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  • Plasma-assisted fueling for jets

    One of the innovators at Argonne National Laboratory's Chain Reaction Innovations Program, is Felipe Gomez del Campo, a twenty something who hopes to confirm his theory that plasma can fuel jet engines. This Miami native has been working on this project since he used it for one of his science projects. Now this millennial who has visited the White House to talk about his project is working in Chicago with a team of engineers who are putting in a lot of money and research into his idea. If this is proven to be accurate, this hardware application could potentially save the airline industry millions of dollars. Read More

  • 20 in Their 20s

    By age 23, Felipe Gomez del Campo had been to the White House, met President Barack Obama and had his startup judged by Mark Cuban. Now he operates it out of Argonne National Laboratory. Read More

  • The Chicago Inno Beat: The Big One

    We spy quite a few tech names on Crain's 20 in their 20's list, including BallotReady cofounders Aviva Rosman and Alex Niemczewski, Cleverbridge technical lead Steph Milovic, Seed CX cofounders Edward Woodford and Brian Liston, Albert.io cofounder/CEO Luke Liu, and FGC Plasma founder Felipe Gomez del Campo. Congrats! Read More

  • Capstone and FGC Plasma Solutions to test new plasma combustion technology

    Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (CPST), a leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it has partnered with FGC Plasma Solutions to test a new plasma-assisted fuel injection technology in its C65 microturbine. FGC Plasma Solutions has engineered a fuel injection technology that incorporates plasma to better control combustion in jet engines and gas turbines. The technology enables more optimum operation of the engine as well as benefits from lower emissions, increased fuel flexibility and improved reliability. Read More

  • Capstone and fgc plasma solutions to test new plasma combustion technology

    Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) (Nasdaq:CPST), a leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today that it has partnered with FGC Plasma Solutions to test a new plasma-assisted fuel injection technology in its C65 microturbine. FGC Plasma Solutions has engineered a fuel injection technology that incorporates plasma to better control combustion in jet engines and gas turbines. The technology enables more optimum operation of the engine as well as benefits from lower emissions, increased fuel flexibility and improved reliability. Read More

  • Incubatenergy Network Spring 2017 Meeting

    The meeting also included a review of significant accomplishments from members of the network over the past year as well presentations from incubators such as 1776 in D.C. and Chain Reaction Innovations from Argonne National Laboratory. Members of the network mentioned several companies that have had success in fundraising, partnerships, and other achievements over the past year. Read More

  • Chain Reaction Innovations: The Midwest's Newest Cleantech Incubator Welcomes First Cohort and Gears up for Second

    Ian Hamilton had an idea for a nuclear battery the size of a small coffee can that will operate continuously for two years and be lightweight enough for soldiers to carry on months or years-long missions. He grew the idea into a startup company, Atlas Energy Systems, and attracted early funding while a student at Purdue University. But graduation threatened to pull the plug on his dreams of entrepreneurship. “I turn spent nuclear fuel into energy via radioisotope plasma generation to power the battery,” he said. “I couldn’t just go build a nuclear accelerator in my garage.” There are only a few places in the world with that type of equipment and gaining access to them can be time-consuming and costly. Until the U.S. Department of Energy launched a hybrid incubator/accelerator at Argonne National Laboratory last year. Read More

  • The Nuclear Engineer Who is the Darling of the Alt-Energy World

    Investments in private nuclear technology startups are booming, often focused on making parts of the nuclear process, like waste management or batteries, more efficient. A leader in driving this innovation is Rachel Slaybaugh through the Nuclear Bootcamp. Ian Hamiton, a graduate of the bootcamp, is now developing batteries from nuclear waste. These batteries can operate for up to 400 years and fit a range of applications, including portable power packs for soldiers and remote telecommunication system generators. Read More

  • 3 Ways Anyone Can Access The World's Best Scientific Research

    Another vastly underutilized resource is the national labs, which are some of the most prestigious scientific institutions in the world. Here again, despite the impressive credentials, the labs are open to you as a resource and, in fact, have developed a number of programs to help you access them more easily. For example, Argonne National Laboratory has developed three programs specifically to engage with the private sector. The ACCESS program is focused specifically on next generation batteries, Nano Design Works offers a more wide ranging set of services and Chain Reaction helps to incubate new technologies for the marketplace. Andreas Roelofs, who heads up many of these efforts at Argonne, stressed to me that they are eager to hear from you. "If you want to improve your business by creating better materials, more efficient chemical processes, more advanced electronics or whatever, chances are we can help or at least point you in the right direction. Even more importantly, we want our work to be useful and to make an impact," he told me. Read More

  • HPC Cloud Startup Launches 'App Store' for HPC Workflows

    A University of Chicago Startup Parallel Works is based on the open source Swift Parallel Scripting language that company founder and CEO Michael Wilde helped guide the development of at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory circa 2005-2006. Parallel Works and any other company can use Swift and contribute back to its open source code base, thus helping to ensure the technology’s sustainability for all users. Wilde feels that this is the kind of win-win technology transfer that many entrepreneurial incubation programs like the NSF I-Corps, the DOE Lab Corps, and DOE/Argonne’s new program “Chain Reaction Innovations” are helping to nurture. Read More

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  • Clean Energy Trust Challenge Accepting Applications Until Jan. 17

    The Clean Energy Trust (CET) Challenge is one of the nation’s largest fundraising events for energy tech startups. This is the eight year of the program and the third consecutive year that CET has committed to invest $1,000,000 in cleantech startups in the Midwest. The … Read More

  • World-Class Mentoring

    A key component of the Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) program is business mentorship. In addition to the world-class scientific and technical support that CRI will provide innovators, participants will also get assistance in developing business strategies, conducting market research, and finding long-term financing and potential … Read More

  • Chain Reaction Innovation's First-Ever Cohort Features Diverse Set of Innovators and Ideas

    Applicants for CRI came from 22 states. About 50% of applicants were with startups; the rest were students, professors, postdocs or members of industry. The four recipients represent Colorado, Indiana, North Dakota and Ohio. Read More

  • First Chain Reaction Innovations cohort: Ian Hamilton

    Ian Hamilton is one of the innovators selected for the first cohort of Chain Reaction Innovations, a new two-year program that offers innovators with energy- or science-based ideas a home at Argonne National Laboratory for two years, where they’ll have time to develop and scale … Read More

  • Chain Reaction Innovations announces first cohort

    The Midwest’s first entrepreneurship program to embed innovators in a national laboratory announced the selection of its first members and mentor partners. CRI is a new two-year program that offers innovators with energy- or science-based ideas a home at Argonne National Laboratory for two years, … Read More