ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2011

Showcasers with Development Status: Other

Agrivida, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Crop processing traits for low cost production of fermentable sugars from cellulosic biomass.
Development Status (other):Commercial Development
Brief Description of Technology:Agrivida is advancing breakthrough technology by developing proprietary crops and processes that dramatically reduce the cost of producing renewable chemicals, fuels, and bioproducts from non-food cellulosic biomass. The company’s plant expressed enzyme technology provides an integrated solution for delivering low cost sugars that are essential for industrial bioproducts. Agrivida’s technologies significantly reduce enzyme and pretreatment costs for biomass hydrolysis, drastically reduce new enzyme production capacity, and create markets for cellulosic biomass.

Bright Energy Storage Technologies

Title / Name of Technology:Underwater Compressed Air Energy Storage
Development Status (other):Bright Energy is prototyping select components.
Brief Description of Technology:Bright Energy's system stores compressed air in flexible long plastic tubes on the bottom of salt- or fresh water bodies greater than 30m deep. Grid-connected surface equipment converts the energy stored in the compressed air to electricity. System capital and operating costs are favorable to alternative approaches.

CanmetENERGY/Natural Resources Canada

Primary Industry (other):Renewable energy, alternative transportation, carbon capture and storage, net-zero buildings and communities
Title / Name of Technology:CanmetENERGY/Natural Resources Canada
Development Status (other):Concept, prototype, and marketability.
Brief Description of Technology:CanmetENERGY is the Canadian leader in clean energy research and technology development. With over 450 scientists, engineers and technicians and more than 100 years of experience, we are Canada's knowledge centre for scientific expertise in clean electric power, transportation, industry, buildings and communities, and oil sands.

Case Western Reserve University

Title / Name of Technology:High-Power Capacitors for Power Electronics and Pulsed Energy
Development Status (other):Concept and Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:New compact energy storage device enabling higher power electronic devices for wide range of applications

Hyperion Power Generation, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Hyperion Power Module
Development Status (other):Will build working demo model at Savannah River National Lab
Brief Description of Technology:Euphemistically called a "nuclear battery," each HPM provides 70 MWthermal - 25 MWelectric power for 10 years. Can be ganged together for greater output. The units are transportable, permanently sealed and never opened on site. Cost: only $50 million. Applications: U.S. military, water purification, remote sites, utilities.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Title / Name of Technology:CO2-Binding Organic Liquids (CO2BOLs)
Development Status (other):Currently at bench-scale testing
Brief Description of Technology:A water-free and chemically-selective gas capture solvent system. CO2BOLs are a blend of alcohols and bases that chemically capture CO2 as ionic liquids (salts that melt at room temperature).

Porifera, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Carbon nanotube membranes for efficient carbon sequestration
Development Status (other):Early stage development
Brief Description of Technology:Carbon nanotube pores support extremely efficient gas transport rates that are up to 100x higher than transport through conventional membrane pores. We are developing selective carbon separation membranes based on the carbon nanotube platform that would combine high permeability with sufficient selectivity to enable cost-effective carbon capture.


Title / Name of Technology:High Energy Lithium-ion Battery System
Development Status (other):High energy anode at prototype, cathode and anode demonstrated individually, but not together
Brief Description of Technology:TIAX has developed an advanced lithium-ion based battery system architecture (cathode, anode and electrolyte) that significantly exceeds ARPA-E’s energy density performance targets for vehicle battery cells. The TIAX battery system enables use of a high-performance cathode that has not previously been feasible.

University of Notre Dame

Primary Industry (other):Multiple, including carbon capture and other seperations, energy efficiency, waste heat capture, and renewable power
Title / Name of Technology:Ionic Liquids (ILs) for Energy Applications
Development Status (other):ongoing research efforts
Brief Description of Technology:Iionic Liquids are organic salts that remain liquid over a wide range of temperatures. Notre Dame has expertise in the conceptualization, synthesis, characterization, testing and implementation of ILs designed for specific applications, including: capture of specific gases (e.g. CO2) from gas mixtures, working fluids for geothermal energy production, and co-fluids for refrigeration.

Wildcat Discovery Technologies

Title / Name of Technology:High Throughput Discovery for Energy Storage Materials
Development Status (other):Wildcat has 30 development collaborations and internal discovery efforts underway
Brief Description of Technology:Wildcat's unique high throughput capabilities allow its scientists to develop new battery materials very, very fast and increase the opportunity for breakthrough discoveries.

Platinum Sponsors
Ernst & Young Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Silicon Valley Bank
Gold Sponsors
Autodesk MDB MDB
Corporate Acceleration Partners
Applied Materials Battelle BOSCH BNL
Case Western Reserve University Constellation Energy elstat Dupont
elstat EWI Research Center General Atomics Lockheed Martin
United Technologies Research Center  
*Partner Organizations are participants in programs designed to accelerate technology commercialization.
Silver Sponsor
Research Corporation for Science Advancement
Investor Acceleration Partners
Mohr Davidow Sequoia
*Partner Organizations are participants in matchmaking program for one-on-one meetings with Technology Showcase participants.
Technology Development Partners
Argonne C2B2 C2B2 Idaho National Laboratory
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory NETL NREL Oak Ridge National Lab
Palo Alto Research Center SunShot Initiative The U.S. Department of Energy EERE The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science
Student Patron Program Sponsors
Baruch Future Ventures Mohr Davidow Venrock
Federal Agency Partner
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