MTECH announces New Venture Support Services (NVSS)
February 15, 2011: MTECH now offers a comprehensive suite of professional services which can assist new ventures in bridging the gap between startup and mature team formation, allowing firms to carefully build and organize a team without the intense added pressure of delivering instant results within this early timeframe.
In many new ventures, regardless of how well-capitalized, new ideas can fall by the wayside because the new venture does not have a team securely in place or the means to get to a realistic conceptual design or prototype. MTECH can take these very promising ideas and give them an honest evaluation without breaking the bank.
Typically, all new ventures move ideas through the following key phases: (1) the conceptual design, (2) concept assessment, (3) prototyping, and (4) prototype assessment. MTECH can provide customers with assistance through all these phases. MTECH offers a small team of professionals with a proven track record of transitioning ideas from vague concepts to manufacturable prototypes.
For details on this new initiative visit our NVSS section.
MTECH Laboratories awarded two DOE grants
November 9, 2010: MTECH Laboratories, LLC, a research and development firm in New York State’s Capital District, has been awarded two Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Research and Development (SBIR) grants to apply its novel cryogenic power conversion technologies to high-power accelerators. The programs target development of high-voltage, high-current power devices exhibiting exceptional efficiencies and switching speeds. According to the programs’ Principal Investigator, Ed Mueller, “These components could be utilized in power supplies that drive superconducting elements used to accelerate particles to extremely high speeds. Particles are collided with each other or with special materials, and the resulting reactions give scientists a better understanding of the underlying sub-atomic physics. Faster, more efficient power devices improve the performance of accelerators.”
The SBIR program is a three-phase program. Both of MTECH’s current projects are in the first phase, which allows six months to establish feasibility, measure basic device and circuit properties, and develop conceptual designs. Prototype power devices would be fabricated and tested in Phase II. In Phase I, MTECH is collaborating with a number of national labs, including Stanford University’s SLAC National Accelerator Lab and the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) at Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
MTECH Laboratories, LLC is a broad-based R&D firm whose expertise encompasses power electronics, magnetics, materials research, and animation. MTECH is a a broad-based R&D firm whose expertise encompasses power electronics, magnetics, materials research, and animation. MTECH is a pioneer in cryogenic power conversion technologies. The firm’s major focus is to develop energy-efficient and high-performance components and circuitry for high-power applications. For more information about MTECH Laboratories, please contact Bill Wilson, Business Manager, at (518) 885-6436, or visit www.mtechlabs.com.
MTECH receives NASA award for cryogenic inverters
September 17, 2010 - MTECH Laboratories, LLC, located in the heart of New York’s Tech Valley, has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop and evaluate cryogenic inverters for use by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The announcement was made by Michael J. Hennessy, Ph.D., president of MTECH. For the past decade, MTECH has pioneered in developing ultra efficient power converters and inverters. MTECH inverters operate at extreme low temperatures and are compatible with high temperature superconductors. An outgrowth of earlier work done for the Department of Defense, the Navy evaluated this technology for its all-electric ship program. MTECH’s inverters are ideal for use in locations with cryogenic infrastructures and provide the advantages of high power and light weight when combined with superconducting motors and generators, resulting in very high power density.
“NASA’s turboelectric propulsion concept follows the lead of trains, ships and cars by inserting electric components into the ‘drive train’ between the engines and the propulsion fans”, according to Gerald R. Brown, Senior Research Engineer, NASA – Glenn Research Center. “Turbine engines would drive large generators to provide electric power and superconducting transmission lines would carry that power to multiple motors that drive the propulsion fans. The fans can be located remotely from the engine for aircraft design flexibility, can be integrated with the airframe to reduce drag and noise and can move more air to raise propulsive efficiency and reduce fuel usage. The required electric generators, motors and other components could not be made light and efficient enough for flight in the past. But new technology, such as new superconductors and MTECH’s cryogenic power converters, promises to shrink the components to flight weight with high energy efficiency.”
Founded in 2001, MTECH Laboratories, LLC provides advanced engineering solutions and technical services in many diverse fields. MTECH is a broadly-based company drawing on experience in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies. MTECH’s expertise ranges from power electronics and magnetics to materials research and animation. MTECH is a pioneer in the field of cryogenic power electronics and is one of the few companies in the world developing high-power cryogenic inverters for integration with superconducting cables, motors, and generators.
July 2010 - MTECH Laboratories, LLC has been awarded a $150,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to demonstrate the feasibility of its novel, high-efficiency energy distribution system for large buildings.
MTECH will use the award to conduct joint research with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering’s (CNSE) Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC) and EYP/energy, a division of EYP Architecture and Engineering, to advance its distribution technologies for use in a variety of locations – including semiconductor manufacturing facilities, hospitals and large data centers – where high power consumption and cooling are becoming major issues.
Dr. Michael J. Hennessy, President of MTECH, said, "We are pleased to receive this funding through the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research program. This partnership will leverage the . technological capabilities of CNSE’s E2TAC and the design expertise of EYP/energy to assist MTECH Laboratories in rapidly developing and commercializing its next-generation technology."
Dr. Pradeep Haldar, CNSE Professor and Head of Nanoengineering and Director of CNSE’s E2TAC, said, "We look forward to working with MTECH Laboratories and EYP/energy to accelerate the development and deployment of MTECH’s innovative technology for improved efficiency in energy distribution. This partnership is particularly important given the increased complexity in design and operation of high-tech buildings, and the growing need to integrate the use of clean and renewable sources of energy."
The distribution system is a DC-based system utilizing superconductors and cryogenic power conversion devices. For the past decade, MTECH has pioneered development of ultra-efficient power converters for military and aerospace applications. These devices convert power from DC sources such as solar cells, fuel cells and batteries to conventional 60-Hz AC power.
CryoCircuits launches new site
February 2010 - MTECH's affiliate, CryoCircuits, has updated its website. CryoCirCuits sells electronic components qualified for use at cryogenic temperatures, especially at 77K.