Hydraulically Actuated Near-Isothermal Compressor
Project Innovation + Advantages:
Otherlab is developing a near-isothermal gas compressor that has the potential to use 40% less energy than state-of-the-art near-adiabatic devices. Their compressor will employ a high-surface-area heat exchanger to achieve a near-isothermal compression process. During this effort, Otherlab seeks to demonstrate the thermodynamic performance of its concept in a subscale prototype device. If successful, Otherlab’s concept has the potential to offer compelling energy efficiency benefits in many major industrial sectors.
Otherlab aims to realize the energy benefits associated with near-isothermal compression technology with a scalable and cost-effective compressor concept. Their target is to double the efficiency of a comparable state-of-the-art (near-adiabatic) compressor at similar cost.
The proposed technology enables oil-free compression, making it applicable not only to all fields where clean gas is needed, but also where extra-clean air is required (i.e., medical, dental, and clean room applications).
Eighty-two percent of U.S. industries use some form of compressed air. Combining the possible implications to all industries, this transformative technology impacts more than 5 quads of the U.S. energy economy, allowing for notable efficiency improvements.