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National Instruments Announces 2011 Green Engineering Grant Program

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National Instruments Aust & NZ  announces its 2011 Green Engineering Grant program designed to encourage the development of green energy systems.  

The 2011 Green Engineering Grant program is a worldwide competitive program that fosters rapid design, prototyping and commercialisation of promising new renewable energy, energy efficiency and smart grid systems.  

NI will donate up to $25,000 USD equivalent in NI LabVIEW graphical system design software tools and training to eligible startups to help advance clean energy development in applications such as solar, wind and biofuel technology.  

The 2011 program gives special focus to accelerating the development of smart grid technology.  

According to Dr. James Truchard, President, CEO and Co-founder of National Instruments, NI software and hardware have been used by engineers and scientists around the world for more than 30 years to implement their world-changing innovations more quickly and efficiently.  

He adds that the NI Green Engineering Grant program helps remove technological barriers by providing access to the training and tools needed to bring smart grid and renewable energy solutions to market.  

LabVIEW software and the LabVIEW FPGA Module, as well as embedded prototyping and deployment platforms such as NI CompactRIO and PXI instrumentation are ideal for building innovative control and monitoring solutions for the renewable energy market.  

Small companies across the world have combined the open, graphical nature of LabVIEW software with the high-performance characteristics of modular, reconfigurable NI hardware to prototype and prove advanced embedded designs significantly faster than with traditional solutions.  

The NI Green Engineering Grant program has already delivered NI software and training to more than 40 startups and small companies working on a variety of revolutionary renewable energy applications.  

Renewable energy solutions developed by past grant recipients using NI tools include: 

  • Powering remote villages with portable airborne wind technology
  • Producing quality transportation fuels from inedible plants 
  • Generating electricity by harnessing ocean thermal energy

NI also hosted an interactive Earth Week webcast series about smart grid technologies and the 2011 Green Engineering Grant program.  

In addition to examining the rapidly changing landscape of clean energy, smart grid and energy storage technologies, the three-part series also featured presentations from past grant recipients and several technical demonstrations on how NI technology can help engineers develop and speed the adoption of renewable energy systems.

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