The latest awards include:
- Retro-Commissioning Sensor Suitcase. The Retro-Commissioning Sensor Suitcase targets energy savings in smaller commercial buildings—about 50,000 square feet or less—for customers unable to afford more costly options. The suitcase contains 16 pocket-sized sensors that are deployed in a building for about a month to measure temperature, light usage and heating and cooling system operations. Back in the suitcase, software analyzes the sensor data and recommends ways to reduce energy use. The software also estimates annual cost savings. PNNL developed the sensor system with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It has been licensed to GreenPath Energy Solutions of Windermere, Fla. GreenPath estimates the technology can cut energy use by up to 16 percent in existing buildings and 13 percent in new construction.
- Fish and wildlife tracking technologies. PNNL researchers have developed several fish and wildlife tracking and sensing technologies that provide new approaches for collecting critical data for a wide range of species. These technologies provide new ways for determining the size of an implantable sensor (called tags), extending battery life, and easing tag installation in a range of ecosystems. This suite of products provides a fit for the licensee, Advanced Telemetry Systems of Isanti, Minn., which sells animal tracking and monitoring products.
- Exploratory License Agreement. PNNL’s Exploratory License Agreement streamlines the partnership process between the national lab and private industry. The user-friendly agreement was developed to increase the speed and ease with which PNNL-developed technologies can be used in real-world environments. It offers a limited-term research license that permits companies to try out promising PNNL technologies. At the end of six months, the organization has the option to convert to a royalty-bearing license. In turn, the agreement also allows PNNL to finalize a license more quickly, typically within two weeks, than its usual approach to contract agreements.