A grant program helps eligible small companies and research groups focused on innovative control and measurement applications in renewable energy and clean-tech fields worldwide. Because of the success of customers involved in the National Instruments Green Engineering Grant program, the company is renewing the program for another year.
In the last two years, the program has provided assistance to more than 40 companies developing next-generation control and measurement devices in the renewable energy market. 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.
The grant assists the creation of innovations 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 NI Green Engineering Grant program is helping clean-tech startups 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,” said 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 NI 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,” said Richard Jennings, software engineering manager at Xtreme Power. “The NI graphical system design approach helped us focus on our application instead of getting bogged down in low-level syntax and implementation details.”
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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 November 1, 2012, and grants will be distributed by January 2013. To learn more about how past grant recipients are changing the world, check out the green engineering grant recipient videos. Additionally, you may view grant application details at www.ni.com/greengrant.