Prabhu Energy Labs is honored by its selection for the California Energy Commission's CalTestBed Program.
Prabhu Energy Labs was selected by the California Energy Commission in 2022 to receive
vouchers through the CalTestBed program to test the Oxiperator for methane emissions
reduction, advancing the technology for applications in the energy sector. Prabhu Energy Labs’
application was one of 23 selected from among 73 applicants across ten technical areas.
According to CalTestBed program administrators: “The Prabhu Energy Labs application was
among the top scores for the Los Angeles region with a final average score of 4.08 out of
5.” Comments from the Technical Reviewers are as follows:
Section 1: Innovation - Average Score of 4.67
Excerpt of comments: If the Oxiperator does what is being suggested, this would be a game
changer. Potentially impactful innovation for scrubbing methane out of air. When this solution
works, it will be revolutionary and a fantastic solution since although so much focus is on carbon
emissions, methane emissions are multiples worse per gram than carbon as a GHG. In
summary though, this could be revolutionary. But they clearly need to do a lot of work to get
there (and this funding would help).
Section 2: Scalability - Average Score of 3.67
Excerpt of comments: They seem to understand what it takes to scale it and (most) problems
they need to solve. This solution would only matter at scale anyway, and they seem to be
targeting large methane emitters.
Section 3: Feasibility - Average Score of 3
Excerpt of comments: Good and specific relationships established for potential partners and
collaborators for advanced manufacturing development. Specific description of three customer
segments...shows good knowledge of potential customer types with beachhead focus on O&G
Section 4: Market Potential - Average Score of 5
Excerpt of comments:There is a very large market potential to reduce methane emissions. If
the cost can be brought down, the market can be further accelerated with rational regulations
that could require near zero methane emissions from certain facilities. Good traction by the
team in working toward other government funding paths such as ARPA-E and SBIR. Good
efforts at already engaging key stakeholders in the beachhead market, with named commercial
players. If they can generate a commercially viable project, they would provide a much needed
service and could become market leaders as they claim their current competition is a 50 yr old
approach, and it is well known that methane is hard to capture.
Funded by the California Energy Commission, the CalTestBed Initiative is a voucher program
that assists clean energy entrepreneurs in gaining access to critical testing facilities. It expedites
their pathway to commercialization through connection to a network of next-level partners,
providing $8.8M in testing vouchers to use at one of more than 60 world-class testing facilities
throughout California. https://www.caltestbed.com/