BOLTON — The most promising new green technology company in Connecticut — as judged by the Connecticut Technology Council back in 2011 — bought the patent for its product for $1.
Several years ago, Doug Rode, now managing partner of the company, Centritec Seals LLC, got a call out of the blue from Herman Ernst, a former engineering colleague at Hartford Steam Boiler.
"I don't want my patents to go to my grave." Ernst, now 83, told Rode. Ernst had developed a non-contact seal to protect bearings that used centrifugal pressure to keep water and grit away from the lubricated bearings.
"He made it in his garage," said Rode. "He...