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Agency: National Science Foundation | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 750.00K | Year: 2015

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project is in demonstrating the commercial implementation of NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc.'s (NBD) Enhanced Condensation Coating. NBD's external surface coating sustains dropwise condensation on copper-based tubes, resulting in energy savings and increased efficiency for industrial condensers in steam power and thermal desalination plants. NBD's innovative and proprietary techniques ensure adhesion onto the substrate while not compromising the thermal resistance with the coating's sub-microscale thickness. NBD has validated the increased efficiency of its external surface condenser coating technology at a lab-scale and will carry out pilot tests to quantify the efficiency gain and technology durability at a system-level in industrial condensers, as requested by utility customers. NBD presents a technology that addresses the key commercial bottlenecks of durability, scalability and performance, which have stymied coatings in condensers, presenting a leapfrogging technology that addresses the water-energy nexus. Every 1% improvement in power plant efficiency results in $10MM revenue per plant per year, as stated by a partnering power generation company. Thus, any improvement in the efficiency of a steam condenser has significant impact that directly benefits both global energy and water sustainability efforts. This project contributes to R&D advancement focused on: large-scale chemical and coating processing, surface wettability, nano-and micro-scale heat transfer, condensation, and water and energy resource sustainability. The project's multidisciplinary nature reflects the dynamic aspects of condensation heat transfer phenomenon, which covers varying length scales (nano, micro, meso and macro scale) and time scales. Thus, the challenging nature of optimizing and sustaining enhanced condensation invites innovative and creative solutions to mitigate the water and energy resource management problems. During Phase I, the project demonstrated the proof of concept of the coating's condensation enhancement for both industrial condensers with pure steam (and trace amounts of non-condensable gases) and for HVAC/dehumidification systems where condensation occurs with higher concentrations of non-condensable gases. The objective of phase II proposal is to address and facilitate the required steps for scaling up and integrating NBD's condenser coating into industrial condensers' supply chain. NBD has identified industrial condensers as its primary entry market, where a greater increase in condenser system performance and savings in cost and fuel consumption can be reached. NBD has been establishing partnerships for pilot studies to perform larger scale experimental tests to validate its technology's performance, durability and system-level efficiency gains empirically.


Grant
Agency: Department of Agriculture | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase II | Award Amount: 500.00K | Year: 2015

Fog harvesting from fog nets has been intensively investigated to utilize untapped fresh water resources. Atmospheric water like fog constitutes approximately 0.04% of the earth's fresh water. If fog is harnessed appropriately, it has a huge potential to alleviate fresh water shortages due to depleting watershed and groundwater resources NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. is proposing a research program to commercialize a proprietary surface coating for fog net applications to exploit underused fresh water resources in fog-laden areas. The proposed coating consists of a proprietary blend of superhydrophobic coatings to which NBD has exclusive licensing rights, and uses a one-step dip process that is very amenable for mass-manufacturing and scale up. Also, an embedded drainage design and multi-layered fog nets can promote significant enhancement of water collection from the fog nets. During USDA SBIR Phase I, NBD has shown that by modifying the surface texture and chemistry of a fog net with a superhydrophobic coating, and optimizing the mesh structure, the fog collection efficiency of a system can be enhanced five-fold.Fog nets with enhanced water collection efficiency would provide an ecofriendly and low-cost solution towards reducing the strain on the fresh water supplies in drought-affected areas as well as providing an effective method of delivering water for onsite crop irrigation. If successfully implemented on a commercial scale, the enhanced fog harvesting abilities of the proposed fog nets will reduce the strain on watershed resources in drought afflicted regions, and provide a valuable source of fresh water in isolated rural communities.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: SMALL BUSINESS PHASE II | Award Amount: 900.00K | Year: 2015

The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project is in demonstrating the commercial implementation of NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc.s (NBD) Enhanced Condensation Coating. NBDs external surface coating sustains dropwise condensation on copper-based tubes, resulting in energy savings and increased efficiency for industrial condensers in steam power and thermal desalination plants. NBDs innovative and proprietary techniques ensure adhesion onto the substrate while not compromising the thermal resistance with the coatings sub-microscale thickness. NBD has validated the increased efficiency of its external surface condenser coating technology at a lab-scale and will carry out pilot tests to quantify the efficiency gain and technology durability at a system-level in industrial condensers, as requested by utility customers. NBD presents a technology that addresses the key commercial bottlenecks of durability, scalability and performance, which have stymied coatings in condensers, presenting a leapfrogging technology that addresses the water-energy nexus. Every 1% improvement in power plant efficiency results in $10MM revenue per plant per year, as stated by a partnering power generation company. Thus, any improvement in the efficiency of a steam condenser has significant impact that directly benefits both global energy and water sustainability efforts.



This project contributes to R&D advancement focused on: large-scale chemical and coating processing, surface wettability, nano-and micro-scale heat transfer, condensation, and water and energy resource sustainability. The projects multidisciplinary nature reflects the dynamic aspects of condensation heat transfer phenomenon, which covers varying length scales (nano, micro, meso and macro scale) and time scales. Thus, the challenging nature of optimizing and sustaining enhanced condensation invites innovative and creative solutions to mitigate the water and energy resource management problems. During Phase I, the project demonstrated the proof of concept of the coatings condensation enhancement for both industrial condensers with pure steam (and trace amounts of non-condensable gases) and for HVAC/dehumidification systems where condensation occurs with higher concentrations of non-condensable gases. The objective of phase II proposal is to address and facilitate the required steps for scaling up and integrating NBDs condenser coating into industrial condensers supply chain. NBD has identified industrial condensers as its primary entry market, where a greater increase in condenser system performance and savings in cost and fuel consumption can be reached. NBD has been establishing partnerships for pilot studies to perform larger scale experimental tests to validate its technologys performance, durability and system-level efficiency gains empirically.


Grant
Agency: Department of Agriculture | Branch: | Program: SBIR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 100.00K | Year: 2014

Large areas across the United States and around the world are afflicted by drought, a condition that inflicts damage to local economies and particularly to agriculture. While some communities are turning to expensive energy-intensive processes such as desalination and long distance transport to address water shortages, NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. is working to reduce stress on watershed resources by tapping into an underutilized fresh water resource - fog. Approximately 0.04% of the earth & #39;s fresh water is in the form of fog. In areas where fog droplets are heavy and the fog is thick, it can be collected by means of fog nets - simple systems with both minimal technology requirements and capital expenses. Fog harvesting has been so effective in some locations, that some developing communities are able to depend solely on fog nets to supply water for agriculture, cooking, and washing. Positive economic effects due to fog harvesting have already been observed in local populations along the arid coastal regions of Chile, Peru, and Nepal, among others. To date, fog nets are effective for harvesting water only in coastal regions where wind speeds are sufficiently high to support large fog droplets. In areas where fog is abundant but the size of the droplets is smaller, such as along the west coast of California, conventional polypropylene fog nets do not efficiently collect water. NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. aims to optimize the surface chemistry and geometrical properties of the fog nets in order to harvest fog droplets too small for conventional netting. If successful, the technology would allow water to be harvested along the arid coastal regions of California, among others, to be used on site for irrigation or transported to drier regions. The proposed technology has already been proven by academic partners at laboratory scale. During Phase I of this project, NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. will improve the chemistry of the coatings and scale up the manufacturing of the fog net prototypes. These prototypes will be tested under actual operating conditions in outdoor environments. Furthermore, NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. will test the quality of the water collected as well as investigate the durability and wear performance of the coated fog nets over time and under accelerated wear conditions. If successful, Phase II of this project will focus on further scale up and marketing issues. The initial target market for the advanced fog net coatings will be vineyard businesses where a commercial size fog net would be capable of continuously irrigating six vine plants in full foliage. Through this work, NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. hopes to create a profitable business, provide an inexpensive technology to harvest fog water, reduce the stress on existing watershed resources, increase job opportunities in the clean technology sector, and raise awareness of fog as a potential water source, particularly in California.


Patent
NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. | Date: 2015-10-07

The present disclosure relates, in exemplary embodiments, to compositions of matter comprising synthetic blends of at least two feedstocks that produce a distribution of fluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane molecule structures. The present disclosure also relates, in exemplary embodiments, to methods of making such synthetic blends.


Patent
NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. | Date: 2016-02-19

The present disclosure relates to compositions of matter comprising synthetic blends of at least two feedstocks that produce a distribution of fluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane compounds. The present disclosure also relates to methods of making such fluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane compounds from such synthetic blends. The present disclosure also relates to uses of such fluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane compounds.


Patent
NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. | Date: 2016-06-09

The present disclosure relates, in exemplary embodiments, to processes for preparing omniphobic coatings on a substrate. The disclosure further relates to substrates comprising an omniphobic coating comprising a fluoride ion encapsulated F-POSS.


Patent
NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. | Date: 2016-03-09

Functionalized F-POSS compounds comprising synthetic blends of at least two feedstocks that produce a distribution of fluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane molecule structures and/or functional groups.


Patent
NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. | Date: 2015-09-24

Fluorinated polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (F-POSS) copolymers and terpolymers useful in the field of coatings for enhancing performance of materials surfaces. Also disclosed are methods for making such copolymers and terpolymers.


A copolymer of polyvinyl alcohol and trifluoro acetaldehyde derivatized to have a substituent that contains fluorine. Such compositions are useful in compatibilizing fluorinated molecules that are to be blended into liquid materials or systems, as well as materials and systems that may be aerosolizable or foamable liquids.

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