News Article | December 7, 2016
SANTA BARBARA, CA--(Marketwired - December 07, 2016) - QS Energy, Inc. (the "Company") ( : QSEP), a developer of integrated technology solutions for the energy industry, today announced that is now making available a portable, reduced-scale AOT (Applied Oil Technology) system for on-site testing of crude oil upon request by producers and transporters of unrefined petroleum products. Designed to be installed temporarily at customer facilities, the fully functional demonstration AOT unit can perform laboratory-grade analysis to measure the efficacy of the technology in reducing the viscosity of a series of grades and blends of crude oil using QS Energy's patented electrorheological process. "Following viscosity testing of crude oil samples at Temple University's Department of Physics laboratory, many of our customers request further analysis of their hydrocarbon production at their facilities," stated Greggory M. Bigger, QS Energy Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. "Having the benefit of this AOT demonstration unit enables us to pursue these opportunities efficiently and at reasonable customer cost while greatly accelerating the path toward full-scale AOT installations." Originally fabricated for a series of in-depth efficacy tests conducted at Southern Research in Alabama, the specially constructed AOT benchmarking unit provides for a variety of testing protocols which simulate the functionality of a full-size AOT system installed on a commercial crude oil pipeline. To ensure maximum accuracy and a detailed analysis of the results, the reduced-scale AOT unit includes pumps, viscometers, thermocouples, and a data acquisition system. "Our goal is to streamline the process of gathering the necessary engineering parameters and hydraulic analysis data to more efficiently transition the customer from an evaluation phase to a permanent deployment," Mr. Bigger added. "By making this on-site demonstration of our technology's efficacy available to producers and transporters anywhere in the world we can document definitively the potential flow volume gains, operational efficiencies, and cost reduction benefits possible by incorporating AOT into existing pipeline infrastructures." According to John Valenti, QS Energy's Project Manager, the reduced-scale AOT collects a broad spectrum of data relevant to viscosity reduction, pressure drop reduction, flow volume and other metrics similar to the detailed hydraulic analysis reports currently provided to prospective users of the crude oil pipeline optimization system. Mr. Valenti concurs that having the advantage of an on-site demonstration capability may result in a shortened AOT adoption time by eliminating the need for a full-scale test installation to establish the effectiveness of the AOT technology. "For the first time outside of the laboratory we can replicate the efficacy of AOT with a small form factor unit designed for easy transport so our team can demonstrate the potential return on investment of AOT prior to a full deployment of commercial AOT equipment," Mr. Bigger added, "This will also allow us to test a wider range of potential customer's products and help avoid difficulties in shipping dozens of crude oil samples that routinely become delayed due to Customs Service clearance or shipping vendor restrictions." Developed in partnership with scientists at Temple University in Philadelphia, AOT (Applied Oil Technology) is the energy industry's first crude oil pipeline technology using low-wattage electrical charges to improve flow volume and optimize the performance of midstream pipeline systems. During the past several years QS Energy has conducted testing of samples of crude oil from most of the primary oil production regions of the world under the supervision of Dr. Rongjia Tao, the chair of the Department of Physics at Temple University and a leading researcher in the development of technologies based on the use of electrorheological principles. For further information about QS Energy, Inc., visit www.QSEnergy.com, read our SEC filings at http://ir.stockpr.com/qsenergy/all-sec-filings and subscribe to Email Alerts at http://ir.stockpr.com/qsenergy/email-alerts to receive company news and shareholder updates. Some of the statements in this release may constitute forward-looking statements under federal securities laws. Please visit the following link for our complete cautionary forward-looking statement: http://www.qsenergy.com/site-info/disclaimer Developed in partnership with scientists at Temple University in Philadelphia, AOT (Applied Oil Technology) is the energy industry's first crude oil pipeline flow improvement solution using an electrical charge to coalesce microscopic particles native to unrefined oil, thereby reducing viscosity. Over the past four years AOT has been rigorously prepared for commercial use with the collaboration of over 30 engineering teams at 19 independent oil production and transportation entities interested in harnessing its demonstrated efficacy to increase pipeline performance and flow, drive up committed and uncommitted toll rates for pipeline operators, and reduce pipeline operating costs. Although AOT originally attracted the attention of pipeline operators motivated to improving their takeaway capacity during an historic surge in upstream output resulting from enhanced oil recovery techniques, the technology now represents what we believe to be the premiere solution for improving the profit margins of producers and transporters during today's economically challenging period of low spot prices and supply surplus. QS Energy, Inc. ( : QSEP), provides the global energy industry with patent-protected industrial equipment designed to deliver measurable performance improvements to crude oil pipelines. Developed in partnership with leading crude oil production and transportation entities, QS Energy's high-value solutions address the enormous capacity inadequacies of domestic and overseas pipeline infrastructures that were designed and constructed prior to the current worldwide surge in oil production. In support of our clients' commitment to the responsible sourcing of energy and environmental stewardship, QS Energy combines scientific research with inventive problem solving to provide energy efficiency 'clean tech' solutions to bring new efficiencies and lower operational costs to the upstream, midstream and gathering sectors. More information is available at: www.QSEnergy.com
News Article | October 31, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 31, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Southern Research honored the innovative work being conducted in its laboratories and facilities with the organization's Intellectual Property Awards, which build on a rich legacy of scientific discovery and exploration....
News Article | November 17, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Southern Research announced today the Alliance for Innovative Medical Technology (AIMTech) has won a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to expand its proof-of-concept program. The $500,000 award is part of nearly $15...
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Virology | Year: 2015
West Nile virus has become an important epidemiological problem attracting significant attention of health authorities, mass media, and the public. Although there are promising advancements toward addressing the vaccine need, the perspectives of the commercial availability of the vaccine remain uncertain. To a large extent this is due to lack of a sustained interest for further commercial development of the vaccines already undergoing the preclinical and clinical development, and a predicted insignificant cost effectiveness of mass vaccination. There is a need for a safe, efficacious and cost effective vaccine, which can improve the feasibility of a targeted vaccination program. In the present report, we summarize the background, the rationale, and the choice of the development pathway that we selected for the design of a live attenuated human West Nile vaccine in a novel infectious DNA format. © 2015 Elsevier Inc.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Air Force | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 149.92K | Year: 2015
ABSTRACT: This Phase I effort will identify and evaluate candidate materials to replace existing beryllium-copper alloy components for use in aerospace ground test flow facilities. The candidate materials must offer similar or better performance metrics (dimensional stability, lifetime, etc.), be domestically and readily available, offer similar or cheaper costs, and the ability to withstand temperatures and pressures on the order of 1000?F and 2000 psi, respectfully. This will be achieved through the identification of the wind tunnel nozzle details; selecting candidate materials based on the desirable melting temperature, mechanical erosion resistance, elevated temperature stability, thermodynamic stability, and theoretical thermal-structural performance; detailed design and analysis trade studies via the finite element method to establish preliminary design options; billets/test specimens fabrication; and characterization of critical material properties. The fabrication approaches will consider Vacuum Plasma Spray (VPS), electrochemical deposition (EL-Form?), and Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP). The characterization efforts will measure critical properties including thermal diffusivity (thermal conductivity, density, and specific heat), thermal expansion, Young?s modulus, and tensile strength/strain capability at select temperatures within the range of 75 - 3000?F for two candidate materials to replace beryllium-copper.; BENEFIT: The anticipated results of this Phase I project will include material property database development for two candidate materials to replace beryllium-copper and the establishment of preliminary design concepts for their use within the high pressure wind tunnel. The material property database development will initially be derived from experimental results developed from previous and ongoing programs coupled with literature data. These databases will then be supplemented with experimentally-derived material property measurements to be performed in this proposed effort. The characterization will measure critical properties including thermal diffusivity (thermal conductivity, density, and specific heat), thermal expansion, Young?s modulus, and tensile strength/strain capability at select temperatures within the range of 75 - 3000?F. The preliminary designs will define theoretically attractive design options for the entire wind tunnel nozzle assembly, including the identification of any necessary modifications to the existing materials and hardware. This proposed STTR fits into MR&D?s expanding role as designers of advanced materials for extreme environments for demanding commercial and aerospace/defense applications. Technical success in this proposed effort will further enhance our position of offering unique and desirable design and analysis technology. Since MR&D is a design service-based company, the designs that we develop become the property of our customers. Thus the MR&D business plan does not envision growth in terms of numbers of fabricated components or growth in sales of developed software products or database systems. Rather the proposed Phase I program will result in design expertise coupled with applicable fabrication and experimentation that ultimately can be used to assist the Air Force. Additionally the high pressure wind tunnel design knowledge gained by MR&D from the Phase I program will open new opportunities to provide design and analysis services for various potential customers.
Agency: Department of Defense | Branch: Missile Defense Agency | Program: STTR | Phase: Phase I | Award Amount: 99.95K | Year: 2010
This Phase I STTR effort will be focused on fabricating and scientifically characterizing Mo/Re (59 Mo-41 Re), and W-25Re alloys with other alloying additions such as small % of dispersion strengthening materials such as zirconia, hafnia, tungsten carbide, Hafnium (Hf), Zirconium, TaC, Hf-based carbides in select geometrical shapes using UTRON Kinetics''s innovative, and cost-effective Combustion Driven Powder Compaction (CDC) at higher pressures (e.g., up to 85-150 tsi). The samples will be fabricated using commercially available fine powders and select geometries to be fabricated include 1 inch diameter cylindrical disks, 3.5 inch long tensile dogbones as well as small scale near net shape geometry such as hollow cylinder valves using the existing tooling. We will develop the key CDC process optimization for various proposed alloys, suitable sintering response in hydrogen or suitable environment (e.g., vacuum/hydrogen sintering), density changes, geometry/surface/part quality, select mechanical tensile properties at room and elevated temperatures (e.g., 3500 F or higher in consulation with MDA sponsor and subcontractors such as ATK/SORI), microstructures and microchemistry. Based on the optimum process conditions, representative small scale hollow valve/liner (Phase I) and other complex high temperature components will also be fabricated using a special die/punch assembly and scaling up in Phase II. Further process optimization on the most promising W-Re and Mo/Re alloys or the dispersion strengthened alloy composites and rapid manufacturing strategies will be established and continued in Phase II and Phase III.
News Article | December 13, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark J. Suto, Ph.D., vice president of Drug Discovery at Southern Research, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in recognition of his wide-ranging contributions to pharmaceutical research and drug...
News Article | December 6, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Daniel Foundation of Alabama is supporting Southern Research's economic development activities with a $225,000 grant, building on the longstanding ties between the two Birmingham organizations. The gift will provide a...
News Article | December 21, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Southern Research announced today that C. Ray Hayes, chancellor of the University of Alabama System, and Nancy E. Dunlap, M.D., Ph.D., an accomplished health care administrator and professional, have joined the non-profit...
News Article | February 15, 2017
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Southern Research has been selected by NASA's Johnson Space Center for work under a specialized engineering, aeronautic, and manufacturing (SEAM) contract to support the Houston center's Flight Operations Directorate, which...