TechConnect Innovation Program

A modular active flow control system for aerodynamic drag reduction in ground freight transportation

Actasys Inc, New Jersey, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

A technology transfer from aerospace industry. The system relies on small, highly efficient actuators. It doesn’t require changes to the body of tractors and trailers, can be easily reconfigured to various types of vehicles and drag prone areas, and consumes small amounts of electricity provided by the tractor.

Primary Application Area: Automotive & Transportation

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Actasys can save 8 billion dollars annually in the US alone by providing to retrofit and tractor and trailer design an adaptive, modular product that saves 6% in fuel consumption due to aerodynamic drag in the gap between tractor and trailer.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)

National Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 859

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Actasys was recently awarded by NYSERDA the ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGIES grant. The award amount is 500k (with 50% match) and we are currently seeking 350k for the match. The duration of the award is 18 months and the scope of work is full scale on-the-road performance validation (TRL 8/9). We are currently entering contract negotiations. Included in the award are four partners: a fleet owner, powering and actuation subsystems suppliers and a consulting entity with experience in truck maintenance and retail to the trucking industry.

Primary Sources of Funding: Angel, Friends, Family, Corporate Partner, Personal Savings, Other

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners