(National Instruments: Austin, TX) -- National Instruments will renew its Green Engineering Grant program in 2012. The grant program aids eligible small companies and research groups focused on innovative control and measurement applications in renewable energy and clean-tech fields worldwide. During the past two years, the program has helped more than 40 companies deliver their clean energy solutions to market faster through applications such as wind power, energy storage, and electric vehicles.
The grant assists the creation of innovative solutions that can address today’s complex renewable energy and electrical power challenges associated with the advancement of smart-grid, energy storage, electric vehicles, and grid-tied power electronics control systems.
“The National Instruments Green Engineering Grant program is helping clean-tech start-ups get the training and graphical system design tools they need to accelerate the crossover to the era when clean energy is cheaper and more abundant than fossil fuels,” says Brian MacCleery, principal product manager for clean energy technology at National Instruments. “National Instruments is proud to work with leading green engineering innovators like Xtreme Power, whose utility-scale energy storage technology can make it possible to get a greater percentage of our power from intermittent, renewable sources.”
“Thanks to National Instruments hardware and LabVIEW system design software, we were able to use a single, integrated development environment for everything from FPGA and real-time targets to user interface and diagnostic PCs,” says Richard Jennings, software engineering manager at Xtreme Power. “The National Instruments graphical system design approach helped us focus on our application instead of getting bogged down in low-level syntax and implementation details.”
• The program helps small companies and research groups around the world with up to $25,000 in software and training for graphical system design tools and techniques.
• Grants are designed for companies or groups planning to use LabVIEW system design software and reconfigurable I/O (RIO) hardware to rapidly develop and commercialize their green technologies.
• The grant awards engineers and scientists developing systems that could make a significant contribution toward a clean energy future.
• The deadline for grant applications is Nov. 1, 2012, and grants will be distributed by January 2013.
Learn more about the National Instruments Green Engineering Grant program at www.ni.com/greengrant.