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Energy storage, energy efficiency, and renewable energy

The mega-trends of global warming, population growth, improving lifestyles in the developing world, and commodity shortages are driving the desperate need for innovation in the cleantech space.

PARC’s cleantech innovation program is focused on delivering scalable, cost-effective solutions that draw on a unique combination of multi-disciplinary competencies and experiences. We're diligently working on a wide range of initiatives, from energy storage to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

 

 

PARC's key enablers

Energy Storage

Energy Efficiency

Renewable Energy - Solar

Renewable Energy - Other

  • Printed Integral Batteries
  • Adaptive Current-Collector Electrochemical Systems (ACES)
  • Co-extruded Energy Devices
  • Battery Management Systems
  • Adaptive Energy Control Systems
  • Smart Grid
  • 3D Thermal Mapping
  • Advanced Cooling
  • Efficient Power Conversio
  • Solar Blanket
  • IBC Solar Cells
  • Low Resistance Contact
  • Large Area Micro-Optics
  • Solar Optics
  • PARSE - light scrap metal sorting
  • Threat-Adaptive Installation Energy Management
  • Renewable Liquid Fuels

Energy Storage

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 single pass to dramatically improve battery performance and reduce production costs.  The development of this technology is associated with the OPEN 2012 program award granted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

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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. 

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CoEx for Structured Battery Electrodes (using co-extrusion printing)

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.

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CoEx for Other Applications

PARC’s novel co-extrusion printing technique offers low-cost mass manufacturing to create micron-scale surface area features that improve the efficiencies of solar cells, batteries, fuel cells, thermoelectrics, superconductors, nuclear fuels, and more. 

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Battery Management Systems

PARC is developing a cost-effective solution for embedded high-fidelity, real-time battery sensing to provide unprecedented accuracy in measuring State of Charge (SoC) and State of Health (SoH). The development of this technology is funded by the award granted by the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) under the program for Advanced Management and Protection of Energy Storage Devices (AMPED).

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Energy Efficiency

Adaptive Energy Control Systems

PARC is developing advanced control systems capable of optimizing the value of energy assets in complex, multi-dimensional operating environments. In applications ranging from vehicle power systems to grid-tied batteries, PARC’s Adaptive Energy control systems rigorously co-optimize the value and performance of energy assets.

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read case study: Power Assure

Smart Grid

Fundamental shifts in the electric power landscape are leading to tremendous business opportunities. Yet despite recent progress with demand-side services, the full potential of loads remains largely unexplored. To address the unmet need and emerging market for fast-acting demand-side services, PARC has developed a Fast Demand Response (FDR) system solution. The distributed control technology implemented in FDR allows large numbers of small loads to work in concert to provide larger aggregate energy services while minimizing inconvenience to users – enabling small, flexible loads to participate in larger markets and provide high-quality energy services.

download white paper: Fast Demand Response

3D Thermal Mapping

PARC is developing a portable thermal mapping system that generates detailed measurements registered on a 3D map of a building or structure, making its use ideal for energy efficiency audits.

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High-efficiency Cooling

PARC offers a zero global warming potential (GWP) thermoacoustic cooling system with efficiency comparable to conventional vapor-compression cooling systems.

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Efficient Power Conversion

Miniaturization of power converters is important at many power levels, with applications ranging from portable electronics to photovoltaic systems. The size of power converters can be reduced by increasing the switching frequency, but with conventional techniques this results in reduced efficiency, more challenging regulation, and increased electromagnetic interference (EMI). PARC developed various innovative approaches to help miniaturize power converters without compromising on efficiency. 

Renewable Energy

PARSE - Probing Alloys for Rapid Sorting Electronchemically

Funded by ARPA-E, PARC develops light metal scrap sorting probe to reduce energy consumption, carbon emissions, and costs through identification and recycling of typically discarded scrap. 

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Very High Specfiic Power III-V 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. 

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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 

Military installation energy assets have the potential to generate significant revenue in commercial electricity markets, but this is often prevented by energy security concerns. PARC is developing energy management technologies that systematically account for threat status and adapt the energy management strategy to guarantee operational needs while maximizing economic potential. 

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Solar

PARC provides solar cell fabrication and research services.  We have a comprehensive prototyping infrastructure on-site and significant experience successfully developing technologies that lowered cost per watt in the solar PV area.  We leverage expertise in printing, optics, semiconductors, materials and processing to innovate and transfer our technologies to solar companies.  

download information sheet on "Cost-effective Production of IBC Solar Cells" in English | Japanese
download information sheet on "Low Resistance Contact for Silicon PV Cells" in English | Japanese
download information sheet on "Large Area Micro-optics for Solar Energy" in English | Japanese
read case study: SolFocus / download related white paper: Cost-competitive solar electricity

Renewable Liquid Fuels

While technologies are being pursued that produce CO2-free power, a complementary approach is to capture the CO2 emitted by existing power sources. The captured CO2 can then be sequestered underground, used for industrial processes, or used as a component of synthetic fuel. Atmospheric capture of CO2, however, is difficult due to the low atmospheric concentration of CO2 (0.039%). To address this challenge, PARC has developed technologies capable of capturing CO2 at atmospheric concentrations and delivering it at high concentrations. More recently, PARC is developing technologies capable of capturing CO2 from the sea. Seawater contains a vast resource of CO2 at higher concentration than is found in air. PARC has demonstrated the use of bipolar membrane electrodialysis to extract CO2 from seawater.

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blog posts   view all 

Structure for Better Batteries
posted 28 October 2013

Editor’s note:  This is the second article in our two-part series on the basics of CoEx technology. Battery manufacturers currently have a complicated trade-off

Recharge at Work? At Least For Your EV
posted 3 October 2013

Here in the Valley traffic is still congested but it’s a little, well, quieter and greener lately

ARPA-E Selects PARC Metal Sorting Research for Award of Nearly $1 Million
posted 19 September 2013

Out of the nation’s capital, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) today announced that PARC will receive nearly $1 million for new research and development of rapid scrap metal sorting to increase recycling possibilities


 

 

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