal agency with a budget of approximately $8.5 billion that supports basic research and education in all fields of science and engineering. To learn more, visit:

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