UAT Alternative & Renewable Energy Solutions

UAT Demo SiteAbout 86% of all types of energy used in the United States is derived from fossil fuels. In 2007, the largest source of the country’s energy came from petroleum (40%), followed by natural gas (24%) and coal (23%). The remaining 13% was supplied by nuclear power, hydroelectric dams, and miscellaneous renewable sources. Today, this dependency has increased, not decreased, making us vulnerable.

The United States depends on imported fossil fuels to meet over 40 percent of its energy needs. This dependence leaves the United States vulnerable to supply disruptions and high energy prices with estimates showing that every 10 percent increase in world oil prices results in a 0.5 percent reduction in the State’s GDP.

At the same time, the United States has abundant natural resources, including wind, sunshine, and geothermal sources for electricity generation, and land for energy crops that can be refined into biofuels to address transportation needs. Economic and culturally sensitive use of natural resources can provide energy supply security and price stability for the people of the United States as well as significant environmental benefits and economic growth opportunities. Successfully developing our clean and sustainable energy economy will make the United States a global model.

UAT Clean Energy Vision

hero_clean_energyUmbra Applied Technologies is pioneering new research, in partnership with others, in the areas of Solar Energy and Hydrogen Energy platforms to not only reduce but, eventually eliminate our dependency on fossil fuels. Umbra Applied Technologies is finding innovative ways to develop alternative energy sources and help customers identify and implement energy conservation and management solutions. The need for high-level capabilities in complex systems integration, project management, information technology, and advanced manufacturing techniques, along with the national security component of the effort, make energy solutions a natural fit for Umbra Applied Technologies.

Today, one by one and in ever increasing numbers, governments around the world are embracing clean energy as fundamental to their strategies of national energy security and global environmental responsibility. In so doing, they are responding to an initiative that is gaining ever greater cogency on every continent.

After assessing the human and environmental realities around them, national leaders are recognizing that clean energy today represents nothing less than an indispensable asset if our world is to meet what must be recognized as the greatest challenge in human history.

Between now and 2050, as world population swells from 6.6 billion toward 9 billion, humankind will consume more energy than the combined total used in all previous history. Under prevailing patterns of energy use, the results will prove calamitous. The resulting pollution will damage or ruin the health of tens and likely hundreds of millions of citizens, mainly in the developing world. Far worse, the intensifying concentration of greenhouse gases will take past a point of no return as we hurdle toward climate catastrophe.

Today the world economy is producing greenhouse emissions at the rate of 29 billion tons per year – some 900 tons per second – a rate still rising despite rhetoric and negotiation. An overwhelming majority of climate scientists, and an increasing cohort of world political leaders, agree that we must, by mid-century, cut global greenhouse emissions by a full 60% – even as world energy consumption triples. In the sheer scope and urgency of this challenge, we face nothing less than a global emergency.

2010 was the largest year on record for investment in clean energy, led by China, Europe and the US, and that globally, investment opportunity in the sector continues to improve. Umbra Applied Technologies is committed to clean energy with its Clean Energy Initiative designed to transform electricity into an environment and customer-focused clean energy system, through research and development of advanced technologies which will produce clean, zero emission, renewable energy.

Clean Hydrogen Energy

hero_hydrogenHydrogen is the simplest element. An atom of hydrogen consists of only one proton and one electron. It’s also the most plentiful element in the universe. Despite its simplicity and abundance, hydrogen doesn’t occur naturally as a gas on the Earth – it’s always combined with other elements. Water, for example, is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen (H2O).

Hydrogen is high in energy, yet an engine that burns pure hydrogen produces almost no pollution. NASA has used liquid hydrogen since the 1970s to propel the space shuttle and other rockets into orbit. Hydrogen fuel cells power the shuttle’s electrical systems, producing a clean byproduct – pure water, which the crew drinks.

A fuel cell combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, heat, and water. Fuel cells are often compared to batteries. Both convert the energy produced by a chemical reaction into usable electric power. However, the fuel cell will produce electricity as long as fuel (hydrogen) is supplied, never losing its charge.

Hydrogen fuel cells are a promising technology for use as a source of heat and electricity for buildings, and as an electrical power source for electric motors propelling vehicles. Fuel cells operate best on pure hydrogen.

Umbra Applied Technologies is currently reviewing solar heat-powered thermo chemical reactions; and solar photolysis to produce Hydrogen and to power highly efficient, Hydrogen fuel cells and sources.

Clean Solar Energy

solarUmbra Applied Technologies is currently reviewing a technology that would use advanced solar cells and or electrolysis to store compressed air underground and release it to power a turbine to generate electricity. This technology is being reviewed by our Advanced Technologies Development Division (ATDD) under the project name APTIG (Alternative Powered Turbine Induction Generator).

With this new clean energy, individual homes or entire cities could be powered with an independent zero emission power source. The implementation of such technology as a way to subsidize existing power supplies or power grids will drastically reduce environmental pollution and green house gases, all while making energy more abundant and less expensive

In the U.S. industrial sector, compressed air systems account for an estimated $5 billion per year in energy costs. Many industries use compressed air systems as power sources for tools and equipment used for pressurizing, atomizing, agitating, and mixing applications. Optimization of compressed air systems can provide energy efficiency improvements of 20%-50%.

Almost 70% of the United States and China’s energy come from coal. A dirty, non-renewable and non-environmentally friendly energy source. With the implementation of APTIG technology, compressed air systems could subsidize half of the energy supplied by coal for both the United States and China with a market share of $3 trillion per year. This would drastically reduce global pollution and create a whole new employment sector that has the potential to employee more than the coal industry under safer conditions.

Sentry Alternative Power System (Power Cube)

hero_09The UAT Sentry™ Alternative Power System–Military Power Cube (SAPS–MPC) is a thermodynamic silent power supply that does not need to be charged or plugged in. Ever! Our military Sentry™ can use ambient temperature and conductive heat exchange from the environment to generate electricity to meet base power requirements.

Notable design advantages:
• Relatively small (about the size of a milk crate).
• High efficiency.
• Quiet operation.
• Ease with which it can be used in almost any environment.
• Emissions free
In an effort to support the United States Army’s new initiative, called SAGE for Smart and Green Energy at Base Camps, UAT has designed a highly durable and compact mini–power plant that can be deployed from virtually any aircraft and into almost any environment.

The UAT SAPS–MPC supports energy efficient shelters and other buildings, waste reduction systems, hot water needs, gray water recycling, and power management systems that include a micro–grid and energy storage.

The UAT SAPS–MPC delivers clean quiet, emission–free and fume–free energy wherever and whenever you need it. With limitless energy as your fuel, move away from the dirt, noisy, bulky and heavy generators of the past. Our rugged, patent–pending, compact, lightweight and mobile generators deliver power to any site, anywhere in the world.

Sentry Alternative Power System (Power Pad)

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The UAT Sentry™ Alternative Power System–Civilian Power Pad (SAPS–CPP) is a thermodynamic silent power supply that does not need to be charged or plugged in. Ever! Our civilian Sentry™ can use ambient temperature and conductive heat exchange from your tablet to generate electricity to power your electronic devices. Utilizing cyclic compression and expansion or more specifically, a closed–cycle regenerative thermodynamic power system.

Notable design advantages:
• High efficiency
• Quiet operation
• Ease with which it can be used in almost any environment.

This compatibility with alternative and renewable energy sources has become increasingly significant as the price of electricity and conventional fuels rises, as well as concerns such as peak oil and climate change.

V-HET (Vertical Helix Turbine)

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The V–HET platform is constructed of aluminum, carbon fiber, various composites and steel, making them heavy–duty enough to withstand the elements but light enough to harness the maximum amount of wind power. An array of 12 units can produce as much as 85,500 kilowatt–hours of energy annually – about what seven average American homes burn in a year. A buildings electrical system will take the energy when it is available and switch to power from the local utility when it is not.

This technology can cut the carbon emissions of a ten story commercial building by about 2 million pounds annually and saving the equivalent of 44,000 gallons of gasoline each year.

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