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Three businesses were the beneficiaries of development grants from Wichita State University's Center for Innovation and Enterprise Engagement.
The businesses were selected for grants ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 by the CIEE's board of directors. The technologies were chosen based on unique ideas, potential for commercialization and the potential for positive impact on the region's economy and workforce.
Carbon Fiber Remanufacturing was selected to develop processes to move scrap carbon fiber into "remanufactured" fiber form for the composites industry. Funding will go to testing the compare mechanical properties between virgin and reclaimed carbon fiber.
Grail Engine Technologies will use its grant to develop an ultra-high efficiency internal combustion engine with the "Grail Cycle." Their money will be utilized on prototype engine development.
Momentum Wheels will use its grant funding to design efficient and cost effective manufacturing processes for high strength, low-weight automotive wheels. It will look to develop overbraided carbon fiber for thermoplastic wheels.
This past September, Wichita State's CIEE received a $2 million federal economic development grant as part of the Obama administration's Jobs and Innovation Challenge. The grants were awarded to 19 other applicants, as well, totaling $37 million.