Room-temperature Flexible Josephson Junction Superconductive Energy Storage System
Microgrid’s problems are batteries with low energy density, environmental contamination, and unsafe. Our break-through solutions are using room-temperature superconductive Josephson toroidal junction array devices having memcapacitive and memristive functions to store energy with high density, no environmental contamination, and is operational safe without microwave power supplied.
Desalination Batteries for Energy-Efficient Desalination and Selective Chloride Removal
The desalination battery combines the functions of desalination and energy generation to reduce the energy and costs associated with desalination, addressing challenges at the intersection of the water-energy nexus. Our technology can also remove salt from water and convert it into value-added chemicals to create a sustainable resource recovery cycle.
Safe and Sustainable Grid Flow Battery
The Flux XII flow battery is a non-flammable, non-corrosive liquid battery that can be easily scaled for long-duration grid energy storage. It utilizes organic materials that can be sustainably and domestically produced at low-cost. This safe, clean, and affordable technology will ensure a reliable and economical renewable energy transition.
Green Glycolipids for Rare Earth Metals and Uranium Extraction from Unconventional Sources
GlycoSurf has demonstrated that green glycolipids are excellent ligands for the capture and removal of critical materials, such as rare earth elements and uranium from contaminated aqueous resources. Using our molecules and simple recovery methods, our work promises a green approach to exploit critical material resources heretofore discarded as waste.
AIIM: Advanced Infrastructure Integrity Modeling
AIIM technology integrates big data, big data computing, and multiple machine-learning and advanced spatial models to evaluate energy infrastructure integrity. The innovation of AIIM technology applies data representing the whole natural-engineered offshore system to forecast local infrastructure longevity, inform remediation needs, and support risk-mitigation strategies, delivering real-time energy security insights.
High-Performance Supercapacitor Electrolytes based on High-Mole-Ratio Phosphoric Acid/Lauryl 1 Ether Surfactant Liquid Crystalline Gel
The supercapacitors are important energy storage devices mainly composed of electrodes and electrolytes. Our novel gel type electrolyte material for supercapacitors we have developed, we have achieved ultra-high specific capacitance and high energy density, which are high standards and near to lithium ion batteries.
Microwave heating to catalyze hydrogen gas generation from petroleum reservoirs
A method of using microwave heating or radiofrequency to catalyze hydrogen gas from petroleum reservoirs after hydraulic fracturing.
Microbial solution for enhanced removal and recovery of microplastic pollutants
Microbe with ‘capture-release’ ability was engineered to aggregate and recover microplastics from polluted wastewater or aquatic bodies. ‘Capture’ function promoted microbial aggregation and microplastics bioaccumulation into biofilm-microplastic aggregates. After retrieval of biofilm-microplastic aggregates from polluted waters, the ‘release’ switch was activated to release trapped microplastics for resource recovery.
MicroFish: Microfluidic platform for microbe-fish infection models
A rapid high-throughput fish animal-based microfluidic platform that simultaneously monitors waterborne pathogens in contaminated waters and assesses their infection potential.
Rapid Carbonation Technology for Waste Concrete
Through our developed rapid carbonation technology, high value-added construction chemicals are produced from incineration bottom ash and concrete slurry waste, effectively solving the landfilling problems associated with the wastes. In addition to recycling of waste concrete, this innovation captures and utilizes CO2 leading to significant carbon reduction.
Bio-Based Solid-State Lithium-Ion Battery Technology
The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering at University of North Carolina Greensboro has developed a bio-based solid-state electrolyte technology for solid-state batteries. Partnering with Minerva Lithium LLC, we aim to have a commercially viable and eco-friendly solid-state battery technology to meet the demand in solid-state battery market.
Pure-Phase Cubic Ni1-xMox Alloy Nanoparticles as Low-Cost and Earth Abundant Electrocatalysts for Water Splitting to Produce Hydrogen
A colloidal synthesis method was developed to produce inexpensive and earth abundant nickel-molybdenum alloy (Ni1-xMox) nanocrystals with sizes ranging from 18–43 nm for alkaline HER. This platform has the potential to directly replace the current commercially available, expensive, and extremely rare PGM catalysts for renewable and sustainable energy applications.
Self Powered Autonomous Robot for Power Line Vibration Control and Inspection
An autonomous, mobile robot designed for intelligent, wind-induced, inspection of overhead powerlines. The system is lightweight, compact, and allows permanent mounting. The robot controls powerline vibration by intelligently moving to vibrational antinodes and harvests waste energy to power its own movement and sensors for power line monitoring and inspection.