SAFER, CLEANER, CORROSION-PROTECTING METAL COATINGS
Corrosion-related issues cost the U.S. economy $276 billion a year. The Energy Department's National Energy Technology Laboratory teamed up with Carnegie Mellon University to create a revolutionary, cost-effective technology to reduce that impact - work that resulted in the creation of a new CMU/NETL spin-off, LumiShield, that signed a licensing agreement with the laboratory in June 2015.
ARC POSITION SENSING FOR VAR FURNACES
For the first time ever, precise measurements can be taken of the electric current conduction path within vacuum arc remelting (VAR) furnaces for industries that use specialty metals such as nickel, titanium, and zirconium. KW Associates, a startup company, has licensed the technology.
DEVELOPMENT OF A PLATINUM-CHROMIUM ALLOY FOR IMPROVED CORONARY STENTS
A coronary stent is a small, self-expanding metal mesh tube that saves thousands of lives every year by opening blocked arteries and allowing blood to flow freely again. NETL and Boston Scientific Corporation jointly developed the first austenitic stainless steel formulation produced for the coronary stent industry with high visibility with x-ray scanning.
PYROCHEM CATALYSTS FOR DIESEL FUEL REFORMING
Converting heavy hydrocarbons, such as diesel and coal-based fuels, into hydrogen-rich synthesis gas is a necessary step for fuel cells and other applications. NETL researchers invented a novel fuel-reforming catalyst that overcomes the limitations of current catalysts by efficiently reforming diesel fuel. The catalyst was licensed to startup company Pyrochem Catalyst Company.
REFRACTORY LINING MATERIAL IMPROVES GASIFIER PERFORMANCE
Refractory materials are used to line the interior of slagging gasifiers, where a carbon-based feedstock such as coal, petcoke, and/or biomass, is converted at high temperatures in an oxygen-deficient environment to produce synthesis gas, which can be used in power generation. NETL developed a material that increases service life up to 50% compared to traditional liner materials. This technology is licensed by Harbison-Walker Refractories.
SORBENTS TO HELP LOWER POWER DRAW OF HVAC
Boston-based enVerid Systems has adopted NETL sorbents for use in their proprietary Heat Load Reduction (HLR) module, a retrofit air-recirculation system designed to increase the energy efficiency of commercial HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems.