Nano Hydrophobics, Inc. (Nano), is conducting energy-efficiency research to overcome “the major unresolved problem of heat transfer” – fouling on heat transfer surfaces. Industrial and power sector fouling-caused energy consumption wastes about 1% of every industrial nations’ energy consumption, and generates a similar percent of greenhouse gas emissions.
Nano is an early-stage company based in San Francisco, CA, conducting its research as a User at the Molecular Foundry Molecular Foundry, a DOE nano-science research lab located at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory E. O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Nano was founded in 2011 to investigate nano-scopic coatings which can prevent or retard naturally-occurring fouling on heat transfer surfaces. Nano's believes that it is better, significantly less expensive, and environmentally friendlier to protect heat transfer surfaces once rather than chemically treat cooling water continuously.
In 2013, Nano received an Energy Innovation Research Grant funded by the California Energy Commission. In 2015 it received a Phase I SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation. In 2016, Nano received a Phase II NSF SBIR grant.
Nano has achieved some important milestones - - demonstrating clear proof-of-concept that its 100-200 nm coatings reduces mineral fouling, and provide heat exchangers with a 'self-cleaning’ property while the heat exchanger is in operation. Additionally, Nano has demonstrated an industrial-scalable coating process that can efficiently coat heat exchanger surfaces.
The coating provides significant economic and industrial benefit to heat exchanger operators. It can increase the mean time between maintenance shut downs resulting in longer uptime between maintenance events, increased plant productivity, lower maintenance costs, and lower energy consumption, which in turn shrinks factories carbon foot prints. Collectively, the benefits deliver higher factory profitability.
Currently we are pursuing a development plan to create a robust commercial product with an extended useful life, and preparing for field testing at a limited number of industrial sites that utilize heating and cooling water which results in heat exchanger fouling.