Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, one of nine research teams to join the NEXUS-NY seed accelerator this year, is developing a modular indoor micro-climate control technology.
The RPI team is testing PureTemp phase change material and other innovative technologies in the building panel system, which is designed to provide on-demand, localized radiant heating or cooling where and when needed. The goal is to reduce energy use and increase occupant comfort.
Over the next 10 months, the research teams will work to transform their clean-technology innovations into companies that can take the products to market. Participants are eligible to receive an average of $70,000 in direct financial support. Teams also receive mentoring help and make connections with industry participants and investors.
The first step is to begin defining their customers, business problems and solutions. By this summer, the teams will dive into developing prototypes.
"The NEXUS-NY program is a unique opportunity to bring the academic research into the marketplace for clean building technologies," said Berardo Matalucci, the team's entrepreneurial lead and Ph.D. candidate at RPI's Center of Architecture Science and Ecology. "That is an exciting and rewarding chance, especially for a doctoral student, to contribute to advancing building technologies and interdisciplinary studies between RPI's Nanoscale Thermophysics and Energy Conversion Laboratory and CASE."
As part of their initial research, the RPI team plans to interview architects, mechanical engineers and HVAC experts to gain a full understanding of the needs of potential customers. If you are interested in participating in an interview, contact Matalucci at email@example.com.