TechConnect Innovation Program

Microchannel Flameless Heater

Oregon State University, Oregon, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

The microchannel flameless heater provides a hot pole for a thermoelectric electricity generator used to power wireless sensors for natural gas pipeline applications. Through efficient catalytic reaction of natural gas, heat is generated and distributed evenly to provide a hot surface with uniform temperature.

Primary Application Area: Conventional Energy

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Our product reduces the operating costs and maintenance requirements of battery-powered wireless sensors on natural gas pipelines by using a small fraction of the pipeline gas to power the sensors. Our product has a long life (>5 years), is maintenance free, safe, rugged, efficient and is able to operate under extreme environmental conditions.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)

Showcase Booth #: 811

Website: www.MuTherm.com

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: The funding was provided by DOE hydrogen storage program with the grant number of DE-FC36-09GO19005. The current funding is provided by Oregon State University through a 10 month Venture Development Fund project.

Primary Sources of Funding: University

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners