[Seaford, DE] – Xergy Inc announced $2.2 million in new award funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The funding will be used to develop innovative ion conducting materials for next generation renewable energy conversion and storage technology.
“Xergy is proud to bring its expertise in manufacturing continuous roll-to-roll composite ion exchange membranes and electrode assemblies to this effort and help make a critical contribution to this incredible team, assembled by RPI.” said Bamdad Bahar, President of Xergy Inc. “I would like to point out that a we have also been named as a vendor in a second award to Assist the University of Delaware with a similar program with a different material to RPI. Clearly, the manufacturing competency we have developed has value.”
In this project, a team of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (led by Professor Chulsung Bae of Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology), Georgia Tech, Xergy, and Proton Onsite will work together to develop high performance alkaline conductors which can improve efficiency and lower cost of energy storage and conversion technology.
Xergy Inc received this competitive award from ARPA-E’s Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion Conducting Solids (IONICS) program, which seeks to create innovative components for the next generation of batteries, fuel cells, and other electrochemical devices.
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute team will develop a highly ion conductive, chemically stable, and mechanically durable alkaline membrane materials. These membranes will serve as a critical component in electrochemical devices when energy was generated from renewable sources (e.g., sun and wind) or hydrogen fuel. The use of alkaline membrane in electrochemical reactions allows to replace expensive platinum catalyst to less expensive, earth abundant metals as catalysts, offering huge economic advantages in renewable energy technology.
For additional information about Xergy Inc and this project, please visit www.xergyinc.com.
XergyInc is a privately held, self-financed, high technology start up with core competency in advanced ion exchange membranes and derivative products from this platform. These products include advanced catalyst coated membranes, micro-climate systems for controlling humidity and oxygen, ozone disinfection systems, advanced sea water desalination systems, electrochemical compressors and heat pumps, and advanced gas storage containers. It has also partnered with the University of Delaware and Delaware State University on 4 different DOE funded programs based on its technologies. Xergy has 7 issued patents, and over 40 patents in process. Xergy has won numerous technology awards including the GE Ecomagination award in 2011, was a finalist in the Cleantech Awards in 2012, won a DOE SBIR Phase 1 award in 2013, Phase II award in 2014, DOE Benefit Award in 2015, and DOE SBIR Phase IIB in 2016. Xergy has also been featured on Bloomberg Television. It has entered into programs to commercialize these technologies with a number of global F500 companies.