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Organization Type 
Area of Expertise 
Background, Interest,
and Capabilities
Contact Information 
 Amphenol AerospaceJonathan Prouty Large Business Other Energy Technologies Amphenol Aerospace, a Division of Amphenol Corporation, is one of the largest manufacturers of interconnect products in the world for the Military, Commercial Aerospace and Industrial markets. Amphenol designs, manufactures and markets cylindrical and rectangular, electronic, fiber optic, EMI/EMP filter, and a variety of special applications connectors and interconnect systems. Our new 307,000 square foot facility is nestled at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in Sidney NY. The complex houses approximately 1,000 employees, incorporating state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies including CNC machining, die-casting, molding, impact and extruding, plating, screw machining and process controls. Our fully equipped material evaluation lab and an engineering support organization utilizing the latest in computer aided design software and analysis tools. This allows us to design, test and qualify interconnect systems.

Our interconnect products are supplied to thousands of OEMs worldwide and are supported by our worldwide sales and engineering force, plus the largest global network of electronic distributors.

Amphenol Aerospace Philosophy
As a basic business philosophy, Amphenol Aerospace is dedicated to concentrating on those advanced and challenging market segments that demand an extraordinary level of supplier support and reaction. Our approach to implement this strategy is based on the following key principles:

FOCUS: Concentrate all resources on serving a limited number of tightly defined markets, and understanding the needs of those markets.

INNOVATION: Provide these markets new, creative solutions in both products and services.

RESPONSIVENESS: Identify and respond to the market and product needs more rapidly than any other supplier.

Performance is the sum of these principles. It is the measure of how well we continually and consistently implement our basic strategy and key principles.


Phone: 607-643-1736

Address: 40-60 Delaware Avenue, Sidney, NY, 13838, United States
 The University of AlabamaAndy Lemmon Academic Other Energy Technologies Relevant Interests:

- Medium voltage (MV) converter design, prototyping, and evaluation
- Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) at Medium voltage
- Common-Mode analysis and modeling of MV converters & systems
- Development of computationally efficient SPICE models for MV power semiconductors & applications

Test/Characterization Capabilities:

- Intermittent operation MVDC testbed rated at 10 kV and 30 kW (Existing capability)
- Continuous operation MVDC testbed rated at 12 kV and 500 kW (In development, target completion Fall 2020)
- Curve tracing for semiconductors up to 3.0 kV and 1500 A (Keysight B1505)


Phone: 205.348.2747

Address: 245 7TH AVE, 3043 HM COMER BLDG, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487, United States
 VEIRTim Heidel Small Business Grid VEIR is developing a new generation of cost-effective, and reliable High Temperature Superconductor-based transmission lines, delivering high power over long distance in narrow rights-of-way. VEIR’s passive evaporative cryogenic cooling delivers 20 times the cooling power of mechanical subcooling, with far fewer moving parts. VEIR's primary focus is on terrestrial bulk electricity transmission lines. However, we believe the core technology can be adapted to provide superior performance and cost in a wide variety of power delivery contexts.
Website: TBD


Phone: 617-416-6847

Address: 250 Summer Street, Boston, MA, 02210, United States
 The Boeing CompanyShengyi Liu Large Business Transportation Boeing Technical Fellow, IEEE Fellow. Chief Architect of Platform Subsystems Technology, Boeing Research and Technology. 63 US patents and 68 international patents in the specialty area of power generation, conversion, distribution, energy storage, and motor drives. Interested in developing high performance power and energy components / subsystems qualified for general and commercial aviation vehicle applications.


Phone: 206-856-6014

Address: The Boeing Company, PO Box 3707, MC 42-34, Seattle, WA, 98124, United States
 PWR Advanced Cooling TechnologyChris Caylor Small Business Other Energy Technologies PWR has grown to be THE supplier to high level racing teams for thermal management, including Formula One, NASCAR, V8 super car and motor enthusiasts. We are taking the race-inspired culture of quality and fast response to the power electronics, battery, military and aerospace markets in the United States and around the world. PWR has leading aluminum brazing technology including vacuum and CAB processes, as well as unmatched machining and metal working equipment and talent. In addition to these fabrication tools, PWR also has the largest wind tunnel in the southern hemisphere for testing radiators and heat exchangers as well as full compliment of liquid cooling performance and pressure testing. PWR is also leading the way in additive manufactuing with 3D printing of aluminum. We have been working on cooling solutions for aerospace applications, VTOL and eVTOL, embedded computing as well as many decades servicing thermal management in motorsports, automotive, aerospace and defense.  We are an Australian company with a US facility, C&R Racing, in Indianapolis, IN which is ITAR registered.  Both facilities are capable of engineering support and full fabrication of radiators, heat exchangers and cold plates. 

PWR can offer substantial support to all components that require thermal management highlighted below;
· Intercoolers and charge air coolers including air-to-air and air-to-liquid solutions
· Radar rugged electronics board cooling (vacuum brazed cold plates)
· UAV avionics cooling
· Battery pack thermal management systems
· Air-Liquid heat exchanger (fuel, coolant)
· MMX – Micro capillary tube HX’s using hypodermic needle bundles
· Liquid-Liquid heat exchanger (hydraulics, pumps, gearbox)
· Calorimeter testing of air/liquid, liquid/liquid HX’s and cold plate systems
· Additive manufacturing

However, the best thing about PWR is the people - engineers and technicians who are proud of the work they do and giving the customer what they need: Engineering the Unfair Advantage!


Phone: 9199491109

Address: 6950 Guion Road, Indianapolis, IN, 46268, United States
 Florida State University, The Center for Advanced Power SystemsGian Carlo Montanari Academic Other Energy Technologies Power systems for hybrid and fully electric aircraft propulsion come with challenging design constraints that did not exist previously, nor do they exist in traditional electrical power grid and transportation asset applications. High-efficiency, low-weight, and highly resilient components are the hallmark of a successful aircraft power system to enable the payload, speed, and range requirements for a specified aircraft design. The weight and space implications of the power system have the potential to change the structural design and thus the performance of the aircraft.
The power capacity of the system dictates that the electrical and electronics devices would need to operate in the medium voltage range, at levels never experienced before in aerospace applications, with hybrid DC and AC voltage supply using broadly power electronics converters that operate at very high frequency and fast switching.
This type of electromagnetic environment will generate unpreceded stress conditions on any type of electrical and electronics insulation that can likely cause accelerated aging and premature failure (a note: insulation breakdown is the main cause of electrical component failure), thus affecting aircraft reliability and, of course, safe operation.
Insulation system must be then designed to withstand high electric fields and temperatures, and to provide relatively long life at extremely low failure probability, to reduce weight and cost of excessive redundancy. Shields and conductor must be optimized in terms of effectiveness, losses, weight.
These are especially challenging requirements given the types of electrical, thermal, mechanical and environmental stresses and aging factors the insulation systems of the various electrical and electronics components have to withstand.
The team at CAPS-FSU has long term experience of materials, aging mechanisms and models, diagnostics under any type of waveform, having had international recognition on such fields especially at the time prof. Gian Carlo Montanari, now at CAPS, was working at the University of Bologna. A significant amount of expertise is indeed in power cables, from MV to EHV, including AXC, Dc and power electronics supply. Nanostructured polymers, statistical and artificial intelligence algorithms, life models, health conditions assessment, measurement of properties bringing to accelerated aging, as pace charge and partial discharges, belong to the team expertise.


Phone: 5616929903

Address: 2000 Levy ave, Tallahassee, FL, 32310, United States
 Virginia TechGuo-Quan Lu Academic Transportation Background:

Dr. Guo-Quan (GQ) Lu is a professor jointly appointed between the Department of MSE and ECE at Virginia Tech. He has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics/Materials Science from Harvard University. For over 25 years, Dr. Lu has pioneered research on: packaging and integration of power electronics; three-dimensional, double-side cooled power modules; and nanosilver paste for bonding power semiconductor devices. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Lu is an IEEE fellow for his development of nanomaterials and packaging technologies in integration and manufacturing of power electronics modules.


Dr. Lu’s research activities and interests are motivated by the needs for power electronics packaging and integration including materials for interconnect, insulation, magnetics, and substrate and assembly process technologies. He works in the high-density integration (HDI) mini-consortium of the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES). He is a co-PI on an on-going ARPA-E 20-kV GaN project for which he is responsible for developing a double-side cooled medium-voltage module packaging technology. In addition to addressing the challenges of module interconnect and cooling, he is also designing package structures and developing field-grading materials to address partial discharge inside the module. Furthermore, Dr. Lu is interested in understanding the effect of partial discharge on the degradation and reliability of insulation materials in medium-voltage applications.


CPES has an extensive state-of-the-art laboratory facility for design, assembly, and testing of low- to medium-voltage power electronics converters. Recently, it added a partial discharge characterization capability for insulation studies in materials, components, and converters at voltage-levels up to 100 kV under line and PWM excitations.


Phone: 540-239-4428

Address: Dept. of MSE, Blacksburg, VA, 24061, United States
 MetaLi LLCXiaochun Li Small Business Other Energy Technologies 1. Novel Aluminum (Al) Nanocomposite Electrical Conductors (ANECs) offer high strength, superior power transmission, less tower, and high performance at operating temperature for power transmission applications. The aluminum nanocomposite cable will offer significantly higher strength at room and elevated temperatures, higher elastic modulus, lower coefficient of thermal expansion, while still with a good electrical conductivity.

2. Bulk Copper (Cu) Nanocomposite Conductor with high mechanical performance and high electrical conductivity


Phone: 310-3631849

Address: 1601 Ruhland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA, 90266, United States
 Hyper Tech Research Inc.Michael Tomsic Small Business Other Energy Technologies Experienced with many superconducting applications. Manufacturing of superconducting wires, cables, coils, cryogenic cryostats and cryogenic components. Perform R&D, and manufacturing related to Superconducting fault current limiters, SMES, air craft motors and generators. Manufacture both DC and AC MgB2 wires and cables, Manufacture of Nb3Sn wires and cables, Manufacture of YBCO cables.


Phone: 7405173569

Address: 539 Industrial Mile Rd, Columbus, OH, 43228-2412, United States
 Illinois Institute of TechnologyJohn Shen Academic Transportation Dr. John Shen is Grainger Endowed Chair Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology. He has over 30 years of academic, industrial, and entrepreneurial experience in the field of power electronics, power semiconductor devices, and energy systems. He has published around 300 papers and 18 U.S. patents in these areas. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Inventors.

He is actively engaged in solid-state circuit breaker research and is the inventor of several patents on SSCB or hybrid circuit breakers, and an author of 20 publications on the subject. He is serving as the PI of an ARPA-E CIRCUITS project on developing intelligent solid-state circuit breakers (breaker) for both DC and AC power distribution systems, including a 380VDC/20A iBreaker for DC data centers, a 120VAC/10A Smart Plug 2.0 providing fire and shock protection for consumers, and other iBreakers. In particular, his group is developing a SiC-based 750V/250A passive-cooling intelligent SSCB for a hybrid-electric aircraft which offers microsecond-level short-circuit protection, switching-mode soft precharing of DC link capacitor for the propulsion inverter, arc and ground fault detection, and hardware redundancy for aerospace applications. The SSCB iBreaker connects or disconnects the li-ion battery under nominal or overcurrent condition (in both charge and discharge directions) and offers 1000X faster response and 5X lower fault current stress, thus safer and longer lifetime for all system assets (battery, power electronics, cables, connectors, and everything else) than the existing electromechanical contactor solution. It has less than one-milliOhm on-resistance and a sufficiently low conduction loss allowing passive cooling. This electric aircraft SSCB is scheduled for inflight testing later this year.

He is also a co-PI on ARPA-E BREAKERS project on developing 6kV/200A hybrid circuit breakers based on a transient commutation current injection concept that his team invented.


Phone: 7343951474

Address: 10 W 35th St, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL, 60616, United States
 American Boronite CorporationDavid Lashmore Small Business Other Energy Technologies We specialized in continuous CNT yarns or wire (kilometers long) made of predominately single wall metallic tubes. The processes we use are proprietary to us and are patent pending. We have multiple CVD systems and can dedicate 2 of these to this program.

For a description of the process and results from, please refer to the Conductivity Review in Chapter 18 by Lashmore in Nanotube Superfibers published by Elsevier and edited by Schulz, Shanov, Yin, and Cahay.

This Boronite process to create CNT yarn involves in situ growth usually without external post-processing or the use of liquids. The CNT yarns or wires can be as small as 20 microns or as large as an inch or more depending on the application with typical densities less than 1 g/cc.


Phone: 6032768487

Address: 11 Cyoress Drive, Burlington, MA, 01803, United States
 University of KentuckyJiangBiao He Academic Transportation Power Electronics: experienced with high-altitude design of medium-voltage power converters (from KW scale to MW scale) for electric aircraft propulsion systems, as well as the power electronic modeling and controls.

Circuit Breaker: experienced with solid-state and hybrid circuit breakers for medium voltage DC systems.

Electric Machines: experienced with modeling, control and analysis of electric motors and generators (PMSM, IM, SRM, etc.)


Phone: 8592573124

Address: 687B F. Paul Anderson Tower, Lexington, KY, 40506, United States
 GE ResearchWeijun Yin Large Business Other Energy Technologies - Insulation materials, High Voltage cable design & testing.
- HALT lab facilities for electrical test and flight conditions


Phone: 518-387-4255

Address: 1 Research Circle, Niskayuna, NY, 12309, United States
 Roto Wind System, Inc.C. Mike Mcinturff Small Business Power Generation: Renewable Offshore wind Turbine that will produce 50 mega-watts of power per unit. the cost of Roto wind system is half of the present wind turbines..
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Phone: 480-2353521

Address: 5232 E. Lindstrom, Mesa, AZ, 85215-2624, United States
 Ohio State University, Materials Science DepartmentSumption Academic Other Energy Technologies Superconducting Materials, Superconducting Cables, YBCO, MgB2, cryogenic normal state conductors, CNT/metal composites
Fault current limiters, superconducting magnets, cryogenic motors, heat transfer, stability, and protection.

Our relevant expertise is in testing and modelling, including transport current and AC loss studies. We have performed previous funded studies in this area.


Phone: 7405175048

Address: 394 Watts Hall, 2041 College Rd, Columbus, OH, 43210, United States
 National Renewable Energy LaboratorySreekant Narumanchi Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Power Generation: Renewable NREL advances the science and engineering of energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies. As part of this mission, NREL has developed facilities to support the integration of energy systems. This includes facilities for high-performance computing, materials, power electronics, electric machines, transportation, power systems integration, and strategic energy analysis.

Materials Research
- High-temperature electronics materials
- Power Electronics devices
- Nitride and Oxide Materials
- Growth techniques such as molecular beam epitaxy
- Materials characterization
- Semiconductor device synthesis
- Materials modeling and theory
Power Systems Integration
- Power electronics controls
- Power electronics modeling validation
- Power hardware in loop testing
- System integration for power electronics converters
- System validation for power electronic converters
- Electromagnetic simulation

Electric Machines
- Design and optimization for advanced electric machine - modeling and validation
- Machine test facilities (125 kW, 225 kW, 2.5 MW, and 5 MW Dynamometers)
- Wireless power transfer
- Electromagnetic modeling and analysis
Power electronics and electric machines heat transfer, packaging, and reliability
- Reliability and prognostics of electric drive components
- Thermomechanical modeling
- Power electronics electro-thermal modeling
- Heat transfer analysis and simulation; Computational fluid dynamics
- Experimental facilities for heat transfer
o Single-phase liquid cooling with water-ethylene glycol, air, transmission fluid, dielectric fluids
o Two-phase cooling with dielectrics and refrigerants
- Material and interface thermal characterization
o Bulk material thermal resistance
o Interface thermal resistance in assembled components
- Experimental facilities for reliability
o Environmental chambers
o Thermal shock chamber
o Thermal cycling chamber
o Highly accelerated stress test (HAST) chamber
o Vibration test system
o C-mode scanning acoustic microscope
- Wireless power transfer
- Electromagnetic modeling and analysis
Strategic Energy Analysis
- Supply chain analysis
o Understanding trade flow
o Determining potential material barriers
o Analyzing geographical manufacturing capacity
- Techno-economic analysis
o Bottom-up cost analysis
o System cost analysis
o Levelized cost of energy analysis


Phone: 303-275-4062

Address: 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO, 80401, United States