Self-Excited Induction Generator (SEIG) for optimized hydrogen fuel production from multi-turbine windplants
The robust, inexpensive induction motor may be operated as a self-excited autonomous generator, producing wild AC, rectified to wild DC, to drive an electrolysis plant. This eliminates the costly grid connection a power quality requirements: total energy production is delivered as hydrogen fuel for transportation and combined-heat-and-power (CHP) regeneration.
Improved Electrolyte for Fuel Cells
Researchers at ASU have developed a novel electrolyte that works in hydrogen-oxygen fuel cells and increases the operating temperature to over 285 degrees Celsius with improved conductivity over standard phosphoric acid electrolytes.
An Anti-reflective and Anti-Soiling Coating for Glass
ARL Designs has developed a unique process for the fabrication of a low-cost, anti-reflective, self-cleaning superhydrophobic coating for glass. Results demonstrate high optical transmission, low-angular dependence of transmission properties, mechanical and chemical stability. Technology is available today for prototypes. Scale-up for manufacturing will use currently available tools.
Self-contained flexible solar power systems
We have utilized our flexible monolithically integrated photovoltaics into a foldable, integrated power generation, management, storage, and distribution system. The ruggedness and robustness of our PV system, combined with the power system, enables users to have a means to charge small and medium-sized electronic components off-grid.
Thin Film Solar Cells
Beet Inc. is developing a new thin film solar cell technology to achieve 25% conversion efficiency. The proposed technology, based on an unrestricted supply of materials, enables simple polycrystalline thin-film solar cell manufacturing in a tandem geometry that is scalable for global deployment for on- and off-grid applications.
Fast Superconducting Re-closer for Medium voltage Grid Applications
The innovation is a new device that combines zero conduction loss of a superconducting switch and fast operation of a semiconducting device. It also enables high off-resistance and fast operation. It addresses a gap in technology for reliable fast power switching in the current AC and future DC grid.
SOEC/SOFC reversible system
A reversible system, able to operate either in electrolysis mode (to produce hydrogen) or in fuel cell mode (to produce electricity), suitable to store intermittent renewable energies, the switch between electrolysis and fuel cell mode depending on the availability/requirements and price of electricity.
Lightweight power cartridge
Cella are developing a lightweight power source which has three times the energy per kilogram of a lithium polymer battery. It is based on a solid state hydrogen storage coupled with a fuel cell. The hydrogen supply is stable at room temperature and has no moving parts or liquids.
Vapor-grafted polymer coating for increased condenser efficiency
DropWise Technologies Corp. is developing an innovative new coating material and vapor-based application process to boost the thermal performance of condensers used in a wide range of thermal-fluid processes, from power generation and desalination to chemical refining and refrigeration.
Ultrastrong Kevlar nano-fibers for lithium batteries
Our technology is a kevlar-based separator that can be used as Li-ion/Li-S battery separators. The separator combines competitive thermal and mechanical properties, allowing for high capacity, high discharge rate batteries that can withstand the harsh operating conditions being seen today.
Injection Locked Magnetron with Phase and Amplitude Control
Fermilab recently demonstrated regulation of amplitude and phase in narrow band Radio Frequency (RF) devices, eg superconducting RF cavities, driven by constant power output devices, eg magnetrons. Technology enables use of low cost, high efficiency magnetrons for RF power sources, where tight vector control is required.
Cost-effective Thermoelectric Conversion of Waste Heat to Electricity
Our goal is to develop and commercialize a Thermo-electric (TE) conversion product that is at least 25% efficient and 10x less expensive than current approaches, will scavenge waste heat by converting it to electricity. The electricity can be used by the customer directly or stored in batteries or ultra-capacitors.
Renewable power supply, Msterial, EMC
Three cutting-edge technologies from KANAZAWA University-Japanese National University Corporation 1. Energy harvester using magnetostrictive material, 2. Vibration control device with Magneto-rheological Material and 3.On-site Electro Magnetic field visualization system.
Crystalline Nanospheres to Increase Solar Efficiency
This invention is a new type of nanoparticle that can be incorporated into solar cells, improving the mobility of electrons excited by solar energy. These more mobile electrons are far likelier to be harvested as usable electricity. This fundamental change in mobility may produce efficiencies exceeding existing theoretical limits.
Compound Thin Films for Opto-Electronic Applications
Compound thin films, e.g. metal oxides or mixed metal oxides, can be used to produce a variety of opto-electronic thin films for use in solar cells, thermoelectrics, superconductors, and sensors. NJIT is developing next-generation, pulsed power, linear hollow cathodes to enable low cost stable production of such layers.
Environmentally-Friendly Lithium-Ion Battery
NJITâ€™s aqueous Li-ion battery electrode materials can be inkjet printed on flexible substrates such as PTFE, Mylar, or Kapton. Being water based this proprietary ink completely eliminates the environmental pollution issue associated with the conventional organic system for electrode fabrication.
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Plant Genetic Regulation for the Increase of Ethanol and other Biochemicals
A global regulator of biosynthesis that produces up to a 250% increase in ethanol yield from woody biomass throu h a - 50% reduction in plant li nin content.
Novel Energy Recovery System with Flexible Power and Cooling
This novel energy recovery concept with prototype system enhanced by both micro and nano technologies, achieves very high energy recovery efficiency with flexible power and cooling outputs for demand response. The current 5.3 kW prototype, driven by diesel generator waste heat, was initially targeted for military environmental control applications.
Energy Transmission and Energy Storage in a Single Cable
A method to integrate electrical conduction and energy storage into current carrying cables using nanotechnology. These cables can function both as a current conductor and as an electrical energy storage device. This combined energy transmission and storage technology is applicable to any wired electrical system that benefits from power storage.
Direct way of producing biodiesel from low-cost and low-quality feedstock
We are proposing a technique for producing biodiesel in gas phase from low-cost waste vegetable oil or animal fat. Making the vaporized reagents react with a solid catalyst in a fluidized bed allows a high production rate. This forms high purity biodiesel that doesnâ€™t need to be purified afterwards.
Modular energy storage device based on supercapacitors with integrated power converter
We are proposing an energy storage device based on supercapacitors that integrates the storage unit and the power converter in the same compact modular device made of low-cost, low-voltage components. The technology is well suited for energy recovery in vehicles and for power management in wind or solar power plants.
Neural Net Grid Control
The innovation consists of artificial neural network vector control technology for control of power electronic converters for a large number of application areas, including renewables, microgrids, high-voltage dc transmission, and smart grids, to significantly improve overall system reliability, enhance volt-var management, and reduce harmonics and converter switching frequency.
Novel Polymer Additive Significantly Improves Photovoltaic Efficiency of Existing Systems
The Yu group has developed a polymer that, when incorporated as part of a ternary blend, increases the Power Conversion Efficiency (PCE) by 13%. The system widens the photon absorption range and increases the charge separation and transport resulting in PCE increases in each of the binary systems studied.
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