NOVATO -- Pax Streamline, the industrial product development firm that is a part of Pax Scientific, was awarded $3 million under the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey announced today.
[caption id="attachment_16242" align="alignleft" width="331" caption="The Sonoma Cool system is one of Pax Streamline's new products."][/caption]
Pax Streamline, which develops heating and air conditioning and wind turbine products using processes copied from nature, will use the money to help develop "blown wing" technology for turbines, allowing them to be dynamically adjusted to maximize power under a wide rage of wind conditions. The design can be built for a fraction of the cost of older, less powerful designs.
According to Ms. Woolsey, who helped pass the America COMPETES Act under which the grants are made, the Pax Streamline project "is the cutting-edge research we had in mind when we created the program, and the project we need to pursue our goal of becoming free from fossil fuels."
The grant was one of 37 totaling $151 million.
Pax Streamline, headed by Turin Networks founder John Webley, employs about 30 in its Novato headquarters. The company is currently funded by an infusion of $6 million by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Vinod Khosla. Mr. Webley said his company will seek another round at the end of 2009.