MTECH Laboratories, LLC
Advanced Engineering, Research, and Development
Ballston Spa, NY
MTECH nearing completion of 1.7-MJ SMES system
October 2016: MTECH has been subcontracted by SuperPower Inc. in an Army-funded development of a Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) system. The fully integrated system, including cryogenic hardware, a cryogenic power conversion system, and advanced magnet protection system designed by MTECH, is nearing completion. The system is centered around a 25-Tesla high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet designed by Brookhaven National Lab using tape manufactured by SuperPower. MTECH’s CryoPower conversion system utilizes superconducting filters and highly efficient cryogenic power devices to extract the energy from the magnet in a controlled fashion.
MTECH develops AC-loss measurement equipment for superconducting FCLs
April 2015: MTECH has delivered a high-power AC loss measurement for a major customer to use in testing its superconducting fault-current limiters (FCLs). Superconducting materials can carry direct current (DC) with zero losses, but develop resistance above a critical current. FCLs utilize this property to limit fault current (such as short circuits) in high-power distribution systems. While superconductors exhibit zero resistance to DC currents, they do have relatively small losses associated with transmission of alternating currents (AC), and MTECH’s system allows the customer to measure these losses in conjunction with its own calorimetric measurement system.
MTECH awarded Phase IIB continuation of its DOE SBIR
June 2014: MTECH has been awarded a Phase IIB continuation of its Phase II DOE SBIR. The program focuses on development of cryogenic power conversion and cryogenic electronic hardware for superconducting applications such as high-power, superconducting magnet-based accelerator systems. The Phase IIB program involves moving MTECH’s cryogenic power electronic technologies closer to commercialization, and will include development and implementation of components for an advanced superconducting magnetic energy storage system.
MTECH participates in Army-funded SMES development program
May 2013: MTECH has been selected as a major subcontractor to SuperPower Inc. in an Army-funded program targeting development of a 1.7-MJ Superconducting Magnetic Energy Storage (SMES) system. The program is a continuation of an ARPA-E program involving SuperPower and Brookhaven National Lab (BNL), and headed by ABB, and will utilize the 25-Tesla high-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnet designed and built by BNL. MTECH’s role in the program involves design and development of a cryogenic power conversion system for extracting energy from the magnet, as well as integration of all cryogenic hardware and development of an advanced quench detection and protection system for the magnet.
NASA and NYSERDA award MTECH with Phase IIE continuation funds
April 2013: MTECH has been awarded Phase IIE (“enhancement”) funds to continue its development of cryogenic power inverters for future superconducting motor-based turboelectric aircraft propulsion systems. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) supplied matching funds for the program, which will focus on continued development and testing of MTECH’s 500V, 100A CryoPower inverter modules using MTECH’s custom-built 50kW cryogenic regulated power supply.
MTECH awarded Phase II SBIR project by the DOE
August 2011: The Department of Energy has awarded MTECH a 2-year grant to continue development of high-voltage, high-current cryogenic power electronic devices for use in superconducting magnet applications such as high-energy particle accelerators. In this program, MTECH will focus on development of highly efficient power switches rated at 6kV and hundred of amperes.
NASA awards MTECH Labs with a Phase II SBIR grant
May 2011: MTECH has been awarded with a 2-year program by NASA to develop cryogenic power inverters for use in NASA’s advanced Turboelectric Distributed Aircraft Propulsion (TeDAP) system. The TeDAP concept utilizes superconducting generators powered by liquid hydrogen or liquid natural gas to power an array of distributed superconducting motors. MTECH’s CryoPower inverters would be used to regulate these motors. Cryogenic and superconducting technologies are critical for all-electric aircraft to work due to their inherently high power densities. Conventional motors and power conversion technologies are too heavy and bulky for airborne applications.
NYSERDA funds MTECH to develop highly efficient power technology for datacenters
April 2011: Based on prior work with the National Science Foundation (NSF), MTECH has been funded to study the application of its cryogenic power conversion and superconducting power distribution technologies to large-scale, enterprise-class datacenters.
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.
For more information about MTECH Laboratories, please contact Bill Wilson, Manager, at (518) 885-6436, or e-mail to email@example.com.
MTECH Laboratories receives NSF award
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.
MTECH presents course to NASA
February 2010 - MTECH staff visited NASA Glenn Research Center, in Cleveland, OH, where they presented a two-day course in cryogenic power electronics.
MTECH delivers cryogenic inverter to NASA
February 2010 - MTECH delivered a cryogenic inverter to NASA Glenn Research Center. The inverter will be used to drive various prototype cryogenic and superconducting motors for advanced aircraft propulsion applications.
MTECH has been awarded an NSF grant
January 2010 - MTECH has been awarded an NSF grant to study the application of its advanced energy efficient technologies to large buildings. These technologies hold the promise of significantly reducing energy consumption in large buildings, and thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
MTECH awarded NASA contract
January 2010 - MTECH has been awarded a NASA contract to develop cryogenic power inverters for an advanced superconducting aircraft propulsion system.
MTECH Studios continues the RPI intern program
January 2010 - MTECH Studios has entered into its ninth semester of animation internships in cooperation with the Electronic Media Arts & Communication (EMAC) program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.
Green Energy Commons launches
December 2009 - Green Energy Commons, the newest MTECH affiliate, has officially been launched to distribute green energy related products such as LED light bulbs and replacement tubes, as well as T-shirts featuring green energy slogans.
MTECH Studios continues the RPI intern program
September 2009 - MTECH Studios has entered into its eighth semester of animation internships in cooperation with the Electronic Media Arts & Communications (EMAC) program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.
MTECH Studios has updated its website
August 2009 - The website of our animation division, MTECH Studios, has undergone a major site overhaul, so check it out and view the new flash-based movie theatre.
MTECH Now has certified LabView Developers
June 2009 - Our very own Allan Libby has completed the requirements for the National Instruments Certified LabView Associate Developer certificate.
MTECH has expanded its facilities
April 2009 - MTECH has expanded and upgraded its facilities, including office space, storage areas, and test facilities.
MTECH Continues RPI Intern Program
January 2009 - MTECH Studios has entered into its seventh semester of Animation Internships in cooperation with the Electronic Media Arts & Communications (EMAC) program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY.
MTECH Studies MRI Capacitors
September 2008 - MTECH completed a study of cryogenically cooled capacitors for MRI and power applications for a commercial customer.
MTECH Designs Custom Quench Detector
July 2008 - MTECH designed and assembled a state-of-the-art quench detection and protection system involving high-tech real-time processors and FPGA technologies.
MTECH Awarded Phase I DOE SBIR
June 2008 - MTECH was awarded a Phase I SBIR from DOE for developing innovative high power, pulsed switching hardware.
CryoCircuits Ships Globally
January 2008 - CryoCircuits has delivered components to international customers in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The University of Granada in Spain reports using CryoCircuits parts in its research activities.
MTECH Assists Ultrasound Company
January 2008 - MTECH assisted an ultrasound company in reducing the base line noise level of its equipment. Noise was traced to undesirable RF emissions and interference.
MTECH Studios finishes Security Animation
January 2008 - MTECH Studios animated a technical concept for a major defense contractor. The animation was a key part of a DARPA proposal involving high security issues.
MTECH Studios Expands
October 2007 - MTECH Studios has expanded its presence in the graphic arts arena. In addition to its traditional array of multimedia products, MTECH Studios now provides a full line of graphics design products and services, including logo creation, business card design, and printed material such as brochures. MTECH typically integrates these materials in a full multimedia campaign incorporating video and animation on a number of platforms (web, DVD, standalone, etc).
Superconducting Motor work completed
September 2007 - MTECH Laboratories has completed work on a DARPA project entitled 'Integrated All-Superconducting Motor' with Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and Albany Nanotech.
MTECH begins Liquid Helium Testing
June 2007 - MTECH Laboratories and its partner CryoCircuits have entered into an arrangement whereby CryoCircuits will significantly expand its line of electronic components that are qualified for use at liquid helium (LHe) temperatures (4.2K). While CryoCircuits has qualified and shipped 4K-qualified components in the past, the new venture establishes a larger test facility for qualifying a wide array of parts.
Phase II SBIR Awarded
June 2006 - MTECH has been awarded a Phase II SBIR, funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), to build cryogenic power electronics hardware intended for use in the Navy's all electric ship.
Phase II Subcontract Awarded
April 2006 - -MTECH has been awarded a subcontract in a Phase II SBIR program pursued by TRS Ceramics. TRS is developing cryogenically-compatible ceramic capacitors, which find use in MTECH's product lines.
Cryogenic Capacitors Subcontract
March 2006 - MTECH is subcontracting with General Atomics and its high-energy capacitor division, ESI, in a DARPA-funded study involving cryogenic capacitors. GA and ESI will supply MTECH with advanced dielectric materials for testing and evaluation.
MTECH Studios Delivers Animation
March 2006 - MTECH Studios has delivered a 7-minute 3D computer-generated technical animation to a major contractor. The presentation will be used to illustrate an innovative concept to internal and external audiences.
U.S. Air Force STTR Completed
December 2005 - MTECH has successfully completed a Small Busineess Technology Transfer (STTR) grant funded by the U.S. Air Force. In the project, MTECH collaborated with Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL). The team investigated various solutions to the problem of quench protection in high-temperature superconducting magnets.
MRI Preamplifier Shipped
November 2005 - MTECH has shipped ultra-low-noise MRI preamplifiers to a prominent medical school. The preamps, fabricated at MTECH, exhibit noise figures of around 0.2 dB and gains of more than 20 dB. The devices are optimized for 123 MHz, and are now offered by MTECH's distributor, CryoCircuits.
DARPA/Navy Phase I Completed
October 2005 - MTECH and the University at Albany's Albany NanoTech (ANT) have officially completed the first phase of a DARPA- and Navy-funded project involving the development of cryogenic power components for Naval systems. The project is an outgrowth of MTECH's and ANT's collaboration in MTECH's Phase II MDA SBIR project, completed in October 2004. ANT is fabricating multi-chip modules based on MTECH's designs. MTECH is utilizing these multi-chip modules in their high-power cryogenic inverters. Work on the second phase of the project has already begun.
Army STTR Phase I Completed
September 2005 - MTECH has successfully completed Phase I of a Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) project, funded by the U.S. Army. The project involved the development of cryogenic motor controller hardware. MTECH collaborated with Oak Ridge National Labs in this work.
ONR SBIR Phase I Completed
June 2005 - MTECH has successfully completed Phase I of an ONR/NRL-funded SBIR program to develop cryogenic power inverters for specific Naval applications. MTECH is currently awaiting Phase II funding for this project.
CryoCircuits Delivers Cryogenic Power Switches
MTECH teamed with CryoCircuits to deliver cryogenic power switches to a major aerospace contractor. The switches are intended for a DARPA-funded project, which serves as a continuation of work funded by NASA and by the U.S. Navy.
CryoCircuits Ships Cryogenically Qualified Components
June 2005 - MTECH's distributor, CryoCircuits, has shipped an initial supply of cryogenically-qualified components for use in multi-chip module development. CryoCircuits is unique in the industry as a supplier of cryogenically qualified electronic components.
DARPA/Navy Phase II Funding Received
April 2005 - MTECH has received funding to begin the second phase of its collaboration with the University at Albany's Albany NanoTech in a DARPA- and Navy-funded project involving the development of cryogenic power components for Naval systems. The Phase II program, which officially kicks off on this date, is an outgrowth of a Phase II SBIR awarded to MTECH, in which ANT aided in multi-chip module development using MTECH's designs. The first phase of this new program officially draws to a close in October 2005. In this current project, ANT is fabricating multi-chip modules based on MTECH's designs. MTECH is utilizing these multi-chip modules in their high-power cryogenic inverters.
NASA SBIR Phase II Subcontract
March 2005 - MTECH has participated in a NASA-funded SBIR Phase II granted to GPD Optoelectronics to develop silicon-germanium (SiGe) diodes for space applications. In this project, MTECH tested GPD-manufactured devices.
Navy Phase I SBIR Study Completed
February 2005 - MTECH has successfully completed Phase I of a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant funded by the Navy to study cryogenic capacitors. MTECH evaluated commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) capacitors, as well as new dielectric materials, and finished the project by constructing a cryogenic capacitor bank.
Shim Controller Shipped to Berkeley
November 2004 - MTECH has shipped a high-precision shim controller intended for use with the ultra-homogeneous B1 Magnet. The magnet, to be used for single-sided table-top NMR studies, was delivered to Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory (LBL) in August of 2004.
MDA Phase II SBIR Completed
October 2004 - MTECH has successfully completed Phase II of its MDA SBIR project, funded by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The project involved the cryogenic evaluation of various power devices, as well as fabrication and testing of high-power, low-temperature inverters. MTECH has enlisted the University at Albany's Albany Nanotech (ANT) to fabricate and optimize cryogenic multi-chip modules based on MTECH's designs.
MTECH Studios Ships IST Animation
September 2004 - MTECH Studios has delivered a 3D computer-generated animation to International Silica Technologies (IST). IST is proposing to build a factory to extract silica from rice hulls. The animation, which describes the process, will be used to garner financial support for the facility.
MTECH Studios Ships E2TAC Animation
August 2004 - MTECH Studios has delivered a conceptual, 3D, computer-generated animation to the University at Albany's Albany NanoTech (ANT). ANT and its alternative energy division, E2TAC, are planning to develop an alternative energy farm at the University. The animation gives a tour of the future site.
Ultra-homogeneous Magnet Shipped to Berkeley
August 2004 - MTECH has shipped an ultra-homogenous, 300-Gauss copper electromagnet to Lawrence Berkeley Labs (LBL). The magnet will be used in table-top, single-sided NMR imaging applications being developed at the university.
January 2004 - MTECH announces that it has formed a distribution company, CryoCircuits, LLC (www.cryocircuits.com). CryoCircuits will supply cryogenically qualified parts and components, as well as other hardware developed by MTECH, such as MRI preamplifiers and room-temperature NMR magnets.
August 2003 - The General Atomics-led team of GA, MTECH, and Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) has successfully completed a comprehensive study of the benefits of applying low-temperature power electronics systems to ship-board power systems. The GA/MTECH/ORNL, or GMO, study was funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects and dealt with optimizing all the factors that impact the losses, size, and weight of a complete motor controller for a large-scale all-electric vessel. The performance of synchronous rectifiers, converters, and inverters at reduced temperatures were evaluated, and MTECH's proprietary technologies were applied to further enhance the system's performance.
DARPA Study of SiGE Diodes at Low Temperatures
March 2003 - MTECH has collaborated with GPD Optoelectronics in a DARPA-funded program. In this project, GPD and MTECH investigated silicon-germanium devices for use in cryogenic power electronic systems. MTECH's role in the project was to test at low temperatures SiGe diodes fabricated by GPD, measuring such factors as reverse recovery and current-voltage characteristics. MTECH evaluated a shipboard motor drive utilizing SiGe devices rather than silicon components.
Telecommunications Traffic Analysis Completed
August 2002 - MTECH has completed a mathematical analysis of telecommunications traffic for a Texas-based telecommunications firm. Using this analysis, MTECH has developed C++ based algorithms, which were implemented by the company to upgrade their product line.
Neonatal Imaging Isolette Developed
July 2002 - MTECH has collaborated with researchers at a prominent medical school to develop an isolette for use in functional imaging of neonates.
MDA Phase II SBIR Awarded
May 2002 - MTECH has been awarded the second phase of the MDA SBIR program completed in January 2002. The project involves the development of cryogenic power electronics components, and will culminate in the fabrication and testing of cryogenic power inverters.
MDA SBIR Phase I Completed
January 2002 - MTECH has successfully completed Phase I of a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant funded by the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). The project involves the development of cryogenic power electronics components, and will culminate in the fabrication and testing of cryogenic power inverters.
RF Background Noise Measurement
October 2001 - MTECH has completed work for a medical equipment manufacturing company. MTECH's role was to assist the company in RF background noise measurements, which were used for site planning and equipment evaluation.
RF Hardware for MRI Applications
May 2001 - MTECH has completed work for a medical equipment firm, aiding the firm by developing techniques, magnet concepts, and RF hardware for advanced MRI devices.
MDA SBIR Awarded to MTECH
April 2001 - MTECH has been awarded its first Small Business Innovative Research grant by the Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Phase I will involve the development of cryogenic power components. In Phase II, MTECH plans to build and test cryogenic power inverters using the devices developed in Phase I.
MTECH is Open for Business
January 2001 - MTECH Laboratories opened its doors on this date in order to heavily engage in the research and development of cryogenic power and energy conversion systems. MTECH was founded by Dr. Michael J. Hennessy, who joined forces with Dr. Otward Mueller, president of Low Temperature Electronics (LTE), in this collaborative venture. Drs. Mueller and Hennessy have pioneered the field of Cryogenic Power Electronics, or CryoPower. Dr. Mueller's work in the field began in the mid-1980's, and he has since been called the "Father of Cryopower". Dr. Hennessy has spent his career working on superconducting Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) systems and magnetic levitation systems, as well as low-power cryogenic electronics.