Technologies

From Concept to Low-Volume Manufacturing

Qynergy is championing several technologies through the QAM. These are just a few examples.

GoMax_single_IMG_1677_smOne of the products being developed using our Qynergy Accelerator Model (QAM) is GoMax, a binding material for thermal batteries. For this effort, Qynergy is developing a process for supplying magnesium oxide (MgO) replacement materials for thermal batteries and conducting small-volume manufacturing of the MgO material.
130830d-GaN-15hr-Hold-growing-bulk-GaN-150x150Qynergy is also applying the QAM to an innovative approach for developing a solution-based growth methodology for bulk nitride crystals. This methodology, called the Electrochemical Solution Growth (ESG) technique, is a novel crystal growth process that has the potential to continuously grow large-area boules of nitride crystals from solution at atmospheric pressure.
QynCell_src-150x150Qynergy’s first technology was the betavoltaic QynCell technology, based upon a licensed technology from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico. The QynCell is a power cell that delivers a small amount of current (microamps) continuously for an exceedingly long time (20 years or more). Based on Qynergy’s revolutionary betavoltaic technology, the QynCell utilizes high-performance silicon carbide semiconductors and pressurized Krypton-85 gas to generate power. This technology is analogous to solar cell conversion of light to electric power. Qynergy worked on this technology until 2007, and successfully developed a Nuclear Regulatory Commission-licensed prototype.

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In 2007, we started diversifying our technology portfolio. The Boron Solid-State (BoSS) Neutron Detector was the first of these devices. This technology combines Qynergy’s patented 10B-on-silicon technology with sophisticated electronics to offer high-sensitivity solid-state neutron detection in a compact package. The BoSS detector is a rugged device, capable of operating under extreme conditions. It is ideal for stand-alone sensors, portable hand-held detectors and container security.

DSC03274-QynCap-w-label-150x150We also started development in 2007 of an asymmetric ultracapacitor device called the QynCap. A QynCap has the advantages of long cycle life (>100,000 cycles) and a wide operating temperature range (-50°F to +160°F). This device has potential use in burst power applications like engine starting, acceleration for electric vehicles, and regenerative braking.

PiNG_PT_DSCF0435_v2sm_sm2-300x97In 2009, we started developing the Piezoelectric Neutron Generator, orPiNG, in collaboration with the University of Missouri. PiNG is a compact neutron generator for military applications. The compactness of the device is due to a piezoelectric transformer technology that generates extremely high voltages in a very small volume. The device could also have potential applications in the oil industry.

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