ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2011

Showcasers with Primary Industry: Vehicle Technology

LiquidPiston, Inc.

Primary Industry (other):Power applications in the 20 HP - 500 HP range
Title / Name of Technology:High Efficiency Hybrid Cycle Engine
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:The company is developing high efficiency engines, based on a novel transformative thermodynamic cycle, and novel control algorithms. The cycle achieves high compression, constant-volume combustion, and over-expansion, resulting in 30% higher efficiency than Diesel engines. The control algorithm achieves >50% efficiency at part load.

Michigan State University

Primary Industry (other):Renewable Power, Power Generation
Title / Name of Technology:Wave Disk Generator
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:The wave disk engine is a new shock wave combustion engine with energy efficiency potential far above today's engines. It is easy to manufacture, less expensive, and can significantly reduce the weight of automobiles. It has one rotating part: the wave disk. It utilizes internally confined combustion and shock wave energy transfer. In serial hybrid vehicles it can potentially improve the fuel to road efficiency by >5x at same driving comfort, 500+ mile range, up to 90% reduction in emissions.

Nanocomp Technologies, Inc.

Primary Industry (other):Multiple energy impacting applications
Title / Name of Technology:Mass production of Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) directly into yarns, non-woven sheets, and semi-finished products.
Development Status:Proven Manufacturability
Brief Description of Technology:An automated process technology that continuously grows ultra-long nanotubes (up to 1 millimeter), and simultaneously fabricates them into either sheets or spun yarns with integrated, closed loop equipment. Further, the CNT sheets and yarns are fabricated into a broad array of intermediate products that have multiple energy impacting applications.

QM Power, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Parallel Path Magnetic Technology
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:Parallel Path Magnetic Technology (PPMT™) is a breakthrough technology that uses permanent magnets in a novel yet simple design that can substantially reduce cost, size and weight, improve efficiency and eliminate rare earth magnet materials for almost any electromechanical application including electric motors, generators and actuators.

Tour Engine, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:TourEngine: an Ultra-efficient Internal Combustion Engine
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:In the patented TourEngine™ opposed-cylinder split-cycle engine design, the cold strokes (Intake/Compression) occur in a low temperature cylinder while the hot strokes (Combustion/Exhaust) occur in a larger, high temperature cylinder. Simulations predict a 50% efficiency increase with reductions in CO2 and NOx. A running prototype proves design feasibility.

Transonic Combustion Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Transonic Combustion
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:The Transonic Combustion combustion process for gasoline internal combustion engines is based on the direct injection of fuel into the cylinder as a supercritical fluid. Supercritical fuel injection results in high rates of heat release and high cycle efficiency. Engine testing has confirmed fuel consumption reductions of 20%

University of Maryland Energy Research Center

Title / Name of Technology:Low Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells; A Transformational Energy Conversion Technology
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:Our unique solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology has achieved record high power densities of ~2 W/cm2 at 650°C and sufficient power at lower temperatures to revolutionize transportation and personal power applications. We have demonstrated ability to operate on conventional fuels, in addition to hydrogen.

University of Southern California

Title / Name of Technology:Transient Plasma Ignition
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:Transient plasma ignition is based on non-equilibrium plasma. The plasma is produced by using high-voltage pulses of less than 100 ns duration. The energy transfer efficiency is high and significant energy goes into creating highly energetic species instead of thermal heating. Transient plasma ignition has consistently demonstrated reductions in ignition delay and enhanced lean-burn capability, resulting in improved efficiency and reduced emissions from internal combustion engines.

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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