Recently, the Braid Theory team had the honor of mentoring an awesome group of technology entrepreneurs competing for two $100,000 awards in sustainability as 2017 Ocean Exchange finalists. Atlas Energy Systems, developer of technology that converts energy from radioactive waste into electricity, was the winner of the $100,000 Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics Orcelle Award.
The seventh annual Ocean Exchange, held in Savannah, Georgia, October 8-10, featured twelve inspiring companies including:
- Amp Robotics: AI and and robotics for waste recycling
- Atlas Energy Systems: Batteries from spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste
- CALTROPe: Marine biodegradable structures to rebuild mangrove ecosystems
- Energy Materials: Ultra high efficiency, ultra low cost solar power
- Ferrate Treatment Technologies: Environmentally friendly water purification and waste water treatment
- Full Cycle Bioplastics: Converting organic waste into biodegradable plastic
- Heliac: Cost-effective, utility scale solar thermal energy generation technology
- Perryman Technologies: Ultra-high density thermal storage
- Rozalia Project: Consumer-scale solution to mitigate microfiber pollution
- Cella Energy: Solid hydrogen storage technology
- Sunny Clean Water: Water purification using enhanced solar driven distillation
- Wing Trawling System: Reducing the environmental impact of shrimp boat operations
More about Atlas Energy Systems
Atlas Energy Systems, LLC is developing a patent-pending technology capable of directly converting energy from radioactive waste into electricity. The company's focus is to develop safe, cheap, and efficient radioisotope batteries and portable nuclear power supplies for space, oceanic, and remote terrestrial applications. Traditional nuclear battery technologies are only capable of utilizing expensive man-made radioisotopes as their power source. Atlas Energy Systems is tailoring its technology to specifically work with radioisotopes from spent nuclear fuel and radioactive waste. This has two main effects; it repurposes an otherwise unused and potential hazardous waste stream and drastically lowers the cost of nuclear power supplies, allowing for many more applications. The initial target market for these power supplies is underwater unmanned vehicles for military and commercial use. The nuclear batteries could power ocean monitoring sensors and exploration machines anywhere from a few months to centuries at a time.
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