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 Loyola University ChicagoGilbert Michaud  Academic Power Generation: Renewable Economic impact modeling, Interviews, Survey research, Policy evaluation, Regression analysis
Website: https://www.luc.edu/sustainability/about/ourpeople/directory/michaudgilbert-1.shtml

Email: gmichaud@luc.edu

Phone: 773-508-7986

Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL, 60660, United States
IL
 University of Colorado BoulderBrad Wham  Academic Other Energy Technologies CIEST at CU Boulder provides unique large- and reduced-scale testing equipment to assess infrastructure system performance under a variety of life-cycle and extreme loading conditions. CIEST Director, Prof. Wham, currently PIs ARPA-E REPAIR's Testing and Analysis team, charged with developing methods of evaluating performance of infrastructure renewal technologies over an intended design life for adoption of technologies into market. CU Boulder (physical testing) and USQ (numerical modeling) are interested in partnering with 3.1/3.2 technology developers to validate performance metrics for existing and improved splicing technologies; as well as developing testing procedures and modeling techniques to assess system (cables/conduits/vaults) performance under various hazards (e.g., earthquake, landslide, wildfire). Alternatively, this team could serve GOPHURRS independently to assess performance of technologies developed by various awardees.
Website: https://www.colorado.edu/center/ciest/

Email: brad.wham@colorado.edu

Phone: 3034920197

Address: 1111 Engineering Dr 428 ECOT 441, Boulder, CO, 80309, United States
CO
 Sonoma Clean Power (Geothermal Opportunity Zone)Ryan Tracey  State and/or Local Government Power Generation: Renewable Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) serving Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. SCP has started an initiative called the Geothermal Opportunity Zone (GeoZone) to build 600 MW of new geothermal capacity in the region through partnerships with Chevron New Energies, Cyrq Energy, and Eavor Inc. A key challenge to success in the GeoZone will be finding cost-effective and reliable approaches to interconnecting new generation capacity. The GeoZone is located over mountainous terrain that has a high wildfire risk and is frequently subject to public safety power shutoffs. Undergrounding gen-ties for new resources to substations with interconnection capacity would be ideal--allowing them to deliver through extreme weather events and minimize the impact to surrounding communities--but is currently cost prohibitive. SCP and its private partners would be very interested in opportunities to partner with GOPHURRS applicants in demonstrating new undergrounding technology that provides a cost-effective and lower risk path for interconnecting new renewables.
Website: https://sonomacleanpower.org/geozone

Email: rtracey@sonomacleanpower.org

Phone: 7204809641

Address: 431 E Street, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404, United States
CA
 PetraKim Abrams  Small Business Other Energy Technologies Petra is a deep-tech developer of commercially available microtunneling robots using various forms of proprietary drilling technology intended to efficiently and safely bore utility conduits through any geology. The company's technology will be faster and cost less than conventional utility tunneling methods, thereby enabling industries to make small-diameter utility infrastructure economically viable.

Petra produces trenchless utility tunnel boring technology that uses very high temperature tunable jet exhaust drive thermal spallation - the process by which rock spalls due to thermal expansion. Petra has completed 28 utility crossings with their patented technology, demonstrating true cost and time reduction. Reach out to us for project specifics. Petra technology and construction services are commercially available in the North American Market

Petra, the first company capable of undergrounding critical utility infrastructure in all geologies - from difficult hard rock to flowing sands - announced the launch its new Petra Platform™ designed to meet the needs of diverse projects and adapt to changing geologies with a single machine. The innovative Petra Platform™, the first hybrid-powered trenchless multi-tool on the market, is a game-changer in the trenchless industry that saves time, reduces costs, and minimizes carbon footprint. We have demonstrated feasibility of massive cost reductions and production rates in hard, intact, abrasive rock.

Petra was previously pursuing plasma and determined that it was not the appropriate technology for use at scale. Petra developed new technology that is, in some cases, so performant, that we can achieve 100x+ faster, at a cost savings of up to 90%, as compared to conventional methods for small diameter drilling in hard rock, such as, HDD maxi rigs, SBUs or microtunneling machines.


Read more at our website and our latest press release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230403005945/en/Petra-Announces-Launch-and-Deployment-of-the-Petra-Platform%E2%84%A2
Website: www.petra.cc

Email: kim@petra.cc

Phone: 415-449-4852

Address: 2070 Newcomb Ave, UNIT B & C, SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 94124, United States
CA
 LaValley IndustriesMaureen Carlin  Small Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Liquid and Gaseous Fuels/Nuclear LaValley Industries is an internationally recognized and award-winning engineering, research, and manufacturing firm. The company is focused on innovating the future of trenchless pipeline construction and material handling for the Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), Direct Steerable Pipe Thrusting (DSTP), mining and utility tunneling industries. Market sectors include water, sewer, oil, gas, electrical distribution and alternatives. Our one-of-a-kind patented products are developed on the foundation of improving safety in underground construction equipment and are designed to perform multiple tasks concurrently thereby reducing project timelines, costs, and risk to personnel.

Our material handling equipment line allows precise load handling and placement without the need for a ground crew working in the vicinity of moving pipe, poles or road mats. These systems are modular in design and consist of a main head unit used with a variety of interchangeable arms. The main head mounts to any brand of excavator and the excavator’s auxiliary hydraulics then safely and efficiently power the system. The interchangeable arms are used to pick up pipe, poles, casings or road mats and securely lift, lower, rotate, and tilt the load under the total control of the operator. Arms can grip securely from an off-center position, allowing maximum control in areas with tight accessibility. All equipment is designed to work safely in any weather condition, including wind, mud, snow and ice.

In addition to the core line of equipment, LaValley Industries has recently unveiled its next-generation, fuel-efficient line of generators. These generators use patented smart power generation technology, to continually load-follow energy demands on the job site. This means that engine RPM incrementally self-adjusts to match load in any given moment, optimizing fuel consumption. Included with this launch is an innovative mud pump system, which has been specially designed and engineered to handle the rigors of HDD drill mud recycling. The system can handle particle sizes up to 5 inches with a robust internal liquid cooling system and flow rate of up to 1400 GPM at a discharge length of 250 feet. It has proven success on the job site during reaming, swabbing, and pipe pull operations.

Our capabilities include mechanical/electrical engineering, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, service and support.
Website: lavalleyindustries.com

Email: jorgep@lavalleyindustries.com

Phone: 218-444-3030

Address: 1876 23rd Street SE, Bemidji, MN, 56601, United States
MN
 North American Society for Trenchless TechnologyMatthew Izzard  Non-Profit Building Efficiency NASTT is an engineering society of individuals, public organizations and private companies with strong beliefs in the practical, social and environmental benefits of trenchless technology.

Founded in 1990, NASTT represents more than 2,000 members who all promote better and more responsible ways to manage our underground infrastructure. NASTT’s mission is to advance trenchless technology and to promote its benefits for the public and the natural environment by increasing awareness and knowledge through technical information dissemination, research and development, education and training. NASTT strives to provide a representative voice for all sectors of the trenchless technology industry. For over 30 years, the all-volunteer members of NASTT have presented non-commercial information seminars and training about these “green alternative” engineering methods to North American communities.

What is Trenchless Technology?
Trenchless technology is a progressive civil engineering process for the installation, replacement or renewal of underground utilities with no or minimal excavation and surface disruption. These innovative methods have been utilized successfully for all underground utilities including water mains, storm and sanitary sewers, gas main, electrical and fiber optics conduits. When employed in urban areas, substantial benefits are realized including dramatically reduced disruption to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, to business activities, to residential areas, and to environmentally sensitive areas. Trenchless technologies are the premier crossing options for major roads, railways, waterways as well as natural or manmade structures. In most cases, trenchless techniques will demonstrate significant cost saving benefits for municipalities and utilities over traditional open trench methods. Recent advancements in robotics have allowed trenchless technologies to provide pipe condition diagnostics never before available permitting utility owners to more accurately identify infrastructure priorities.

How can NASTT make a difference?
As NASTT continues to grow and take on new challenges, it is important for our not-for-profit society to serve and support our diverse industry partners. We proudly represent municipalities and public utilities, consultants and engineers, manufacturers and suppliers, trenchless contractors, and academia. We would like to support this project through access to experts and information.
Website: www.nastt.org

Email: mizzard@nastt.org

Phone: 2064964828

Address: 22722 29th Street SE STE 100, Bothell, WA, 98021, United States
WA
 X UTILITYGalimba Deborah  Small Business Grid X UTILITY is a WBE/WOSB/LGBT consulting services firm based in Fresno, CA and Oahu, HI. The firm is comprised of former PG&E utility renewable experts that have pioneered over 2.9 Gigawatts of safe and reliable retail and wholesale utility grid tie wind, solar, EVCS and energy storage battery resources. We specialize in grant writing, renewable utility interconnection requirements, energy roadmap development, utility reconciliation, utility POI feasibility assessments, grid services aggregation, value stacking income streams, workforce development, vehicle electrification, and energy resilience for critical facilities. Our expert knowledge of utility technical dependencies, requirements, processes, application submittals, permitting, land rights/environmental, engineering, procurement and construction creates a market advantage for our clients. We’re anxious to leverage our lessons learned insight and apply relationships to maintain project progress to achieve a safe, reliable and compliant project/program delivery. Our non-profit and for profit markets include: Muni’s, Coops, Utilities, CCA’s, Developers, contractors, Tribal Governments, Cities/Counties, engineers, installers, non-profit 501-C3 entities and business owners.
Website: Xutility.com

Email: debgalimba@XUTILITY.com

Phone: 5599084148

Address: 114 East Shaw Avenue, Suite 103, Fresno, CA, 93710, United States
CA
 U.S. ArmyLee Perren  Federal Government Other Energy Technologies Keywords – above-ground sensing; infrastructure detection; electromagnetic induction; inverse modeling; wire detection

Our team is comprised of researchers and scientists at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) and Dartmouth College. We specialize in above-ground electromagnetic sensing for wires, pipes, UXOs, and IEDs. Capabilities include sensor design, implementation, and signal processing for detection and inverse modeling to determine specific parameters of a target such as depth, location, and orientation.
Website: https://www.erdc.usace.army.mil/Locations/CRREL/

Email: Lee.J.Perren@erdc.dren.mil

Phone: 601-618-7747

Address: 72 Lyme Rd, Hanover, NH, 03755, United States
NH
 Texas A&M UniversityIrfan Khan  Academic Power Generation: Renewable Dr. Khan's Clean and Resilient Energy Systems (CARES) Lab has worked on several funded projects on electric vehicles, its integration with the grid (both V2G and G2V), renewable energy projects (both solar and wind), inclusiveness of underrepresented communities in clean energy, off-road chargers, and various artificial intelligence applications in the energy systems applications.
Website: tamug.edu/cares

Email: irfankhan@tamu.edu

Phone: 412-628-5609

Address: 200 Seawolf Parkway, Galveston, TX, 77573, United States
TX
 Oak Ridge National LaboratoryNeil Shepard  Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Other Energy Technologies A key to industry acceptance of a new technology is extensive validation in field trials. The Powerline Conductor Accelerated Test facility (PCAT) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is specifically designed to evaluate the performance and reliability of novel overhead conductors and conductor instrumentation under field conditions. The PCAT facility was developed by ORNL and the US Department of Energy (DOE) in 2003 as a test facility to evaluate the performance of novel overhead conductor designs. The objective of these novel conductors is to carry higher currents with the equivalent, or better, sag characteristics of existing conductors. PCAT has been used to successfully field test overhead conductors and conductor instrumentation to demonstrate and validate performance in a real-world environment either before or in conjunction with field trials. A big hurdle for utility acceptance of novel technologies is field evaluation, and PCAT provides performance validation through its real-world testing conditions, via which it is able to accelerate the aging of the conductor and test the lifetime. PCAT provides a high-power, heavily instrumented and controlled platform for performance testing of overhead conductors and conductor instrumentation. This includes collecting all the necessary information for overhead conductor characterization and characterization of whole systems, as well as splices and dead ends. The facility is part of a DOE effort to address growing demands for electric power at a time when existing transmission line capacity is nearing its limits. PCAT is also used to test advanced sensors and controls for overhead conductors. PCAT accommodates 2,400 ft of overhead test conductor in a loop arrangement across two 600 ft segments. The facility consists of five 161 kV-rated steel transmission poles that have extensive support to ensure mechanical stability, with two poles at each of the two dead ends and one in mid-span. The test line forms the load for the power supply by creating a loop and connecting its two ends to the two terminals of the power source. The power source is a controllable dc power supply that provides dc current up to 5,000 A.
Website: https://www.ornl.gov/

Email: shepardne@ornl.gov

Phone: 865-341-0461

Address: 1 Bethel Valley Road, Oak Ridge, TN, 37830, United States
TN
 Autonomic Materials, Inc.Dr. Gerald Wilson  Small Business Other Energy Technologies Autonomic Materials, Inc. (AMI) is a leader in the development and commercialization of smart polymeric materials for protecting critical assets. From self-healing and self-reporting technologies to novel frontal polymerization materials that can be rapidly cured from a liquid/gel to a cured material with properties exceeding this of commonly used pipe rehabilitation materials (frontal polymerization), our company has a range of materials technologies for the board range of unique materials requirements of the GOPHURRS project.

AMI is an awardee of the REPAIR program where in addition to optimizing our frontal polymerization resin formulation for extrusion within a pipe, our team has developed novel nozzles and robotic platforms for traversing pipes, performing high quality preliminary inspections, delivering material to coat pipe/repair pipe walls and characterize the new material delivered.

The above capabilities are well suited for sealing off trenches created for conduits among a range of other applications.
Website: www.autonomicmaterials.com

Email: gw@autonomicmaterials.com

Phone: (217)-863-2023

Address: 3611 North Staley Road, Suite 5, Champaign, IL, 61874, United States
IL
 Muon Vision IncTancredi Botto  Small Business Other Energy Technologies We are a small business developing an advanced, passive subsurface visualization technology leveraging the naturally occurring flux of so-called cosmic ray muon particles. This technique is call muon radiography and has been widely utilized in a number of context (geophysics, archeology, homeland security). Muon radiography is analogous to more commonly used industrial and medical X-ray imaging systems. While not as fast as those methods, muon radiography offers significant advantages in terms of posing no radiological or nuclear safety hazards and of being able to penetrate or see-through 10s to 100s meter in any material.

Muon Vision is a pioneer of muon radiography systems and measurements for the mineral processing industry and other shallow depth applications. Our team has considerable experience in 3D muon data inversion, borehole measurement systems and engineering.

We are interested in designing and potentially deploying custom versions of our technology that could aid obstacle detection for direction drilling systems either as a standalone solution or in combination with other measurement systems.
Website: https://www.muonvision.com

Email: tbotto@muonvision.com

Phone: 8579980402

Address: 404 Broadway, Cambridge, MA, 02139, United States
MA
 Clemson UniversityPhanindra Tallapragada  Academic Other Energy Technologies Phanindra Tallapragada has expertise in nonlinear dynamics and versatile robotic motion. In the context of this project, the relevant expertise is related to fast, steerable robots that can move in confined spaces like underground conduits. Such robots can be useful for inspection or for pulling/installing cables in conduits without requiring digging of trenches.
Website: https://ptallap.people.clemson.edu/

Email: ptallap@clemson.edu

Phone: 540-230-6821

Address: 200 EIB, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, 29607, United States
SC
 Carnegie Mellon UniversityHowie M Choset  Academic Other Energy Technologies Key Words: robotics, AI, mapping, machine learning, mechanism design, control

Mechanism design and control for mobile robots in confined spaces. Most known for snake robots and have built pipe crawling robots capable of transporting heavy loads for the REPAIR program.

Mapping large spaces, with am emphasis on mapping confined spaces such as pipe networks, including a mapping system for the REPAIR program

Sensor development for image and range sensors, with an emphasis on confined spaces. Also, developed force and contact sensors in the confined spaces.

AI algorithms for characterization of data collected during various types of inspection.

AI algorithms for defect detection and preventative maintenance

Edge computing and edge sensing

Mechanisms to deploy materials inside of pipes for repair

Mechanism and control for digging and maneuvering in dirt and other granular media

Planning and control of multi-robot systems
Website: http://biorobotics.org

Email: choset@andrew.cmu.edu

Phone: 4122682495

Address: 5000 Forbes Ave NSH 3205, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213-3815, United States
PA
 Southern CompanyJulia Clarke  Large Business Grid Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is based in Atlanta and is the premier energy company serving the southeast through its subsidiaries (with over 4 million electric utility customers and nearly 42,000 megawatts of generating capacity). Southern Company operates a variety of transmission facilities including 500+ transmission substations and nearly 200,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines across a contiguous area within three states.
Southern Company has a developed and deployed a strategic underground initiative between Georgia Power, Alabama Power, and Mississippi Power. This initiative was developed to help reduce O&M and increase resiliency and reliability of the distribution system, this strategy can help decrease outage duration for customers as well as vegetation management issues that were caused by overhead power lines. With extensive knowledge of the distribution system and a dedicated distribution research engineer in Southern Company's R&D department can help support and bring expertise to this project.
Website: https://www.southerncompany.com/

Email: jclarke@southernco.com

Phone: 205-257-6626

Address: 600 18th St N, Birmingham, AL, 35203, United States
AL
 GarverDr. Maureen Carlin  Large Business Building Efficiency Garver is a multi-disciplined consulting firm offering a wide range of services in utility and transportation infrastructure engineering, development, and construction. Garver has built a reputation for delivering diligent service and leading-edge design by providing long-lasting solutions both short term and long term infrastructure challenges.

Our team has completed studies, designs, and master plans for infrastructure projects for private and public stakeholders nationally. We have comprehensive in-house services to successfully develop implementable solutions that optimize facilities and systems. Whether the best solution is a custom-engineered innovative technology or integrating conventional pre-engineered systems, our team collaborates with clients to determine the best solutions for their needs.

Garver is committed to the development of innovative solutions for utility industry challenges demonstrated by our research and development initiatives. As proof of that commitment, Garver staff are engaged in numerous technical committees and industry organizations that aim to improve operations, identify improved methods for resource transmission and treatment, and educate others on advanced and emerging technologies.

Garver has strategically built and deployed an advanced technology team to bring best-practices from consulting, academia, and utilities together. Our team creates science-based, implementable, best-value solutions for complex and critical infrastructure challenges. Garver’s technology team operates in all service areas and innovatively applies sound engineering principles to meet the most challenging technical problems, supporting research and pilot initiatives with clients to gain an understanding of potential resources to expand portfolios, improve effectiveness of new technologies, and determine impact on short and long-term operations.

Garver has successfully participated in the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E REPAIR Program by contributing to development of innovative trenchless technologies addressing the needs of aging gas pipeline infrastructure. This program is designed to reduce a large percentage of leakage and failures in distribution systems throughout the United States. The long-distance, minimally invasive robotic pipe repair methodology will structurally rehabilitate gas pipelines at unprecedented speeds and at a significantly reduced cost compared to traditional open-cut excavation replacement.
Website: https://garverusa.com/

Email: mccarlin@garverusa.com

Phone: 6188068220

Address: 1620 West Fountainhead Parkway | Suite 503, Tempe, AZ, 85282, United States
AZ
 Consolidated EdisonSteven Go  Large Business Grid Consolidated Edison of New York, provides electricity, natural gas, and steam services to millions of people in the New York City area. With over 200 years of experience, Con Edison has earned a reputation for its reliable and safe delivery of energy to its customers.
One of the key features of Con Edison's underground electric grid is its redundancy and resilience. The company has built a network of underground cables and substations that are interconnected, so that if one part of the grid goes down, power can be rerouted from another part to maintain service to customers.
The company has developed a comprehensive inspection and maintenance program to identify and address potential safety hazards, such as degraded cables or faulty equipment. It has also invested in training and education programs to ensure that its employees are well-equipped to handle any situation that may arise. Con Edison's commitment to reliability and safety has made it a trusted energy provider for millions of people in the New York City area. With its innovative underground electric system and ongoing investments in technology and infrastructure, Con Edison is well-positioned to continue meeting the energy needs of its customers well into the future.
Website: https://www.coned.com

Email: GOS@coned.com

Phone: 6468893678

Address: 4 Irving Pl, New York, NY, 10003, United States
NY
 Virgnia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityJoseph Vantassel  Academic Other Energy Technologies The investigator’s background is in the application of non-invasive, non-destructive testing of the near-surface using seismic methods. The techniques include the applications of surface wave-based methods, for example the multi-channel analysis of surface waves (MASW), and full wavefield methods, for example full waveform inversion (FWI), for developing one-dimensional and two-dimensional models of the subsurface for engineering applications. Such applications include identifying engineering material properties of the subsurface (e.g., strength and stiffness) as well as identifying subsurface composition (e.g., depth to bedrock) and subsurface anomalies (e.g., underground cavities and boulders).

The investigator’s interest is in the application of full waveform methods for developing high-resolution three-dimensional models of the near-surface for engineering applications. More specifically, advancing the speed and reliability of near-surface imaging through the utilization of multi-sensor platforms, high performance computing, data-driven methods from artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), and emerging distributed sensing technology (e.g., distributed acoustic sensing (DAS)).

The investigator’s capabilities include ability to develop non-invasive, non-destructive images of the subsurface using seismic waves. A set of collaborators at Virginia Tech with expertise in tomographic imaging techniques in subsurface environments (i.e., mines), near-surface engineering site characterization using traditional and next generation systems, and probability uncertainty and risk quantification and mitigation techniques. The investigator’s institution is home to the center for autonomous mining and robotics where prototype systems of potential look-ahead-type sensing methods can be rapidly evaluated in a controlled environment.
Website: https://www.jpvantassel.com/

Email: jpvantassel@vt.edu

Phone: 540-231-4308

Address: 750 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, United States
VA
 Texas A&M UniversityMarcelo Sanchez  Academic Other Energy Technologies Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Principal Investigator of the Advanced Geomechanics Laboratory at Texas A&M University ( https://advgeolabb.com/). NEUP, DOE, and NSF awardee of several projects (e.g., pelletized clay mixtures with enhanced thermal conductivity for engineered barriers in a geologic repository for high-level nuclear waste; effect of high temperature on chemo-mechanical degradation of compacted clays intended for the isolation of high-level nuclear waste, behavior of frozen soils, gas hydrate sediments) with expertise in

● Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical & Geochemical (THMG) Analysis in Geomechanics
● THMG advanced laboratory testing
● Thermal behavior of soils and rocks
● Geothermal energy
● Expansive soils and soil crack networks
● Constitutive modeling of soils & rocks
● Unsaturated soils, expansive clays, and frozen soils
● Porous media characterization and soil mechanics

Applications of my research include but are not limited to:
● Deep geological disposal for high-level nuclear waste
● Deep and shallow geothermal energy
● Permafrost and seasonally frozen soils
● Gas hydrate-bearing sediment
● Hydraulic fracturing
Website: https://advgeolabb.com/

Email: msanchez@civil.tamu.edu

Phone: (+1) 979 862 6604

Address: DLEB 808U, 3136 TAMU, College Station, TX, 77843, United States
TX
 Georgia Southern UniversityMatthew Ricks, PhD, PE  Academic Grid I am currently working as a professor at Georgia Southern University. Prior to that, I spent nearly 2 decades in the utility business, first as a design consultant and then the last 10 years in the design/construction of a natural gas utility. During that time, we completed several natural gas pipeline replacement programs totaling around 300 miles. The majority of our projects were installed using trenchless construction techniques including HDD, jack & bore, hydraulic punch, etc. As I am embarking on my academic research, I am looking to focus on "Category 2: Sensors that characterize existing underground infrastructure and obstacles in order to minimize risk of utility strikes and cross borings." I believe we have an opportunity to utilize current technology through GPR, etc. and emerging processes of wave propagation to provide early warning of existing underground facilities, particularly in the realm of near surface utilities.
Website: https://cec.georgiasouthern.edu/cengc/

Email: mdricks@georgiasouthern.edu

Phone: 912-678-0790

Address: 201 COBA Drive, Building 232, Room 1101G, Statesboro, GA, 30458, United States
GA
 PlitzieAmul Tevar  Small Business Other Energy Technologies We are a small business that creates small space robotics for moving and interacting in small space environments from pipeline to non-uniform spaces. We are looking to create and deploy larger versions of our robotic crawlers that could serve as a platform for inspection or earth moving, and would be looking to team with groups that are interested in a robotic inspection and excavation approach.
Website: plitzie.com

Email: info@plitzie.com

Phone: 3124769885

Address: 40 Grace Dr. #85, Powell, OH, 43065, United States
OH
 EarthGrid PBCTroy Helming  Small Business Grid A transition to renewable energy in the US will require significant electrical grid infrastructure additions on local, state, and national levels. This is driven by increasing electricity demand and changing supply location. The current grid and fiber data network cannot handle the increased demand due to rapidly growing data center electric demand (rapid growth of cloud-based services, crypto mining, etc.), the proliferation of bandwidth-intensive 5G, electrification in transportation and heating. Even if it could, the installation of utility scale solar/wind energy production will still require 100s of new transmission lines and related infrastructure. In addition to electricity supply; high speed internet, water/wastewater, and highway/railroad tunnel infrastructure will need to be added or replaced. Current technology to accomplish this is slow and costly in the best case. In the worst case, delays make cost and timeline unpredictable.

Rather than the typical hardened steel to break up the material, EarthGrid is producing tunnel boring technology that uses very high temperature plasma torches to achieve a spalling of rock/soil at the leading edge of the boring machine(see pictures below). The plasma spalls the rock/soil up to 100 times faster than current methods, at a cost savings of up to 90%.

We are developing superconductor power cables and related technologies (including long-distance dielectric liquid nitrogen-cooled cables) for our tunnels. Combined with our plasma tunneling & trenching capabilities, our technology and business model (private, merchant ownership of transmission & distribution lines) can radically transform the electric grid. We intend to solve renewable energy interconnection and transmission congestion problems while enabling a massive acceleration of deployment of solar, wind and other clean energy generation technologies.

EarthGrid cost and speed advantages for project completion are driven by:
More energy per unit area delivered by plasma (~30x more than current methods).
Decreased energy required for the spallation process vs traditional boring.
Avoided costly delays due to obstructions (5,000℃ plasma can cut through any geology or obstructions).
Certificate of Public Convenience & Necessity (“CPCN”)).
Decreased CapEx due to size and simplicity of our machine, decreased total labor costs due to the speed of project completion. Our Automated Tunnel Lining Application System (ATLASTM) that constructs the tunne
Website: www.earthgrid.io

Email: havoc@earthgrid.io

Phone: 303-408-7109

Address: 1 West Barrett Avenue, Suite 2, Richmond, CA, 94801, United States
CA
 Auburn UniversityMehmet Arik  Academic Building Efficiency Dr. Arik has over 25 years of both academic and industrial research related to energy, aviation, defense, medical and photonics systems. Our research group at Auburn University has been focusing of thermal management technologies related to both air and liquid as working fluids. Microfluidics, boiling and condensation, frost formation, and local hot spots in energy systems are extensively studied. Our team has also worked on conduction based thermal problems and use of TPG and HOPG system. We are open to collabarative research and technology development projects.
Website: https://eng.auburn.edu/directory/mza0223

Email: arik@auburn.edu

Phone: 3347284981

Address: 1600 E Samford Ave, Auburn, AL, 36830, United States
AL
 Missouri University of Science and TechnologyJie Huang  Academic Other Energy Technologies Dr. Jie Huang is the Roy A. Wilkens Endowed Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University, Clemson, SC, in 2015. In the past seven years at Missouri S&T, Dr. Huang has successfully established the Lightwave Technology Laboratory (LTL) with a strong track record of sustained research funding, high-quality journal publications, and state-of-the-art research infrastructure with cutting-edge capabilities. Dr. Huang’s research focuses on the development of optical and microwave sensors and instrumentation for applications in energy, intelligent infrastructures, clean environments, biomedical sensing, and harsh environments. During the past seven years at Missouri S&T, Dr. Huang directed or participated in 24 externally-funded research projects totaling approximately $17M (Dr. Huang’s shared credit: $8M) with sponsors from the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, Army Research Lab, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Department of Energy, and National Labs, all historical supporters in the arena of advanced sensors. Dr. Huang authored or co-authored over 120 refereed articles and 10 US patent applications. 2) Dr. Huang is currently managing a very active research group of 18 people, including 1 NTT research professor, 2 full-time post-docs, 1 research Aide, 9 Ph.D. students, and 5 M.S. students, all of which are supported through funds from external research grants. Dr. Huang has demonstrated an unusual early ability to attract and retain senior research scientists, including one from a DOE National Laboratory. His demeanor and leadership qualities parallel those of highly successful senior managers.
Website: https://ece.mst.edu/faculty-directory/jie-huang/

Email: jieh@mst.edu

Phone: 5733414836

Address: 214 Emerson Electric Co. Hall, 301 W. 16th St., ROLLA, MO, 65409, United States
MO
 Georgia Institute of TechnologySheng Dai  Academic Building Efficiency Bio-inspired drilling, subsurface geomechanics, wave-based soil characterization
Website: dai.ce.gatech.edu

Email: sheng.dai@ce.gatech.edu

Phone: 4043854757

Address: 790 Atlantic Dr NW, Atlanta, GA, 30332, United States
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