Energy I-Corps Cohort 3 Teams

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July 12 – August 25, 2016
Opening Session: Golden, Colo.
Closing Session: Washington, DC

Information about the Energy I-Corps cohort 3 teams, their technologies, and how Energy I-Corps is helping the teams fine-tune their potential pathways to market are highlighted here.

Argonne National Laboratory – FiberSAS

Photo of three bar charts and pictures of the system performance for the fibrous structured materials.
Team Members

Principal Investigator: Xing Chen
Entrepreneurial Lead: Luxi Li and Yan Zhang
Industry Mentor: Ray Stachowiak

Technology Description: Fibrous structured materials range in scale and is critical in many applications. It is important to be able to measure fiber morphology such as size, orientation and other features fast, accurately and reliably. Unable to find a satisfactory existing solution, we developed a novel image analysis algorithm and prototype software which offers significant improvements over existing methods. It has potential to significantly increase productivity in a broad range of industrial/research applications.

Argonne National Laboratory – WasteNot

Team Members

Principal Investigator: Seth Snyder
Entrepreneurial Lead: Jessica Linville
Industrial Mentor: Erik Pedersen

Technology Description: We design digesters and additives to enhance anaerobic digestion (AD) to process food wastes. AD is a natural process that uses bacteria to convert organic wastes into biogas, a mix of CH4 and CO2. AD is used to reduce waste volumes. Our additive technology increases digestion rates and the energy content of the biogas. Our design format enables the system to fit into modular units and maximize performance. Argonne patented the additive technology and Linville is patenting the digester design.

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory – Fermians

Photo of Fermi National Accelerator staff. To the left is a gentleman with brown hair, white button-up shirt, sports jacket, a red lanyard and a mic pinned to his shirt. The gentleman in the middle has dark hair and smiling, white and blue pin-striped button-up shirt. The gentleman on the right has gray hair and has a white button-up short with a black suit jacket.
Team Members

Principal Investigator: Jayakar Charles Tobin Thangaraj
Entrepreneurial Lead: Daniel Bowring
Industry Mentor: Richard Penning

Technology Description: Fermilab has developed a unique design for a compact SRF high-average power electron accelerator for industrial applications. Small and light enough to mount on mobile, skid-mounted platforms, the Fermilab's accelerator is capable of 5-50 kW average power and continuous wave operation thus enabling array of more energy-efficient manufacturing solutions.

Idaho National Laboratory – DLR

Team Members

Principal Investigator: Jake Gentle
Entrepreneurial Lead: Donna Rennemo
Industry Mentor: Dale Douglass

Technology Description: The General Line Ampacity State Solver (GLASS) software package provides utility companies with the ability to use dynamic line rating to adjust power production through their grid network and allow for deferment of costly transmission line upgrades or new installations. GLASS calculates real-time ampacity and thermal conductor limits, helping the end-user determine, in real-time, the limiting ampacities and thermal ratings for any given transmission line segment.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – Hydro Scanner

Team Members

Principal Investigator: Mihail Bora
Entrepreneurial Lead: Brian Beekley and Lewis Wogan
Industry Mentor: Eric Cummings

Technology Description: Our team aims to improve design and reliability of photovoltaic products resulting in increased service lifetime, decreased failure rates and consequently lower financing rates for solar installations. The technology measures water content in polymeric encapsulant materials used in photovoltaic modules at concentrations lower than 0.1% by weight. This enables direct measurements on field-deployed modules for comparison with accelerated-tested products.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory – SwitchGlaze

Team Members

Principal Investigator: Lance Wheeler
Entrepreneurial Lead: Robert Tenent
Industry Mentor: Robert Clarke

Technology Description: Our technology is the first demonstration of dynamic photovoltaic glass. The product is a highly transparent coating that responds to solar illumination by tinting to "switch" the coating into a photovoltaic device that efficiently harvests the sun's energy and simultaneously provide glare control for enhanced building efficiency and occupant comfort. The technology will revolutionize building design by transforming them from significant energy sinks into a source of clean renewable energy.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory – MAIforBldgs

Photo shows three images. Top image shows a picture of a house highlighted in orange and the background is a deep purple. The second photo is under the top photo to the left. This image shows MAI panels lined up on top of each other. The third image is below and to the right. It is a bar chart that shows the difference in performance insulation systems.
Team Members

Principal Investigator: Kaushik Biswas
Entrepreneurial Lead: Mini Malhotra
Industry Mentor: Diana Fisler, PhD, JohnsManville

Technology Description: Lower-cost, high-performance insulation systems is a high-priority research area for the DOE's Building Technologies Office. VIPs offer a step change in performance (R40/inch) vs. state-of-the-art insulation materials (R6/inch), but at a high cost. A new product, modified atmosphere insulation (MAI), eliminates most of the VIP production steps and is &tiled;50% less costly. The thermal performance of MAI is the same as VIPs and work is ongoing to stimulate adoption of MAI in building applications.

Sandia National Laboratories – Monolith

This photo has a light gray background. In the forefront stands a 3-D metal object with purple and copper type of wiring intertwined and connected to a back metal piece and a metal cylinder to the side.
Team Members

Principal Investigator: Matthew Carlson
Entrepreneurial Lead: Yasmin Dennig
Industry Mentor: Bill Hartmann

Technology Description: Sandia National Laboratories monolithic technology could significantly reduce the cost, size, and manufacturing lead time of compact heat exchangers for a variety of applications, while simultaneously improving their performance, material options, and channel design possibilities. While originally developed for nuclear power conversion cycle applications, monolithic technology could be deployed in the $12B near-term industrial market as an independent pathway to commercialization.