Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC posted this:Multilevel Active-Clamped Electrical Energy ConverterA new multilevel conversion technique has been developed to produce efficient, compact, and easily scalable electrical energy converters to be employed in dc-dc, dc-ac, and ac-ac, single- or multiple-phase, conversion applications with unidirectional or bidirectional power flow. Partners to further develop the system and/or to establish commercial agreements along with technical cooperation are sought.
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas posted this:Photo-thermoelectric cell for the conversion of thermal energy into electricityPhoto-thermoelectric cell for the conversion of thermal energy into electricity The Instituto de Ciencias de Materiales de Madrid (ICMM-CSIC) has developed a photo-thermoelectric cell with spectral selectivity to visible and infrared lights. If the cell is part of a thermoelectric generator, the device allows the conversion of the heat produced by incident radiation into electrical energy, due to the temperature difference established in the cell. This technology can also be used to take advantage of the residual heat of machines or electrical circuits. Industrial partners from the energy industry are being sought to collaborate through a patent license agreement. An offer for Patent Licensing
Liviu Giurca posted this:
CEO at Hibridesign
Cracow University of Technology posted this:A propulsion/drive system of aquatic vessels.Both proposed side fins drive systems have similar features which are realized by slightly different mechanisms dependant on the room inside vehicles hull. Those features are as follows: - multi-functionality, - ability to generate an extra driving force, - significant increase of swimming speed, - reduction of robot unwanted hull movements during swimming with side fins enabling proper work of onboard equipment and sensors etc. (for solutions in robots imitating fish); - increasing the dynamic of swimming depth changes; - wide range of change of direction of thrust force (also reverse thrust). - unlimited range of change of thrust around axis of rotation of side fins, - ability to dynamically stabilize heel movement of the hull - no change in the direction of rotation of the main engine transferred into oscillatory motion of lateral fins, - less energy consumption, - frequency of oscillation at a level of several Hz
Universidad de Alicante posted this:Energy absorbing device in motor vehicle collisionsResearchers at the University of Alicante have devised a system to partially absorb the energy generated in a crash involving at least one motor vehicle traveling at a high or medium speed. It is a passive protection system for vehicles which absorbs the maximum amount of mechanical energy in a crash with minimal added weight and volume. Assumes additional protection that enhances the vehicle's passive safety, minimizing the consequences of a collision for the passengers. The system has an innovative design that allows placing it in different positions inside the vehicle or making structural parts and is manufactured with advanced materials. Innovative aspects The system is designed to provide protection that goes beyond the current regulations for passenger cars, as it is able to absorb a larger proportion of the mechanical energy generated in a collision. Also improve the passive safety of vehicles (vans, trucks) or special vehicles (ambulances, fire trucks, armored vehicles) in circulation. It also provides substantial improvements for heavy duty vehicles, contrary to what is happening now should be able to absorb themselves much of the energy produced in a collision with a vehicle lighter, thereby minimizing the potential damage that may occur in people who travel light vehicle. The system consists in several stages which act consecutively on impact, absorbing energy in a gradual and proportional to the energy generated in the collision, which is a lower acceleration on passengers, thereby reducing the potential injuries. Less weight, volume and system size compared to traditional structural systems, through the use of advanced materials: tensile filaments that act in case of collision, thermosets broken links which act by absorbing the impact energy generated in the fiber and combined with high strength composite metal / polymer composite micro / nanostructures
Laser Consult Ltd. posted this:“Air filter integrated in a bicycle’s wheel” – giving bicycles the power to provide cleaner urban airThis product offers a simple, end user inclusive, and inexpensive way of filtering the air from particulate matter particles (PM 10, PM 2.5 and similar). This product is integrated in a bicycle wheel. The basic concept of the product is using the rotation of the wheel, combined with the axial motion of the bicycle to push air through the filter material, thus filtering the air. The device itself is actually quite simple, and it has a goal of helping towards the solving the problem of air pollution in urban areas. Everyone who has a bicycle is a potential user of the product, but the users that would benefit the most are people living in urban areas that face the problem of air pollution. The best possible way to implement this device is to integrate the filters on bicycles sharing or renting systems that have a significant number of users, for example such systems are common in East Asia. Another way to implement the product is offering it to people as a product that can be added to their bicycle while buying a new one, or fixing their old bicycle. With all of the statements above, the ideal partnership would be with a company, but it is not exclusive to other companies, that works in the mentioned fields. The partnership could be via licensing the product, or selling the rights together with the complete documentation.
Brunel University London posted this:Casting Magnesium Alloy with Improved Thermal ConductivityA casting magnesium alloy that can provide significantly improved thermal conductivity in comparison to the commonly used AZ91D magnesium alloys. The typical thermal conductivity of the new magnesium alloy is comparable to the thermal conductivity of the commonly used A380 aluminium alloy.
Servei de Gestió de la Innovació posted this:
Licensing Manager at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC
Brunel University London posted this:Vulcanaer: Air Hybrid for Diesel EnginesVulcanaer is a novel regenerative hybrid engine system for diesel transport systems, particularly urban busses and delivery trucks. It converts a vehicle engine into an air pump during decelerations. It harvests the braking energy and stores it as compressed air for subsequent use to restart the engine in stop/start operation, saving battery and starter motor life. It also saves fuel as the compressed air also assists the normal engine-driven air compressor. Furthermore it can enhance the turbo thus reducing black smoke during acceleration from stationary
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UNIVERSIDAD DE BURGOS posted this:Permanent magnets rotor for high-powered synchronic motors for hybrid vehicles performance.Curved poles rotor with agglomerated permanent magnets for synchronic three-phase motors, increasing torque and performance more than a 20% against known electric motors with rectangular poles.