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FY2022 Energy Seed Grant for Innovation application will be open October 1, 2021

The Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2) is focused on translating university energy research into new clean energy companies in the State of Maryland and thus simultaneously benefiting our environment and creating high paying jobs to help our State economy. MEI2 proposes a unique opportunity through the following seed grant program to bridge the gap between academic transformative laboratory research results and prototype demonstrations to obtain investor interest.  This call will support multiple seed grant awards with a maximum award ceiling of $100,000 USD as well as potential Phase 2 awards with a maximum ceiling of $200,000 USD for those projects that received a prior seed grant. The total amount of funding available for the 2022 Seed Grant Program is $400,000 USD.  For the full announcement and requirements click here

Criteria

Eligibility: All full-time tenured or tenure track faculty members at any Maryland state academic institution or Maryland companies affiliated with and commercializing inventions created by those faculty.

Program Focus: The intent of the program is to foster commercialization by translating energy research into a prototype device or process through technology development, creation and/or advancement of university start-up companies within the state of Maryland.

Expectations: The project should advance energy technology and economic growth in Maryland. The device or process should have appropriate intellectual property protection (invention disclosure, patent application, or patent) filed with the applicant institution. At the end of one year, a report that describes work done and includes a commercialization plan will be the final deliverable for the project. The plan should include: 1) clear market assessment and strategy; 2) a viable revenue model; and 3) a strategy for financing the plan.

2021 Recipients

  • Scaled Electronic Inks as Transparent Conductors for the Solar Cell and Energy-Efficient Lighting Industries (PHASE II); Lead PI: Susanna Thon, Johns Hopkins University; Partnering Company: Nano Direct, LLC
  • Insulating Wood Panels for Energy Efficient Wall Retrofits; Lead PI: Amy Gong, University of Maryland College Park; Partnering Company: Invent Wood LLC
  • A Digital Twin For Lithium-Sulfur Battery Management; Lead PI: Hosam Fathy, University of Maryland College Park; Partnering Compnay: Digitalis Technologies
  •  Translation of UMD Research Findings into an AI Thermostat Prototype for Thermal Comfort and Load Sheading; Lead PI: Jelena Srebric, University of Maryland College Park; Partnering Company: Build Sci, Inc.

2020 Recipients

  • Multi-Winding Planar Transformer for Energy Router in Smart Homes; Lead PI: Alireza Khaligh, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Maryland College Park; Partnering Company: AmpX Technologies, Inc.
  • Mind Your Feet – Knitting Meta-Cool into Socks; Lead PI: YuHuang Wang, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland College Park; Partnering Company: Coolwave Dynamics, LLC
  • Swirl Stove: Swirling combustion for efficient wood burning; Lead PI: Taylor Myers; Partnering Company: MF Fire Inc.
  • Utilizing Industrial Hemp Biomass for High Throughput Biofuel Production in Maryland; Lead PIs: Jurgen Schwarz, Professor and Chair, and Sadanand Dhekney, Professor, Agriculture, Food and Resource Science, University of Maryland Eastern Shore; Partnering Company: Atlantic Biomass Company
  • Poultry Litter to Energy; Lead PI: Seong Lee, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Morgan State University; Partnering Company: Cykloburn Technologies, LLC
  • Thermohalt Li-Ion Battery Management System Development and Customer Test; Lead PI: Rengaswamy Srinivasan, Lead Scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab; Partnering Compnay: Thermohalt Technology, LLC

2019 Recipients

  • RoCo (the Roving Comforter - Phase 2); Lead PI: Reinhard Radermacher, Professor and Director Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, University of Maryland College Park; Partnering Companies: Mobile Comfort, Daikin and Alliance Material Handling 
  • A Novel Geared Infinitely Variable Transmission for Tidal Current Energy Harvesting; Lead PI: Weidong Zhu, Professor Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Partnering Company: Talos Industry Corporation
  • Packaging of Solid-State Batteries for Strategic Partner Testing and Product Integration; Lead PI: Greg Hitz, CTO Ion Storage Systems, LLC; University Collaborator: Eric Wachsman, Professor Materials Science Engineering, University of Maryland College Park

2018 Recipients

  • Biogas Enhancement and Ammonia Extraction for Increased Revenue in Waste-to-Energy Systems; Lead PI: Stephanie Lansing, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science & Technology, University of Maryland College Park, Partnering Company: Planet Found Energy Systems, LLC
  • Large Area Quantum Dot Solar Cells for Building Integrated Photovoltaics; Lead PI: Susanna Thon, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Johns Hopkins University; Partnering Company: NanoDirect LLC
  • Prototype Study of One-Step Membrane Reactor for Stranded Natural Gas to Liquids; Lead PI: Dongxia Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland College Park; Partnering Company: Protonic Membranes
  • RoCo (the Roving Comforter); Lead PI: Reinhard Radermacher, Professor and Director Center for Environmental Energy Engineering, University of Maryland College Park; Partnering Companies: Mobile Comfort, Daikin and Alliance Material Handling

 

 

Maryland State 

AES Energy Innovation Challenge

Overview 

The Energy Innovation Challenge is uniquely designed to demonstrate the interdisciplinary nature of the energy industry. Student teams will be asked to create a presentation detailing a solution in response to the prompt that is posed. Teams will receive a briefing packet for prompt(s) related to a relevant clean energy problem faced in the industry (e.g., deployment of microgrids, grid reliability, alternative fuels development). 

Register for one of the online information sessions: 

  1. Thursday September 30th from 6-7PM – Registration Link
  2. Thursday October 7th from 6-7PM – Registration Link

Student Team Requirements 

  • Size: 3-5 students 
  • Minimum Education: Enrolled in graduate degree or equivalent program. 
  • Interdisciplinary Requirement: At least two different undergraduate or graduate disciplines represented. 
  • Academic Institution: Students must be currently attending the same academic institution. 
  • Students are required to form their own teams. In the informational sessions led by AES, students who have not formed or joined a team will have an opportunity to meet other students interested in participating in the Challenge. 
  • Students will be required to sign a Confidentiality Agreement in the initial application. 
  • There will be no tolerance of two or more teams working together to develop solutions or breeching of another team’s solution. 

Competition Stages 

The Energy Innovation Challenge is organized into three stages: 

  • Team Applications: Unlimited teams 
  • First Round Presentations: Top 15 teams 
  • Final Round Presentations: Top 3-5 teams 

The 1st and 2nd place teams will be announced immediately following the Final Round Presentations on 11/12. 

Since 2008, Ms. Barbara Hulka has provided the Hulka Energy Research Fellowship to support graduate student research in selected alternative energy fields at the University of Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2). This announcement serves as a request for proposals for engineering graduate student(s) and their faculty advisor(s) to seek funding to pursue new research in one of the following research areas:

  • advanced solar energy conversion,
  • fuels and power from sustainable biological processes,
  • renewable wind energy,
  • ocean thermal or wave energy or geothermal energy conversion

The University of Maryland Energy Innovation Institute (MEI2) is privileged to offer the Harry K. Wells Fellowship.  Mr. Harry K. Wells established an endowment to support engineering graduate student research in energy at the University of Maryland (UMD). This announcement serves as a request for proposals for engineering graduate student(s) and their faculty advisor(s) to seek funding to pursue new research in the field of sustainable energy generation and/or storage.

SMART offers scholarships for undergraduate, master's, and doctoral students currently pursuing a degree in one of the 21 STEM disciplines. SMART scholars receive full tuition, annual stipends, internships, and guaranteed employment with the DoD after graduation.

The purpose of the ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship is to encourage young professionals and scholars to pursue battery and fuel cell research. The fellowship is awarded to a minimum of one candidate annually. Winners receive a restricted grant of no less than $50,000 to conduct the research outlined in their proposal within one year. Winners also receive a one-year complimentary ECS membership as well as the opportunity to present and publish their research with ECS.

 


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