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SAGE Energy Solutions

We are building a ground-breaking prototype fuel reformer to convert military jet fuel into liquefied petroleum gas in the field on demand.

  • Stage Product In Development
  • Industry Industrial/Energy
  • Location Columbia, SC, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2013
  • Employees 4
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Company Summary

The company, specializing in heterogeneous catalyst development, developed a catalytic process that converts jet fuel into liquefied petroleum gas. The military uses a single jet fuel for all vehicles and devices, but it seeks point-of-use fuel flexibility. Our system, produces LPG on-site while leveraging existing jet fuel distribution networks. Our technology enables energy-dense fuel cell powered devices that hold promise over battery analogs.


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    Jochen Lauterbach

    Dr. Jochen Lauterbach is the SmartState chair of the Strategic Approaches to the Generation of Electricity center in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina. Jochen serves as a team advisor and chief financial officer.

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    Erdem Sasmaz

    Dr. Erdem Sasmaz received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and serves as a team leader. With a background in surface science and emission control technology, Erdem’s roles include experiment planner and designer and task manager.

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    Sungtak Kim

    Sungtak “Sun” Kim, considered the chief technical officer and has helped to develop, test, and characterize the catalytic system. Sun is named on the recently filed US patent, which is the foundation of SAGE Energy Solutions. Sun is a 3rd year graduate student who possesses the most intimate knowledge of the scientific principles and data analysis.

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    Michael Kai Mayeda

    Michael “Kai” Mayeda is a 5th year graduate student that serves as a chief operating officer. As a native English speaker, Kai organizes the company’s business relations.

Previous Investors

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    Fuel Cell Collaborative - Columbia, SC