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Status: ALUMNI
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: GENI
Award: $816,229

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Cost-Effective Cable Insulation

General Electric (GE) Global Research is developing new, low-cost insulation for high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electricity transmission cables. The current material used to insulate HVDC transmission cables is very expensive and can account for as much as 1/3 of the total cost of a high-voltage transmission system. GE is embedding nanomaterials into specialty rubber to create its insulation. Not only are these materials less expensive than those used in conventional HVDC insulation, but also they will help suppress excess charge accumulation. The excess charge left behind on a cable…


Status: ACTIVE
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: HITEMMP
Award: $3,098,493

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Ultra Performance Heat Exchanger Enabled by Additive Technology (UPHEAT)

The GE-led team will develop a metallic-based, ultra-performance heat exchanger enabled by additive manufacturing technology and capable of operation at 900°C (1652°F) and 250 bar (3626 psi). The team will optimize heat transfer versus thermomechanical load using new micro-trifurcating core structures and manifold designs. The team will leverage a novel, high-temperature capable, crack-resistant nickel superalloy, designed specifically for additive manufacturing. When completed, the heat exchanger could enable increased thermal efficiency of indirect heated power cycles such as supercritical…


Status: ALUMNI
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: IMPACCT
Award: $3,692,967

General Electric (GE) Global Research

CO2 Capture with Liquid-to-Solid Absorbents

General Electric (GE) Global Research and the University of Pittsburgh are developing a unique CO2 capture process in which a liquid absorbent changes into a solid upon contact with CO2. Once in solid form, the material can be separated and the CO2 can be released for storage by heating. Upon heating, the absorbent returns to its liquid form, where it can be reused to capture more CO2. The approach is more efficient than other solvent-based processes because it avoids the heating of extraneous solvents such as water. This ultimately leads to a lower cost of CO2 capture and will lower the…


Status: ALUMNI
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: MONITOR
Award: $1,438,627

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Optical Fibers for Methane Detection

General Electric (GE) Global Research will partner with Virginia Tech to design, fabricate, and test a novel, hollow core, microstructured optical fiber for long path-length transmission of infrared radiation at methane absorption wavelengths. GE will drill micrometer-sized side-holes to allow gases to penetrate into the hollow core. The team will use a combination of techniques to quantify and localize the methane in the hollow core. GE’s plans to develop fibers that can be designed to fit any natural gas system, providing flexibility to adapt to the needs of a monitoring program in a wide…


Status: CANCELLED
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: MOVE
Award: $689,908

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Chilled Natural Gas for At-Home Refueling

General Electric (GE) Global Research is developing a low-cost, at-home natural gas refueling system that reduces fueling time and eliminates compression stages. Traditional compressor-based natural gas refueling systems require removal of water from natural gas through complicated desiccant cycles to avoid damage. GE's design uses a chiller to cool the gas to a temperature below -50°C, which would separate water and other contaminants from the natural gas. This design has very few moving parts, will operate quietly, and will be virtually maintenance-free. This simplified, compressor-free…


Status: ALUMNI
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: NODES
Award: $4,368,485

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Synthetic Reserves from Distributed Flexible Resources

General Electric (GE) Global Research along with its partners will develop a novel distributed flexibility resource (DFR) technology that aggregates responsive flexible loads and DERs to provide synthetic reserve services to the grid while maintaining customer quality-of-service. A key innovation of the project is to develop a forecast tool that will use short-term and real-time weather forecasts along with other data to estimate the reserve potential of aggregate loads and DERs. An optimization framework that will enable aggregation of large numbers of flexible loads and DERs and determine…


Status: ALUMNI
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2009
Award: $2,249,123

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Nanocomposite Magnets

General Electric (GE) Global Research is using nanomaterials technology to develop advanced magnets that contain fewer rare earth materials than their predecessors. Nanomaterials technology involves manipulating matter at the atomic or molecular scale, which can represent a stumbling block for magnets because it is difficult to create a finely grained magnet at that scale. GE is developing bulk magnets with finely tuned structures using iron-based mixtures that contain 80% less rare earth materials than traditional magnets, which will reduce their overall cost. These magnets will enable…


Status: ALUMNI
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2012
Award: $5,470,993

General Electric (GE) Global Research

High-Power Gas Tube Switches

General Electric (GE) Global Research is developing a new gas tube switch that could significantly improve and lower the cost of utility-scale power conversion. A switch breaks an electrical circuit by interrupting the current or diverting it from one conductor to another. To date, solid state semiconductor switches have completely replaced gas tube switches in utility-scale power converters because they have provided lower cost, higher efficiency, and greater reliability. GE is using new materials and innovative designs to develop tubes that not only operate well in high-power conversion,…


Status: ALUMNI
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2015
Award: $2,561,429

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Silicon Carbide Superjunction

The team led by General Electric (GE) Global Research will develop a new high-voltage, solid-state Silicon Carbide (SiC) Field–Effect Transistor (FET) charge-balanced device, also known as a “Superjunction.” These devices have become the industry norm in high-voltage Silicon switching devices, because they allow for more efficient switching at higher voltages and frequencies. The team proposes to demonstrate charge balanced SiC devices for the first time. Their approach will offer scaling up to 15kV while reducing losses for power conversion applications by 10x when compared with existing…


Status: ACTIVE
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2018
Award: $3,399,819

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Advanced Medium Voltage SiC-SJ FETs with Ultra-Low On-resistance

GE Global Research will develop a device architecture for the world’s first high-voltage silicon carbide (SiC) super junction (SJ) field-effect transistors. These devices will provide highly efficient power conversion (such as from direct to alternating current) in medium voltage applications, including renewables like solar and wind power, as well as transportation. The SJ transistor devices consist of pillars of alternating doping providing charge-balancing allowing the devices to scale to high voltage while offering up to 10 times lower losses compared to commercial silicon-based…


Status: ACTIVE
State: NY
Project Term: -
Program: GEMINA
Award: $5,412,810

General Electric (GE) Global Research

AI-Enabled Predictive Maintenance Digital Twins for Advanced Nuclear Reactors

Advanced reactors must be designed to be financially competitive with fossil fuel power plants to gain a foothold in future energy markets. The GE Research team aims to reduce operations and maintenance (O&M) costs by moving from a time- to condition-based predictive maintenance framework, using GE Hitachi's BWRX-300 boiling water reactor as the reference design. GE will develop operational, health, and decision predictive maintenance digital twins (PMDTs) to enable continuous monitoring, early warning, diagnostics, and prognostics for the reactor systems. The team will develop a “…


Status: ACTIVE
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: ASCEND
Award: $7,176,095

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Electric Flightworthy Lightweight Integrated Thermally-Enhanced powertrain System (eFLITES) for Narrow-body Commercial Aircraft

General Electric Global Research will develop a 2 MW fully integrated all-electric aircraft powertrain and demonstrate a 350-kW lab-scale prototype to enable zero carbon emission narrow-body commercial aircraft with all-electric propulsion. The technology is supported by several key innovations such as a high-voltage, direct-drive, synchronous permanent-magnet motor with transformational embedded cooling of the windings using supercritical carbon dioxide and high-temperature, high-voltage electrical insulation; a modular inverter fully integrated into the motor to reduce component count with…


Status: ACTIVE
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: REEACH
Award: $2,529,340

General Electric (GE) Global Research

FueL CelL Embedded ENgine (FLyCLEEN)

FLyCLEEN will leverage the robustness and efficiency of metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells that are integrated with the combustion chamber of a gas turbine engine-generator. The result would be a hybrid system operating on a carbon neutral synfuel with a performance that leverages the power density and energy efficiency advantages of each component. Multiple advancement methods will be pursued to increase the power density of the fuel cell. The system is configured to optimize the balance of plant and thermodynamic synergies for electrified commercial aviation. Any wasted heat from the…


Status: ALUMNI
State: NY
Project Term: -
Program: FLECCS
Award: $717,656

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Flexible Oxy-Fuel Combustion for High-Penetration Variable Renewables

GE Research will optimize an oxy-combustion natural gas-fired turbine—the Allam-Fetvedt cycle—for flexible generation on a grid with high (VRE) penetration at near-zero carbon emissions. The team will use gas or liquid buffering tanks and tight thermal integration between the air separation unit (ASU) and the oxy-combustion turbine. The proposed technology easily separates the CO2 and H2O in the flue gas of an oxy-combustor. The post-combustion outlet gas is more easily separated into water and CO2 to the pipeline, thereby lowering the electricity costs of grids with high levels of VRE. The…


Status: ACTIVE
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: REPAIR
Award: $5,300,000

General Electric (GE) Global Research

PipeLine Underground Trenchless Overhaul (PLUTO)

General Electric (GE) Global Research will develop PipeLine Underground Trenchless Overhaul (PLUTO)—a long-distance, minimally invasive pipe repair system that provides structural rehabilitation of gas pipelines faster, more efficiently, and less expensively than traditional open-cut excavation replacement. The GE team, including Warren Environmental and Garver, will develop and integrate a highly dexterous long-range pipe-crawling (robotic) system, high-speed non-destructive evaluation technologies, and advanced spray-on thick-coating epoxy lining systems. The PLUTO system will provide…


Status: ACTIVE
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: Exploratory Topics
Award: $3,448,797

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Megawatt Any-Altitude Gas Insulated Cable System for Aircraft Power Distribution (MAAGIC)

GE Research will develop a safe, lightweight, and altitude-capable megawatt power cable system with electromagnetic interference shielding capability for large aircraft. The proposed 10 MW cable system is expected to achieve ten times greater power density than conventional technology without degradation by partial discharge and is fire safe and oil resistant. This cable system will enable all-electric distributed propulsors for future large aircraft to achieve zero emissions by using aluminum conductors insulated and cooled with CO2, both of which are readily available, manufacturable…


Status: ACTIVE
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: Exploratory Topics
Award: $1,246,325

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Ultra-high-Performance nano-Liquid Insulation for upgrading Large Power Transformers (UPLIfT)

The average age of large power transformers (LPTs) currently operating in the U.S is 40 years, with 70% older than 25 years. Insulation failure contributes to more than 60% of LPT failures, costing the U.S. over $18 billion annually. To improve transformer life, GE Research will develop a long-term stable nanofluid dielectric to double the service life of current LPTs to at least 80 years. GE’s TiO2-based nanofluid will replace the conventional transformer insulating fluid and is expected to improve thermal conductivity by >25% and enhance dielectric strength by at least 50%. Additionally…


Status: ACTIVE
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: ULTIMATE
Award: $1,591,151

General Electric (GE) Global Research

ULTIMATE Refractory Alloy Innovations for Superior Efficiency (RAISE)

GE Research has proposed transformational material solutions to potentially enable a gas turbine blade alloy-coating system capable of operating at a turbine inlet temperature of 1800 °C for more than 30,000 hours. GE aims to develop a (1) niobium (Nb)-based alloy that can operate at 1300 °C (2372 °F), (2) coating system consisting of a novel oxidation resistant bond coat compatible with the new Nb-based alloy, and (3) thermal barrier coating for improved durability that can operate at 1700 °C (3092 °F) and a scalable manufacturing process for producing internally cooled gas turbine blades…


Status: ACTIVE
State: NY
Project Term: -
Program: ONWARDS
Award: $4,499,463

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Resonance Absorption Densitometry for Materials Assay Security Safeguards (RADMASS)

General Electric (GE) Global Research, with Lumitron Technologies and Idaho State University, will develop an innovative active interrogation technique, Resonance Absorption Densitometry for Materials Assay Security Safeguards (RADMASS), which can penetrate advanced reactor fuel (dense solid actinides) and measure fissile mass density (<1% uncertainty) on the order of minutes or less while being insensitive to high background radiation. This will enable measurements of both UNF input and transuranic/plutonium output, which are the largest factors in standard error in inventory differences…


Status: ACTIVE
State: NY
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2021
Award: $2,696,056

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Manufacturing High-Yield Investment Castings with Minimal-Energy

More information on this project is coming soon!


Status: ACTIVE
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2021
Award: $1,567,813

General Electric (GE) Global Research

Lifted-Flame Combustion for High-Hydrogen Reheat Gas Turbines

General Electric (GE) Gas Power will study high-velocity lifted-flame reheat combustion within the turbine section as a high-risk, high-payoff technology to achieve high-efficiency gas turbine operation with nearly pure hydrogen (H2) fuels. GE is proposing a novel approach to H2 jet injection into the main flow path in the hot gas path section to evaluate the commercial attractiveness of this approach in land-based gas turbines. This concept has never been tried with very high-H2 content fuels (greater than 80% H2 blended with natural gas) at high-velocity forward turbine stage flow…


Status: ACTIVE
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: Exploratory Topics
Award: $2,259,041

General Electric (GE) Grid Solutions

Development of an Eco-friendly Outdoor HVAC Power Circuit Breaker to Reduce Dependence on SF6 Technology in the U.S. Electrical Grid

GE Grid Solutions plans to develop a SF6-free high-voltage AC outdoor dead-tank power circuit breaker. The circuit breaker will be rated at 245 kV and will also provide the basis for a two-break 550 kV rated design. It will use g3 TM gas mixture for current breaking and dielectric withstand. This project is a critical step in launching a range of products that meet U.S. energy industry requirements without using SF6 technology. These products are essential to reduce the bulk electric system’s carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. The resulting products will be manufactured in the U.S.


Status: CANCELLED
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2012
Award: $1,506,668

General Electric (GE) Power & Water

Fabric-Based Wind Turbine Blades

General Electric (GE) Power & Water is developing fabric-based wind turbine blades that could significantly reduce the production costs and weight of the blades. Conventional wind turbines use rigid fiberglass blades that are difficult to manufacture and transport. GE will use tensioned fabric uniquely wrapped around a spaceframe blade structure, a truss-like, lightweight rigid structure, replacing current clam shell wind blades design. The blade structure will be entirely altered, allowing for easy access and repair to the fabric while maintaining conventional wind turbine performance.…


Status: ALUMNI
State: CT
Project Term: -
Program: RANGE
Award: $887,755

General Electric (GE) Power & Water

Water-Based Flow Battery for EVs

General Electric (GE) Power & Water is developing an innovative, high-energy chemistry for a water-based flow battery. A flow battery is an easily rechargeable system that stores its electrode--the material that provides energy--as liquid in external tanks. Flow batteries have typically been used in grid-scale storage applications, but their flexible design architecture could enable their use in vehicles. To create a flow battery suitable for EVs, GE will test new chemistries with improved energy storage capabilities and built a working prototype. GE’s water-based flow battery would be…


Status: ALUMNI
State: MI
Project Term: -
Program: NEXTCAR
Award: $4,199,999

General Motors (GM)

InfoRich VD&PT Controls

General Motors will lead a team to develop "InfoRich" vehicle technologies that will combine advances in vehicle dynamic and powertrain control technologies with recent vehicle connectivity and automation technologies. The result will be a light duty gasoline vehicle that demonstrates greater than 20% fuel consumption reduction over current production vehicles while meeting all safety and exhaust emissions standards. On-board sensors and connected data will provide the vehicle with additional information such as the status of a traffic signal before a vehicle reaches an intersection…


Status: ALUMNI
State: MI
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2009
Award: $2,698,935

General Motors (GM)

Waste Heat Recovery System

General Motors (GM) is using shape memory alloys that require as little as a 10°C temperature difference to convert low-grade waste heat into mechanical energy. When a stretched wire made of shape memory alloy is heated, it shrinks back to its pre-stretched length. When the wire cools back down, it becomes more pliable and can revert to its original stretched shape. This expansion and contraction can be used directly as mechanical energy output or used to drive an electric generator. Shape memory alloy heat engines have been around for decades, but the few devices that engineers have built…


Status: ALUMNI
State: VA
Project Term: -
Program: ADEPT
Award: $2,530,949

GeneSiC Semiconductor

Utility-Scale Silicon Carbide Semiconductor

GeneSiC Semiconductor is developing an advanced silicon-carbide (SiC)-based semiconductor called an anode-switched thyristor. This low-cost, compact SiC semiconductor conducts higher levels of electrical energy with better precision than traditional silicon semiconductors. This efficiency will enable a dramatic reduction in the size, weight, and volume of the power converters and the electronic devices they are used in. GeneSiC is developing its SiC-based semiconductor for utility-scale power converters. Traditional silicon semiconductors can’t process the high voltages that utility-scale…


Status: ALUMNI
State: VA
Project Term: -
Program: IDEAS
Award: $438,520

GeneSiC Semiconductor

Novel Gallium Nitride Transistors

GeneSiC Semiconductor will lead a team to develop high-power and voltage (1200V) vertical transistors on free-standing gallium nitride (GaN) substrates. Bipolar junction transistors amplify or switch electrical current. NPN junction transistors are one class of these transistors consisting of a layer of p-type semiconductor between two n-type semiconductors. The output electrical current between two terminals is controlled by applying a small input current at the third terminal. The proposed effort combines the latest innovations in device designs/process technology, bulk GaN substrate…


Status: ALUMNI
State: DC
Project Term: -
Program: IDEAS
Award: $499,358

George Washington University (GWU)

Transfer Printed Virtual Substrates

George Washington University (GWU) will develop a new technique to produce commercial III-V substrates called Transfer Printed Virtual Substrates (TPVS). To reduce costs, the team proposes using a single source substrate to grow numerous virtual substrate layers. The team will use an enabling technology, called micro-transfer printing (MTP), to transfer the layers from the source substrate, in the form of many microscale “chiplets,” and deposit them onto a low-cost handle (silicon, for example). Once printed, the clean surfaces of the MTP process allows each chiplet to complete the epitaxial…


Status: ALUMNI
State: DC
Project Term: -
Program: MOSAIC
Award: $2,857,607

George Washington University (GWU)

Micro-Scale Ultra-High Efficiency CPV/Diffuse Hybrid Arrays Using Transfer Printing

George Washington University (GWU) and their partners will develop a hybrid CPV concept that combines highly efficient multi-junction solar cells and low-cost single-junction solar cells. When direct sunlight hits the lens array, it is concentrated 1000-fold and is focused onto the multi-junction solar cells. Diffuse light not captured in this process is instead captured by the low-cost single-junction solar cells. The module design is lightweight, fewer than 10 mm thick, and has a profile similar to conventional FPV. Moreover, the combination of the two types of cells increases efficiency.…


Status: ACTIVE
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: Exploratory Topics
Award: $867,261

Georgia Institute of Technology

Development of an Advanced Ultrasonic Phased Array For The Characterization of Thick, Reinforced Concrete Components

Develop phased array technology to enable “medical quality” imaging and characterization of thick reinforced concrete components. This early detection technology could prioritize maintenance to avoid macrocrack formation which could significantly increase the durability of existing concrete components, reducing lifecycle energy and emissions costs.


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: FLECCS
Award: $977,924

Georgia Institute of Technology

Positive Power with Negative Emissions: Flexible NGCC Enabled by Modular Direct Air Capture

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) will develop a modular direct air capture (DAC) process to be integrated with flexible natural gas-fired combined cycle (NGCC) power plants. This approach couples CO2 emissions capture from the NGCC plant using conventional technology with a novel design based on materials capable of removing CO2 from the air. The NGCC plant will run continuously, and the conventional technology will perform at its most efficient level. Steam and power from the natural gas plant are directed to remove CO2 from the atmosphere in times of low demand. The…


Status: ACTIVE
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: Exploratory Topics
Award: $728,376

Georgia Institute of Technology

Characterization and Recovery of Critical Metals from Municipal Solid Waste Incineration Ashes

Lack of diverse supplies for critical materials, such as rare earth elements (REEs), have prompted researchers to explore new sources and develop environmentally friendly technologies for critical metal extraction, processing, and manufacturing. Municipal solid waste (MSW), a large solid waste stream that may constitute the largest resource for REEs and other critical materials, offers an alternative. MSW incineration ashes, however, pose operational and financial challenges. Georgia Institute of Technology will develop a closed-loop, integrated, scalable, and environmentally friendly waste…


Status: ACTIVE
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2021
Award: $2,161,054

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)

Surfactant-Free Multiphase Forming of Fiber Composite Products for Significant Reduction in Energy and CO2 Emission

More information on this project is coming soon!


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: ADEPT
Award: $1,015,792

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Compact, Low-Profile Power Converters

Georgia Tech Research Corporation is creating compact, low-profile power adapters and power bricks using materials and tools adapted from other industries and from grid-scale power applications. Adapters and bricks convert electrical energy into usable power for many types of electronic devices, including laptop computers and mobile phones. These converters are often called wall warts because they are big, bulky, and sometimes cover up an adjacent wall socket that could be used to power another electronic device. The magnetic components traditionally used to make adapters and bricks have…


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: ADEPT
Award: $995,896

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Utility-Scale Power Router

Georgia Tech Research Corporation is developing a cost-effective, utility-scale power router that uses an enhanced transformer to more efficiently direct power on the grid. Existing power routing technologies are too expensive for widespread use, but the ability to route grid power to match real-time demand and power outages would significantly reduce energy costs for utilities, municipalities, and consumers. Georgia Tech is adding a power converter to an existing grid transformer to better control power flows at about 1/10th the cost of existing power routing solutions. Transformers convert…


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: BEETIT
Award: $2,399,492

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Innovative Miniaturized Heat Pumps for Buildings

Georgia Tech Research Corporation is using innovative components and system design to develop a new type of absorption heat pump. Georgia Tech's new heat pumps are energy efficient, use refrigerants that do not emit greenhouse gases, and can run on energy from combustion, waste heat, or solar energy. Georgia Tech is leveraging enhancements to heat and mass transfer technology possible in micro-scale passages and removing hurdles to the use of heat-activated heat pumps that have existed for more than a century. Use of micro-scale passages allows for miniaturization of systems that can…


Status: ACTIVE
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: BREAKERS
Award: $3,650,000

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

EDISON - Efficient DC Interrupter with Surge Protection

Georgia Tech is developing a novel hybrid direct current (DC) circuit breaker that could enable multi-terminal DC power systems. The breaker’s mechanical switch enables switching speeds 10 times faster than existing technology, severing the mechanical linkage, while the power electronics-based circuit handles the fault current. A new configuration of the fast switch and solid-state devices/circuits will reduce steady-state losses compared to state-of-the-art hybrid circuit breakers. A new control scheme dramatically reduces the peak fault current levels, enabling more compact packaging and…


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: CIRCUITS
Award: $1,859,120

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Modular Solid State Transformers

Georgia Tech Research Corporation and its project team will develop a solid-state transformer for medium-voltage grid applications using silicon carbide with a focus on compact size and high-performance. Traditional grid connected transformers have been used for over 100 years to 'step down' higher voltage to lower voltage. Higher voltages allows for delivery of power over longer distances and lower voltages keeps consumers safe. But traditional distribution transformers lack integrated sensing, communications, and controls. They also lack the ability to control the voltage, current,…


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: GENI
Award: $2,009,908

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Autonomous, Decentralized Grid Architecture

Georgia Tech Research Corporation is developing a decentralized, autonomous, internet-like control architecture and control software system for the electric power grid. Georgia Tech's new architecture is based on the emerging concept of electricity prosumers—economically motivated actors that can produce, consume, or store electricity. Under Georgia Tech's architecture, all of the actors in an energy system are empowered to offer associated energy services based on their capabilities. The actors achieve their sustainability, efficiency, reliability, and economic objectives, while…


Status: ACTIVE
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: GRID DATA
Award: $784,945

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

High-fidelity, Large-scale, Realistic Dataset Development

Georgia Tech will generate publicly releasable large-scale, high-fidelity datasets using techniques developed under GRID DATA funding (the team was originally funded as the University of Michigan). These datasets will be based on the RTE transmission system and conform to the technical and mathematical requirements of the Grid Optimization (GO) Competition’s Challenge 2, which focuses on the security-constrained optimal power flow (SCOPF) problem. SCOPF takes preventive and corrective scenarios into account. Georgia Tech will validate the feasibility and realism of these datasets to ensure…


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: IDEAS
Award: $474,982

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Hollow Fibers for Separations

Georgia Tech Research Corporation will develop hollow fiber membranes containing metal-organic framework (MOF) thin films to separate propylene from propane. The nanoporous MOF film is supported on the inside surfaces of the tubular polymeric hollow fibers. Chemicals introduced into the center of the tube are separated through the MOF membrane by a molecular sieving process. Traditional olefin production processes are performed at pressures up to 20 bar, requiring large energy and capital costs. A key feature of the team’s technology is the ability to synthesize membranes at near-ambient…


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: IMPACCT
Award: $998,928

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Composite Membranes for CO2 Capture

A team of six faculty members at Georgia Tech Research Corporation is developing an enhanced membrane by fitting metal organic frameworks, compounds that show great promise for improved carbon capture, into hollow fiber membranes. This new material would be highly efficient at removing CO2 from the flue gas produced at coal-fired power plants. The team is analyzing thousands of metal organic frameworks to identify those that are most suitable for carbon capture based both on their ability to allow coal exhaust to pass easily through them and their ability to select CO2 from that exhaust for…


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2012
Award: $3,598,640

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

High-Efficiency Solar Fuel Reactor

Georgia Tech Research Corporation is developing a high-efficiency concentrating solar receiver and reactor for the production of solar fuels. The team will develop a system that uses liquid metal to capture and transport heat at much higher temperatures compared to state-of-the-art concentrating solar power facilities. This high temperature system will be combined with the team’s novel reactor to produce solar fuels that allow the flexibility to store and transport solar energy for later use or for immediate power production. Higher temperatures should result in much higher efficiencies and…


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2012
Award: $2,114,999

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Graphene-Based Supercapacitors

Georgia Tech Research Corporation is developing a supercapacitor using graphene—a two-dimensional sheet of carbon atoms—to substantially store more energy than current technologies. Supercapacitors store energy in a different manner than batteries, which enables them to charge and discharge much more rapidly. The Georgia Tech team approach is to improve the internal structure of graphene sheets with ‘molecular spacers,’ in order to store more energy at lower cost. The proposed design could increase the energy density of the supercapacitor by 10–15 times over established capacitor technologies…


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2012
Award: $3,674,039

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Power Generation Using Solar-Heated Ground Air

Georgia Tech Research Corporation is developing a method to capture energy from wind vortices that form from a thin layer of solar-heated air along the ground. “Dust devils” are a random and intermittent example of this phenomenon in nature. Naturally, the sun heats the ground creating a thin air layer near the surface that is warmer than the air above. Since hot air rises, this layer of air will naturally want to rise. The Georgia Tech team will use a set of vanes to force the air to rotate as it rises, forming an anchored columnar vortex that draws in additional hot air to sustain itself.…


Status: ACTIVE
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2018
Award: $2,350,288

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Resilient, Cyber Secure Centralized Substation Protection

The Georgia Tech Research Corporation will design an autonomous, resilient and cyber-secure protection and control system for each power plant and substation on its grid. This will eliminate complex coordinated protection settings and transform the protection practice into a simpler, intelligent, automated and transparent process. The technology will integrate protective relays into an intelligent protection scheme that relies on existing high data redundancy in substations to (a) validate data; (b) detect hidden failures and in this case self-heal the protection and control system; (c)…


Status: ACTIVE
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: OPEN 2018
Award: $2,982,389

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

High Power Density Compact Drive Integrated Motor for Electric Transportation

The Georgia Tech Research Corporation (GTRC) will develop a new approach to internally cool permanent magnet motors. The technology could dramatically improve electric motors’ power density and reduce system size and weight. To do so, the team will integrate motor and drive electronics into a unique system packaging incorporating an embedded advanced thermal management system. They will also develop wide bandgap power electronics packaging to enable high power density operations at higher temperature. The new design could substantially increase the power and torque density above the state of…


Status: ACTIVE
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: PERFORM
Award: $3,250,000

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Risk-Aware Market Clearing for Power Systems (RAMC)

The increasing use of renewable energy resources challenges grid operations, which have traditionally relied on highly predictable load and generation. Future grid operators must balance generation costs and system-level risk, shifting from deterministic to stochastic optimization and risk management. Georgia Tech’s Risk-Aware Market Clearing (RAMC) project will provide a blueprint for an end-to-end, data-driven approach where risk is explicitly modeled, quantified, and optimized, striking a tradeoff between cost and system-level risk minimization. The RAMC project focuses on challenges…


Status: ALUMNI
State: GA
Project Term: -
Program: REBELS
Award: $1,230,755

Georgia Tech Research Corporation

Fuel Cell Tailored for Efficient Utilization of Methane

Georgia Tech Research Corporation is developing a fuel cell that operates at temperatures less than 500°C by integrating nanostructured materials into all cell components. This is a departure from traditional fuel cells that operate at much lower or much higher temperatures. By developing multifunctional anodes that can efficiently reform and directly process methane, this fuel cell will allow for efficient use of methane. Additionally, the Georgia Tech team will develop nanocomposite electrolytes to reduce cell temperature without sacrificing system performance. These technological advances…