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Falling Particle Receiver for Concentrated Solar Energy
10/31/17 04:06 PM EST
The falling particle receiver uses sand-like particles that fall through a beam of highly concentrated sunlight focused by an array of mirrors. The particles are heated to temperatures over 700 °C, stored, and used to generate electricity in a power cycle or to create process heat.

DOT-OST-2017-0155 Small Community Air Service Development Program DOT
10/31/17 04:04 PM EST
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2017

Organic Blue Light Emitting Compounds
10/04/17 10:20 AM EST
Novel chemical structures capable of emitting saturated blue light have been easily synthesized. These compounds have potential applications in organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, and organic field effect transistors (OFETs).

A Scalable Personalized Thermal-Comfort Platform for Building Energy Conservation
10/04/17 10:19 AM EST
Buildings commonly choose conservative temperature setpoints. This leads to huge energy wastes. We develop scalable personalized thermal-comfort (SPET) platform that can quantitatively estimate thermal comfort of any occupants in daily operations. Consequently, our platform can provide building operators a proactive temperature setting mechanism that optimizes both thermal-comfort and energy conservation.

Solid State Li-ion Battery IP Bundle
10/04/17 10:19 AM EST
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Argonne National Lab, and Oak Ridge National Lab are joining forces to pilot a bundle licensing project for IP developed around the solid-state Li-ion batteries.

Highly Stretchable Electronic Tactile Sensors
10/04/17 10:18 AM EST
Translating sense of touch into electrical signals is difficult because the sensors are rigid and do not conform to the wearer. UCSB researchers have developed a "skin-like" electronic tactile sensor that can be stretched and tailored to achieve sensitivity, dynamic range, and other performance measures that are not currently available

Underwater adhesives, University of California, Santa Barbara
10/04/17 09:59 AM EST
Non-toxic adhesives working underwater including physiological environments

Energetic Materials for Sensitive Data Security, Idaho National Laboratory
10/04/17 09:56 AM EST
Tools to conclusively destroy data/circuitry when an electronic device is lost, stolen or becomes obsolete, to protect sensitive data and proprietary technology from unauthorized access. Use of energetic technologies would greatly enhance security of data/proprietary technology because an energetic reaction can be initiated by trigger or remote detonation.