ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2011

Showcasers with Development Status: Concept

ABB, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Superconducting Magnet Energy Storage System with Direct power Electronics Interface
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Development of ultrahigh field superconducting magnet energy storage system using high performance second generation high temperature superconducting wires, connected to the electrical power distribution grid using advanced, modular, scalable power electronics converters. Key enabling technologies are: ultra high field magnets, high current HTS wires and modular power electronics connection interface.

ADMA Products, Inc.

Primary Industry (other):Energy efficiency
Title / Name of Technology:Dehumidification membranes
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:High-efficiency, on-line membrane air dehumidifier enabling sensible cooling for warm and humid climates

Architectural Applications LLC

Title / Name of Technology:Building-Integrated Enthalpy Recovery
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:A membrane-based enthalpy exchanger located within the depth of the building enclosure enables a large exchanger surface area with very low added pressure drop to yield a COP increase of 25-40%. Additional benefits include AC demand reduction, smaller equipment size, and flexibility for retrofits.

Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Low-Cost, Highly-Integrated Silicon Carbide (SiC) Multichip Power Modules (MCPMs) for Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:A prototype PHEV plug-in charger utilizing SiC integrated gate drivers and 1200V MOSFETs will be developed. The project will culminate in testing a 5kW SiC PHEV battery charger on a modified Toyota vehicle, demonstrating a >10_ size and weight reduction over state-of-the-art systems with >94% efficiency, >5kW/kg, >100W/in3.


Title / Name of Technology:Inertial CO2 Extraction System -ICES
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:ICES utilizes rocket nozzle technology to desublimate CO2 and separate frozen particles from the swirling supersonic flow. Ice capture duct provides further processing. Intial evaluations showed traceability of the performance towards DOE research goal of no more than 35% cost of electricity increase.

Atmocean, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Wave Energy Seawater Transmission (WEST)
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Atmocean WEST uses wave energy to generate and transmit high pressure seawater long distances undersea, to shore-based desalination plants as well as to shore-based hydraulic power generators.

Beacon Power Corp.

Title / Name of Technology:A 100 kWh/100 kW Flywheel Energy Storage Module
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Beacon Power is developing a next-generation flywheel energy-storage module that stores 4x the energy at 1/8 the cost-per-energy of current flywheels. The proposed 100kW/100kWh system will be capable of very high cycling and have a 20-year life, ideal for simultaneously addressing multiple grid-scale energy storage applications.

Boston University

Title / Name of Technology:Novel large scale rapid response energy storage and
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:The energy storage and recovery system is based on integrating a reversible solid oxide electrochemical cell stack with a packed bed of W/WO3 (800-850 C). It will store energy as W metal when operated as a steam electrolyzer, and generate electricity from the W metal when operated as a fuel cell. It has a round trip efficiency of 75-80%. This is a cost-effective system that will address variations in peak demand, and the intermittency and ramping challenges for the renewable electric energy.


Title / Name of Technology:Electro-bio conversion of CO2 to fuel
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Using ionic conducting ceramics to enhance biological processes to generate fuels compatible with existing infrastructure.

CFD Research Corporation

Title / Name of Technology:Carbon Capture and Desorption
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Carbon nanofiber (CNF) material with adsorption capacity 10x that of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and energy-efficient CO2 regeneration with 10x saving in energy over current regeneration methods. CNFs will preserve many unique properties of CNTs such as natural ability for CO2 physisorption, high thermal and chemical stability and will be 1,000x cheaper than CNTs.

Columbia University

Title / Name of Technology:Chemical and Biological Catalytic Enhancement of Weathering of Silicate Minerals as Novel Carbon Capture and Storage Technology
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Carbon mineralization is a creative and novel approach that will provide a transformational solution for carbon capture and storage (CCS) that is truly safe and permanent by accelerating weathering process of silicate minerals. Its current shortcoming is slow mineral dissolution and CO2 hydration. Thus, we are developing a novel cost-effective CCS technology by applying new Si-targeting chemical catalysts and engineered bio-catalysts (carbonic anhydrase), which has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions from power plants without long-term monitoring needs.

Columbia University

Title / Name of Technology:Biofuels from CO2 using Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria in a Reverse Microbial Fuel Cell
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:We are creating a reverse microbial fuel cell using genetically-modified N. europaea cells. These cells will grow on electrochemically-generated ammonia and fix carbon dioxide into biofuels such as isobutanol. Ammonia is a novel mediator for electron transfer and it can also be obtained from waterwater treatment.

CUNY Energy Institute

Primary Industry (other):Power Conversion
Title / Name of Technology:Metacapacitors
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Nanoscale-engineered dielectrics are used to fabricate capacitors to offer improvements in power conversion technology. If successful, this project will result in a high power density, low loss technology platform for load management and power conversion. The technology can be used for > 100 V/ 1 kW handling/power management for applications such as low-cost, efficient inverters for solids state lighting.

Delphi Automotive Systems, LLC

Title / Name of Technology:Advanced Power Semiconductor and Packaging
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:This project will create a 600V Gallium-Nitride-on-Silicon (GaN-on-Si) device combined with sintered interconnects and double-sided cooling. If successful, this device will out perform existing IGBT devices by 3-5 times and enable a roadmap to reduce cost, size and energy losses by 50% for automotive applications within 5-7 years. The deliverable will be a GaN-on-Si based, electrically stable, packaged 600V depletion-mode HEMT power device with a second chip providing anti-parallel diode and normally-off behavior.

Energy Compression Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Adsorption-Enhanced Compressed Air Energy Storage
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Zeolites are nano-porous minerals that adsorb air. When cooled below freezing they soak up many times their volume in air, and when warmed back up the air comes out. This enables a new kind of above-ground compressed air energy storage that keeps the pressure constant by cycling the temperature instead.

Exelus, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Upgrading Refinery Off-Gas to High Octane Alkylate
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:This technology offers the potential to generate 1.9 billion additional gallons of gasoline per year without consuming any additional feedstock. With this technology many refiners will be able to extract more gasoline from each barrel of oil further enhancing their profitability and reducing the demand for foreign oil.


Title / Name of Technology:CO2 Capture Process Using Phase Changing Absorbents
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:In a two year project, GE and the University of Pittsburgh will jointly develop a novel CO2 capture process in which a liquid absorbent, upon contact with CO2, changes into a solid powder. The solid can then be separated, and the CO2 released for sequestration by heating. Upon heating, the absorbent returns to its liquid form, where it can be reused to capture more CO2. Because the absorbent solid contains a high percentage of CO2, the energy efficiency of the process is improved over current technology, and compression and capital costs are reduced. This ultimately leads to a lower cost of CO2 capture and a lower cost of electricity compared to plants retrofitted with existing technology.

GE Global Research

Primary Industry (other):Power Conversion
Title / Name of Technology:Thick-film Nanomagnetics for Efficient Power Electronics
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:GE Global Research proposes to develop a thick-film magnetic technology to enable advanced core materials for a new generation of compact, efficient, low-cost power components for a wide range of applications. A scalable and economical physical vapor deposition process is proposed to develop nanostructured, millimeter-scale magnetic material. The target is a prototype power magnetic component with greater than 97% efficiency in a kilowatt-level application. GE and Dartmouth College will collaborate to advance from a technology concept to proof of concept component

General Compression, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Fuel-Free, ubiquitous, compressed air energy storage and power conditioning.
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:General Compression is developing a novel air compression-expansion utility-scale energy storage process (GCAES™) that is highly efficient, burns no fuel, and addresses each of these time frames, all with a goal of making renewable generators electrically indistinguishable from conventional generators.

General Motors Research and Development

Title / Name of Technology:Lightweight Thermal Energy Recovery (LighTER) System
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Our technology is a heat engine that incorporates recent, major advances in shape memory alloys (SMA) with new integration methods and mechanical designs thus creating a high power density SMA solid-state thermal energy recovery system for harvesting waste heat with mass efficiencies in excess of those achievable with thermoelectrics.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Title / Name of Technology:Dynamic Control of Grid Assets using Direct AC Converter Cells
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Develop, build and test a direct AC converter using an Imputed DC Link (IDCL) converter building block to demonstrate operation in a Power Converter Augmented Transformer (PCAT) operating at 13kV, 1MW, 98% efficiency and 50 kHz effective frequency.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Title / Name of Technology:High performance MOF/polymer composite membranes for carbon dioxide capture
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Scalable high performance membranes are being developed to economically capture carbon dioxide from power plant flue gases.

Ginkgo BioWorks

Title / Name of Technology:Electrofuels
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Engineering organisms to convert CO2 and electricity to isooctane or other chemicals. The technology is also being extended to use hydrogen sulfide as an energy source. H2S is a major waste product in the desulfurization process in petroleum refining.

Harvard University, Wyss Institute

Primary Industry (other):Biofuels
Title / Name of Technology:Engineering a Bacterial Reverse Fuel Cell
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:We are genetically engineering a bacterium to absorb electricity from an electrode, fix carbon dioxide, and synthesize a biofuel. We are also constructing a physical system that will house the bacteria.

Honeywell International

Title / Name of Technology:CO2 Capture Using Ultrasound-Assisted Electrospray Ionic Liquid (UAEIL)
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Highly dispersive, high surface area ionic liquid droplet generation through miniaturized ultrasound source for CO2 capture.

Infinia Corporation

Title / Name of Technology:Stirling Air Conditioner (STAC)
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Infinia Corporation is developing a Stirling Air Conditioner (StAC) that will be transformational to compact cooling. The StAC will use no greenhouse gases (GHG), achieve a system coefficient of performance (COP) significantly greater than 4, and be cost effectively mass-producible with system lifetimes greater than traditional vapor compression systems.

Iowa State University

Title / Name of Technology:Microalgal Biofuel Platform Development
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:We are developing the microalga Chlamydomonas into a genetically tractable platform for biofuel production. As the only microalga with established genetic recombination, Chlamydomonas has the capacity for recombining and stacking traits (breeding), thus providing the sustainability of a microalgal crop in the biofuel industry.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Title / Name of Technology:Development of an Integrated Microbial-ElectroCatalytic (MEC) System for Liquid Biofuel Production from CO2
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:A combined microbial and electrochemical catalytic system will be developed to transform electricity and CO2 to generate energy-dense biofuels. A novel metal complex that converts water to H2 at high rates with input of electricity will be used to generate H2 for microbial growth and biofuel production.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Title / Name of Technology:Hydrogen Bromine Flow Batteries for Grid Scale Energy Storage
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:The hydrogen bromine flow battery has the potential to deliver a low-cost storage device because of its high power capability. The team, consisting of LBNL, Bosch, DuPont,3M, and Proton Energy, will aim to develop a low-cost device with excellant safety and long life.

Lehigh University

Title / Name of Technology:Electric field swing adsorption for carbon capture applications
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Applied electric fields are used to control adsorption/desorption of carbon dioxide in a simple, reversible and energy efficient way, for carbon capture from fixed-point emitters.

MagiQ Technologies

Title / Name of Technology:Energy Storage Using Nanostructures
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:We propose to leverage the exceptional strengths of nanostructure-based materials (e.g. carbon nanotube yarns) to develop energy harvesting/storage architectures which will combine exceptional power density with unequaled shelf life, cycle life, and endurance.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Primary Industry (other):Agile Delivery of Electric Power Technology
Title / Name of Technology:Advanced Technologies for Integrated Power Electronics
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Improves size, integration and performance of power electronics to reduce energy consumption. Focus on three elements that limit power electronics– semiconductor devices, magnetics, and circuits– and applies these advances to improve the interface between ac grid and loads. Focus on GaN power devices, nano-structured magnetics, and VHF power circuit architectures and controls. Application of miniaturization and integration of power electronics for high-efficiency solid-state lighting.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology-Dept. of Chemical Engineering

Title / Name of Technology:Electrochemically-Mediated Separation for Carbon Capture and Mitigation
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:The objective of this project is to develop electrochemically mediated separation (ECMS) processes for the next generation post-combustion CO2 capture technology. This isothermal separation technology utilizes electrical energy to facilitate effective CO2 capture and regeneration under more benign conditions than in traditional thermal-based chemical scrubbing processes.

Material Methods LLC

Title / Name of Technology:Phononic Heat Pump
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:This energy efficient, environmentally friendly air conditioning dramatically reduces first cost, operating cost, and refrigerant greenhouse gas burden as compared to traditional vapor refrigeration.

MIT Electroville - Liquid Metal Battery

Title / Name of Technology:Liquid Metal Battery
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Grid scale storage technology which achieves bulk storage cost targets without limitations on location.


Title / Name of Technology:Novel Grid Scale Renewable Energy Storage Technology
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:We propose a new frontier in grid-scale energy storage. Electrochemical, thermochemical and mechanical options are environmentally problematic and expensive. Our vision was inspired by observations in art, nature and science. We developed a highly energy dense, efficient, inexpensive, carbon-negative, storage and generation cycle using common fluids and COTS components.

North Carolina State University

Primary Industry (other):Electrofuels
Title / Name of Technology:Electrofuels
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Pathways and enzymes from extremely thermophilic archaea are used to fix CO2 into liquid biofuels, with molecular H2 as the reductant.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Primary Industry (other):Electrofuels
Title / Name of Technology:Biofuels Production via Electrotrophic Biosynthesis
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Conversion of carbon dioxide to energy-dense fuels is done via a hybrid bio-chem route using electricity. Carbon dioxide is converted to an intermediate via a novel bioprocess, and then to hydrocarbons via chemical catalysis. The bioprocess involves multi- enzyme pathway in electrotrophic microorganism and an efficient bioreactor for intermediate production. A catalytic reactor transforms the biological intermediate into fuels. The overall efficiency of converting solar to fuel energy is > 1%.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Primary Industry (other):Materials and Separation Technology
Title / Name of Technology:High Performance CO2 Scrubbing Based on Hollow Fiber-Supported Designer Ionic Liquid Sponges
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Oak Ridge National Laboratory in collaboration with Georgia Institute of Technology and Sci Tech will work together to develop and integrate designer ionic liquids into hollow fiber platforms as a novel carbon capture system. The objective of this catch-and-release system is to considerably cut the cost and energy of gas uptake and release while making CO2 capture technologies commercially. This benefits the ARPA-E mission to cut energy-related green house gas emissions and ensure the U.S. remains a technological and economic leader in developing advanced energy technologies.

OPX Biotechnologies, Inc.

Primary Industry (other):Electrofuels
Title / Name of Technology:Novel Biological Conversion Of Hydrogen And Carbon Dioxide Directly Into Biodiesel
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:OPX Biotechnologies, Inc. (OPXBIO), NREL, and the United States subsidiary of Johnson Matthey will develop and optimize a novel, engineered microorganism that directly produces a biodiesel-equivalent electrofuel from renewable hydrogen and carbon dioxide. OPXBIO’s proprietary genomics technology, coupled with NREL’s directed and improved H2 utilization and CO2 fixation will allow rapid metabolic engineering of a microbe to achieve the fuel production metrics necessary for commercial success.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Title / Name of Technology:Transformative Rapid-Cycle Thermal Swing Adsorption for CO2 Capture
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:A high efficiency approach that recovers and reuses heat in thermal swing adsorption processes. The potential is to reduce energy us by >70% in solid sorbent CO2 capture systems versus commercial technologies. The process is estimated to reduce bed size by a factor of 10.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Title / Name of Technology:High-Efficiency Adsorption Chilling Using Metal-Organic Heat Carriers
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Adsorption cooling systems use low grade heat derived from a waste heat source or solar panels to operate a thermally-driven refrigeration cycle. New molecularly-tuned solid sorbent materials are being developed in this ARPA-E project to improve the efficiency and reduce the size and cost of today's adsorption chillers.

Phononic Devices, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:High Efficiency Thermoelectric Devices for Thermal Management & Waste Heat Recovery
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Phononic Devices innovates high performance and environmentally friendly thermal management solutions based on commercially transforming thermoelectric material design concepts and devices. The company is led by an experienced entrepreneurial team, best-in-class technical collaborators, and is financially backed by top tier Silicon Valley Cleantech investors.

Power Partners, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:High-Efficiency Adsorption Chilling Using Novel Metal Organic Heat Carriers
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:This development project will exploit the very high mass loading and relatively low heats of adsorption that are possible with certain combinations of refrigerants and metal organic heat carriers to demonstrate a new type of highly efficient adsorption chiller.

Proton Energy Systems

Title / Name of Technology:Transformative Renewable Energy Storage Devices Based on Neutral Water
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Clean, efficient energy conversion via water-based regenerative fuel cell systems is highly attractive as a renewable technology due to the closed chemical cycle: water to fuel and back to water. The proposed approach uses novel membranes to eliminate high cost materials, decreasing cost and enabling higher efficiencies.

RTI International

Title / Name of Technology:Catalytic Biocrude Production in a Novel Short Residence Time Reactor
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:The proposed technology uses multi-functional catalysts for controlling and optimizing biomass pyrolysis chemistry to produce a hydrocarbon-rich intermediate from lignocellulosic biomass that is fully fungible with the existing transportation fuel production and distribution infrastructure. This project will establish a solid foundation for subsequent technology transfer and commercialization.

RTI International

Title / Name of Technology:Novel Non-Aqueous CO2 Solvents and Capture Process with Substantially Reduced Energy Penalties
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:RTI International and BASF Corporation are developing non-aqueous CO2 solvent systems that have the potential to reduce the parasitic energy load associated with CO2 capture from power plant flue gas. Preliminary analysis indicates that this family of solvents has the potential to reduce the parasitic energy penalty to approx. 2GJ/t CO2, which is 40% lower than conventional aqueous-amine systems. The strong collaboration between RTI and BASF will also facilitate rapid commercial development and deployment of the proposed novel non-aqueous solvents technology, if successful.

Savannah River National Laboratory

Title / Name of Technology:Batteries for Electrical Energy Storage in Transportation (BEEST)
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:This novel approach to lithium batteries for automotive applications solves the loss of energy storage capacity caused by the formation of dendritic species on the anode of typical lithium batteries. By encapsulating lithium particles in a novel porous wall glass microstructure, this approach inherently eliminates the formation of the dendritic species, while also limiting volume change on cycling and reducing the formation of unwanted byproducts which lead to loss of reversible capacity. These unique porous wall glass microstructures have been demonstrated for a variety of applications from energy storage to medicine.

Teledyne Scientific & Imaging

Title / Name of Technology:Optofluidic Solar Concentrators
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Currently tracking of solar radiation in concentrated photovoltaic systems is provided by mechanical means with multiple moving parts, which raises reliability concerns. These systems are also bulky. This project will develop an electrowetting-based dynamic liquid prism to track both the daily and seasonal changes of the Sun’s orbit for concentrating photovoltaics (CPV) and reduce capital costs through increased operational efficiency by eliminating bulky mechanical tracking.

Teledyne Scientific Company

Primary Industry (other):Lighting Efficiency
Title / Name of Technology:Integrated Power Chip Converter for Solid State Lighting
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:This project is developing a highly efficient power supply on a chip that will directly impact the adoption of white Solid-State Lighting. Low loss devices and compact passive components are being developed. Using commercial display lighting as a platform, this project will enable ~71% energy savings in supermarket stores alone.

Texas A&M University

Title / Name of Technology:Stimuli Responsive Sorbents for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Smart sorbents with high carbon dioxide selectivity and low regeneration energy will be used to capture carbon dioxide from flue gas.

The Ohio State University

Title / Name of Technology:Bioconversion of carbon dioxide to biofuels by faculttaively autotrophic hyfrogen bacteria
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:We seek to convert carbon dioxide into infrastructure-compatible biofuels via engineered microbes that are able to grow on mixtures of carbon dioxide, oxygen, and hydrogen in the absence of photosynthesis.

United Technologies Corporation

Title / Name of Technology:Electrocaloric Cooling Technology
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Rapid advances have been made in thin film electrocaloric cooling materials. Technology development needed for application of these materials in practical cooling devices is being studied at UTRC

United Technologies Corporation

Title / Name of Technology:CO2 Capture with Enzyme Synthetic Analogue
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Carbonic anhydrase, one of the fastest enzymes known, is used by air-breathing organisms for CO2 management. A key aspect of its catalytic mechanism can be exploited by incorporating a synthetic analogue of the enzyme in a membrane to facilitate separation of CO2 from power plant flue gases.

United Technologies Research Center

Title / Name of Technology:Nano-Engineered Porous HFM-based AC
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:United Technologies Research Center and Pall Corporation will develop and demonstrate an air conditioning system based on a novel integration of a liquid desiccant using membranes and a vapor compression cycle.

University of Colorado at Boulder

Title / Name of Technology:Novel Gelled Ionic Liquid Membranes
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:UC Boulder is developing novel gelled ionic liquid membranes, which provide mechanical rigidity into what is normally a liquid solvent, allowing extremely thin membranes to be fabricated. Since the membrane permeance increases as the membranes become thinner, higher fluxes of CO2 can be selectively passed through the membrane, reducing the cost and size of membrane treatment for flue gas.

University of Illinois

Title / Name of Technology:Flexible Nanostructured Thermoelectrics for Waste Heat Harvesting
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:A thermoelectric module based on nanostructured material on a flexible substrate that can harvest energy from waste heat in varied environments.

University of Kentucky, Center for Applied Energy Research

Title / Name of Technology:A Solvent/Membrane Hybrid Post-combustion CO2 Capture Process for Existing Coal-Fired Power Plants
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:The membrane catalytic separator is implemented to solvent based carbon dioxide capture systems (e.g. carbonate or amines) between the absorber and stripper. It selectively rejects water from the permeate and catalytically drives the reaction towards bicarbonate allowing a more concentrated and more easily regenerated solution at the stripper.

University of Maryland

Title / Name of Technology:Thermoelastic cooling
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:We are developing a novel cooling concept based on martensitic transformation of thermoelastic shape memory alloys. Because it uses only a solid refrigerant, it eliminates the need for high-global warming potential refrigerants.

University of Maryland

Title / Name of Technology:Highly efficient photovoltaic energy conversion using surface acoustic waves in piezoelectric semiconductors
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:We present a radically new design for photovoltaic energy conversion using surface acoustic waves (SAWs) in piezoelectric semiconductors. The SAW separates electrons and holes and transports them with the speed of sound. This active design promises in a very high rate of photovoltaic energy conversion for solar applications.

University of Minnesota and BioCee

Title / Name of Technology:Shewanella as an Ideal Platform for Producing Hydrocarbon Biofuels
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:The research uses Shewanella sp.for hydrocarbon fuel-feedstock production. We have shown that native Shewanella species produce hydrocarbons, are tolerant to hydrocarbons, and can be engineered to produce higher levels of hydrocarbons. Both carbon-dioxide and biomass-derived carbon is being transformed to hydrocarbons within a novel thin-film latex coating technology developed by BioCee. Catalytic cracking is being applied to long chain ketones to generate fuel-length hydrocarbons.

University of Nevada, Reno

Title / Name of Technology:Transformational Processes for Ammonia Synthesis and Production
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:We are developing a high-throughput transformational process for conversion of nitrogen and hydrogen to ammonia using Li3N as a vehicle for catalyzing the reaction that will work at modest temperatures, and pressures of ~1.4 bar as compared to the Haber-Bosch process of ~200-300 bar.

University of Southern California

Title / Name of Technology:An Inexpensive and Robust Iron Air Battery for Grid Scale Energy Storage
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:The team is creating an inexpensive, environmentally friendly and high performance iron-air rechargeable battery with radical advancements to round-trip energy efficiency and cycle life by using innovative materials and cell design concepts.

Virginia Tech

Primary Industry (other):Power processing
Title / Name of Technology:Isolated Converter with Integrated Passives
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:A chip converter is being developed by Virginia Tech, University of Florida, and University of Texas at Dallas for power adapters. Integrated into the chip are the power transformer, the capacitors, and the power integrated circuit. The target efficiency and power density exceed 90% and 300 W/in^3.

Virginia Tech

Title / Name of Technology:Sugar fuel cell vehicle (sugar car)
Development Status:Concept
Brief Description of Technology:Based on available hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, we propose the use of sugar as a hydrogen carrier (14.8 mass H2%) plus on-board biotransformer. Therefore, a small fraction of the USA's biomass (e.g., 5-10%) would be enough to replace oil completely.

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