Active Flow Control through Synthetic Jet
Actasys is a platform company focusing on the development of active flow control applications based on a platform technology that was originally developed for the aerospace industry. Actasys technology can be applied to a wide variety of fields, including tracnsportation, HVAC systems, wind turbines, and maritime applications.
Graphene-nanodiamond solution for achieving superlubricity
We have demonstrated that our premixed graphene plus nanodiamond solution is capable for demonstrating near zero friction(superlubricity) when the solution is deposited on various substrates sliding against a DLC ball in a dry environment. This has great potential to improve energy efficiency and durability of many moving mechanical systems.
Electricity Producing Air Conditioners
Be Power Tech is developing an air conditioning and heating system that also produces electricity. This system is fueled with natural gas. The electricity produced powers the building. The resulting product provides significant reductions in building energy costs, while providing environmental benefits.
High Efficiency Thin Film Solar Cells
Beet Inc. is developing a new thin film solar cell technology to achieve 25% conversion efficiency, a 40% increase in power density compared to common PV technologies. The proposed technology, enables simple polycrystalline thin film solar cell manufacturing in a tandem geometry that is scalable for global deployment.
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.
Antireflective and Reduced Glare Coatings
Reducing the amount of light that bounces off the surface is one of the major challenges to maximize the conversion of the light to electricity or an opto-electronic signal. The researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have demonstrated a new method to produce antireflective coatings utilizing thin film nanotechnology.
High Conversion Efficient Thin Film Organic Photovoltaic Devices
A novel structural design and material composition is provided for thin film organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices. The waveguided structure permits increased light absorption in the active layer, reduction in active layer thickness, efficient charge separation and extraction, leading to improved power conversion efficiency compared to standard OPV devices.
Batteries / Lithium-Sulfur technology
Lithium-Sulfur is an alternative technology to the well-known Li-ion batteries. CEA Tech has been involved for 10 years on Li/S batteries development. This novel chemistry is a promising solution to achieve better energy density and cost reduction for batteries.
Our evaporation-driven generator generates electricity from the abundant yet untapped resource of natural evaporation. The generator continuously generates electricity when installed above a natural or manmade body of water. The system generates electricity at low cost, stores and delivers power on demand, and conserves water by reducing evaporative losses.
Advanced vapor-coating technologies
DropWise Technologies Corp. is commercializing an innovative new vapor-based coating process and durable polymer materials, developed in collaboration between two leading MIT labs, for protecting heat transfer equipment against fouling and corrosion.
MARS15 is a software package for simulating nuclear processes, such as radiation protection and dosimetry, radiation shielding, radiography, medical physics, nuclear criticality safety, detector design and analysis, nuclear oil well logging, etc.
Waste Heat Powered Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration
HyperBorean’s proprietary technology uses waste heat to power air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. Our technology requires no external energy input to operate, other than waste heat. The technology’s applications include reducing fuel consumption in vehicles and cooling servers from inside their cases to reduce cooling loads in datacenters.
General Line Ampacity State Solver (GLASS)
An innovative software application developed to help power companies determine the maximum amount of current their lines can safely carry without overheating. Improving conservative static limits, the software uses data from weather stations and computational fluid dynamics simulations to create dynamic models that measure cooling from wind.
A cost, effective thermal energy harvester to power wireless sensor networks (WSN) and Internet of Things.
A cost-effective, heatsink-less thermal harvester that is more efficient and less costly than currently available products, can power wireless sensor networks and internet of things, extend battery life and/or replace batteries altogether.
Ring-shaped Bearingless Generator with Buoyant Rotor and Modular Structure
In offshore wind generators and ocean generators, it is necessary to significantly reduce bearing failures and structural mass, and to facilitate manufacture and maintenance. In order to fulfill the requirements, a ring-shaped bearing-less direct-drive generator with a buoyant rotor and magnet and core modules is proposed as a solution.
CO2 Capture Technology using KIERSOLTM
Non-volatile, non-toxic and biodegradable, resistance to degradable by O2, SOx, heat and NOx, stable and simple operation, cheaper than amine solution process
Manufacturing Method of SiOx Nanoparticles used for Li-ion Battery
Evaporation and condensation process using an induction heating, Specially designed graphite crucible for effective Joule heating, Large melt surface for the maximizing evaporation from the melt, Melt stirring for homogeneous melt surface and elimination of oxide layer on melt surface
Gas hydrate applications for desalination and wastewater treatments
It is new desalination and wastewater treatments by gas hydrate formation. The proposed method and facility may solve the problem of traditional process such as distillation and reverse osmosis. It can be applied for more effective desalination and wastewater treatments under the high level of water pollutions.
Sapphire Wafering Process and Equipment
Sapphire wafering process is used for LED, cover glass and defense applications. Our group has been developed diamond multi wire sawing equipment, DMP platen, double sided equipment and process characterization & development. Developed technology can be used in production of SiC, solar wafer production and other substrate manufacturing processes.
Thermal Energy Storage Systems
Latent Heat Storage Pty Ltd (LHS) has developed a low cost and highly scalable energy storage system which can be sited anywhere on an electricity grid including small industrial sites. Grid connected demonstration systems of LHS' Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS) are under development.
Baton Rouge, LA
Biomass Gasifier System with Low Energy and Maintenance Requirements
This invention is a gasifier system that converts biomass into synthesis gas. The system has an internally-heated catalyst, which lowers the tar concentrations significantly. The system was designed to operate with reduced clogging from continual feedstock loading.
Robust Modal Filtering for Real-Time Control and Performance Optimization of Flexible Aircraft and Other Structures
Innovators at NASA Armstrong are developing a collection of algorithms that can accurately determine the structural state of an aircraft. This work is in response to new airframe designs that save weight—and thereby improve fuel efficiency—by removing stiffness in the wings and incorporating lighter materials, such as composites.
Preliminary Research Aerodynamic Design to Lower Drag (Prandtl-D)
This technology is an aircraft that features a new method for determining the shape of the wing with a twist that could lead to an 11-percent reduction in fuel consumption. The concept may also lead to significantly enhanced controllability. It also has applications for propulsion systems and turbines.
High Voltage Electrolytes for Ultracapacitors
The present invention comprises a new sodium based electrolyte system that has an electrochemical window of 4V, suitable for use as electrolytes for high energy density supercapacitors. This is in contrast to current state-of-the art electrolyte solvents which have a potential window of around 2.5-2.7 V.3.
Technologies for Organic Solar Cells
UMN researcher has invented multiple organic thin film device architectures and manufacturing methodologies that enables comparable solar energy conversion to emerging technology’s efficiencies but with improved manufacturability and reliability.
Cost-effective, high efficiency modular gas liquefaction and separation.
Solid state cooling technology can cool and/or liquefy gases.The technology eliminates gas/liquid refrigerants and decreases or eliminates the need for compressors. The modular system is transportable. Applications include gas separations, stranded NG capture, NG or hydrogen fueling stations and small/large scale liquefaction.
GridOPTICS (Grid Operation and Planning Technology Integrated Capabilities Suite)
GridOPTICS™ is a software tool suite designed to securely collect and manage data in real time, use data to drive modeling and simulation, and convert large volumes of data to actionable information. The tools support operational and policy decision-making for the grid of the future.
Retrocommissioning Sensor Suitcase
A “turn-key” hardware/software solution - the RCx Sensor Suitcase - that can be used by non-experts to automatically generate recommendations to improve building efficiency, operating costs, and comfort at low/no cost.
Prototyping of Advanced Materials for Next Generation Rechargeable Lithium Ion Batteries
Polaris provides processing services to companies looking to bring new rechargeable cell advances to market.Polaris is strong in chemistry, cell design and testing and we have established a network of partners that can help our customers get to market quickly. Applications include consumer, automotive, grid storage, industrial and medical.
Sodium-Based Battery Development
Sodium-based batteries promise safe, low cost, high performance energy storage solutions for grid renovation and vehicle electrification. This battery features 3V battery chemistry, a molten sodium metal anode and iodine cathode, separated by a stable ceramic NaSICON sodium-ion conductor. Battery design incorporates thermally tolerant, US-abundant materials suitable for commercial-scale manufacturing.
High-power triboelectric power generator
Friction is generated in a triboelectric power generator by mechanical energy generated in daily life, and electricity is generated by the triboelectric power generator and is then used. This technology harvests waste mechanical energy and converts the mechanical energy into electrical energy.
Microbial electrosynthesis is the biocathode-driven production of chemicals from CO2 and has the promise to be a sustainable, carbon-consuming technology. The invention is an electrosynthetic microbiome, called the Electrobiome, that directly converts CO2, water, and small amounts of electricity into hydrogen (H2), formic acid, and acetic acid.
Water-based Dust Resistant & Water Resistant Protective Coating
Water-based, super-hydrophobic, low cost environmental friendly dust resistant coating that can be applied to various surfaces including decks, pillars, appliances, blinds, mechanical fans, refrigerators cooling coils, heat exchangers , etc. to resist moisture and dust to protect against corrosion and enhance the performance of electrical equipment.
Novel Membranes: Liquid-based gating mechanism with tunable multiphase selectivity and antifouling behavior
Liquid Gated Membranes (LGM) mimic nature’s use of liquid-filled pores to control movement of liquids, gases and particles. LGMs operate at low trans-membrane pressures (TMP), resist fouling, minimize TMP build-up, and lower maintenance and energy costs. LGMs enable separation of multi-phase mixtures and are compatible with common filter materials.