Developing an energy conversion mechanism that directly converts radiation from nuclear material into electricity.
Primary Application Area: Energy, Efficiency
Technology Development Status: Concept
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: For NASA, increasing the efficiency of radioisotope power supplies reduces the amount of material needed and thus the weight. This is the main driving factor when launching things into space. For the military, radioisotopes are incredibly energy dense materials and can offer lighter and longer lived batteries than currently used chemical power supplies. The value proposition for the remote power applications is that radioisotopes deliver near constant power output for decades at a time without needing to be refueled. This would be ideal for remote communications towers because they are required by law to have almost 100% up time. Radioisotope power sources cannot be turned off or interrupted and can provide this 100% up time.
Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Showcase Booth #: 8M
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Vetted Programs/Awards: 2014 Purdue University Burton Morgan Business Plan Competition, 2015 Indiana State Clean Energy Prize, Purdue Elevate Ventures Black Award, Argonne National Lab Chain Reaction Innovations Inaugural Cohort
External Funding to Date: $40,000 from business plan competitions