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Idaho National Laboratory Technology Marketing Summaries

Here you’ll find marketing summaries for technologies available for licensing from the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). The summaries provide descriptions of the technologies including their benefits, applications and industries, and development stage.

37 Technology Marketing Summaries
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Recovery of Mercury and Rare Earth Elements from Fluorescent Lamp Phosphors

All fluorescent lights contain small amounts of mercury and rare earth metals. There is a need to safely remove and recycle mercury and rare earth elements from used fluorescent lamps in order to keep the valuable and potentially poisonous metals out of the environment and aid the domestic recovery of critical materials. Conventional processes include heating and distillation to volatilize the mercury and do not include an adequate process to refine the individual rare earth components. In... read more

09/12/2018
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Thermoacidophilic derived enzymes for biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals

INL’s thermoacidophilic enzyme suite has potential to improve the cost and efficiency of multiple industrial bio-processes. Commercial enzymes available today are generally active between 25°C and 50°C at a pH of about 5. These conditions are not aligned with reaction conditions in many industrial processes. In order to make use of enzyme catalysts in such systems, excess enzymes dosages are required or additional unit operations are added to cool and adjust the pH of... read more

08/01/2018
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Accurate Characterization of Particle Flowability

Efficient and reliable flow of bulk solids is of significant importance to a wide range of industries. Unfortunately, variables such as density, particle size, and moisture content of many bulk solid feed streams cause problems for accurately controlling their flow as required for various process. Formation of bridges, crusts, rat holes, and funnels in bulk solids handling equipment are often experienced causing the inefficient and unreliable flow in conventional equipment. These issues... read more

06/28/2018
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Stabilization of Stored Microalgae and Co-product Formation

Many valuable products, such as energy-dense fuels, can be synthesized from microalgae-derived biomass. However, microalgae are extremely sensitive and susceptible to degradation after harvesting. This generally creates a narrow window of opportunity to process the harvested microalgae into marketable products. This challenge is further complicated by seasonal variability in microalgae production rates due to changes in temperature, sunlight, etc.  Peak microalgae production commonly... read more

06/28/2018
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General Line Ampacity State Solver (GLASS)

Wind power researchers at Idaho National Laboratory believe moving more electricity through existing transmission and distribution lines is both possible and practical. In areas where wind plants are being developed, there is potential to take advantage of wind cooling on transmission and distribution lines concurrent with wind power generation, while identifying additional capacity, line sag and clearance concerns. The key is to pay close attention to the weather. The more electric current... read more

05/18/2018
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MorphoHawk

Computers and automated systems have accelerated productivity and improved quality and reliability for nearly everything in our modern world, and are destined to take on increasing roles as time moves on. One major limiting factor for automated systems is their inability to categorize and recognize objects, particularly under changing lighting or other conditions. Examples of how this could be useful include automatically detecting manufacturing defects, analyzing changes between two images... read more

11/07/2017
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Enhancing Battery Safety

Li-ion batteries are becoming increasingly important to modern life, powering everything from cell phones to cars and improving the reliability of the electric power grid. However, current Li-ion battery systems, due to their flammable components, have been known to generate enough heat to ignite when they fail creating serious safety hazards. Attempts to use more flame resistant chemistries have yielded much lower energy density, and therefore have not met the demand for safe, powerful... read more

11/01/2017
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Novel Phosphazene Compounds for Enhancing Electrolyte Stability and Safety of Lithium-ion Cells

Safety and longevity of Li-ion batteries continues to be an issue for an ever expanding number applications ranging from personal electronics to electric drive vehicles. This is complicated by the push toward higher voltage cells (5V+). For over a decade there have been many reports of studies directed at decreasing the flammability of Li-ion electrolyte. However, there is still no commercially available low-flammability electrolyte that has competitive transport properties fur use in... read more

09/11/2017
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Active Measurement Cancellation

Impedance measurements are used to assess the state and health of many systems, including structural crack measurements, stress indicators, and batteries. Electrochemical batteries lose capacity over their service lifetime,typically because battery use causes chemical degradation with increasing resistance until it can no longer supply a useful amount of power. Impedance measurements are currently performed by placing a shunt in series with the battery to determine... read more

09/08/2017
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Battery Condition Monitor

Batteries are becoming increasingly important for modern life, powering everything from portable electronic devices to transportation, along with hundreds of other applications. They are available in many sizes and chemistries, raising variability and complexity. As electrochemical batteries are age, chemical changes occur that effect the performance, effecting capacity and resistance. Measuring and tracking these changes can help estimate and predict battery health and useful remaining... read more

08/04/2017
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Electrochemical Recycling Electronic Constituents of Value (E-RECOV)

End-of-life electronic devices such as smart phones, computers, televisions and other electronics contain significant amounts of valuable metals including base metals (zinc, tin, lead, nickel and copper) as well as precious metals (silver, gold and palladium) along with rare earth magnets (neodymium, yttrium, samarium). Some electronic scrap is currently landfilled or incinerated and there is a need to develop more effective processes to capture these valuable metals along with keeping them... read more

07/13/2017
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Nano Particles – Supercritical Fluid Process

Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory and Idaho State University have invented a new method of producing quantum particles of varying dimensions by employing supercritical fluid process. The process exposes a single source precursor to a supercritical fluid, such as carbon dioxide, scientists developed a process to form nanoparticles for use in semiconductor devices.

05/04/2017
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Aluminum electroplating on steel from a fused bromide electrolyte

High temperature molten salt based electrolytes can provide a cost-effective technological solution to the manufacture of aluminum-coated metallic substrates for a variety of engineering applications, particularly in corrosive/marine environments. BEA has developed methods and systems for applying metallic coatings with a quaternary bromide containing electroplating bath and aluminum anode primarily to develop corrosive tolerant compositions. The process may also be used in a broad range of... read more

04/10/2017
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Method and Apparatus for In-Situ Real Time Characterization of Energy Storage and Energy Conversion Devices

Impedance Measurement Box (IMB) provides valuable, real time data about battery state of health.

02/14/2017
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Biodiesel – SSC Process

INL’s biodiesel-SSC uses solid catalyst under super-critical fluid conditions to produce biodiesel from a full range of lipid feedstock. This invention provides in a single-phase process for producing alkyl esters from triglycerides or fatty acid material feedstock. The material is mixed with an alcohol and a solvent supercritical gas (e.g. carbon dioxide or alkane) to produce glycerol/glycerin and an alkyl ester out of fatty acid for further refinement. The refining process uses... read more

02/14/2017
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Cermet Materials, Self-Cleaning Cermet Filters, Apparatus and Systems Employing Same

INL has developed a method for fabricating a self-cleaning porous cermet material filter and system that may be used in filtering particulate and gaseous pollutants from internal combustion engines, which have intermetallic and ceramic phases. The porous cermet filter may be made from a transition metal aluminide phase and an alumina phase. Filler materials may be added to increase the porosity or tailor the catalytic properties of the cermet material. Also, the cermet material may be... read more

12/21/2015
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Plasma-Thermal Synthesis

INL’s Plasma-Thermal Synthesis process improves the conversion process for natural gas into liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

10/19/2015
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Nano-Composite Arsenic Sorbent
INL nanotechnology researchers have engineered a revolutionary and affordable material called Nano-Composite Arsenic Sorbent, or
N-CAS, that is up to seven times more effective than other currently available materials.  This technology has potential to aid millions of Americans, but also more than 70 million people around the globe, who are exposed to dangerous arsenic concentrations in their drinking water.
04/27/2015
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Advanced Electrolyte Model
Idaho National Laboratory researcher Dr. Kevin Gering has developed the Advanced Electrolyte Model (AEM), which is a copyrighted, molecular-based, scientifically proven simulation tool. AEM revolutionizes electrolyte selection, optimizing material combinations and key design elements to make battery design and experimentation quick, accurate and responsive to specific needs. AEM predicts and catalogs electrolyte metrics, evaluating and comparing more than 35 parameters to recommend optimal... read more
11/21/2014
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Polybenzimidazole Compounds, Polymeric Media, and Methods of Post-Polymerization Modifications

INL has developed a patented process to handle and process polybenzimdazole (PBI) compounds that previously could only be handled in very heavy low vapor pressure organic solvents. With the new process the resulting compounds are modified to provide increased solubility in higher vapor pressure solvents and at significantly greater concentrations. These compounds may be utilized in a wide array of applications where high temperature and polymeric materials are utilized. Compounds made with... read more

06/11/2014
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Systems, Methods and Computer Readable Media for Modeling Cell Performance Fade, Kinetic Performance, Capacity Loss, of Rechargeable Electrochemical Devices

 INL has developed a set of methods to define measure, evaluate, track and predict performance and aging trends for advanced chemistry batteries, including lithium-ion batteries.  

04/16/2014
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Plasma-Hydrocarbon conversion

INL’s Plasma-Hydrocarbon Conversion process enables conversion of heavy hydrocarbons, such as heavy crude oil and hydrocarbon gases like natural gas, into lighter hydrocarbon materials (e.g. synthetic light oil).

09/04/2012
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Soil Separator and Sampler and Method of Sampling

INL has developed a method for sampling soil to determine the presence of extremely fine particles such as asbestos.

09/04/2012
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Robotics – Intelligence Kernel

This is a guidance system that utilizes GPS and an autonomous control system incorporated into the operating system of industrial and agricultural equipment. Current systems provide an operator with assisted navigation via a satellite position signal. This enables operators to maintain a straight line when driving equipment, thus minimizing “skip” and “overlap.” While this is beneficial, many current systems do not relieve the operator from driving tasks. Current... read more

09/04/2012
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Energetic Material – Explosives

INL has invented a process for creating energetic materials, including trinitrotoluene (TNT).  By using a carbon dioxide environment, which reduces the amount of acid generated from the nitration reaction (orthonitrotoluene, ONT and dinitrotoluene, DNT). The process uses a surfactant, a nitrating agent, and a source of organic material to be nitrated. 

08/31/2012
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Energetic Material – Electro Nitration
INL has developed an improved method of nitrating a nitro compound by oxidizing a chemical mediator in the presence of a voltage in order to produce an oxidizing agent. Then, the agent reacts with a nitro compound and ion source in a solution in order to form a geminaldinitro compound. The electrochemical synthesis of geminaldinitro results in the formation of a nitro compound that may be used in explosives and other defense and industrial applications.
08/31/2012
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L/CNG - Refueling Systems

INL has developed a LNG/CNG refueling process and method for dispensing liquefied natural gas (LNG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or both on demand. The process utilizes CNG as a source of LNG, and is stored in a cryogenic storage vessel on site. A low volume high pressure pump is coupled to the source of LNG to produce a stream of pressurized LNG that can be selectively directed through a LNG or CNG flow path, which may include a vaporizer to produce CNG from the pressurized LNG. The... read more

08/31/2012
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Ion Removal

INL’s ion removal technology leverages the ability of phosphazene polymers discriminate between water and metal ions, which allows water to pass through the membrane while retaining the ions.

08/31/2012
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Laser Catalyst

INL’s Laser Catalyst is a method for removing contaminant matter from a porous material. A polymer material is applied to a contaminated surface and then irradiated to cause redistribution of the contaminant matter. The final step is removal of a portion of the polymer material from the surface.

08/31/2012
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Electrolysis – High Temperature – Hydrogen

INL has developed a high-temperature process the utilizes solid oxide fuel cells that are operated in the electrolytic mode. The first process includes combining a high-temperature heat source (e.g. nuclear reactor) with a hydrogen production facility by taking a stream of water and heating it and then splitting the water into hydrogen and oxygen product streams.

A second method uses several loops, including a primary heat loop, intermediate exchange loop, power generation loop, and... read more

08/31/2012
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Electrolysis – Hydrogen

INL has invented a process that leverages nuclear technology in combination with various carbon sources to produce synthetic gases for refinement into synthetic transportation fuels/chemicals. Using solid-state electrolysis, water is decomposed to hydrogen and oxygen in one process, while carbon dioxide is decomposed to carbon monoxide and oxygen in another. From these products some of the hydrogen is combined with oxygen to form water, while more hydrogen reacts with carbon monoxide to produce... read more

08/31/2012
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Advanced Material Development, Processing and Characterization
The patented suite of Advanced Material Development, Processing and Characterization offers armor structures to prevent unauthorized entry or intrusion into a building or area. Primarily, armor structures, like load bearing walls or exterior doors, are designed for resisting an attack from a wide variety of sources.
08/31/2012
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An Additive Resin Reaction Product, a Method of Treating a Wood Product, and a Wood Product

 INL has developed a novel hybrid organic/inorganic substance that is highly flame resistant, fully compatible and directly bondable with the most common wood impregnation resins in current use. This substance is expected to improve not only the flame resistance of the wood, but also simultaneously lengthen useful lifetimes.

08/31/2012
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Photon Induced Positron Annihilation (PIPA)

This suite of patents define a non-destructive testing technology that uses photon induced positrons to measure volumetric changes in the lattice structure of metals, polymers, and ceramic components.  The system uses a linear accelerator or calibrated photon source, a germanium (Ge) detector and a data processing that can be operated by an easily-trained individual to provide results for further interpretation. The photon source is directed toward a target to create positrons within it,... read more

04/27/2011
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Solid Catalyzed Isoparaffin Alkylation at Supercritical Fluid and Near-Supercritical Fluid Conditions

INL has developed a solid catalyst process for the alkylation reaction of isoparaffins with olefins over solid catalysts. The process includes contacting a mixture of an isoparaffin, an olefin and a phase-modifying material with a solid acid catalyst member under alkylation conversion conditions at either supercritical fluid, or near-supercritical fluid conditions. Temperature and pressure conditions are important in relation to the critical temperature (Tc) and the critical pressure (Pc) of... read more

04/14/2011
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Methods and Systems for the Production of Hydrogen

INL has developed a novel process for producing hydrogen using a reduced outlet temperature of Very High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor. This process uses a combination of hydrogen recycle, a molten salt or helium, and a supercritical CO2 cycle. This method preheats the feed, reduces pumping power in the primary side and/or thermal transmission piping, and converts the power unit, achieving a high electrical conversion efficiency of 45%. This process reduces the operating outlet temperature... read more

04/14/2011
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Phosphazene Membranes for Gas Separations

Researchers at INL have developed novel membrane materials for the selective removal of polar gases from non-polar gases, such as methane. 

04/14/2011