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clean water

Hydrodynamic separation: Cost-effective dewatering of microalgae for biofuels

PARC’s hydrodynamic separation (HDS) innovation provides a compact, low-energy, cost-effective method to dewater microalgae for biofuels and other applications.

Hydrodynamic Separation: Innovative solutions for wastewater treatment

PARC’s Hydrodynamic Separation (HDS) provides a compact, low-energy, cost-efficient method of concentrating biomass in wastewater processes.

cleantech and energy

Adaptive Current-Collector Electrochemical Systems (ACES)

PARC is developing an intrinsically safe battery architecture for high-assurance military applications.  Utilizing thin film electronic components, the flow of current is controlled locally so that the battery's output stays within safe limits at all times.

Carbon-Neutral Liquid Fuel

PARC is developing a commercially viable approach to making carbon- neutral liquid fuel from sunlight and seawater that has the potential to be cost-effective, scalable, efficient, and, most important, realizable within the existing fuel infrastructure.

High-Performance Structured Battery Electrodes

PARC offers a proven co-extrusion printing technique, CoEx, that can enhance both the energy and power densities of batteries. A cost-effective way to manufacture structured electrodes, this technique can be applied to both cathodes and anodes for most mature battery chemistries.

PARC EE-Scope

By combining power usage and public data, PARC EE-Scope increases the effectiveness of EE programs via a set of tools to improve the design, targeting, and monitoring of residential EE offerings.

Right now, utility bills may indicate if a home uses more energy than its peers. EE-Scope goes beyond identifying “who” and asks “why” these homes are consuming so much more (or less) for air conditioning, heating, or other appliances. Combining PARC’s physics-based analytics and increasingly sophisticated power data, EE-Scope can help a utility assess the potential reasons for energy consumption and more accurately assess what home or behavioral modifications will have the most impact for each consumer.

PARSE: Low-cost Sorting for Scrap Recycling Industry

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Current sorting technologies for light metals are either too costly or ineffective, and therefore certain aluminum recycling streams are shipped overseas for sorting and recycling. We want to add value to the US recycling industry by improving the quality of their scrap streams through low-cost sorting.

Printed Integral Batteries

PARC offers a novel co-extrusion printing technique that enables the printing of a full-thickness battery cathode, anode, and separator in a signle pass to dramatically improve battery performance and reduce production costs.

Threat-Adaptive Installation Energy Management

PARC is developing advanced energy management technologies capable of co-optimizing mission-critical energy needs with the economic value of energy assets

Very High Specific Power III-IV Solar Cells in a Rugged, Flexible, Low-Cost "Solar Blanket"

PARC, together with Triton Systems and PV Scientific, is developing a flexible solar blanket based on micro-optic solar concentrators and high efficiency III-V solar cells.  This combination offers the best possible tradeoff among cost, weight, flexibility and efficiency.

content-centric networking

CCN protocol: Relieve telecommunications backhaul congestion

PARC has developed a communications protocol complementing existing IP infrastructure to dramatically reduce backhaul congestion on telecommunications networks.

design and digital manufacturing

Intelligent Automation

PARC’s integrated planning + control platform (“Plantrol”) enables enterprises in a number of industries to build modular systems that operate intelligently for higher flexibility and availability, with shorter development and testing timeframes than traditional automation approaches.

general/ innovation/ corporate

PARC at-a-glance [fact sheet]

An overview of PARC at a glance.

The Business of Breakthroughs [brochure]

PARC corporate brochure. Provides an overview of why to work with us, what we do, ways to work with us, track record of companies and contributions, and client criteria.

innovation services

Innovation Services brochure

Breakthroughs may be born in the lab or boardroom, but they live or die in the marketplace – where people determine their real-world value through actual use. That's why PARC’s approach to innovation -- including ethnography -- places as much importance on people as it does on technology. Breaking down the silos that commonly separate research, engineering, social science, design, and business strategy, PARC is uniquely suited to help our clients identify unmet needs in the marketplace, recommend innovation practices that work, and introduce products and services that sell.

Methods for Ethnography: REACT

Ethnographic insights have the power to fundamentally change perceptions, but it is often difficult to share observation-based insights out of context, and many clients don’t have the time to participate in workshops to absorb insights. PARC's Rapid Ethnographic Assessment and Communication Technique (REACT) compresses the ethnography process into a relatively short period of time and delivers findings that are essentially "self-presenting"…

intelligent automation

Intelligent Automation

PARC’s integrated planning + control platform (“Plantrol”) enables enterprises in a number of industries to build modular systems that operate intelligently for higher flexibility and availability, with shorter development and testing timeframes than traditional automation approaches.

Low-cost mobile robotic mapping, localization, navigation

PARC’s Mobile Entity Localization and Tracking (MELT) enables new indoor service, networking, and surveillance applications.

optoelectronics and optics

LED and Laser Diode Services

PARC offers a superior combination of world-class technical expertise, fully integrated on-site development and prototyping infrastructure, and the ability to develop new processes in a commercial MOCVD reactor that are readily transferable to high-volume full-production systems.

Optics and Optical Systems Services

Companies, both large and small, can now take advantage of PARC’s expertise in leading-edge optics and optical systems development to further their business goals. PARC’s capabilities today include micro and large-area imaging and non-imaging optical system designs, prototyping, process optimization, and transfer to manufacturing.

printed and flexible electronics

ClawConnect™ Compliant High-Density Interconnect

PARC has invented and developed the ClawConnect™ compliant, high-density, interconnect (HDI) platform technology. This technology enables ultra-thin, ultra-small, high-performance solutions -- with low total cost of ownership and without sacrificing quality and reliability.

Printed and Flexible Electronics Services: Application Development

Targeted at companies and institutions interested in developing products based on printed or flexible electronics, this suite of services provides design and fabrication of “proof of concept” level demonstrators.

Printed and Flexible Electronics Services: Development and optimization of materials and devices

Targeted primarily at suppliers and developers of substrate materials and printable semiconductors, dielectrics and metals, this suite of services provides development and optimization of materials and devices for many applications such as displays, sensing, and processing.

Printed and Flexible Electronics Services: Full System Prototyping

This suite of services is targeted at clients who require hardened prototypes to demonstrate their materials, fabrication tools or circuit product ideas.

 

 

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High-Performance Structured Battery Electrodes

PARC offers a proven co-extrusion printing technique, CoEx, that can enhance both the energy and power densities of batteries. A cost-effective way to manufacture structured electrodes, this technique can be applied to both cathodes and anodes for most mature battery chemistries.