washer has the best
water efficiency in
the commercialized washing units.
Integration of water
recovery and purification technology in a home washing machine represents a new
direction in addressing water scarcity. Compared to a conventional
washing machine, the new machine reduces water consumption
by 33%, limits waste water discharge to environment by 33%,
improves washing quality (by removal of 99% bacteria). The core of
PURINZE is ultrafiltration membranes. The fine pore size of the UF
membrane is able to reject the suspended solids, debris, bacteria and
mites, while filtrated water is cleaned and circulated back for re-use.
The ultrafiltration membranes inside can be recovered by aeration
and detergent cleaning.
Our Bronze Winner for the Green Tech R&D 100 Special Recognition
Award is Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.’s High Effi-
cient and Reliable Ocean Wave Energy Harvester.
With the shortage of global energy, it’s highly necessary to exploit
alternative renewable energy sources beyond fossil oil, nuclear,
solar and wind energy. Oceans are now offering us another vast, but
untapped, treasure—ocean wave energy. The potential for electricity
generation from ocean wave energy in the U.S. is estimated to be 64%
of the total electricity generated
from all sources
in 2010. Over
53% of the U.S.
within 50 miles
of the coast, so
ocean waves offer
wave energy harvesting is still in its infancy worldwide. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ.’s High Efficient and Reliable Ocean
Wave Energy Harvester is an innovative product of ocean wave energy
generators, with advantage of high efficiency and reliability. Different
from the state-of-the-art ocean wave converters, an innovative power
takeoff mechanism named mechanical motion rectifier (MMR)
is adopted, which converts the irregular oscillatory wave motion
into regular unidirectional rotation of the generator. It marries the
advantages of the direct and indirect-drive power takeoff methods,
with a much higher energy conversion efficiency, enhanced reliability, unmatched compactness and optimal electrical grid integration.
What’s more important, this novel power takeoff design can be easily
applied to most kinds of wave energy converters (WEC) which are
already exist or under construction. Therefore, the invented product
will greatly improve the efficiency and reliability of today’s WEC, paving a sustainable pathway of making ocean wave resources a practical
MARKET DISRUPTOR PRODUCT
Our Gold Winner for the Market Disruptor Product R&D 100 Special
Recognition Award is Lintec and The Univ. of Texas at Dallas’ HeliAct Muscles.
There is a critically important need for muscle-like fiber actuators
that can replace bulky and expensive motors and hydraulic systems.
Lintec and The Univ. of Texas at Dallas’ HeliAct Muscles provide
strong, powerful, high-cycle-life artificial muscles that are cheaply made
from high-strength polymer fibers, like
those commonly used for fishing line
and sewing thread. Since these artificial
muscles are powered by temperature
changes, they can be driven electrically, by light absorption, by chemical
reaction or by ambient temperature
changes. Common large-volume and
heavy weight, conventionally used
motors and hydraulic systems fall short
of performance needs for such applications as prosthetics, humanoid robots
and exoskeletons. And these actuation
means lack the conveniently deployable
fiber shape of muscles found in nature. The HeliAct Muscles technology provides long-life, low-cost, highly controllable artificial muscle
fibers that can replace expensive, bulky, heavy motors. The polymer
fiber muscles can contract by over 60%, lift loads over 100 times
heavier than can human muscle of the same length and weight and
generate 5. 3 k W ( 7.1 horsepower) of mechanical power per kilogram
of muscle weight, which is five times higher than produced by a car’s
Our Silver Winner for the Market Disruptor Product R&D 100 Special Recognition Award is Perkin Elmer’s Solaris Open Air Fluorescence Imaging system.
Perkin Elmer’s Solaris is truly a disruptive technology that pushes the
boundaries of in vivo imaging from a closed box into an open air setting, expanding the application spectrum of in vivo optical imaging.
Solaris is a multi-species fluorescence imaging system designed for
image guided surgery applications. The system integrates into existing
surgical workflows, providing surgical illumination and hands-free
image acquisition, while
functioning in ambient
light conditions. With
four fluorescent imaging
channel capability, Solaris
allows researchers to gain
of their research models.
Solaris is an enabling
technology for preclinical