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 Proof EnergyVlad Kalika Small Business Power Generation: Renewable Proof Energy is commercializing new generation of metallic Direct Ethanol Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (DESOFC) to provide power for transportation and stationary needs. We are licensing cell technology developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that utilizes porous metal support on both sides of the cell. The development of the metal-supported solid oxide fuel cell technology by LBNL is in partnership with ARPA-E via IDEAS award numbers 13/CJ000/04/03 and 18/CJ000/04/01, provides significant advantages over conventional ceramic cells, including low cost, ruggedness, and tolerance to rapid thermal cycling and redox cycling. The performance of the metallic DESOFC cells has been demonstrated to exceed 2.0 W/cm2 making it ideal for transportation applications such as airplanes and commercial vehicles. Proof Energy Power Module is designed to operate directly on ethanol, which is renewable fuel and has high energy density.

Proof Energy expertise is in SOFC stack and system development. We are scaling up cells to 144cm2 active area, making up 90 cell stacks as a basis for a 50kW prototype demonstration system. Proof Energy team will develop a complete turn-key DESOFC system with a complete Balance of Plant (BOP). The system configuration will be modular around the 50kW stack architecture such that units from 50kW to 200kW can be easily made to support a variety of applications. The balance of plant subsystems including air supply, anode recycle blower, tail gas oxidizer, heat exchangers, insulation will be assembled in a modular unit. This allows for straightforward integration into airplanes and vehicles.
Website: https://proof-energy.com/

Email: vladkalika@proof-energy.com

Phone: 9259673225

Address: 3677 Aviano Way, Dublin, CA, 94568, United States
CA
 Aerodyne Research, IncKurt D. Annen Small Business Power Generation and Energy Production: Fossil/Nuclear We have over a decade experience in developing and advancing the free-piston Miniature Internal Combustion Engine (MICE) generator technology for high power and energy density portable electric power, including a significant effort on very light weight power for UAV propulsion.
The free-piston MICE generator is an innovative motor-generator consisting of a two-stroke linear engine coupled via a multiple helix spring with a linear permanent magnet alternator. It uses high energy carbon neutral liquid fuels or conventional fuels. It also eliminates most of the parts found in conventional engine-generators. Several patents protect the key features of this engine-generator technology.
Four design features set the MICE generator apart from conventional engine-generators. The first and most important for high efficiency is its use of homogeneous charge compression ignition (HCCI) combustion, which works very well with the variable compression ratio allowed by the free piston design. The second is the use of a multiple helix mechanical spring for energy storage and high frequency, high power density operation. The third is the permanent magnet alternator design using a moving coil. This design provides for low active mass to allow high frequency operation. A patented design provides stationary electrical leads from a moving coil without the use of sliding contacts. The fourth distinguishing feature is that the MICE generator operates at a nearly allowing highly effective tuning for good scavenging and low exhaust noise as well as very effective vibration isolation and cancellation.
We are interested in teaming with a company to apply the MICE generator technology for the electric propulsion application of this RFI as well as other commercial applications of this technology in the 300 W to ~ 10 kW power range. We bring the MICE generator design, IP, and testing capabilities to the team.
Website: www.aerodyne.com

Email: kannen@aerodyne.com

Phone: 978-932-0234

Address: 45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821, United States
MA
 MicrochipPatrick Franks Large Business Other Energy Technologies Electronic Power Conversion technologies. I represent a group in Microchip that designs inverters and converters for Aerospace applications. Our organization has a full vertical development and production capability to engineer power converters from several watts up to above 1MW for Space, Aviation and Aerospace applications in general
Website: www.microchip.com

Email: patrick.franks@microchip.com

Phone: 7147996515

Address: 11861 Western Avenue, Garden Grove, CA, 92841, United States
CA
 Xologies IncorporatedJeremy L Perando Small Business Other Energy Technologies While going to college i worked via an Electrical Engineer apprenticeship with CONSOL energy. This certified me for working underground and I got my first look at drives and high voltage systems. With my newly found wealth working in the mines, i found the next 4 years in general labor underground in the coal mines. For the last two years of those 4 I was enrolled in a computer tech school completing my degree. I took job placement from there with Adelphia Communications where I got to work at corporate doing technical phone support while watching the broadband base grow from to 50 cities to 50000 cities. I wanted to get back closer to home and bid on a job at a local office where after a couple years Adelphia went bankrupt and i moved into temp work for COVAD communications doing backend phone support for T1 and T3 business lines. From there I took a permanent job working for BEITZEL corporation, a construction company in Garrett County MD. They were at a unique crossroads where mining safety regulation and technology smashed together. Being that I was already a certified miner and had spent the last 4 years in the tech field, I was able to help substantially in the Automation department. After a couple years Beitzel Corp formed Pillar Innovations where i assisted with building the department where i became manager of the automation and atmospheric monitoring product manager. After 9 years i was ask to start an automation department for an electrical contractor startup. Here I was responsible for entire coal preparation plant programming and SCADA systems. This lasted for a year where we started up one entire plant and some train loadouts. After the mining industry started to decline, CLINE Industires was still adding onto their coal plants as planned so all the work was moving to Illinois. At this point I started my business, Xologies Incorporated. Six years in and i can say that finding the right employee is the most difficult part of what a business owner does. Currently we support chemical and control systems using primarily Rockwell Software and Allen Bradley hardware. We also do custom robotics with ARM processors using PYTHON and web interfaces. Best asset is problem solving followed by intercommunication of old and new tech. Process control and control systems in general, just make sense to me. I also coach 2 FIRST robotics tech challenge teams and mentor on other teams.
Website: www.xologies.com

Email: jperando@xologies.com

Phone: 3046123788

Address: PO Box 102, Accident, MD, 21520, United States
MD
 National Renewable Energy LabChun-Sheng Jiang Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Power Generation: Renewable Background and interests
Understanding of chemical and electrochemical reactions at the anode and cathode are key for developing novel inexpensive and low temperature fuel cells. This work proposes nm-scale mechanistic understanding of site-specific reactions at the liquid/solid or gas/solid interface or at the reaction surface of highly composited or fine-structured catalysts and electrodes, by applying and further partially developing scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) and scanning electrochemical potential microscopy (SECPM) based on an AFM in glove box. Both (electro)chemical reactions of fuel molecules and dissociated ions as well as corrosion of electrode or catalyst will be in the work scope. Both in-situ reaction current and in-situ electrical potential during a reaction will be operando-mapped three-dimensionally on the catalyst or electrode surface and with the distance from the surface, in a lateral resolution of <80 nm, vertical resolution of <10 nm, electrochemical current sensitivity of <1 pA, and potential sensitivity of <15 mV. This work is expected to get critical site-specific and voltage-specific electrochemical reaction spectrum, which will give unprecedent understanding for the reaction mechanisms.

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With more than 20 years of success in scanning probe microscopy (SPM), developed many types of SPM including the world first duel-probe Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), and applied to a wide range of fundamental materials science and energy science of photovoltaic and energy storage. Published more than 60 first-authored papers and 200 co-authored papers, with most of them being contribution to mechanism understanding by SPM-based characterizations. At NREL, we have a state-of-the-art scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), the most advanced model from BrukerNano, set up in a glove box. I will further develop it to be capable of potential measurement (SECPM) in addition to the commercial-available version of current-only measurement, by modifying the measurement electronics (I am good at and have many experiences with modifying and building SPMs). This development will expand much the SECM capability and give very important nm-mapping of electrical potential for related projects. Scientifically, I have backgrounds of physics, electrochemistry, and material science.
Website: https://www.nrel.gov/research/chun-sheng-jiang.html

Email: Chun.Sheng.Jiang@nrel.gov

Phone: 303-384-6687

Address: 15013 Denver West Pkwy, Golden, CO, 80401, United States
CO
 National Renewable Energy LabKandler Smith Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Power Generation: Renewable Background, interest and capabilities:
Loss of lithium inventory is the number one mechanism limiting battery lifetime. It is especially a problem for high-energy silicon-based Li-ion anodes that experience >20% first cycle irreversible capacity loss and require prelithiation. To mitigate this and serve as an alternative for prelithiation, NREL has developed a proprietary lithium reservoir and controlled release method. Using the device, NREL has doubled the lifetime of silicon-based Li-ion cells produced by DOE laboratories. Once the cell is produced, a 1-week extended formation period is sufficient to prelithiate the cell. Unique to this technology, the device also continues to relithiate the cell throughout its lifetime, with no need for external sensing or extra BMS control circuitry.
Website: https://www.nrel.gov/transportation/energy-storage.html

Email: Kandler.Smith@nrel.gov

Phone: 303-275-4423

Address: 15013 Denver West Pkwy, Golden, CO, 80401, United States
CO
 National Renewable Energy LabKandler Smith Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Power Generation: Renewable Over 10+ years, NREL has developed test methods and physics-based performance-degradation models that help system designers answer questions related to battery lifespan, performance degradation, sizing, cost and thermal management design. The Battery Lifetime Analysis and Simulation Toolkit (BLAST) models capture chemical and mechanical degradation caused by variable environment conditions as well as cycling at different temperatures, rates, depths-of-discharge and state-of-charge operating windows. The models are well-suited for battery health-conscious control strategy and hybrid power systems development.
Website: https://www.nrel.gov/transportation/battery-lifespan.html

Email: Kandler.Smith@nrel.gov

Phone: 303-275-4423

Address: 15013 Denver West Pkwy, Golden, CO, 80401, United States
CO
 Ampcera Inc.Hui Du Small Business Other Energy Technologies Ampcera Inc. is a US-based innovator and global leader in the development and commercialization of solid electrolyte materials, which are used in high performance lithium batteries.

We are leading the core technology in the lithium battery revolution by developing and commercializing solid electrolyte materials. Currently, we're working with over 100 industries customers and R&D partners, located in more than 10 countries to jointly accelerate high-performance lithium batteries with higher energy and power density, better safety, and lower cost. Our world-class team, consisting of battery material scientist, engineers, marketing specialists, business development professionals, and IP law specialists, will make an excellent partner for reaching your high efficiency, high power density energy storage and conversion needs.

Ampcera Inc. was a recipient of a DOE SBIR Phase I grant for the development of a roll-to-roll production process of flexible composite solid-state electrolytes for lithium metal batteries in electric and hybrid electric vehicles using Gravure printing. We are well acquainted with the DOE and look forward to partnering with other small business, larger businesses, federally funded research and development centers, or academia. Our facilities are equipped to produce multiple kilograms of oxide and sulfide based solid electrolytes per batch which can accelerate research and take it to the next level. We have various material processing equipment, material characterization tools, and a wide variety of electrochemical testing equipment. Moreover, we are equipped with a pouch cell fabrication process that can meet the energy storage requirements set by industrial standards.
Website: www.ampcera.com

Email: hdu@ampcera.com

Phone: 5166061072

Address: 2501 E Elm Street, Tucson, AZ, 85716, United States
AZ
 Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryMike Tucker Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Power Generation: Renewable LBNL's unique metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells (MS-SOFC) enable vary fast start-up, large temperature gradients and transients during operation, light cell weight, and high performance. LBNL has recently completed an ARPA-E IDEAS project, and is currently executing an OPEN project, with ethanol as the fuel of interest both externally and internally reformed. The cells are also expected to perform well with other hydrocarbon fuels. The focus of recent work is on developing LBNL's MS-SOFCs for range extenders in passenger vehicles, so the technology is well positioned to be developed for the adjacent aviation sector.
Website: https://tuckerlab.lbl.gov

Email: mctucker@lbl.gov

Phone: 5104865304

Address: 1 Cyclotron Rd, MS62-203, BERKELEY, CA, 94720, United States
CA
 Dioxide MaterialsRich Masel Small Business Other Energy Technologies Dioxide Materials™ is well acquainted with the ARPA-E system. We have two ARPA-E projects: “Energy Efficient Electrochemical Conversion of CO2 into Useful Products” where we made polymer membranes and electrolyzers for CO2 electrolysis and “High Efficiency Alkaline Water Electrolyzers For Grid Scale Energy Storage” where we developed alkaline membranes for water electrolyzers. Both projects were successful as they were highlighted by during the ARPA-E summit. The projects were funded under OPEN2012 and OPEN2015 and were co-horted with the REFUEL portfolio developing carbon neutral liquid fuels (CNLFs). We have been funded by DOE and NASA for power-to-liquid conversion, including formic acid and other high-value products & CNLFs.
As a result we have expertise in several areas related to this funding opportunity including: electrochemistry; electrocatalysis; chemical engineering including reactor design; electrochemical cell and stack design; process engineering; techno-economic modeling; system integration; and manufacturing scale-up of membranes. We have capabilities in roll-to-roll manufacturing of membranes as well as a multitude of electrochemical testing stations for long term and cycle testing of cells and stacks ranging up to multi-kw for thousands of hours. We are looking to partner with teams that need help in any of these areas. We would be happy participating as a subcontractor.
Website: http://www.dioxidematerials.com

Email: rich.masel@dioxidematerials.com

Phone: 2172391400

Address: 3998 FAU Boulevard, Suite 300, Boca Raton, FL, 33134, United States
FL
 Clemson University - International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR)Benjamin Lawler Academic Transportation The team at Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) has extensive expertise in advanced internal combustion engine concepts, novel combustion strategies, and alternative engine architectures for high efficiency and high power density. Additionally, the team has prior experience with testing and modeling of biofuels and low-carbon fuels for advanced combustion engines, as well as model predictive control and real-time optimization of engine operation.

The facility at CU-ICAR has 4 double-ended engine-dynamometer test cells ranging from a 100hp dyno to a fully-transient 600hp AVL dyno. All test cells have access to state-of-the-art instrumentation for measuring in-cylinder pressure, thermal efficiencies, and engine-out emissions, including an AVL FTIR, an AVL Micro-soot sensor, a Horiba Mexa emissions analyzer, Cambustion DMS500, and other equipment. For computational work, the team has prior expertise in 3D CFD modeling of combustion engines and has access to a high performance computing cluster through Clemson's campus that has approximately 23000 cores.
Website: https://www.clemson.edu/cecas/departments/automotive-engineering/

Email: bjlawle@clemson.edu

Phone: 864-283-7224

Address: 4 Research Dr, Greenville, SC, 29607-5257, United States
SC
 Nexceris, LLCScott Swartz Small Business Power Generation: Renewable Nexceris has been active in the solid oxide fuel cell space since its inception in 1994. Nexceris has experience in all facets of the SOFC system value chain, from component materials and planar cells, to fuel reformers and stacks, breadboard system testing of reformers and SOFC stacks, and SOFC stack and system modeling. Nexceris is a leading developer of SOFC stacks, which are based on patented planar cell designs. Stacks under development at Nexceris range from 500 watts to 10 kW in scale. Nexceris focuses its SOFC stack design and development work on achieving the highest possible gravimeter power density for military and aerospace applications, and on developing the highest possible electrical efficiency for commercial applications. Nexceris’ ultimate commercial goal is to supply SOFC stacks to system integrators and OEMs. Nexceris has established a solid understanding of SOFC system design principles, which enables us to provide high quality technical support to potential system integrator partners.
Website: www.nexceris.com

Email: s.swartz@nexceris.com

Phone: 6148426606

Address: 404 Enterprise Drive, Lewis Center, OH, 43235, United States
OH
 ThinGap, IncJoseph D Kay Small Business Other Energy Technologies ThinGap is a high tech motor/generator manufacturer. We use a unique architecture that lends itself well to high power density and high efficiency density. ThinGap's stator architecture is ironless eliminating iron losses which allows for higher efficiency within the same package size. Additionally ThinGap employs litz wire to minimize copper losses. ThinGap has also developed a light weight rotor assembly that employs an ironless magnet carrier with an optimized Halbach array instead of a traditional steel back iron. These elements make ThinGap technology a leader in high power and efficiency dense machines.
Website: https://www.thingap.com/

Email: joseph.kay@thingap.com

Phone: 8057154214

Address: 4035 Via Pescador, Camarillo, CA, 93012, United States
CA
 Texas A&M UniversityHamid Toliyat Academic Other Energy Technologies Prof. Toliyat received the B.S, degree from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 1982, the M.S. degree from West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV in 1986, and the Ph.D. degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI in 1991, all in electrical engineering. Following receipt of the Ph.D. degree, he joined the faculty of Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Iran as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. In March 1994 he joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Texas A&M University where he is currently Raytheon endowed professor of electrical engineering.
Dr. Toliyat has received the prestigious Nikola Tesla Field Award for “outstanding contributions to the design, analysis and control of fault-tolerant multiphase electric machines” from IEEE in 2014, the Cyrill Veinott Award in Electromechanical Energy Conversion from the IEEE Power Engineering Society in 2004, Patent and Innovation Award from Texas A&M University System Office of Technology Commercialization’s in 2018, 2016 and 2007, TEES Faculty Fellow Award in 2006, Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003, E.D. Brockett Professorship Award in 2002, Eugene Webb Faculty Fellow Award in 2000, and Texas A&M Select Young Investigator Award in 1999. He has also received the Space Act Award from NASA in 1999, and the Schlumberger Foundation Technical Awards in 2001 and 2000.
Prof. Toliyat work is highly cited by his colleagues more than 22,000 times and has an H-index of 75. Dr. Toliyat was an Editor of IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion. He was Chair of the IEEE-IAS Industrial Power Conversion Systems Department of IEEE-IAS, and is a member of Sigma Xi. He is a fellow of the IEEE, the recipient of the 2008 Industrial Electronics Society Electric Machines Committee Second Best Paper Award as well as the recipient of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Prize Paper Awards in 1996 and 2006, and IEEE Industry Applications Society Transactions Third Prize Paper Award and Second Prize Paper Award in 2006 and 2016, respectively. His main research interests and experience include analysis and design of electrical machines, variable speed drives for traction and propulsion applications, fault diagnosis of electric machinery, and magnetic gear integrated electric machines. Prof. Toliyat has supervised more than 110 graduate students, post docs, and research engineers. He has published around 500 technical papers.
Website: http://empe.ece.tamu.edu/

Email: toliyat@tamu.edu

Phone: 9798623034

Address: Department of Electrical & Computer Eng, College Station, TX, 77843-3128, United States
TX
 Electron Energy CorporationMelania Jasinski Small Business Power Generation: Renewable Electron Energy Corporation (EEC) is one of the world’s first rare earth permanent magnet (PM) producers, founded in 1970 with a non-exclusive license from the Air Force to practice a patent in Sm-Co magnet materials. With two manufacturing operations facilities with a total space of 85,000 ft2, EEC is known as the only US fully integrated manufacturer of rare earth permanent magnets and magnet assemblies. Starting from pure metals, EEC produces Sm-Co permanent magnets with superior magnetic properties to meet the most demanding requirements. EEC also commercializes Nd-Fe-B, ferrites and Alnico magnets. EEC is ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C:2009 certified. EEC’s customers include military and aerospace prime contractors, as well as medical and oil exploration companies, and Navy nuclear programs.
EEC is best described as a specialty manufacturer addressing the permanent magnet needs of a variety of demanding applications, which include traveling wave tube, accelerometers, gyroscopes, high speed PM generators and motors, actuators, medical devices, and other industries that require high quality, high performance PM and/or magnet systems.
EEC successfully designed and developed an 1,800 pound ultra-high precision magnet assembly for the watt balance system for National Institute of Standards and Technology that redefines the kilogram standard. We have systems compliant with DOD specialty metals procurement regulations and we are registered by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls by the US Department of State to work with ITAR projects and applications. EEC has currently about 140 employees. In the past two decades, EEC has been involved in more than a dozen research programs funded by DoD, NASA, NFS and DoE, including ARPA-E, for the development of permanent magnets, and permanent magnet applications. Under a DoE SBIR Fast Track program, EEC developed a PM quadrupole prototype for the next generation of electron-ion colliders.
EEC is interested in working on projects with need for magnets and magnetic systems with specialized function and properties, e.g. high magnetic performance, high uniformity of magnetic properties, ultra high temperature operation, ultra high thermal stability, corrosion resistance, etc.
Website: www.electronenergy.com

Email: melania@electronenergy.com

Phone: 717-459-1067

Address: 924 Links Ave., Landisville, PA, 17538, United States
PA