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APL Wins Another SBIR Grant

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded All Power Labs (APL) a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for their renewable energy submission in the amount of $200K to develop Distributed Energy Resources (DER).

The SBIR program, also known as “America’s Seed Fund,” grants are distributed annually by the U.S. Department of Energy in various topic areas for small businesses. APL was previously an awardee of a National Science Foundation SBIR grant in 2016, which was used for the development of their Power Pallet systems.

During Phase I of this SBIR grant APL will be developing support infrastructure for the deployment of APL’s DER in the form of it’s 130 kW Power Pallet Hybrid Biomass Microgrid Container.

PP50 Hybrid configuration infographic

Systems for training, finance, biomass management, and biochar distribution along with the related community frameworks are all being developed in this phase. This infrastructure will not only support the deployment of APL DERs, but can also be used to facilitate or enhance various other renewable microgrid projects.

The objective of Phase I funding is to establish the technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of the proposed Federal Research/R&D efforts and to determine the quality of performance of the small business awardee organization prior to providing further Federal support. If APL successfully completes Phase I and applies to Phase II, they would be eligible for $1 million to implement the Phase I design.

“We are very excited and proud to be recipients of an SBIR award: the SBIR program is a highly competitive and crucial part of America’s funding for innovation in the small business world,” said APL Grants Manager, Justin Knapp. “This Phase I award is a strong validation that APL technology is meeting real-world needs and has a huge capacity for scaling and commercialization. This Phase I award will increase awareness on how APL’s community-scale bioenergy systems can be integrated with other renewable solutions to improve energy infrastructure, waste management, and climate resiliency.”


This DOE grant followed APL’s recent participation in the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center’s Valley Ventures Accelerator program, completing their participation in the fifth cohort which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Valley Ventures Accelerator is a program within the Water, Energy and Technology (WET) Center at Fresno State where companies engage closely with industry leaders, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs in the agriculture, water, and energy-technology space. The accelerator aids startups and companies with overall product development, networking, and sales.

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