Recovery Act - Smart Low-Cost Controller Chip for Grid-Friendly Household Appliances

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$148,459.00
Award Year:
2010
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
02-10ER85643
Award Id:
99658
Agency Tracking Number:
92856
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
07 a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1900 Preston Road, #267-303, Plano, TX, 75093
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
829360044
Principal Investigator:
Patrick Antaki
Dr.
(972) 896-4937
pat@antaki.com
Business Contact:
Patrick Mr. Antaki
Mr.
(972) 896-4937
pat@antaki.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Electrical grids are overloaded on a daily basis due to peaking electrical demand. In order to satisfy this peak demand utilities fire-up expensive and polluting gas and oil stand-by generators. Billions of dollars are spent and wasted each year on this problem due to miss-matched electrical average supply and peak demand during the day. Our semiconductor chip developed during Phases I and II will be incorporated into consumer electrical appliances (washing machines, dryers, pool equipment, etc.) This chip automatically signals the appliance to shut down or to reduce its electrical usage temporarily while the local grid is overloaded in order to help balance electrical supply and demand. The potential market size for this less-than-$1.00 chip, once completed and commercialized through the SBIR program, is in the high multi-hundred million units per year. Such a wide deployment over the next decade will result in significantly reduced investment in inefficient peak-demand stand-by electrical generation infrastructure, with the attendant reduction in pollution.

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