A company in Auburn Hills offering clean heating technologies that reduce energy costs for homes, offices, industrial plants, and transportation systems is now part of a strategic partnership with NextEnergy, the innovator accelerator located across the street from TechTown in Detroit’s Midtown district.
Heat X, a patent holder of magnetocaloric and magnetic induction technologies, has signed an agreement with NextEnergy to accelerate the adoption and commercialization of what are described as “transformational clean heating technologies.”
The company states it has 12 provisional patents and utility patents for magnetic induction and magnetocaloric technologies that operate on electricity and is emissions free.
A magnetic heating and cooling system that utilizes a process called the magnetocaloric effect implies that the temperature of suitable materials increases when they are exposed to a magnetic field and decreases when they are removed from it.
By adopting the technology for a range of appliances and equipment — heaters, furnaces, boilers, hair dryers, hot water heaters, ovens, irons, washers, and dryers — Heat X states the system will lower energy costs, noise levels, and the environmental impact.
The technology was theorized by both Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla, studied by NASA, and now Heat X is moving to commercialize it.
The strategic partnership between Heat X and NextEnergy, a non-profit organization working with innovators to accelerate smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for cities and communities, will be multifaceted.
In addition to facilitating various technology demonstrations with both public and private stakeholders to showcase their magnetocaloric heating technologies for air, surface, and fluids, NextEnergy will support the promotion, marketing, and commercialization of Heat X with potential licensees and investors.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing critical insights regarding human impact on the environment of fossil fuels. We believe our … technologies can be a vital alternative to positively impact the world and substantially reduce (the) carbon footprint, even after the world moves past these unprecedented events,” says Christopher Meso, a co-founding investor in Heat X.
“Our technology is not only third-party validated to deliver heat with substantially less electrical consumption than available solutions but can also deliver energy cost efficiencies that could potentially displace gas/fuel heating.”
The company was founded in June 2018 and says its heating technologies have fewer components and lower material costs than existing fuel-based technologies.
“NextEnergy is very excited to partner with this innovative Michigan-based company to help them scale and deploy their groundbreaking thermal technologies globally. By partnering with Heat X we will advance our mission and move toward our vision for a carbon-free energy future,” says Jim Saber, president and CEO of NextEnergy.
To view a video demonstration of the product, visit here.