Anax Power generates clean power from natural gas, without combustion. The company uses a turboexpander generator specifically designed for the natural gas transmission market to create financial and environmental value for pipeline operators, natural gas power plants, and large industrial users of natural gas and electricity.
Power plants are one of the largest users of water in the US, and most of it is used for cooling. Infinite Cooling is a company spun-out of an MIT research lab with technology that utilizes electric fields to capture water as it leaves power plant cooling tower exhausts, saving these facilities 20% on their water use and expense, as well as eliminating visible plumes. The system is easily retrofitted to most cooling towers without a power plant shutdown and with no impact on performance. The company has two ongoing projects at natural gas and nuclear facilities. Infinite Cooling is funded by one of the world’s premier energy investors and it was founded in 2017 by MIT researchers Dr. Maher Damak (CEO), Dr. Karim Khalil (CTO), and Prof. Kripa Varanasi (Chairman). The company has won the MIT Clean Energy Prize, the National DOE Cleantech UP Grand Prize, the Rice Business Plan Competition Grand Prize, the MassChallenge Grand Prize and the MIT $100K Competition Grand Prize.
Sensatek Propulsion Technology, Inc. (Sensatek) offers extreme monitoring of temperatures up to 1,400C. Sensatek’s patented sensors are embedded on rotating and stationary gas turbine blades to obtain more accurate combustion firing temperature data, enabling gas turbines to operate more efficiently – leading to more electricity production. Sensatek’s sensors boost revenue without increasing cost, and allow operators to more efficiently conduct reliability-based maintenance on an as-needed basis, driving additional cost savings. Our solution offers gas turbine fleet owners the capability to place small-sized sensors in hard to reach areas, and transmit the sensed data wirelessly. The sensor is made of polymer-derived ceramics (PDC) that are able to withstand the high temperature and harsh environment of turbine engines, and requires no external power source or batteries.