BTO Awards Small Business Grants for Lighting, Building-Integrated Heat and Moisture Exchange Technology

June 24, 2015

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The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science has awarded four Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants targeting advances in solid-state lighting (SSL) and building-integrated heat and moisture exchange technology:

  • VoltServer, Inc. (Phase II)—Low-Cost, High Efficiency Integration of SSL and Building Controls using a PET Power Distribution System
  • MoJo Labs Inc.(Phase II)—Daylighting Digital Dimmer
  • OLEDWorks LLC (Phase I)—Pedestrian-Friendly OLED Luminaire
  • Architectural Applications P.C. (Phase IIb) - Building-Integrated Heat & Moisture Exchange- Engineering Development and Field Demonstration

View the Building Technologies Office's full small business portfolio, or read the project descriptions below.

SBIR Recipient: VoltServer, Inc.
Title: Low-Cost, High Efficiency Integration of SSL and Building Controls using a PET Power Distribution System
Summary: This Phase II project will demonstrate a novel approach to reducing cost of SSL ownership by 35% or more by simultaneously reducing installation cost, energy use, and lamp replacement. Phase I demonstrated replacement of conventional low-efficiency driver circuitry with a high-efficiency, high-reliability, intrinsically safe, centralized Packet Energy Transfer (PET) power supply design that improved conversion efficiency to 90% while also providing individual luminaire control and network communications. Phase II will further increase conversion efficiency to 93% and will be integrated into two commercial luminaire designs that can be installed without conduit and with limited licensed electrician involvement.  

SBIR Recipient: MoJo Labs Inc.
Title: Daylighting Digital Dimmer
Summary: This Phase II project will refine and expand on the novel SSL control architecture that was successfully demonstrated during Phase I to produce a commercial product that provides light intensity control at the task location without sensing the light level at the same location, daylight sensing with an external photosensor, spectral control of resultant electric and natural light, very simple installation commissioning, and operation that uses ubiquitous digital personal devices for advanced individual user controls and scheduling.

SBIR Recipient: OLEDWorks LLC
Title: Pedestrian Friendly Outdoor Light with Solar Panel
Summary: This Phase I feasibility and initial product design study will investigate the potential impact that source variables made possible by using OLEDWorks’ unique OLED panels might have on color rendering, luminance level, design, light control, and pedestrian perception and comfort. The project will also investigate the potential for outdoor lighting cost reduction facilitated by not having to bury electrical wires and by integrating advanced operational controls that today are not available in commercial luminaires designed for this market. The ultimate goal for a future Phase II grant is to develop a commercial product design for an outdoor OLED luminaire using solar energy for lighting pedestrian areas that would be especially well-suited for remote installations.

SBIR Recipient: Architectural Applications P.C.
Title: Building-Integrated Heat & Moisture Exchange- Engineering Development and Field Demonstration.
Summary: The project seeks to develop innovative, low-cost manufacturing techniques, exchanger architectures, and assembly sequences to manufacture a large-scale, membrane-based heat- and moisture-exchanger at costs enabling broad market adoption. The project will utilize a newly improved membrane product and novel methods borrowed from the printed circuit industry. The U.S. military could save as much as $8B in annual air conditioning costs from broad adoption of the technology. Healthcare system benefits could be as large as $6 to $14 billion from reduced respiratory disease, $2 to $4 billion from reduced allergies and asthma, $10 to $30 billion from reduced sick building syndrome symptoms.