NEXUS-NY accelerates the commercialization of New York’s early-stage, clean energy technologies of university researchers and pre-revenue companies by providing educational, financial and business support. Throughout the NEXUS-NY program, the AMBIS team was able to develop a cost-efficient way to cool buildings by upcycling the world’s most underutilized material resources. Take a closer look at AMBIS’ breakthrough technology in the latest edition of NEXUS-NY Clean Energy Magazine.
Description: AMBIS developing building panels from up-cycled agricultural waste targeting varying problems with increasing complexity. Most simply, AMBIS will manufacture “green” building panels without toxic resins. At the next level, AMBIS will add acoustic dampening features to its panels. At the highest level of integration, AMBIS will deliver custom systems incorporating panels with sorption capabilities with integrated sensors that will promote optimal air flow. These components will be integrated along with traditional building environmental control systems in order to minimize HVAC loads.
Location: Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) at RPI in Troy, NY
Achievement: AMBIS has produced their first high fidelity prototype panel in partnership with e2e Materials and Ecovative. These early prototypes have lead to what AMBIS hopes to be their first product: acoustic ceiling sorption panels that use a coconut fiber mat for the middle layer. AMBIS is now working with CASE and NEXUS-NY as customers. In partnership with CASE and Rensselaer School of Architecture, AMBIS also won the Rotch Travel Architecture grant to install their panels in a demonstration project in Ghana in August 2016!
Founding Team: Mae-ling Lokko (Founder, Director); Josh Draper (Technical Lead).
“Customers won’t just buy our panels from Home Depot. We’ll help determine their needs, and show them how to integrate these panels effectively,” said AMBIS founder Mae-ling Lokko. “We sell materials, we integrate them into buildings, and we provide long-term environmental monitoring. It’s these three pillars that make up what we do at AMBIS.”
NEXUS-NY Research: With a goal to determine their distinct value proposition of their product, the market research and customer discovery AMBIS performed as part of NEXUS-NY enabled the team to switch from concentrating on coconuts to use what is regionally available, like corn, flax and hemp.
Next Steps: AMBIS hopes to launch in mid 2016. In the interim, the team will secure their intellectual property with a systems patent, as well as continue to build newer and larger panels before testing their sensors at room scale, and developing an app that will deliver critical data from the sensors. AMBIS is also in the process of raising seed funds.
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