ARPA-E funds energy efficiency research at MBI, PNNL Richland

January 25 2013

Corvallis, ORE.—The Oregon State University (OSU) Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI) will receive almost $750K in federal funding to develop an energy-efficient air chilling system configured to operate using waste heat from military diesel generators. ONAMI matching support for this successful collaborative proposal will support graduate student engagement. The MBI is one of ONAMI’s five Shared User Facilities and Oregon’s leading public microtechnolgy fabrication facility.

The OSU funding is part a $2.8M award to the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) by the Department of Defense, Navy and the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, better known as APRA-E. This technology could be used by troops on the front lines to reduce the need for fuel that now requires dangerous supply convoys on the battlefield. PNNL and OSU will partner with Power Partners Inc. of Atlanta on the project.

OSUs research effort will be led by Prof. Brian Paul (School of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering), in collaboration with Profs. Chih-hung Chang and Gregory Herman (School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering). Research will focus on adsorption chiller prototype development and scalable materials manufacturing and characterization. The work will be performed at the MBI and could lead to commercialization through Oregon signature research centers. All three lead researchers are ONAMI member researchers.

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