Technologies

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  • Process for Extracting Low Mg/Li Ratio Li Salt from High Mg/Li Ratio Brine Lakes
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      The additional cost incurred using conventional processes to reduce the magnesium content in high Mg/Li ratio brine lakes restricts lithium extraction to low Mg/Li ratio brine lakes, and results in the underutilization of existing lithium resources. 360ip’s partner has developed a novel, integrated process that solves this problem. This process has been successfully applied to brine solution from a brine lake with a Mg/Li ratio of 21 to produce a processed solution with a Mg/Li ratio of 0.41. The key advantages associated with this technology are as follows:

      Crystallization process allows easy removal of crystallized magnesium with filtration and washing process.

      Utilization of a spray-drying process allows a significant amount of the magnesium chloride to be hydrolyzed at a lower temperature than normal.

      Low cost and high magnesium removal efficiency.

  • Oil Sensor
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      The impact of oil degradation and contamination on lubrication equates to billions of dollars per year in lost productivity, maintenance and replacement costs. From power plants, to steel mills to aircraft engines, this issue spans the industries that drive our economy.

      One example relates to the rapidly growing wind turbine industry. In addition to the baseline downtime resulting from calm winds, a typical wind turbine experiences an additional 20-25% in downtime due to gear train and trim problems. Other potential applications include remote pumping and storage facilities as well as chemical/petrochemical processing plants.

      There is a need for a consistent, high-quality, real-time, cost-effective oil condition sensor that
      measures and reports chemical degradation, total contamination and water content in oil, as well as
      oil temperature, all simultaneously in a single unit.

      360ip Partner’s technology is the only available solution that meets all of the needs of the market. It provides the data in real time within a single, cost-effective sensor. The Integrated Oil-Quality Sensor Principle Investigator has been a leader in oil-quality analysis research and oil- monitoring sensor design since 1995.

  • Lithium Extraction from Salt Brine
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      Present methods of lithium extraction from brine lakes all have significant drawbacks, such as poor lithium recovery rate and high cost due to large energy consumption. 360ip’s partner has developed a novel, integrated hydrometallurgical process that is able to avoid these drawbacks. The key advantages associated with this technology are as follows:

      The solid-phase reaction process produces crystals that are easy to filter, enabling a high lithium recovery rate.

      Low-cost process which only requires sodium carbonate as an external raw material.

      This closed-loop system enables low lithium-extraction cost and reduced pollution.

      Compared to conventional technology, the number of steps involved in concentrating lithium in brine is reduced, which enables low energy consumption and cost.

  • Antibacterial Compound
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      360ip’s partner has developed a superior antibacterial additive, based on rare earth-doped T-ZnOw, that combines the antibacterial performance of silver-based products with the low cost of T-ZnOw-based technology. Polymers containing the product have shown excellent antibacterial properties exceeding one year. The partner’s compound provides the following advantages

      Less costly and less toxic alternative to silver-based materials.

      No discoloration of light-colored resins, unlike silver, which can be easily converted to black silver oxide and cause discoloration.

      Can perform antibiosis without UV light catalysis, unlike conventional T-ZnO materials.

      No secondary pollution, unlike organic antibacterial agents.

  • Carbon Paper for Gas Diffusion Layer for PEM Fuel Cells
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      360ip’s Partner has developed a novel process for manufacturing carbon paper with a lower cost and better performance compared to conventional carbon paper. The carbon paper produced according to this technology provides advantages of low specific resistance, high strength and uniform porosity.

      The 360ip Partner’s solution addresses the limitations of current carbon paper through the following:

      Specific resistance: As low as 2.7mΩcm

      Air permeability at room temperature of more than 2036 to 2853 ml.mm/(cm2·hr·mmAq)

      Porosity of 75-78%

      Bending strength of more than 45MPa.

      Ability to accommodate roll-to-roll processing

      Energy density comparable to that of the competitor’s under identical conditions

  • Enhanced Ion-Exchange Resin for Ammonia Nitrogen
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      There is a strong demand for technologies that can provide a cost-effective solution for removal of ammonia nitrogen from wastewater. However, current solutions are not able to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of ammonia nitrogen content in wastewater in a cost-effective manner.

      The solution provided by intellectual property from two of 360ip’s Partners employs a proprietary technique to produce an ion-exchange resin with increased ammonia nitrogen adsorption capacity. The ion-exchange resin can be regenerated easily to be reused multiple times.

      Compared to existing methods, the invention has the following advantages:

      High adsorption capacity and ammonia nitrogen selectivity

      Convenient regeneration of the adsorbent material

      Concentration of ammonia in the wastewater can be easily controlled

      Environmentally friendly since no sludge is produced

  • Spent Grain Adsorbent Material for Heavy Metals
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      Conventional wastewater treatment technologies are not able to provide low-cost and effective removal of heavy metals from wastewater. Adsorption processes using agricultural byproducts can potentially provide a low- cost solution, but the adsorption capacity needs to be improved.

      The 360ip Partner’s invention relates to the production and use of esterified spent grain (ESG) as an adsorption material for the removal of heavy metals in wastewater. Spent grain is a common byproduct in the beer industry, and is usually not fully usable as animal feed, potentially creating a costly disposal problem.

      The novel process of creating the ESG involves the use of citric acid as esterifying agent, NaH2PO-2•H2O as catalyst and N, N-dimethylformamide (DMF) as reaction medium to create an ESG with high adsorption capacity for heavy metal ions. The use of DMF also serves as a swelling agent that can enhance the reaction activity and shorten the process time.

      The key advantages associated with this technology are as follows:

      Low-cost process using easily available spent grain material

      Short processing time for production of the ESG

      High adsorption capacity, superior to ion-exchange resin

      ESG can be desorbed and reused at least three times

  • Vulcanization of Heavy-Metal Waste
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      360ip Partner’s invention is a novel process for vulcanizing heavy metal waste and recovering valuable metals from the heavy-metal waste. The method adopts the hydrothermal vulcanization mode by which the vulcanization rate of the heavy metals increases to as high as 90% and produces little secondary pollution.

      The technology involves mechanical activation treatment, hydrothermal vulcanization and sulfur ore floatation.

      The technology has the following benefits:

      Cost-effective process with the use of low-cost vulcanizer materials.

      Generated sulfide has small size and high degree of crystallization, which enables a high-yield floatation recovery process.

      Short vulcanization time and high vulcanization rate of heavy metals.

      Low waste water pollution.

  • Lubricant Additive
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      The technology relates to a lubricant additive composed of nanometric tungsten disulphide (WS2) powder, nanometric molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) powder, dispersant, antioxidant and metal deactivator. The most distinctive feature of the product is the use of WS2 nanoparticles, considered potentially to be the best lubricating nanomaterial in the industry.

      The nanoparticles, averaging 100nm-200nm in size, are created by a proprietary process that allows
      them to be evenly dispersed in the base oil. The nanoparticles form a protective layer on metal surfaces which reduces abrasion to friction-prone surfaces.Mini-Traction-Machine (MTM) tests also show that lubricants containing the WS2 nanoparticles provides significant improvement in lubrication performance.