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The Battery Canon. Jay Ni Nandita Sriram Jonathan Tan Zhi Kuang Tan Andy Teo ENGR 145 Winter 2008. Harnessing Waste Energy: From Heat to Electricity . The Problem. It takes nearly 15 years to recoup the extra investment in hybrid cars! * Who would want to make this commitment?.

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The Battery Canon

Jay Ni

Nandita Sriram

Jonathan Tan

Zhi Kuang Tan

Andy Teo

ENGR 145

Winter 2008

Harnessing Waste Energy: From Heat to Electricity


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The Problem

It takes nearly 15 years to recoup the extra investment in hybrid cars! *

Who would want to make this commitment?

*Based on calculations comparing the Honda Civic to the Honda Civic Hybrid


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Value Proposition

  • To make hybrid cars more cost effective by improving their fuel efficiency by up to 25%

  • How?

    • By recovering waste energy!

    • Over 60% of the energy used by a combustion engine is wasted as heat.

  • Technology:

    • Rough Thermoelectric Silicon Nanowires



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Value Chain

While we must target car manufacturers to implement the technology, our product ultimately benefits the consumer, who saves money on gas!


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Market Analysis

Source: Green Car Congress

“We see the hybrid unit continuing to grow to over 1 million units by 2012 so long as gas prices grow.”

-Michael Omotoso, senior manager of J.D. Power.


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Money Savings!

With the thermoelectric silicon nanowires, consumers enjoy a ~25% increase on their mileage and can expect to save an extra ~$150 per year!


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Business Timeline

  • Complete working prototype

  • Pilot testing via General Motors and Ford

2013

2009 - 2010

Mar. 2008

Dec. 2008

2011 - 2012

  • Found company

  • Secure VC seed financing ($3.5M)

  • R&D to reach target efficiency for commercialization.

  • Second round of financing for marketing and manufacturing.

  •  Large-scale commercial launch



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Competitors

  • Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition

  • Alternative Bulk Thermoelectric Materials, e.g. Bi2Te3 ,(Hi-Z Technologies)

  • Quantum Well Thermoelectrics

  • Power Chips (www.powerchips.gi)


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Our Partners

  • Federal and State Governments

  • Silicon Suppliers

  • Clean Tech Supporters (e.g. PG&E)

  • Car Manufacturers engaged in developing thermoelectric materials (e.g. GM)

  • Semiconductor Fabricating Companies




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Conclusions

  • We feel like this is an excellent opportunity!

    • Huge growing market

    • Oil prices are rising.

    • Clean tech investing is at its prime.

    • Risks are manageable.

    • Builds value for an increasingly “green” society.


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Notable Primary References

  • Peidong Yang: UC Berkeley, Dept. of Chemistry

    • Co-inventor, Professor

  • Clay Maranville: Ford Motor Company

    • Sr. Research Scientist, Dept. of Materials Science & Nanotechnology

  • David Wagner: Ford Motor Company

    • Technical Specialist

  • Ed Tate: General Motors Corporation

    • Hybrid Powertrain Engineering

  • Leonel Leal: Toyota Motor Engineering

    • Plastics, Engineering Specialist

  • Scott Kohn: Tesla Motors, Inc.

    • Engineer

  • N. Jason Mendez:Tesla Motors, Inc.

    • Development Engineer


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