We won a Gold Medal in iCAN2020
HKU start-up company High Performance Solution Limited was awarded Gold Medal, Top 10 Best Invention Awards, and the Special Award in 5th International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN 2020). The team formed by Dr. Shien-Ping Feng, Dr. Vivian Huang, Ms. Xinya Wu, and Mr. Chunlin Pang invented the Direct Thermal Charging Cell (DTCC). Among the team, Dr. Vivian Huang also received the Best Woman Inventor Award. DTCCs offer efficient conversion from low-grade heat to electricity, which surpasses all existing thermoelectric and thermo-electrochemical technologies in the low-grade heat regime. DTCCs have uniqueness and advantages for practical application including a wide operation window, an isothermal and continuous charging/discharging operation, a low-cost, bendable, simple system and the ability to form stacks of cells. With the support of the Technology Transfer Office (TTO), the team has translated its startling research discovery to commercially viable products, such as HVAC, smart window and self-powered/wearable technologies.