|By Business Wire||
|September 18, 2013 11:46 AM EDT||
Two cutting-edge technologies have won recognition as potential “game changers” at the 3rd Annual Energy & Innovation Conference, a gathering of industry leaders getting a firsthand look at an inventory of new energy technologies.
At the event hosted by Catalyst Connection and the National Energy Technology Laboratory-Regional University Alliance (NETL), Dustin McIntrye of NETL presented a technology that was recognized by a panel of expert judges as the leading industry game changer among eight technologies presented. In addition, a technology offered by Christopher Matranga of NETL was selected as a game changer by audience vote.
The technology presented by McIntyre that was named the industry game changer by experts offers a laser based elemental composition detection system. This technology has applications for environmental sensing and can aid in measuring environmental air and water quality.
The audience vote for the game changing technology went to a technology presented by Christopher Matranga of NETL. This catalytic technology has applications for converting green house gas emissions into a product that can be sold for profit.
“This year, the Energy and Innovation Conference included the judging of exciting new innovations that have come out of NETL and the universities that form the Regional University Alliance,” said Petra Mitchell, president and CEO of Catalyst Connection. “As a result, we have recognized two breakthrough innovations that have the potential to have a substantial impact in the future.”
The Energy & Innovation Conference serves as the fall meeting of the National Energy Technology Laboratory-Regional University Alliance (NETL-RUA), an applied research collaboration that combines NETL’s fossil energy expertise with the broad capabilities of URS Corporation and five nationally recognized, regional universities: Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University. The NETL-RUA and Catalyst Connection host the annual conference, which serves to accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of research.
“NETL is excited to highlight the energy innovations coming out of our research laboratories,” said NETL Director Dr. Anthony Cugini. “This forum provides a unique opportunity to connect stakeholders from various disciplines to share approaches and strategies that can accelerate energy technology development and move technological innovations into the marketplace.”
The day-long conference focused on innovation and commercialization successes as well as industry challenges and needs. At the event, researchers presented eight new technologies that are currently in development and have not yet been commercialized.
Dr. Christopher W. Miller, founder and CEO of Innovation Focus Inc., a Lancaster, Pa.–based new product consulting firm, gave the keynote address. The expert judges used criteria that included overall potential of the technology, regulatory issues, and overall “game changing” opportunity. Audience selection was based on clarity of presentation and overall impact that the technology could have. Judges included experts from FirstEnergy, Calgon Carbon, Renewable Manufacturing Gateway, Nova Chemicals, Weavertown Environmental Group and CONSOL Energy, Inc.
“It is very difficult to take a new innovation from an idea in a lab to market,” said Mitchell. “Many in our industry call this ‘the valley of death,’ where ideas too often die because the hurdles are simply too great. Working with our partners, we continue to explore ways for researchers to cross this divide and create successful new companies.”
ABOUT CATALYST CONNECTION
Catalyst Connection is an economic development organization dedicated to helping small manufacturers improve their competitive performance. Catalyst advisors, consultants, and instructors offer training and consulting and administer financial programs that can provide funding for equipment, machinery, or capital improvements. As a nonprofit 501(c)3 firm, the organization has been supporting southwestern Pennsylvania manufacturers for more than 25 years. For information call 1-888-887-7472 or go to www.catalystconnection.org.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENERGY TECHNOLOGY LABORATORY (NETL)
NETL is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory that produces technological solutions to America’s energy challenges. For more than 100 years, the laboratory has focused on developing tools and processes to provide clean, reliable, and affordable energy to the American people. Three NETL research sites—Albany, Ore., Morgantown, W.Va., and Pittsburgh, Pa.—conduct a broad range of energy and environmental research and development activities that support DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.