IsoTruss Wins EPA Funds to Make Cell Towers Resilient to Natural Disasters

Aaron McElweeUtah Innovation Center

The Utah Innovation Center congratulates IsoTruss, Inc. for winning a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The $100,000 award will be applied to research and development of an eco-friendly composite-reinforced concrete foundation for telecommunication towers to increase resiliency to natural disasters, a vital benefit in facilitating communications during emergency situations. IsoTruss will accomplish this without increasing construction time and cost compared to traditional solutions, as well as reducing material usage and a staggering 70% reduction in carbon emissions. Successful completion of this project allows the company to compete for a Phase II award of $400,000.

IsoTruss recently completed another SBIR project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to test and refine its patented lattice cell towers for use in remote, hard-to-access areas of the United States. IsoTruss cell towers are made of composite materials that are strong, lightweight, cost-effective, durable, corrosion-resistant, eco-friendly and sustainable.

The Utah Innovation Center is pleased to have collaborated with IsoTruss on the preparation of their grant proposal.