The US Department of Energy won 36 R&D 100 awards in 2012. One of those projects, run by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, was for Desiccant-Enhanced Evaporative Air-Conditioning (DEVAP). The system was developed with AIL Research and Synapse Product Development LLC. The DEVAP systems cool commercial buildings at a small fraction of the energy use of a traditional cooler. It could cut costly peak electricity demand by 80 percent.
Critical to the development of a working DEVAP prototype system, was the use of ALine’s Polymer Laminate Technology (PLT) to produce the evaporative panels required to demonstrate the system.
Mr. Dylan Garrett, Business Development Director at Synapse, LLC, said, “ALine was critical to the success of this project and went above and beyond to prototype our very complex and technically challenging designs to meet an aggressive timeline. This excellent support is the reason we keep coming back to ALine with all of our laminated flow cell projects” .
Dr. Levine commented, “Our microfluidics expertise in laminate devices made it possible for us to support design changes to enhance the performance as well as improve the ease of production of these large panels. Although it was well outside our normal dimensions for devices, I am proud that our team put in the effort to meet a critical deadline, even working over the weekend.”
ALine’s award winning services has supported micro device development in medical, industrial, and agricultural industries. Projects range from cell culture in space, to field portable, Point-of-Use microfluidic cartridges, and Lab-on-a-Chip products. Our rapid prototyping platform shortens the product development cycle, while providing a cost effective solution for low to mid volume production of specialty, micro manufactured products. ISO 9001:2008 certified.
The R&D 100 award, sponsored by R&D Magazine, has been awarded annually since 1963. Winning one of the R&D 100 Awards provides a mark of excellence known to industry, government, and academia as proof that the product is one of the most innovative ideas of the year, nationally and internationally.