* denotes 2023 Innovation Award Winner
Energy efficient, tunable, recyclable air filterAPART technology is a new air filtration technology that is energy efficient and adjustable by using a building control system that can deliver a targeted level of filtration in response to IAQ and/or building occupancy demand. APART is excellent at filtering the most dangerous fine and ultra-fine particles
Refractory Multi-Principal-Element Alloy for harsh-service conditionsNew alloy containing Mo,W,Ta,Ti,Zr has been synthesized for high-temperature (>1000oC) applications where phase stability, strength, creep resistance and high tensile ductility are desired. The alloy achieves oxidation resistance with self-healing borosilicate coating.
Elasto- and Magneto-caloric materials for solid-state heating and cooling applicationsWe have developed solid state prototypes that enable heating and cooling applications without the use of traditional refrigerants. The environmentally-friendly technology has zero global warming potential and saves energy for heating and cooling.
Aluminum Cerium Alloys and Composites for Harsh Service ConditionsThe Al-Ce alloys and composites can be readily synthesized into components that operate at elevated temperatures and/or corrosive environments. The materials exhibit increased retention of strength compared to existing commercial alloys for applications where service temperatures exceed 200 °C. Moreover, the alloys show excellent corrosion resistance in salt environments.
High strength aluminum/calcium composite conductor cableIntegration of calcium into aluminum conductors greatly increases the strength to weight ratio compared to aluminum with minimal impact on conductivity, allowing for production of high voltage conductors without steel cores and less sag due to reduced weight.
Siting and regulatory optimization for clean commoditiesWe are an early-stage technology company building software to streamline the siting and regulatory challenges associated with upstream natural resources production on public lands. We are focused on producers building and utilizing land-based assets powering the energy transition including carbon sequestration, geothermal, critical minerals, and emissions-focused methane and RNG projects.
Enhanced energy recovery from natural geothermal energy resources, and clean water restoration and protectionThe CaSil Technology enables the extraction of significantly more “green heat energy” and the generation of more electricity from a geothermal resource, by eliminating the worldwide silica deposition problem in geothermal resource utilisation. The silica is transformed into a proprietary nanostructured calcium silicate material used in environmentally beneficial applications.
The Joule Hive™ Thermal Battery for Industrial DecarbonizationThe Joule Hive™ thermal battery, turns intermittent renewable electricity into constant industrial-grade heat up to 1800+oC. It is a stack of electrically conductive firebricks in an insulated container, which may be installed on-site as a drop-in replacement to fossil fuels in even the hottest industries.
Streamlined and Standardized Processes to Analyze Microplastics in WaterMicroplastic is a contaminant of emerging concern. Its occurrence, fate, and transport in water are not well understood due to the limitation of testing procedures that are time-consuming and not standardized. This research addresses the current need of establishing a streamlined and standardized procedure to better identify microplastics in water.
A novel low-cost particulate matter sensor on stationary, manned and unmanned vehiclesIn this project, we place commercial low-cost particulate matter sensors in three different modes of operation in order to characterize the horizontal and vertical profiles of atmospheric particle pollution. These modes are multidimensional: (1) stationary, (2) mobile on 2D manned vehicles, and (3) mobile on unmanned 3D vehicles.
Biofilter for Stormwater RemediationA biofiltration module that uses a novel 3D-printed media that provides a very high surface area for microorganism attachment and development, which is part of a new biofiltration device to enhance nutrient (Nitrogen and Phosphorus) removal in runoff from urban or agricultural watersheds.
Biochar adsorptive filtration mediaBiochar is an adsorbent that can be produced inexpensively as a byproduct of energy production and sequesters carbon, which was found to rival the removal efficiency of the best available filter media for PFAS from drinking water.
Networked sensing of lead in water distribution systemsWorking with low-cost sensors developed at the University of Michigan, we are networking the sensors to gain system-level insights on lead release in a water pipe network.
Cleaner, More Efficient Cordwood HeatingResidential wood heating contributes over 50% of daily wintertime fine particle emissions in the US. A new heater design applies fan-driven jets of air to minimize smoke over the complete burn cycle and a heat-exchanger retrofit enhances the fuel efficiency of existing and new stoves.
Making Extreme-event-stable Shorelines with Hyacinth (MESH)MESH is a low-tech, community-based material that will prevent shoreline erosion, support germination of seeds of dune stabilizing plant species and produce a fertile soil amendment after composting. An additional goal is to reduce environmental, economic and health threats caused by, water hyacinth, an invasive species in coastal waterways.
Practical PFAS Treatment with Functionalized SawdustThis project is to develop and demonstrate a practical and cost-effective approach to treat PFAS in wastewater using functionalized sawdust biomass.
Developing the Chemical Health Risk Identification System (CHRIS) for Drinking Water SourcesThe Chemical Health Risk Identification System (CHRIS) will help consumers, environmental engineers, and regulators rapidly assess potential chemical risks in drinking water based on an evidence-based algorithm for chemical risk factors globally, while providing recommendations for appropriate treatment methods and interventions to mitigate chemical risk in drinking water.
Hybrid filtration/AOP membrane process for point of use PFAS removal from drinking waterPFAS contamination is a concern due to their long lives and health impacts. An iron oxide coated ceramic filter is used to separate the contaminants and to catalyze their degradation. The process uses materials that are readily available, non-toxic and low cost, which highlights the sustainable characteristic of the approach.
A Smartphone-based Colorimetric Sensor for Household Lead DetectionIn this proposed research project, we expect to develop a smartphone-based colorimetric sensor for household lead detection. The excellent sensitivity, selectivity, reusability, and cost-efficiency of the proposed sensor will allow affordable and routine monitoring of lead in the drinking water supplies of disadvantaged communities.
EPA P3: US EPA Hosting the 18th Annual P3 Student TeamsP3 stands for People, Prosperity and the Planet. Through this EPA program, teams of college students can benefit people, promote prosperity and protect the planet by designing environmental solutions that move us toward a sustainable future.
Enhancing the anion-exchange capacity of biochar for per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) stabilization in contaminated soilsWe aim to tailor biochar from two waste sources to promote their anion-exchange capacities (AEC) for PFAS sequestration during the land application of biosolids: (i) coagulant-rich water treatment residuals and (ii) agriculture waste.
An experimental study to develop affordable non-invasive radon mitigation system For single-family dwellingsAn alternative mitigation system or measurable guidelines that can be embedded in the building operation and maintenance practices. The researchers will examine the effectiveness of using three building design parameters that haven’t been systematically used for radon mitigation in the past; ventilation, air filtration, and detailing pattern
FLUIX Project Stellar - The future of cooling on Earth & in SpaceFLUIX is solving the problem of inefficient data centers by developing a pumpless self-boiling cooling solution enabling Earth's data centers to be efficient enough to be powered by renewable energy. Leading to a 40% energy savings, 45% cut in operational CO2 emission, and increased compute density by 200%.
PoF – Power over Fiber: A Novel Approach for Energy TransmissionPower over Fiber technology is a potential solution for power transmission through fiber-optic links. The PoF main superiorities are simultaneous data and power transmission through optical links and immunity to electromagnetic interference short-circuits and sparks. PoF systems provide galvanic isolation, weight reduction, and resistance to corrosion, moisture, and extreme temperatures.
Advanced alkaline water electrolysis stack for green hydrogen productionRobust design of advanced alkaline water electrolysis cells to overcome drawbacks such as low current operation, slow response to variable loads, and on/off durability.
JANiiT – Advanced Energy Management SystemJANiiT is a predictive, energy management system that enables grid-interaction and demand response. JANiiT reduces peak load and delivers 100% autonomous, demand charge management. Deployed in the cloud or at the edge, acts as a supervisory later optimizing behind-the-meter (BTM), balancing Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) and flexible loads.
Organic lighting devicesMargik delivers OrganicLEDs based on novel materials which are non-harmful to both humans and the environment. Our devices are made from Earth-abundant materials, unlike current LEDs that utilize scarce and toxic elements. Our products enable natural lighting while decreasing power consumption by 23%, and reducing greenhouse emissions by 66%.
Real-Time Paramagnetic Sensing for Oil Field Optimization and Process ControlWe can measure in real-time some unique quantum properties of fluids as they pass through our device and combine with artificial intelligence to extract useful features from that big data to allow energy companies to produce oil more efficiently and with fewer chemicals.
Natrion: A Leading Technologies’ Company in Solid-State Battery ComponentsNatrion is commercializing a drop-in battery component called LISIC that can be rapidly implemented into existing manufacturing by battery and automotive OEMs to eliminate fire risk, increase performance and decrease cost at the battery pack level.
Permanent CO2 Sequestration During Cement ProductionOur solution would require the addition of our proprietary reactor to augment the kiln currently being used at cement factories across the world. Our system would allow the CO2 emissions to be permanently sequestered as carbon within the resultant concrete and shows the potential to lengthen the concrete lifespan.
Membrane Biofilm Reactor (MBfR)Precient employs the MBfR to capture critical minerals and materials (CMM) -- including Rare Earth Elements, copper, nickel, Platinum Group Metals, gold, silver, selenium, and uranium -- and remove regulated pollutants – including arsenic, chlorinated compounds, and nitrate -- that are present in water streams at mines, refineries, and recyclers.
uncrewed fish management for robotic aquaculture and invasive species controlRadmantis has developed uncrewed fish management devices that are trained to detect and classify fish based on important characteristics, such as species ID, size, sex, skin lesions or parasitic load, or behavior. Based on this classification individuals are guided towards divergent paths and ultimate fates.
Robotic routing for uncrewed finfish farmingRadmantis develops innovation for uncrewed fish handling in order (1) to enhance production, biosecurity, and resilience in fish farming operations, and (2) to selectively harvest invasives from natural habitats threatened by them.
River Otter Reactor (ROR) - a waste and water solution systemThe River Otter Reactor (ROR) is a waste and water treatment system which destroys toxic forever chemicals (PFAS) in water supplies while converting waste into renewable fuels. ROR can be deployed anywhere people are producing waste to reduce landfill or incinerator use, decontaminate water, and locally produce fuels.
Energy FishingThe main idea for this proposal is to present comprehensive combinatorial energy fishing concerning the portable floating wind turbine structures associated with water waves and solar energy. A new water wave energy convertor system will be presented.
Electrochemical Water treatment solutionsWe treat equipment for scale buildup in equipment, pipes, cooling towers, heat exchangers, digesters, ice arenas, boilers and equipment where water is used and buildup is a problem. Our Vulcan System treats water reducing the need for chemicals and in some cases eliminating them over time.
in-water refueling systemThis in-water refueling system uses fuel-cell propulsion, providing a safer and cleaner alternative to high-pressure gas refueling. It enhances the safety and efficiency of refueling fuel cell vehicles and has many commercial applications... Providing hospitals and first responders a redundant safe system to generate oxygen and fill oxygen tanks/bottles.
High density fuels from isopreneA method for producing high density fuels from isoprene which can be produced via biosynthetic routes using biomass sugars as feedstock. This allows for the production of isoprene and isoprene-derived fuels from abundant waste materials with the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions.
Electrochemical valorization of waste activated sludge for ammonia and short-chain fatty acid productionWaste sludge is a readily abundant material with the potential to be separated and enriched for high-value products. These methods demonstrate an ability to successfully separate and enrich both Ammonia and Short Chain Fatty Acid Products via specialized electrolysis techniques.
Perovskite Tandem Solar CellsPerovskite tandem solar cells layer a perovskite light absorbing layer on top of silicon solar cells. This allows the cell to capture more light and increases efficiency of the solar cell beyond silicon cells' 30% theoretical maximum limit. As a cost-effective technology, it offers solution to increasing renewable energy demand.
System and Algorithm for high efficiency thermal energy storageThe technology is a system and control algorithm for storing energy for transient renewable electricity sources such as solar and wind as heat. It uses multiple tanks containing readily available heat storage materials and discharges the heat energy in a highly efficient manner to generate electricity during night/low wind.
Carbon-neutral construction materialsOur innovative biochar construction materials enable green revolution by significantly reducing the use of natural resources and emissions of greenhouse gases. The materials feature superior performance e.g thermal insulation; noise reduction; lightweight; air purification, self-cleaning, etc. This will help tackling challenges concerning local standards for the construction industry, assessment protocols of technical performance.
Ammonia Powered Fuel Cell-based Electric VehicleThe new vehicle eliminates the battery and charging issue. It is totally based on ammonia-to-wheel energy conversion and there is no emission as compared with other fuels such as methane. This is a much-advanced development of the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle as the high-pressure issue of hydrogen is eliminated.
Novel Membrane Fabrication for Improved Flux, Reduced Fouling and Efficient Treatment of PFOAA study produced a MOF embedded ultra-thin film nanocomposite membrane using spin-coating for the interfacial polymerization of the polyamide. The resulting membrane had a 98% reduction in chemical use and a higher flux than traditional and commercial membranes. It also had antimicrobial properties and could improve water recovery.
Advanced Pre-treatment of Biomass, Waste, Coal Materials for the Production of Energy, Liquid Fuels, Chemicals, Materials and FertilizersPre-treats biomass, oils, municipal and industrial sludge and solid waste as well as low quality coals for use in high-temperature combustion, pyrolysis, and gasification systems to produce clean energy, H2, chemicals, materials, liquid fuels, pharmaceuticals, food additives at a fraction of the cost required today without emissions, and ash-related problems.
Dual use fungi to remediate groundwater oil contamination and/or enhance oil and gas recoveryNaturally occurring fungi in soil has the potential to clean up oil contamination of groundwater and enhance oil and gas recovery. These fungi free trapped oil to enhance its recovery in oil and gas fields. Where oil contamination of groundwater exists, the fungi can remediate unrecovered oil by consuming it as a food source.
Highly Conductive Covalently Bonded Electrodes for Fast Charging Li-ion BatteriesTo compete with the re-fuelling times of gas-powered vehicles and promote mass adoption of electric vehicles, a maximum of15-minute charging time for Li-ion batteries is necessary as per the DOE. Waterloo researchers have developed a replacement architecture that utilizes covalent bonding to form a network of bound active particles.
Xairgen APEGs (Air Powered Electric Generators)A new technology using multiple turbines creating a high-pressure air stream to rotate the main rotor that houses magnets which interacts with copper coils (stators) to generate electricity. APEGs will be smaller than current technology for buildings, transportation, and military as portable units, minimizing the use of toxic batteries.