Projects

Drivetrains for small wind power

Accelerate Wind is to working to revolutionize rooftop wind energy in the commercial and industrial space and drastically lower the cost of small wind turbine technology. The company is developing small-scale wind power systems that can be integrated as part of a sustainable energy platform to power buildings. The edge on design features efficiently capture and translate high-velocity wind currents into energy.

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Organic materials for energy storage

Jolt Energy Storage Technologies is using molecular design principles to create organic compounds that could revolutionize the field of energy storage. Jolt is developing a small molecule that enables the production of a novel flow cell battery for energy storage. The structural flexibility of the molecule depends on its redox state, which translates into electrolyte solutions that can function with simple barrier separation as opposed to ion-selective membranes found in the state-of-the-art flow batteries.

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Integrated hybrid silicon lasers

The team aims to harness emerging materials for applications in silicon photonics for energy-efficient computing and data centers. The team is developing technology that reduces optical interface footprint and provides a highly efficient manufacturing technology for hybrid silicon based lasers.

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Graphene-enhanced electrodes

This graphene-based technology takes advantage of the unique properties of graphene to enable the preparation of nanoscale composites to serve as advanced electrodes in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Our technology offers a technical route to accelerate the adoption rate of LIBs by minimizing their weight and maximizing their stability and charging rate.

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Carbon material synthesis through sustainable bio-manufacturing methods

Emergy has developed a versatile bio-manufacturing process to make low cost advanced porous carbon materials for energy storage and filtration applications. Emergy’s platform technology utilizes the efficient biomechanics of filamentous organisms to produce tunable material properties through a bottom-up approach. The use of a robust biological system also allows for the utilization of waste carbon sources such as industrial wastewater as a renewable feedstock. Ultimately, this process facilitates low cost and sustainable manufacturing of porous carbon materials with select characteristics directed towards specific applications. For example, Emergy can produce low cost, high surface area, pure carbon electrodes for supercapacitors from the treatment of brewery wastewater.

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Development of a soot-free engine for heavy-duty applications

A sootless drop-in diesel engine replacement with the potential to disrupt heavy-duty transportation by simultaneously achieving higher efficiency, enhanced performance, simplified after treatment, and cost savings for the customer while using low carbon, renewable liquid fuels. The engine technology accomplishes these goals by using clean-burning alcohol fuels in a highly efficient manner.

ClearFlame engines outperform current diesel-fueled technologies while achieving the emission levels and fuel flexibility of natural gas-fueled engines.

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Membrane-Free Electrochemical Devices

This technology seeks to enable new applications for electrochemical devices by eliminating the need for electrolytes to act as electronic insulators. These new applications could include batteries, fuel cells, electrolyzers, and chemical production. This would lower costs, increase efficiency, and improve robustness without the need for excessive balancing of plant and control systems.

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A novel radioisotope battery made from nuclear waste

The Atlas Energy Systems technology is significant in that it provides a way to turn high-level radioactive decay products from spent nuclear fuel into a usable energy source via radioisotope plasma generation. This material is usually considered nuclear waste to be stored and buried, but it still contains large amounts of residual energy. With the growing demands for energy from all sorts of sources, spent nuclear fuel should be further utilized as an energy source rather than buried and thrown away.

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Plasma-assisted combustion for jet engines and gas turbines

FGC Plasma Solutions is working on a better fuel injector that incorporates plasma to better control combustion in jet engines and gas turbines.

This technology enables more optimum operation of the engine. In particular, by reducing fuel consumption during idling, savings are possible of between 1 percent to 5 percent per flight. This technology will also enable benefits from lower emissions; increased fuel flexibility; and improved reliability.

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