Torrey Hills Technologies, LLC Receives SBIR Phase II Grant for Coal Mine Safety Project from National Science Foundation


Joyce Zhang
(858) 558-6666

(SAN DIEGO, CA, August 3rd, 2012) ¨C Torrey Hills Technologies, LLC (THT) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Phase II grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) for coal mine safety project which is entitled "SBIR Phase II: Capture and Use of Coal Mine Ventilation Air Methane (VAM)."

The $500K Phase II grant is effective August 15, 2012 and will last 24 months. It will support the development and commercialization of THT¡¯s patent-pending technologies that can significantly reduce the risk of coal mine gas explosion.

¡°During Phase I R&D, we developed the 2nd generation machine which convert the explosive methane gas to harmless substances at above 50% efficiencies,¡± said Dr. Lai Qi, the Principal Investigator at Torrey Hills Technologies, LLC. ¡°This follow up grant will enable us to develop the 3rd generation system with higher efficiencies and move forward to the field testing.¡±

¡°Our methane converting technology can not only add economic value to coal mine owners and operators, but also contribute to the overall society benefit in a broader sense by reducing life loss and protecting environment.¡± stated Ken Kuang, President of Torrey Hills.

Torrey Hills Technologies, LLC ( is a leader in developing and delivering quality yet affordable equipment and supplies for multiple industries. Since its establishment, the company has expanded its business from microelectronics packaging components to large-scale furnace equipment for semiconductor packaging, circuit board assembly, advanced materials processing and solar cell (silicon, thin film, and 3rd generation dye sensitized solar cells) manufacturing. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., the company now has customers in more than 45 countries around the world.