ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2011

Showcasers with Primary Industry: Waste Heat Capture

Cool Energy, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Low temperature Stirling engine
Development Status:Prototype
Brief Description of Technology:Cool Energy is addressing a technology gap for heat to power conversion solutions at lower temperatures (100-300┬░C) for lower power applications (<100kW) through its demonstrated low temperature Stirling engine. Market opportunities include waste heat recovery, geothermal and biomass power generation, thermal cooling, and solar thermal heat-and-power for buildings.

Echogen Power Systems, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Thermafficient┬« Heat Engine: Waste heat to power using a breakthrough supercritical CO2 power cycle
Development Status:Ready to Market
Brief Description of Technology:Echogen has developed a proprietary thermal engine to convert industrial waste heat (including exhaust gas from gas turbines) into electricity, reducing the demand that large power consumers currently place on the grid. Our technology allows them to repurpose their waste heat into electricity reducing fuel cost up to 30%.

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.


Title / Name of Technology:Micron-Gap Thermal Photovoltaic's
Development Status:Proven Manufacturability
Brief Description of Technology:MTPV, LLC creates semiconductor chips that covert heat directly into electricity. Much like a solar panel will convert sunlight into electricity, we are able to convert any source of heat into electricity with several significant advantages over existing solutions.

Nextreme Thermal Solutions, Inc.

Title / Name of Technology:Thin-film Thermoelectrics
Development Status:Ready to Market
Brief Description of Technology:The company uses microscale thermoelectric technology and high-volume semiconductor manufacturing processes to address the growing needs for advanced thermal management and clean-energy solutions worldwide. Nextreme also offers sophisticated modeling, design, engineering, and contract manufacturing services to deliver fully-optimized solutions from standard and customized products.

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.

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.

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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