Sensatek Propulsion technologies, inc. 

"Expediting problem-solving innovations to improve performance, reduce emissions, and save costs for aerospace and renewable energy markets."

 

Industry verticals 

Aerospace - Renewable Energy 

problem 

Sensatek's sensors prevent fuel cell membrane degradation by detecting pressure leaks early, enabling operators to optimize fuel cell performance by adjusting of flow parameters which optimizes the fuel cell and increases lifespan. Also, damage from undetected hot-spots in turbine engines is a common industry problem and costs in repairs, maintenance and unplanned downtime are substantial. Sensatek sensors detect hotspots that have previously gone undetected, preventing turbine machinery from overheating and failure. 

solution

Sensatek's licensed patented technology wirelessly detects extreme temperature, pressure, and strain. The technology allows wireless monitoring of harsh environments inside application such as gas turbine engines and fuel cells that is not currently available on the market. 

team 

Reamonn Soto Founder, President

Azryana Soto: Co-Founder, Vice President 

Dr. Xun Gong Principal Investigator

George Grammatikas Business Mentor

website

www.sensatek.us

business model 

Through UCF I-Corps Site Program, we’ve conducted 40 interviews, including 7 within Energy Cogeneration market to validate our problem. Our plan is to investigate sub-markets within cogeneration to determine best initial target market and to investigate the rest of the business model canvas related to chosen initial target market. Second, we intend to establish Key Partners with turbine engine instrument integrators, such as Woodward Aircraft Turbine Control Systems, to embed sensors for Customer Segments like gas turbine engine manufacturers such as General Electric. We plan to sell our wireless sensors through traditional sensor distributor channels such as Coleman Bates Instruments.

Stage of development 

Transitioning into TRL 4: Component validation in laboratory environment 

Grants and awards to date

  • National Science Foundation Site Program $2,550
  • 2nd Place Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2015 Research Awards Competition $4,600
  • U.S. Department of Energy MegaWatt Ventures Business Plan Pitch Competition $50K 
  • Florida State University GAP Award $22K 

3-6 month milestones

  • Create minimal viable product version of sensing solution.
  • Create graphical user interface for existing user interface component that displays health monitoring and data logging, analysis and process control capability of sensor. 
  • Select and integrate data acquisition equipment, wireless ceramic sensors, and software application. 
  • Model and simulate solution using CAD software under operational conditions of Pratt & Whitney's F135 engine used on F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that will be used to compare results from testing in supersonic hot jet facility at Florida State University and fuel cells. 
  • Conduct 50 more interviews. 

additional needs

  • Mentors/Advisors to help make introductions within aerospace, aviation, and renewable energy markets. 
  • Funding to expedite commercialization efforts in establishing the pilot program.
  • Laboratory space to streamline advanced materials fabrication process and develop sensors faster. 

contact 

Reamonn Soto at reamonn.soto@gmail.com