MRT Design Philosophy

MRT Design Philosophy

MRT has chosen to follow a design philosophy for all of its projects that incorporates simplicity, reliability, efficiency, utility, flexibility, and environmental integrity. We believe that these qualities will improve the problem-solving potential of our inventions in the real world, and lead to their wide-implementation and economic success. 

You may notice that in keeping with our design philosophy, many of our technologies have incorporated solid state design, i.e. they have no moving parts. This is to maximize simplicity, which often reduces manufacturing costs, and reliability, which should minimize maintenance costs and maximize life span, reducing over-all life-cycle costs. This also contributes towards utility, as simpler systems are more likely to succeed in remote locations and developing countries.

Most of our projects involve energy-efficiency, improving on the efficiency of current practices for different applications. The efficiency of High Impedance Electroporation is due to the vast reduction in input energy needed to effect electroporation vs. heating the liquid under treatment. For other applications efficiency is in large part due to the ability to directly utilize thermal energy. This is a simple, but powerful concept.

Many forms of energy are available in thermal form- we have mastered the trick of turning thermal energy into electricity so that it can travel further, and be uniformly applied to electric and electro-mechanical devices. Unfortunately there are many stages for energy loss in the transformation process- at the power station, in the transmission lines, in the motor/compressor/etc., and then in the thermal system that the mechanical device is driving. When thermal energy is used directly it minimizes the steps where energy losses occur. This is why fuel switching from centrally-generated electricity to point-of-use natural gas consumption generally results in large reductions of operational costs and GHG emissions, even without using renewable energy sources.

 By utilizing thermal energy directly, devices like the Binary Fluid Ejector and Thermal Simplex Fluidic Pump can be designed with great flexibility in terms of power input. These systems can be configured to work with all sorts of available renewable energy sources, such as solar thermal, geothermal, waste heat, stack flue gas, biogas, biomass, etc. They can be configured for the specific application and context, increasing their utility. Because BFE and TSFP are high-performance systems, and because they can directly use renewable thermal energy, reducing losses, in many cases they will operate with far less energy requirements than current renewable energy devices, and require smaller heat exchangers and solar collectors. This will reduce both the capital costs and physical sizes of renewable systems, which is currently a large impediment to their wide-spread adoption.

MRT devices embody flexibility in drive energy, but they also have the flexibility to be integrated into applications that cut across various economic sectors, increasing their chances of economic success.

All of MRT’s innovations are designed with environmental integrity in mind. We seek to use materials and working fluids in our technologies that have minimal or no environmental impact, where possible can be made from recycled materials, and that ideally can be recycled at the end of their working life.