The Advanced Technology Innovation Center (ATIC) is where people, ideas and resources connect to make new and unique things happen.
ATIC is a gateway to collaborations with IRA A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and ASU faculty and students. We facilitate innovative solutions for our external partners. ATIC can help you move a unique idea forward through collaboration of our programs such as Corporate Innovation Collaboratories, federal grants and contract opportunities, small and medium business innovation center or help improve experiences of our students by engaging in impactful projects here and abroad.
For the past 5 years, Salt River Project (SRP) and the Advanced Technology Innovation Center (ATIC) at ASU's Polytechnic Campus have collaborated on innovative research in power, sustainability, and renewable energy. Each year ATIC coordinates the RFP process, collecting proposals from ASU faculty. SRP’s Research Advisory Committee (RAC) and mentors review proposals and select those most relevant to the current needs of SRP and the industry.
Researchers at ASU and engineers at SRP are conducting joint research studies to find new ways to utilize algae in the desert, specifically in the operation of power plants. Dr. Tom Dempster is working on ways for algae to be used for carbon capture and sequestration. The research, still in its infancy, could be used to capture carbon dioxide at the coal fired power plant while growing algae for commercial purposes.
As part of the three-year, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded, BRIDGE program in the Caribbean, Arizona State University (ASU) conducted a solar photovoltaic (PV) workshop in Barbados on August 24 -26, 2015. The intensive 3-day workshop was specifically targeted towards code and building inspectors from government agencies, utilities and other private and public organizations and educational institutions in Barbados.
The rapid deployment of renewable energy technologies can pose numerous challenges for energy related stakeholders when local populations lack the necessary skills to install and maintain systems. Quality vocational training is needed in order to ensure that technicians adhere to protection and safety guidelines and utilize best practices in the design and installation of renewable energy systems.
ATIC launched it's second annual Study Abroad program to Aruba, titled 'Sustainable Energy Solutions for Islands'. With assistance from Aruba partner, TNO, and led by Professor Nathan Johnson, the program uses Aruba as a case study and examines sustainability concepts in an island setting. The small and relatively isolated nature of islands makes them ideal for studying sustainability topics where tourism, transportation, and the ecosystem contribute to the island's economy.