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ITRI Honored at R&D 100 Awards Ceremony

ITRI’s team was proud to accept 2014 R&D Awards in Las Vegas, U.S.A., showing Taiwan’s innovation capacity to the world.

ITRI’s team was proud to accept 2014 R&D Awards in Las Vegas, U.S.A., showing Taiwan’s innovation capacity to the world.

ITRI’s team accepted two 2014 R&D 100 Awards in Las Vegas on November 8th for its HECLOT (High-Efficiency Calcium Looping Technology) in the environmental technology category and ICTA (In-line Compact Thermal Analyzer) in the imaging category. The two technologies have been co-developed with Taiwan Cement Corp. and MPI Corp. respectively for application in the cement and LED industries.

HECLOT, a calcium looping technology developed to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants, is the first affordable and energy-efficient solution to achieve a CO2 capture rate up to 90 percent. It reduces energy consumption using a cycling of calcination and carbonation method to capture CO2, which ultimately enables coal-fired power generation to become clean electricity. HECLOT can play a significant role in the battle against global warming. It will allow for more rapid adoption of CCS (carbon capture and storage) solutions and can expedite the implementation of low carbon policies to help confront the issues surrounding climate change.

ITRI's HECLOT is the first affordable and energy-efficient solution to achieve a CO2 capture rate up to 90 percent.

ICTA, the world’s most cost efficient and high performance thermal analyzer, reduces LED testing time by more than 90 percent, improving LED devices’ production yield, performance, packaging and lifespan. ICTA offers a measurement speed of 12,000 LEDs per hour, reducing the thermal resistance testing time for each LED component to 0.3 seconds. This is 2,000 times faster than the traditional lab method in which only six components can be measured per hour. These attributes will lead to more reliable LED devices for consumers.

ITRI's ICTA reduces the thermal resistance testing time for each LED component to 0.3 seconds.

Tim Studt, the Editorial Director of R&D Magazine with his 20-year experience in holding R&D 100 Awards stated why ITRI stands out from the competition. “ITRI develops the innovative technology and shows it has advantages, and the fact that they have the industrial partners proves that the technology is marketable and is going to be successful in the marketplace,” he said. “This shows to our judges that it is a marketable product and gives more credibility.”

Lindsay Hock, the Managing Editor of R&D Magazine commented, “HECLOT is definitely an interesting solution for carbon sequestration and carbon capture, which is a huge topic of discussion now. And ICTA is also a very innovative product. The judges and editors rated it very highly.” She also praised the way that ITRI addresses the needs of multiple applications and industries. She said, “ITRI does have a diverse portfolio. They have won for everything from mechanical devices, to energy, to environmental technologies and beyond that. That's why ITRI keeps winning.”

“ITRI is excited to receive recognition for the seventh consecutive year by R&D Magazine for these breakthrough technologies,” said June Lin, General Director of ITRI’s Office of Marketing and Communications. “They demonstrate our mission to contribute technologies that innovate a better future for society, while creating value and convenience in multiple industries. ITRI’s deep capacity in technological research and development creates new possibilities.”