ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2011

Showcasers with Primary Industry: Building Efficiency

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

Appollo Wind Technologies

Title / Name of Technology:Isothermal Turbo-Compression
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:Appollo Wind Technologies, LLC has developed a new approach to the vapor-compression refrigeration cycle, substantially reducing the energy consumed for a given amount of cooling produced by implementing the Isothermal Turbo-Compressor, for conducting vapor compression substantially isothermally, and recovering latent work potential in the refrigerant by expanding it isentropically.

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.


Title / Name of Technology:BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy Optimization and Optimized DR technology
Development Status:Ready to Market
Brief Description of Technology:BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy Optimization technology for commercial buildings learns a building’s energy requirements and optimizes the energy use to changes in weather, utility rates and DR events. BuildingIQ overlays the existing energy systems to get more value out of existing investments, with no upgrades or new sensors required.

Dais Analytic Corporation

Title / Name of Technology:Membrane-Based Dehumidifier
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:A nanotechnology membrane that preferentially transfers water at the molecular level allows adiabatic dehumidification of an airstream. The targeted COP ranges from 3.8 to 6.3, depending on external conditions, and no desiccants or refrigerants are required.

Florida International University

Primary Industry (other):Gas cycle A/C systems
Title / Name of Technology:A Novel Compact Gas-Cycle A/C System with integrated Compression, Gas Cooling, Expansion, and Heat-Pipe Cooler
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:The development of a gas cycle air conditioning (AC) system will be presented. This is a prototype that uses gases as refrigerants without causing global warming and based on a rotary engine structure. The project focuses on carbon dioxide (CO2) and Nitrogen (N2) as viable alternatives to synthetic refrigerants.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Title / Name of Technology:Modular Thermal Hub for Building Cooling, Heating and Water Heating
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:A thermally activated hub for modular, scalable cooling and heating in buildings that can run on gas, low-grade waste heat or solar energy is being developed. Microscale geometries enable several-fold reductions in size. The miniaturized systems can be packaged as a monolithic system, or as discrete, distributed components. Space cooling and heating, coupled with water heating, can yield primary energy use reductions in buildings of 50%. A 3.5 kW cooling monolithic unit will be demonstrated.

Howell Cooling Technologies, LLC

Title / Name of Technology:Cool Pump
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:Air conditioning and refrigeration effect that uses no refrigerant gases or water evaporation

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.

ITN Energy Systems

Title / Name of Technology:Low-Cost Electrochomic Film on Plastic for Net-Zero Energy Building
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:ITN is developing an all solid-state EC film on plastic substrates in order to reduce EC window cost in support of net-zero energy buildings. Using intelligent, sensor-based process controls to achieve high yield in large volume, roll-to-roll manufacturing, ITN will transition its prototype flexible EC technology into a viable, roll-to-roll manufacturing capability to capture the emerging EC window market opportunity.

Machflow Energy, Inc.

Primary Industry (other):Thermal Management
Title / Name of Technology:Bernoulli cooling system
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:We are developing heat transfer and cooling technologies to revolutionize air conditioning and related applications. Our Bernoulli Effect based heat pump uses a refrigerant with no global warming potential, no effect on the ozone layer, and that is nontoxic. Our technology can be applied from the scale of biochips up to buildings.

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.

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.

Penn State University

Primary Industry (other):Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Title / Name of Technology:Thermoacoustics
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:Thermoacoustics is the use of high-amplitude sound to produce efficient cooling without refrigerants that are global-warming gases.

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.

Sheetak, Inc.

Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:NEAT coolers can attain cooling efficiency surpassing that of current compressor-based refrigeration systems by exploiting nonequilibrium transport effects and electron tunneling structures. The NEAT cooling engines are light and reliable without moving parts or polluting fluids. The NEAT power generators can be used in solar and energy recovery applications.

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 Research Center

Title / Name of Technology:Water-based HVAC System
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:United Technologies Research Center is developing a 1-ton capacity air conditioning system, with a COP>4, that uses water as the refrigerant. Water is a natural refrigerant with zero global warming potential (GWP). UTRC will utilize a novel type of supersonic compression that enables high-compression ratios in a single stage.

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 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.

Xergy Incorporated

Title / Name of Technology:Kuel-cellTM Refrigeration Technology
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:New class of refrigeration compressor, leveraging electrochemical (fuel-cell) technology. Utilizes non-GHG/non-CFC working fluids, is motor-less, scalable, modular and noiseless. Technologically transformational and industrially disruptive. Theoretical COP is >9 (ie. 2x to 3x electro-mechanical efficiencies). Such devices could be deployed in: electronics, buidling/automative AC, refrigerators

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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