Savannah River National Laboratory

Savannah River National Laboratory is a multi-program national laboratory for the US Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management. SRNL’s research topics include environmental remediation, technologies for the hydrogen economy, and the handling of hazardous materials and technologies for the prevention of nuclear proliferation. The labroratory has specific experience in the verification of nuclear waste and hydrogen storage, initially developed to support the production of tritium and plutonium at the Savannah River Site during the Cold War. SRNL played a key role in developing the hydrogen bomb, and they are now world leaders in hydrogen research.

SRNL’s center for hydrogen research provides a state-of-the-art facility for the development of innovative hydrogen technology and research. SRNL is also a partner laboratory for the international ITER project to demonstrate the scientific and technological feasibility of a full-scale fusion power reactor. SRNL has key competencies which align with Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). SRNL employs just under 1000 people, of which more than 700 are scientists. Approximately one quarter of the research staff hold PhDs.  SRNL is located at the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Jackson, South Carolina.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University is a public research university in the Phoenix metropolitan area. It was founded in 1885. ASU is one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the U.S. It has nearly 150,000 students attending classes, with more than 38,000 students attending online, and 90,000 undergraduates and more nearly 20,000 postgraduates across its five campuses and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona.

ASU comprises of 17 colleges and more than 170 cross-discipline centers and institutes for undergraduates’ students, as well as more than 400 graduate degree and certificate programs.  It has a faculty of more than 4,700 scholars, that has included 5 Nobel laureates, 6 Pulitzer Prize winners, 4 MacArthur Fellows, and 19 National Academy of Sciences members. 

Associated with the ASU is the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Service (of the Walton Family), that focuses on making measurable impacts on sustainability goals and influence decision making through customized, actionable and scalable solutions for a stronger future. They assemble collaborative teams of more than 550 sustainability scientists, entrepreneurs, economists, analysts and scholars across ASU to address these specific challenges. The Solutions Service helps companies improve sustainability while reducing costs, assists governments to deploy robust cost-effective sustainability programs, supports nonprofits in their sustainability efforts and informs people across the globe on how they can help change the world.

Curtin University, Australia

Curtin University, formerly known as Curtin University of Technology, is an Australian public research university based in Bentley, Perth, Western Australia. It is the largest university in Western Australia, with 57,784 students as of 2019. Outside of Australia it also has campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and Mauritius. It has ties with 90 exchange universities in 20 countries. The University comprises five main faculties with over 95 specialist centers.

Curtin University was established as Australia’s first university of technology and is a member of Australian Technology Network (ATN). Curtin University is active in research in a range of academic and practical fields, including Resources and Energy (e.g., petroleum gas), Information and Communication, Health, Ageing and Well-being (Public Health), Communities and Changing Environments, Growth and Prosperity and Creative Writing.

It is the only Western Australian university to produce a PhD recipient of the AINSE gold medal, the highest recognition for PhD-level research excellence in Australia and New Zealand. As a university, Curtin was ranked 2nd in the world for Engineering – Mineral & Mining in the 2020 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Brayton Energy

Brayton Energy is an innovative R&D firm dedicated to sustainable and efficient energy production. They specialize in design, prototyping, and testing of turbomachinery and gas turbine systems, with a focus on alternative energy systems, including concentrated solar power, energy storage, pebble bed reactors, hybrid vehicles, and aircraft propulsion.

Brayton’s technical staff of 35 engineers, designers and laboratory technicians have expertise in the design and development of advanced thermodynamic cycles and gas turbine engines. Skills include the design and test of specialized components employed in these cycles, including turbines, compressors, low emissions combustors, and high temperature compact heat exchangers.

The company has grown into a leading firm of advanced Research & Development in the emerging alternative energy industry. Collaborations with US universities, US government laboratories, and industry partners broadens its strengths. Their facilities include a CNC machining center, heat exchanger pilot production, special ceramic processing, prototype fabrication equipment, and laboratory facilities for combustion and turbomachinery testing. The offices, laboratory, and manufacturing center are located at a campus in Hampton, NH, approximately 40 miles north of Boston, US.