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 Persistence Data MiningPenelope Nagel Small Business Other Energy Technologies We have a soil nutrient mapping technology using hyperspectral sensors to detect soil nutrients including Organic Matter, Calcium, Magnesium, Boron, Sulfur, Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium, CEC and other micro and macro nutrients. I am a 9th generation farmer and COO of Persistence Data mining which is supported by the UNDP for its work on 6 sustainable development goals. We have completed collaborations with USDA and many esteemed agencies to help solve real world problems in agriculture and soil diagnostics.

Hyperspectral technology allows for quick and easy data processing at a cost-effective rate. The sample data can then be uploaded directly to the labs or farm equipment for rapid decision making for proactive farming decisions while eliminating delays of shipping. It will serve the precision agricultural market by improving fertilizer application and efficiency. Our technology will help farmers increase crop yields, optimize input costs, and improve environmental protection.
Website: http://persistencedatamining.com/

Email: penny@persistencedata.com

Phone: +18583423753

Address: 9404 Genesee Ave Suite 340, La Jolla, CA, 92037, United States
CA
 Multicore Photonics, Inc.Christian Adams Small Business Other Energy Technologies Multicore Photonics is a small business that is actively developing sensor technology and working in the following areas:

• Multi-species Emissions Sensing: TRL 6, IP Filed: US, EU, Japan ($50k+ Invested to date)
https://patents.justia.com/patent/20180188196
• Multicore Fiber Low Cost Interrogation System: TRL 4
Will be incorporated into Multi-species Emissions Sensing when ready
• Multicore Fiber Temperature Sensing: TRL 4 Published Paper: Multicore Fiber Temperature Sensor With Fast Response Times
https://www.osapublishing.org/osac/abstract.cfm?URI=osac-1-2-764
• Multicore Fiber Flow Sensing: TRL 2 IP in progress
• Multicore Fiber Pressure Sensing: TRL 2 IP in progress

Multicore Photonics has received
• NSF Phase I and II awards (https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1660213)
One sensor can detect several species of interest - leverages bio-mimetic technology based on mammalian taste buds
Direct NOx Sensor Replacement
Direct NH3 Sensor Replacement
Other species also detectable (carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons) using same sensor
Can be modified to detect most any catalytically reactive species including agricultural field-level emissions (CH4, N2O, NH3)
NSF Research concluded in March of 2019
Currently working with multiple OEMs for product development

• SBIR Phase I Topic AF183-008 (https://www.sbir.gov/node/1508803)
Leveraging multicore fiber sensor to address US Air Force need for a low-power, low-footprint, distributed local-flowspeed sensor
Integrated via an applique or integrated network to leverage Artificial Hair Sensor technology
Awaiting results of Phase II application selection.

• Multicore Photonics personnel include
Jody Wilson: Founder, Operations, Mechanical
Chris Adams: Founder, Intellectual Property, Materials Science/Chemistry, Outreach
Patrick Clark: Electrical Engineer, Control Automation
KC Thompson PhD: Mechanical Engineer, Data Science
Zach Wilson: Lab Technician
Website: http://www.multicore-photonics.com

Email: chris.adams@multicore-photonics.com

Phone: 3529897717

Address: 273 Aulin Ave Ste 1017, Oviedo, FL, 32765, United States
FL
 Drought Diet ProductsJoseph Gallegos Small Business Other Energy Technologies Our product lowers agricultural inputs and increasing out puts (yields and soil carbon sequestering). We are changing the way farmers irrigate and dry farm with a new subsurface virtual water table system. The irrigation system has also shown to hold / suspend fertilizers to avoid lost to deep peculation or atmospheric heat transfer. On the water side we cut water use by 50% when irrigation is used. Yields have show to increase by 70% on irrigated crops and 200% when dry farming is practice.

We are interested in a supportive role to show a new economical way to grow bio fuels, that generate higher profit margins.
Website: http://www.droughtdietproducts.com

Email: Joseph@DroughtDietProducts.com

Phone: 5623015598

Address: 371 Carroll Park East, Long Beach, CA, 90814, United States
CA
 HHL Systems LLCAndrew Hepp Small Business Other Energy Technologies HHL Systems is an engineering firm with broad capabilities in embedded systems, ranging the entire span from data collection to analytics. We have experience in sensor design, sensor interfacing, embedded software design, Internet of Things (IoT) networking, application design, web design, and data analysis. Our experience ranges from the commercial sensor industry, to academic research in environmental monitoring, and more.
Website: N/A

Email: andrew.hepp@hhlsystems.com

Phone: 2696158353

Address: 24132 Masch Ave, Warren, MI, 48091, United States
MI
 Trophic LLCBeth Zotter Small Business Bioenergy The continental shelves represent 7% of earth's surface an are an enormous resource for biofuels from macroalgae. We are currently partnered with the University of New Hampshire and Otherlab under the ARPA-E MARINER program to deploy an advanced seafarm for high-yield kelp production featuring wave-powered upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich water. Understanding net atmosphere-ocean CO2 flux a system will be critical to understanding large-scale impact on ocean pH and net impact of macroalgae biofuels on GHG emissions. We are interested in teaming with measurement and monitoring experts to quantify this novel offshore biofuels production system. We will be constructing a one-hectare system to be deployed 10 km off the shore of New Hampshire.
Website: n/a

Email: bzotter@trophic.us

Phone: 2514424018

Address: 1065 Stannage Ave, Albany, CA, 94706, United States
CA
 University of WisconsinPaul Stoy Academic Bioenergy I have expertise in chamber and eddy covariance measurements of greenhouse gases in natural and managed ecosystems and expertise in bioenergy crop production and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) systems.
Website: bit.ly/StoyGScholar

Email: pcstoy@wisc.edu

Phone: pcstoy@wisc.edu

Address: 460 Henry Mall, Madison, WI, 53706, United States
WI
 Texas A&M AgriLife ResearchNITHYA RAJAN Academic Bioenergy Dr. Rajan is an Associate Professor of Crop Physiology/Agroecology at Texas A&M.

Dr. Rajan and her team at Texas A&M have the expertise and capabilities to set up production-scale validation sites with the latest measurement techniques including continuous measurements of carbon dioxide and water vapor fluxes using eddy covariance flux towers; continuous emissions of greenhouse gas fluxes; soil physical, chemical and biological properties i; soil water storage and run off; ground water levels; capabilities to acquire and process high-resolution remote sensing data using unmanned aerial systems equipped with multi-spectral, thermal and lidar sensors. In addition, we have the capability to process and distribute data to the scientific community in near real-time.
Website: http://people.tamu.edu/~nrajan/Research.html

Email: nrajan@tamu.edu

Phone: 979-845-0360

Address: 370 Olsen Blvd., College Station, TX, 77843, United States
TX
 EarthSenseGirish Chowdhary Small Business Bioenergy EarthSense manufactures and markets TerraSentia robots, designed for high-throughput phenotyping in coordination with the ARPA-E Terra-Mepp project. EarthSense also specializes in designing of robots, autonomy algorithms, and machine learning algorithms to extract useful information from images and video streams.
Website: www.earthsense.co

Email: girish@earthsense.co

Phone: 4044098518

Address: 64 Hazelwood drive, Champaign, IL, 61820, United States
IL
 University of Illinois at Urbana ChampaignGirish Chowdhary Academic Bioenergy Robotics, machine learning, decision making, autonomous systems, distributed teams of agricultural robots: www.daslab.illinois.edu
Website: www.daslab.illinois.edu

Email: girishc@illinois.edu

Phone: 2173333570

Address: 1304 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Urbana, IL, 61801, United States
IL
 Soil Health InstituteCristine Morgan Non-Profit Bioenergy Cristine Morgan is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Soil Health Institute and Adjunct Professor of Soil Science with emphasis in soil hydrology, pedometrics, and global soil security at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. At the Soil Health Institute, Dr. Morgan is responsible for developing and establishing the scientific direction, strategy and implementation plan for Institute research programs and establishing the research priorities for the Institute. While at Texas A&M, outcomes of her research program provided innovative measures of spatially and temporally variable soil properties and improvement in the ability to quantify soil processes in managed ecosystems. Dr. Morgan’s research at the Institute continues to develop new methodology and tools for rapidly and reliably measuring soil carbon stock and changes in soil carbon stock for farm landscapes.

Currently, and in partnership with University of Sydney and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dr. Morgan is interested in further development of 100% proximal sensed soil carbon content and bulk density to a depth of 1 meter in in agricultural landscapes.
Website: https://soilhealthinstitute.org/leadership/

Email: cmorgan@soilhealthinstitute.org

Phone: 9796763508

Address: 2805 Slater Road, Apex, NC, 27523, United States
NC
 Oak Ridge National LaboratoryChristopher W Schadt Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Bioenergy My lab has expertise in measuring soil properties, biogeochemistry, gas fluxes, microbial communities, and rhizosphere processes in switchgrass, poplar and other bioenergy feedstock production systems.

See google scholar link below for full publication list.
Website: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=59J6zRAAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate

Email: schadtcw@ornl.gov

Phone: 865.576.3982

Address: Biosciences Division, PO BOX 2008, Oak Ridge, TN, 37831-6038, United States
TN
 Oklahoma State UniversityGopal Kakani Academic Bioenergy Expertise in measuring and analyzing gas fluxes from large bioenergy field plots using Eddy Flux towers to understand carbon sequestration and water use; bioenergy crop hyperspectral reflectance analysis for estimating growth, biomass yield and quality; develop high resolution grid based simulation protocols for bioenergy crops to better understand the responses at ecosystem level in current and future climate.
Website: pss.okstate.edu/vgkakani

Email: v.g.kakani@okstate.edu

Phone: 405-744-4046

Address: 371 Ag Hall, Dept. Plant and Soil Sciences, Stillwater, OK, 74078, United States
OK
 Argonne National LaboratoryCharlie Catlett Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Other Energy Technologies Over the course of five years we have developed and incrementally tested, scaled, and refined Waggle, an open platform for hosting sensors with edge computation in locations where physical access is impractical and/or infrequent, such as on urban infrastructure or remote field locations. Waggle supports rapid integration of new sensors, high-performance embedded processing optimized for machine learning, and secure, scalable management, support, and data integration capabilities to make data from constellations of Waggle "nodes" available to users through bulk download or via an API providing data in near-real time.

Waggle nodes are used in the NSF-funded Array of Things project, which has fielded 120 nodes in Chicago and is in the process of expanding to 200 nodes in early Fall 2019. Each node in this project reports measurements from two dozen sensors (gases, particulate matter, meteorological parameters, vibration, sound, light, etc.) with remotely programmable computing resources to support data processing within the nodes, currently used in concert with multiple cameras and microphones for computer vision and hearing algorithms aimed at measuring street and sky activity patterns (e.g., vehicle and pedestrian flow). Waggle-based Array of Things nodes are being installed in 12 cities around the world as of September 2019.

Waggle nodes are also being used by NNSA's NA-22 project to move toward a common sensor hosting and edge computing platform across multiple radiation sensing R&D and field test projects. The Waggle team is also working with Exelon to explore the use of Waggle nodes embedded in energy generation and distribution infrastructure, using edge AI with ARPA-E-developed micro PMU systems to measure power quality and potentially support fault and load prediction in conjunction with computational models. The team recently partnered with a consortium of universities led by Northwestern University to receive a $9M award from NSF to further develop the Waggle hardware and software Cyberinfrastructure, with an emphasis on remote field measurement (e.g., on environmental sensing stations such as in NSF's National Ecological Observatory Network and in DOE's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility.

Waggle is open source, with software published in Github and hardware commercially manufactured in quantity. Its architecture and purpose is to accelerate the evaluation and deployment of sensors at realistic scales.
Website: wa8.gl

Email: catlett@anl.gov

Phone: 630-219-0770

Address: 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL, 60439, United States
IL
 Oregon State UniversityJohn Antle Academic Bioenergy Economist with expertise in agricultural systems modeling, production risk modeling, sustainable agricultural development technology impact assessment and design, climate change impact and adaptation assessment. Developer of economic impact assessment model (Tradeoff Analysis Model for Multi-dimensional Impact Assessment, TOA-MD). Leader of interdisciplinary teams funded by USDA, USAID, USEPA, CGIAR, UKAID, GTZ and others. Co-leader of AgMIP economics teams and member of AgMIP Executive Council. Recent work on incorporation of biofuel crops into dryland wheat-fallow system of US.
Website: tradeoffs.oregonstate.edu, appliedecon.oregonstate.edu/users/john-antle

Email: john.antle@oregonstate.edu

Phone: 541-737-1425

Address: Dept of Applied Economics, Oregon State Univ, Corvallis, OR, 97331, United States
OR