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Whether flying through the air, zipping along the ground, or sailing on the water, unmanned vehicles are part of a global market expected to reach $4 billion by 2020. Many of these vehicles are powered by batteries, and in order to improve system reliability and plan complicated missions, operators need to know the batteries’ state of charge and state of health.
Emerging Technology Ventures makes unmanned vehicles for land, air, and sea. Motion Picture Marine uses unmanned vehicles to create sequences for motion pictures like X-Men, Armageddon, and Star Trek. American Lithium Energy manufactures lithium-ion batteries that power unmanned vehicles, and Silent Falcon UAS Technologies is a developer of aerial unmanned vehicles. This group of small New Mexico businesses clustered in the unmanned vehicles industry decided to work together to develop a “smart battery manager.”
In 2016 they completed their second New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) project. NMSBA gave them access to Sandia National Laboratories engineers Derek Heeger, Dan Wesolowski, and Von Trullinger, and expertise which would otherwise be unavailable to them.
Assistance from Sandia helped them to advance the battery-monitoring electronics and algorithms that could be embedded within the battery’s hardware. These updates allow users to monitor battery condition and historical data supporting the safe and reliable operations of autonomous and unmanned systems.
In addition to using the smart battery manager technology to give their companies a competitive advantage, now this group is looking at whether it can be turned into a commercially available system others in the industry could integrate into their products. They are seeking investment based on their intellectual property. So far, the companies have received $2.5 million in new investments and added 12 new employees, including 3 engineers to focus on systems integration of the smart battery management system.
Graphene, the much-vaunted "super material" that catapulted onto the materials science scene just nine years ago, offers extraordinary opportunities for industries interested in everything from supercomputers to renewable energy. Unfortunately, graphene's singular characteristics come at the price of a challenging synthesis processes—weaving two-dimensional, atom-thin tapestries from carbon atoms requires considerable craft.Armed with just such expertise, physicists Elena Polyakova and Daniel Stolyarov launched a company to provide laboratories and industry with much-needed samples of these remarkable hexagonal structures. Graphene Laboratories, based in Calverton, NY and founded in 2009, works in close collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory's Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) to pioneer new synthesis techniques and characterization studies of graphene and other promising two-dimensional materials.
Hadron Technologies, Inc. has signed an exclusive license for a Hybrid Microwave and Off-Gas Treatment System developed by the Savannah River National Laboratory, the Department of Energy's applied science laboratory, to manufacture and sell the SRNL-developed system.
This new form of hybrid microwave is capable of achieving extremely high temperatures by enabling materials that usually do not react to microwave energy to absorb it and rapidly heat up. Metals, which normally cannot be introduced into a microwave, not only can be treated, but they are actually used to help increase the temperature of the lower chamber, enabling faster degradation of waste materials.
Equipment using these technologies could be used to destroy a wide variety of substances ranging from medical wastes to harmful viruses and drugs such as methamphetamine, while still allowing for DNA analysis of the destroyed material.
This innovative microwave technology affords significant solutions within the commercial and government markets. "This is another good example of how laboratory innovation has changed our approach to problems," said Dr. Terry Michalske, Director of SRNL. SRNL puts science to work to support DOE and the nation in the areas of environmental stewardship, national security, and clean energy.
New Technology has potential to transform industrial, medical and therapeutic applications
Lumitron HyperVIEW x-ray systems are to be commercialized and manufactured in a new, state-of-the-art facility within University of California, Irvine (UCI) industrial research park
IRVINE, Calif., July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Lumitron Technologies, Inc. has acquired the key licenses from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that will bring to market a new generation of advanced x-ray and gamma-ray systems.
Lumitron's game-changing HyperVIEW x-ray platform is set to revolutionize many fields of human endeavor including key aspects of the medical and security industries. Unlike existing commercial endeavors which have produced x-rays in essentially the same manner for more than 120 years, Lumitron's proprietary x-ray technology represents a generational leap in scientific innovation, according to UCI's Prof. Chris Barty, Lumitron's Chief Technical Officer and former CTO of LLNL's National Ignition Facility and Photon Science Directorate, home of the world's largest laser system, the National Ignition Facility, and America's largest nuclear fusion project.
"Lumitron brings the precision and unique capabilities of billion-dollar-scale, particle-accelerator-based synchrotron x-ray light sources to the point of need in a form factor similar in size to a modern CT machine," says Prof. Barty, a world-renowned leader in the fields of laser science, x-ray and gamma-ray source development and novel photonics applications further explained. "Just as the laser has revolutionized the production and use of visible light in much of modern technology, the HyperVIEW has the potential to provide a transformational view into the human body and beyond."
"Existing clinical x-ray systems are generally limited to a resolution of just under 1mm. By contrast, the Lumitron HyperVIEW technology is capable of imaging objects up to 1000x smaller and of detection and analysis of the elemental and isotopic composition of the object. The HyperVIEW technology can also capture motion at the picosecond time-scale, that is 1000th of a billionth of a second."
According to Prof. Barty, the HyperVIEW technology presents the potential to create the first true Theranostics machine capable of both remarkable imaging detail and cellular level treatment, simultaneously. The implications for medical applications in particular are astounding.
Mr. Maurie Stang, Executive Chairman of Lumitron Technologies, Inc. said, "In today's world the acceleration of technology is unprecedented. Fields such as additive manufacturing, aerospace, security, mining, waste recycling and new composite materials sciences require non-destructive assessment and assay which can now be achieved by Lumitron's pure, Ultra-Bright Compton X-Ray source."
"In the medical field the HyperVIEW system has the potential to diagnose and treat many conditions including cancer substantially earlier and far more accurately than any current commercially available technology," he said. "The underlying, compact, high-flux, x-ray technology leverages more than USD$200 Million of research and development in advanced x-ray, laser and accelerator science that has been undertaken by the US Department of Energy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University."
Lumitron has now established its global R&D and manufacturing facility within the industrial research park of the University of California, Irvine, home of the world-renowned Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic. It has secured interest from research-based customers from around the world and is in collaboration with some of the world's leading manufacturers of current generation x-ray systems, having received very favorable feedback about the Lumitron platform providing an important and significant step change into the future.
Lumitron's potential has attracted several high-profile members to its board of directors including Steve Sargent, previous CEO of GE Australia, and a Director of Origin Energy; Dr. Paul Rosso, past President of 3M Europe and 3M Healthcare; Dr. Ron Shnier, a world-renowned radiologist and an advisory board of leading clinicians, physicists and business people. Lumitron is targeting a NASDAQ IPO and is in discussions with leading US brokers and institutions.
About Lumitron Technologies, Inc.
Based in Irvine, California, Lumitron Technologies, Inc. was established by its executive chairman, Mr. Maurie Stang, to develop and commercialize unique x‐ray systems that enable revolutionary new capabilities for high-fidelity imaging, ultra-low dose imaging and hyper-precision radiotherapy.
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In a world with increasing numbers of chemical and biological hazards, including clandestine drug labs and emerging infectious diseases, safe, effective, easy-to-use decontamination solutions are needed.
Sandia National Laboratories developed the Sandia Decon Formulation, a non-toxic, non-corrosive chemistry for neutralization of chemical and biological warfare agents. It was initially used in federal office buildings during the anthrax attacks in 2001, and later was deployed by the military as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since then it has been used by first responders, including at the Dallas Ebola incident and Boston Marathon bombings.
Although the Sandia Decon Formulation was first licensed over 10 years ago, many potential market segments remained unserved. A new strategy to more fully realize the technology’s potential has resulted in licensing of the Decon Formulation patent portfolio by eight additional companies in 2013 and 2014.
By tailoring the chemistry, deployment methods, and packaging, the Sandia Decon Formulation is now available for use in a wide variety of applications. Focused chemistries allow production costs to be reduced for higher volume applications such as agriculture and laundry disinfection. Powder versions reduce shipping costs. New deployment methods such as charged aerosols enable rapid decontamination of spaces such as aircraft and transportation centers.
Use for mold and meth-lab remediation is ongoing, and greater use as a disinfectant for agricultural (Salmonella, E-coli, Listeria) and human health (influenza, norovirus, MRSA) pathogens is gaining traction. Applications such as bedbug remediation are being developed, and testing against emerging infectious agents such as Ebola continues.
New products incorporating these approaches provide improved ways to disinfect medical facilities, agricultural processing plants, sports facilities, transportation vehicles and hubs, and housing.
One licensee, SpectraShield Technologies, is targeting the healthcare market with a disinfectant product. In testing by Dr. Kelly Reynolds of the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health, SpectraKill™ was proven effective against bacteria, viruses, molds, and spores occurring in hospital environments, eradicating these organisms “below detectable levels.”
Another licensee, Decon7 Systems, has developed specific chemistries for agricultural processing facilities and clothing decontamination.
High volume markets are now being opened up, enabling broader utilization and reducing costs. With additional licensees and manufacturers, the Decon Formulation is now even more widely available to protect people from the dangers of chemical and biological hazards.
Huge parabolic mirrors catching the sun's rays could crisscross America's deserts soon, thanks to a breakthrough that may greatly lower the cost of solar power.
A small solar company has teamed with scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop massive curved sheets of metal that have the potential to be 30 percent less expensive than today's best collectors of concentrated solar power.
The SkyTrough Parabolic Trough Solar Concentrating Collectors will be longer than football fields and look like fun-house mirrors, but could be the game-changers in solar energy's bid to out-muscle gas and coal in providing electricity for America's homes.
The breakthrough recently was honored by R&D Magazine as one of the top 100 technical innovations of the year, and by the Federal Laboratory Consortium with a 2009 Excellence in Technology Transfer Award.
Solar power has been nipping at the heels of fossil fuels for decades, but hasn't yet found a way to be cost-competitive on a large scale.
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In some parts of the developing world, people may live in homes without electricity or toilets or running water but yet they own cell phones. To charge those phones, they may have to walk for miles to reach a town charging station—and possibly even have to leave their phones overnight. Now a startup company spun off technology developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has created a simple, inexpensive way to provide electricity to the 2.5 billion people in the world who don’t get it reliably.Point Source Power’s innovative device is based on a solid oxide fuel cell that is powered by burning charcoal, wood or other types of biomass—even cow dung—the types of fuel that many in the developing world use for cooking. The fuel cell sits in the fire and is attached to circuitry in a handle that is charged as the fuel cell heats up to temperatures of 700 to 800 degrees Celsius. The handle, which contains an LED bulb, can then be detached and used for lighting or to charge a phone.
Every year, 60,000 people are diagnosed with brain aneurysms, weakened portions of arterial vessels that create sacs of high-pressure blood. Although small, aneurysms that burst can cause massive tissue damage, stroke, and death. Current treatments continue to carry associated risks that compromise their efficiency, such as base-clamping to seal and pinch off aneurysms—which fails to treat aneurysms with wider necks—and inserting expanding metal coils to clot and disintegrate sacs—which often unravel or become compressed, leading to the recurrence of blood flow.
In 2004, however, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and UC Davis were awarded a five-year Bioengineering Research Partnership Grant to investigate polymers as a mechanism for treating the risks of aneurysms. The study, led by principal investigator Dr. Duncan Maitland, focused on shape memory polymers (SMP), smart materials that undergo physical and molecularly structural metamorphoses between deformed and permanent states in response to changing temperatures. An SMP is first shaped at a high threshold temperature to achieve a desired permanent shape. After removal from the high-temperature environment, the SMP is again molded to a desired temporary shape. When subjected to stimulus temperatures above or below its transition threshold temperature, the SMP reconfigures its structure from the temporary form to the permanent form and vice versa. Temperature-dependent metamorphosis makes SMPs excellent candidates for medical devices because they can be compact during operational delivery and expand to functional forms with body temperature.
These polymers showed immense promise as memory foam–coated, metal coils with extremely low density, enabling them to undergo substantial changes in volume—up to 100 times that of its compressed volume—and be easily delivered via arterial micro-catheter. SMPs can fill aneurysms with only 1–2 foams and with 1000 times less expansion force than the traditional metal coils that resulted in 70% of aneurysm volume being unfilled.
In January of 2008, Maitland continued developing SMPs for this application at Texas A&M University (TAMU). That September, TAMU and LLNS reached an inter-institutional agreement to begin commercialization. A year later in June of 2009, Maitland founded Shape Memorial Medical Inc. (formerly DEP Shape Memory Therapeutics) as a medical device company that commercializes SMP-based innovations and, as CEO, secured initial capital from Texas Emerging Technologies Fund and Research Valley Angel Fund as well as millions of dollars in technology development funds from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, and LLNL. An exclusive licensing agreement between LLNS and Shape Memory Medical was finalized in July of 2010, leading to 12 issued patents, 15 pending patents, and regulatory path launch dates in European and United States markets in 2016 and 2017, respectively.
Shape memory polymers are already a disrupting technology within the greater medical market and promise to have continued impact in the cerebral aneurysm market. With material costs as low as $10 per pound and operational time and complexity cut by 50% when compared to similar alternatives, SMPs will redefine the $700 million detachable coil market (average 16% CAGR) and $1.5 billion neurovascular market (20% CAGR) as the preferred material and treatment option for mitigating aneurysm risk.
Molecular dynamics simulations are used to create new or improved materials, increase the efficiency of manufacturing processes, develop new medicines, and create approaches to protect against chemical and biological threats.
These simulations require immense amounts of computational power and speed. Although computer hardware and software continue to improve, ever more realistic simulations are required in many disciplines.
High Performance Computing (HPC) is moving towards exascale, or systems that are able to make a quintillion calculations per second, at least 50 times faster than the most powerful computers today. Yet many technical challenges remain. Computer applications must be optimized to work on the latest multicore computer processors so that simulations can keep up with research needs.
Sandia National Laboratories is a leader in the development of massively parallel codes such as the Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator (LAMMPS). An open-source code developed and maintained by Sandia, LAMMPS has become popular for a large community of researchers at DOE facilities, as well as in academia and industry.
As Intel engineers new computer hardware solutions, they are working with Sandia to optimize LAMMPS code to run simulations faster with the newest technologies in the Intel Scalable System Framework. Intel’s programming model helps in the development of code that enables scientists to perform research that has been previously inaccessible due to computing limitations.
Collaboration between Sandia and Intel has led to optimized LAMMPS software that can exploit the newest Intel technologies including fast and energy-efficient processors, network fabric connecting many processors for HPC, and storage solutions that can house complex simulation data.
For some types of simulations the new hardware and software solutions facilitate simulation rates that can be over nine times faster than those achieved only two years ago. These faster computing rates enable scientists to investigate new problems.
Results of the Sandia-Intel collaboration are helping to maintain U.S. leadership in HPC in the face of global competition. They are also moving the country closer to achieving the goals of the DOE Exascale Computing Project, which is designed to address challenges in scientific discovery, energy assurance, economic competitiveness, and national security. This project is helping discover insights and answers to crucial scientific and technology challenges in areas including nuclear energy, climate, wind energy, combustion, chemical science, precision medicine for cancer, cosmology, astrophysics, and more.
The oil and gas industry pumps proppant, materials like sand or man-made ceramics, down wellbores and into formations to keep created hydraulic fractures open when producing petroleum fluids. Oil and gas flow from wherever the proppant is located in a formation back to the wellbore. Knowing the proppant location would help operators maximize oil and gas production.
But where is the proppant going in large, horizontally drilled wells? Engineers have been using models and microseismic technology for years to infer the location of proppant. But those methods only show the location of the fractures, not where the proppant is in those fractures.
CARBO is a proppant manufacturer and production enhancement solutions provider. They help clients optimize hydrocarbon recovery from oil and gas wells. Although they had a product that could locate proppant near the wellbore, the industry lacked the ability to locate proppant that had traveled long distances away from the wellbore.
For help solving this challenge, CARBO turned to Sandia National Laboratories. The company knew that Sandia had experience with both advanced materials and subsurface geophysical detection and modeling. Sandia proposed several possible solutions and CARBO chose electromagnetic detection. This method injects an electric current into a well and measures the electromagnetic fields returning from the subsurface with sensors located at the surface.
Once a detection method was chosen, CARBO worked with Sandia to develop a compatible proppant and the methods to locate it. Sandia researchers used their capabilities in geophysical modeling, as well as the capabilities of the University of New Mexico’s Advanced Materials Laboratory, to help CARBO investigate an electrically conductive proppant. Sandia also developed the geophysics-based algorithms that would be used to convert the collected electromagnetic data into an image showing where the proppant was located deep inside fractures.
CARBO has jointly developed patented technology with Sandia and published two papers with the Society of Petroleum Engineers about proppant detection using electromagnetic methods. The methodology has been tested on several wells to date and continues to be refined.
QUANTUM™, CARBO’s propped reservoir volume imaging service which locates their newly developed iON™ proppant, is planned for introduction in 2018. There is already tremendous client interest in using the new methodology which promises to help optimize oil and gas production. The data and images from this service will help CARBO clients better understand how their wells are producing, and where the oil and gas are coming from. This will improve how oil and gas wells are planned, developed, and completed.
Glint and glare from solar photovoltaic installations is a potential hazard or distraction for pilots, air-traffic control personnel, motorists, and residents. Sandia National Laboratories developed the Solar Glare Hazard Analysis Tool (SGHAT), a web-based software platform, capable of evaluating the potential of glint/glare while optimizing energy production. SGHAT uses a web map-based interface that enables users to easily site potential installations and automatically determines when and where solar glare can occur throughout the year. The tool also allows users to quickly modify tilt, orientation, and location to optimize energy production while mitigating glare.
In 2016, Cianan Sims, a former Sandia intern and co-author of the software, left the labs, licensed SGHAT, and established Sims Industries, LLC with his wife, Andrea. Sims Industries enhanced SGHAT to create user-friendly web-based tools now known as ForgeSolar. ForgeSolar enables a wider variety of users—from homeowners to experienced solar installers—to conduct their own assessments and optimizations and provides technical support to all users previously unavailable with SGHAT. Use of ForgeSolar ensures solar installations meet Federal Aviation Administration, zoning, and other regulatory requirements and reduces potential permitting delays.
Sims Industries offers subscription-based access to ForgeSolar that ranges from a free trial version to an enterprise version for larger solar consulting firms and installers. They also provide free access for federal government users, homeowners, and academic researchers. The site successfully hosts over two thousand free version users and many subscription-based users.
ForgeSolar and its users benefit from a continued partnership that enables Sandia and Sims Industries to work together on software enhancements and improvements to meet customer and industry needs. While the original government funded project ended in July 2018, Sims Industries is ensuring this valuable tool remains updated and maintained for long-term availability.
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) played crucial roles in developing the technology that has led companies such as DuPont, POET, and Abengoa to open commercial-scale facilities to turn biomass into clean transportation fuels.
Combined, the three facilities are a huge step toward meeting the Department's goals of producing clean energy from the non-food parts of plants, creating good American jobs, mitigating greenhouse gases, and boosting America's energy security.
- POET's Project Liberty opened last September in Emmetsburg, Iowa, and is projected to produce 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.
- Abengoa's Biomass of Kansas facility in Hugoton, Kansas, opened last October and has an estimated annual bioethanol production capacity of 25 million gallons.
- DuPont's facility in Nevada, Iowa, will open in 2015 and is designed to produce 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.
All three companies turned to NREL for the lab's biofuels expertise—POET for pretreatment, Abengoa for compositional analysis, and DuPont for several crucial steps in the process.
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