Peter Schubert has a couple of titles: Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy. And there’s a third title: Entrepreneur and Founder of Green Fortress Engineering Inc.
Schubert has a lot to celebrate these days, as Green Fortress Engineering has received a $225,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The money will go toward developing the company’s solid-state hydrogen storage technology. He said there are two goals for the funding.
“First, we will perform the first gaseous recharge of a solid-state hydrogen storage media, which will serve as validation of the theoretical work leading up to the grant,” he said. “We will also explore the pathway to lower-cost starting materials, including polycrystalline silicon and metallurgical-grade silicon. Using these less-expensive materials could make solid-state hydrogen storage available to every economic market.”
The technology that Schubert and his company are developing could address a problem of what types of energy can be used in the future.
“Renewable hydrogen as an energy vector is the key to reducing carbon and methane emissions, minimizing extraction impacts, and providing energy self-reliance,” he said.
A news release about Schubert, his startup company, its technology and the NSF grant is available here.
Schubert disclosed the technology to the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., which protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at Indiana University so it can be commercialized by industry. IURTC licensed the technology to Green Fortress Engineering, which was launched in the 2015-16 fiscal year as a member of IURTC’s Spin Up entrepreneurial program.