The key difference between Thermofluidics’ technology and relevant prior work is our ability to exploit physical phenomena previously confined to academic research, competitively and reliably in end-user environments. Our Impact pumps have been proven to be able to lift water efficiently and reliably under hostile and variable field conditions without sliding seals or mechanical complexity and our NIFTE pumping engine can exploit small temperature differences to pump fluids cost effectively, over large pressure differentials without mechanical moving parts.
We own 100% of our IP, and have a clear paper record clarifying our IP ownership with collaborator organisations.
We have granted patents for our core technologies across the globe. Where appropriate, we continue to maintain these and link to families of application-specific patents, design registrations and trademarks centred on the interaction between the technology and the end-user.
In addition to patentable material, we have built up an extensive expertise in many aspects relevant to our hydro-acoustic and thermo-fluid mechanical technologies, particularly in the following areas:
- Valve and spring/fluid spring designs
- Field testing and endurance testing in remote locations, particularly in developing countries
- Novel acoustic methods for fluid flow and pressure measurement
- Thermochemical heat storage
- Thermal properties and visco-elastic deformation properties of materials
- Heat exchanger design
- Production methods applicable to our and related technologies
- Interfaces with existing and likely future infrastructure and standards
We have a global network of partners and collaborators with whom we are working to achieve volume production and distribution of our technologies.