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APS Technology Inc. | Date: 2016-08-04

Disclosed is method of determining one or more unit cells of a poly-crystalline sample and indexing a set DV of 3D diffraction vectors . The method comprising obtaining a plurality of candidate first lattice plane normal vectors and a plurality of candidate second lattice plane normal vectors for a particular unknown grain; using said plurality of candidate first lattice plane normal vectors and said plurality of candidate second lattice plane normal vectors to select a plurality of subsets SSDV_n of the set DV of 3D diffraction vectors and processing said plurality of subsets SSDV_n of 3D diffraction vectors to determine a primary candidate unit cell PCUC defined by three lattice vectors; wherein the primary candidate unit cell PCUC is validated by evaluating the fit of the PCUC with the full set DV of 3D diffraction vectors.


Patent
APS Technology Inc. | Date: 2017-02-08

Disclosed is method of determining one or more unit cells of a poly-crystalline sample and indexing a set DV of 3D diffraction vectors. The method comprising obtaining a plurality of candidate first lattice plane normal vectors and a plurality of candidate second lattice plane normal vectors for a particular unknown grain; using said plurality of candidate first lattice plane normal vectors and said plurality of candidate second lattice plane normal vectors to select a plurality of subsets SSDV_n of the set DV of 3D diffraction vectors and processing said plurality of subsets SSDV_n of 3D diffraction vectors to determine a primary candidate unit cell PCUC defined by three lattice vectors; wherein the primary candidate unit cell PCUC is validated by evaluating the fit of the PCUC with the full set DV of 3D diffraction vectors.


Patent
APS Technology Inc. | Date: 2017-03-01

A method for washing fish flesh to remove water soluble sarcoplasmic proteins includes producing a mixture by combining wash water with fish flesh having sarcoplasmic and myofibrillar proteins, wherein the wash water removes some of the sarcoplasmic protein from the fish flesh; depositing the mixture on a screen separator. The wash water having sarcoplasmic proteins is separated from the mixture while a speed of the screen separator and a speed of the mixture at the interface with the screen separator remains about equal and reducing or eliminating shear forces at the interface between the screen separator and the fish flesh. Thus, washed fish flesh fish flesh with an increase in a percent of myofibrillar protein retained in the fish flesh is produced. In order to have a speed of the screen separator belt be equal with a speed of the mixture at the interface, the perforated screen separator is stationary, vibrating only in the up and down direction, advancing slowly or fast, or advancing only intermittently, while the wash water is allowed to percolate through the fish flesh and exit the perforated screen.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-29-2016 | Award Amount: 4.12M | Year: 2016

LEDLUM develops a highly integrated very cost competitive light engine technology platform for Solid State Lighting (SSL) connected directly to the electrical power grid. The new platform reduces size by 90%, material cost by more than 50% and losses by 20% compared to state-of-the-art solutions. Further LED-Drivers are the limiting factor for SSL Engines in reliability, lifetime and maintenance. The root cause is the electrolytic capacitor; whose removal is essential to increase the lifetime of LED drivers to match the LEDs (100.000 hrs). This is not practically possible with existing components and circuits, but combining the very high frequency (VHF=30-300MHz) technology with innovative energy-storage-concepts enable LEDLUM to achieve this. Based on this new VHF-approach LEDLUM uses embedding technology for both magnetic and capacitive components, hence enabling integration of light-source and driver/control-electronics on the same substrate. In 2020 the European LED-luminaire market will grow to 9B. and the corresponding LED-driver market to approx. 820M. LEDLUM addresses the size-driven and low-to-medium power luminaires with a potential of 90M. This will generate additional business and employees in Europe, as the LEDLUM-approach replaces the older technology made in other countries, which increasingly swash into Europe. The impact is even bigger if the European companies address the potential of 350M worldwide. To achieve these highly ambitious goals, LEDLUM unites leading players in the field of VHF, integration, LED-Driver and light-fixture-design from science and industry in a well-balanced and intensive collaboration. The drastic size reduction enabled by the innovative technology platform in LEDLUM is a direct response to the Breakthrough in miniaturization of SSL light engines and systems contained in the RIA of the ICT29 call. By developing the worlds smallest Light Engine, LEDLUM establish Europe as the world leading innovator in SSL solutions.


In the frame of previous FP6 and FP7 projects with involvement of IZADI-NANO2INDUSTRY consortium members nanotechnologies have demonstrated their effectiveness for enhancing materials and manufacturing processes performance up to a certain level tested in intended environment (TRL 5). Different nanotechnology based strategies have been addressed to develop methods to improve thermoplastics and metallic parts using current industrial manufacturing processes. Three strategies appear promising to be further implemented in real component manufacturing production plants: master-batches for thermoplastics, master-pellets for metals and nanostructured powders for metallic coatings. IZADI-NANO2INDUSTRY project proposes different solutions based on KETs such as nanotechnology, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing. The project aims to implement the master-batches, the master-pellets and the nanostructured powders in three innovative PILOTS, developed and installed at three existing production plants that will effectively manufacture real components (B-pillar, Swash plate and Valve plate) integrating safe-by-design approaches into the developments stages. The project follows to develop inherently safer production methods. IZADI-NANO2INDUSTRY is an industry driven project with up to 44% of the budget devoted to SMEs. It proposes solutions that will generate new market opportunities for European Automotive, Construction and Agricultural Machinery sectors offering to OEMs new added-value products. IZADI-NANO2INDUSTRY project is supported by the government of the regions where the PILOTS will be installed. The project addresses an innovation action that is in line with the Basque Country, Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna regions RIS-3 Smart Specialization Strategy.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: COMPET-03-2015 | Award Amount: 997.66K | Year: 2016

META-REFLECTOR aims at developing a radically new technology to produce Optical Solar Reflectors (OSRs) and to govern the thermo-optical properties of the interface between the spacecraft and the space environment. Based on an extremely thin, first surface meta-material coating, the new meta-OSR will combine the performance and durability of traditional quartz OSRs, with the ease of use of Silver / Teflon, flexible OSRs. Furthermore, meta-OSRs will be implementable on a wide range of mechanical supports, including very thin (1 MIL) plastic foils that are not transparent (and therefore incompatible with the standard OSR second surface solutions), and plastic foils that, unlike Kapton and Teflon, are not subject to any commercial restriction. Finally, the new meta-OSR will integrate, on demand, Smart Radiator Device functions, that is ability to adapt its emissivity depending on temperature (low emissivity in the cold phase, high emissivity in the hot phase), without the intervention of an active thermal control system. The project team includes: a) a private research center, with a sound expertise in thermo-optical coatings for space applications; b) an university research group specialized in nanophotonics and in metamaterial design and development; c) a SME specialized in the fabrication of photonic nano-patterns by large area techniques; d) a major system integrator with a clear view of the market and the needs of the space industry. Furthermore, the project involves in an Advisory Board other industrial space actors with competences in niche markets that can take specific advantages from the meta-OSR technology.


There is provided a vertical lift (101) comprising an upwardly and downwardly movable carrier structure (108), where the carrier structure is configured to carry multiple load units (106) at respective sections and with first transportation means (203) configured to insert and withdraw respective load units into and from the storage rack (105). The system is characterized in that the carrier structure is configured with second transportation means (204) to shift load units sideways on the carrier structure between its sections. In some embodiments the first transportation means comprises telescopic arms (301) and the second transportation means comprises rollers. There is also provided a method of operating such a carrier structure in a vertical lift storage system.


Grant
Agency: Department of Energy | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.85K | Year: 2016

The high-level radioactive nuclear waste resulting from mankind’s usage of nuclear fuels is extremely hazardous to the health and safety of people and living organisms, demanding long-time storage in a remote, yet benign, environment. The disposal of spent nuclear waste in deep crystalline basement rocks has been discussed and promoted in the public domain as a long-term solution to the permanent disposition of these materials. At proposed depths approaching 5 km, the desired physical environment must entail an essentially vertical borehole, very low formation porosities and permeabilities, the presence of either no or highly-saline formation water, and the absence of fracture zones. The Proposed Solution: The company has developed a steerable borehole drilling tool and has successfully shown in field tests its capability to steer a vertical borehole. During Phase 1, feasibility studies and functional and system architectural requirements will be generated to incorporate a natural gamma radiation sensor- to provide information concerning the presence of fracture zones - and a mud resistivity sensor to provide measurements of groundwater salinity. A communications system will also be developed that will enable real-time transmission of the borehole inclination and formation properties to the surface. During Phase II, the system will be designed and prototypes built and tested. Commercial Applications: The resulting commercial product has market applications beyond the drilling of nuclear waste disposal boreholes, including oil and gas exploration and development, groundwater studies, geothermal installations, and geophysical analyses of active fault zones.Key Words: Steerable drilling tool, borehole inclination, formation sensing, downhole communications, real-time data transmission, natural formation gamma radiation, formation water salinity


Grant
Agency: Department of Energy | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 1.00M | Year: 2016

The high-level radioactive nuclear waste resulting from mankind’s usage of nuclear fuels is extremely hazardous to the health and safety of people and living organisms, demanding long-time storage in a remote, yet benign, environment. The disposal of spent nuclear waste in deep crystalline basement rocks has been discussed and promoted in the public domain as a long-term solution to the permanent disposition of these materials. At proposed depths approaching 5 km, the desired physical environment must entail an essentially vertical borehole, very low formation porosities and permeabilities, the presence of either no or highly-saline formation water, and the absence of fracture zones. The Proposed Solution: The company has developed a steerable borehole drilling tool and has successfully shown in field tests its capability to steer a vertical borehole. During Phase 1, feasibility studies and functional and system architectural requirements will be generated to incorporate a natural gamma radiation sensor- to provide information concerning the presence of fracture zones - and a mud resistivity sensor to provide measurements of groundwater salinity. A communications system will also be developed that will enable real-time transmission of the borehole inclination and formation properties to the surface. During Phase II, the system will be designed and prototypes built and tested. Commercial Applications: The resulting commercial product has market applications beyond the drilling of nuclear waste disposal boreholes, including oil and gas exploration and development, groundwater studies, geothermal installations, and geophysical analyses of active fault zones.Key Words: Steerable drilling tool, borehole inclination, formation sensing, downhole communications, real-time data transmission, natural formation gamma radiation, formation water salinity


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SME-1 | Phase: SMEInst-02-2016-2017 | Award Amount: 71.43K | Year: 2016

There is an immediate need from the European plastics industry to add value to everyday products and to advance the moulding technology. There are several reasons for this including global competition, regulation on chemical additives, recyclability and environmental legislation. Decoration of plastics, reduction of food waste and easy to paint plastics are just a few areas where our patented FBS technology (currently TRL6) will have significant impact. FBS will upgrade and advance current injection moulding tools by integration of functional nanopatterns; thereby achieving Functionality by Structure (FBS). Marketing activities started a year ago, and the feedback has been overwhelming. We experience a loud and clear request from the market for specific demonstrators. Our task is to validate our business model, prepare for establishment of in-house production and prepare a detailed market analysis (Phase 1). Our current capacity cannot meet requests, and investments are needed to make demonstrators and to mature FBS for production (Phase 2). Applying for funding is part of NILTs strategy to make FBS a viable and scalable business. Today, NILT is serving the nanotechnology industry with state-of-the-art masters for nanoimprint and we will expand through commercialization of FBS. FBS will be the killer technology that escalates NILTs growth. Innovation and commercialisation is in the DNA of NILTs organisation and expanding from niche nanotechnology to mature industry is in-line with our vision: To implement nanostructuring production solutions for better health and sustainable living. FBS is a versatile patented technology that can add value to almost any plastic product with minimal entry barriers and risk for the industry. The technology is needed, the market is enormous and the impact is high. This is the business opportunity that our innovation project address.

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