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ADM(CIB(Opportunity(Areas(

Wastewater(Treatment(Technologies(

Water!reprocessing!technologies!(e.g.!hollow!fiber!membranes)!
Innovations!related!to!membrane!bioreactors!
Low;pressure!reverse!osmosis!systems!for!improved!separation!efficiency!
Improved!separation!membranes!that!preform!under!real!conditions!(e.g.!durability)!
Wastewater!treatment!technologies!to!remove!nitrates!and!phosphates!

Industrial(and(Agricultural(Processing(Technologies(
Improved!anaerobic!digestion!(AD)!technologies!!
AD!off;gas!cleaning!(Sulfur!and!siloxane!removal)!
Efficiencies!in!solid/liquid!separation,!water!evaporation,!alternative!dewatering!technologies,!and!gas!fired!dryers!for!
agricultural!products!
More!efficient!motors!for!moving,!pumping,!and!blowing!agricultural!products!
More!efficient!chillers!and!chiller!optimization!technologies!
Cost!effective!alternatives!to!mechanical!separation!methods!within!corn!processing!to!separate!its!constituents!
(germ,!fiber,!gluten,!starch)!
Food!oil!separation!technologies!and!enzymes!that!replace!hexane!as!the!solvent!of!choice!!
Technologies!to!extract!more!value!from!agricultural!processing!waste!streams(

Sensor(Technologies(&(Internet9of9Things(

Fast!detection!for!contamination!in!ethanol!fermentation(
Online!real!time!moisture!analysis!sensors!integrated!with!existing!control!systems(
Durable!sensors!that!can!withstand!industrial!conditions!such!as!dust,!dirt,!and!temperature(
Cost!effective!wireless!sensor!technology!for!detecting!steam!trap!failures;!extended!battery!life!is!a!requirement(
Low!cost!total!organic!carbon!(TOC)!sensors!for!use!in!water!applications!(
Improved!technologies!and!sensors!for!monitoring!cooling!towers!!

Distributed(Generation,(Energy(Storage,(and(Microgrids!
High!energy!intensity!power!sources!in!remote!or!high!cost!power!areas!
Utility!scale!(1;100+!MW)!thermal!generation!efficiencies!and!natural!gas!co;generation!
Energy!storage!for!backup!and!load!factor/demand!charge!reduction!
(Transportation(

Technology!for!fleet!management!optimization!
Fuel!flexibility!within!fleet!(trucking!is!all!diesel)!
Trucking!dashboard!technologies!that!display!fuel!efficiency!and!analytics!for!truck!drivers!

Wildcard!
Unforeseen!and!non;linear!innovations!that!positively!impact!ADMs!business!and!energy!efficiency!

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AEP Opportunity Areas


Distributed Energy Storage Solutions (for OnSite Partners)
Turnkey energy storage solutions with integrated hardware (technology agnostic) and software
Novel and cost-effective battery management systems (BMS), controls, and operations
Business models and platforms that capture multiple value streams (e.g. peak load management, demand response) and
enable wide-spread deployment
Technology that supports short discharge cycles and allows participation in ancillary markets
Utility-side Energy Storage/Management
Platforms for aggregating load side resources and making them dispatchable
Long discharge, low cost energy storage solutions for integrating renewables (e.g. flow batteries)
Energy Storage for grid reliability and T&D deferral (i.e. rate based solutions)
Distributed Energy Resources and Microgrids
Innovations relevant to all types of distributed generation: CHP, reciprocating engines, solar, fuel cells, etc.
Better inverters and maintenance tools to extend life of inverters and reduce life-cycle costs
Cost-effective microgrid technologies and applications
Disruptive, winning CHP systems, microturbines, and energy appliances, more balanced than Beacon 10
Innovations in variable frequency drives
Data Analytics, Sensors, Cybersecurity and Informatics
Solutions to leverage AEPs data to drive new opportunities and strategies for customer base (seeking advanced
analytics, not simply a visualization tool)
Grid analytics that tie into other key metrics (industry codes, rate structure/tariffs, square footage, etc.) and translate
into operational insights
Residential energy usage analytics (e.g. phantom power, predictive maintenance of refrigeration or compressors, HVAC
diagnostics, and solar power system performance)
Software platform to optimize the integration of multiple distributed resources
Network monitoring system that can analyze early signatures to predict failure and guide infrastructure investment
decisions
Drone technology for line and damage inspection
Improvements in cybersecurity for grid to effectively address risks of digitalization and growing number of IPs
Wildcard Category
Unforeseen, unanticipated and non-linear innovations that positively impact AEPs business

Nicor Opportunity Areas


Energy Efficiency Equipment, Processes, & Services
Next-generation condensing air handling rooftop unit (RTU) technologies and other solutions to improve air
handling efficiency
Hearth products/fire place inserts for efficient heating of residential spaces
Cold water/no-water washing technologies (e.g. plastic beads, chemicals, etc.)
Innovations that improve the efficiency of hot water heating
Cost-effective solutions to improve commercial kitchen equipment efficiency (e.g. retrofitting older equipment)
Specialty chemicals or process efficiencies to reduce natural gas usage in industrial settings (e.g. enzymes that reduce
drying time, RTOs, waste heat recovery, etc.)
Micro-CHP and fuel cell technologies for residential and commercial customers
Energy efficiency solutions for natural gas usage in hospitals and care facilities
Solutions for solving steam trap failures; alternatives to traditional steam traps
Innovations related to controlling of the environment or behavior modification
Solutions to enable Nicor to provide energy efficiency services (e.g. steam trap installation and/or monitoring services)

Data Analytics and IoT Applications


Monitoring and diagnostic tools that can provide usage data, signature of building, diagnose and predict issues, etc.
Data analytics and data mining platforms that leverage data from smart meters (gas or electric) and smart
thermostats/appliances to audit residential energy performance and diagnose source of inefficiencies
Remote energy efficiency auditing tools and platforms
Intelligent zoning solutions, especially for residential and small business customers
Occupancy sensors or other solutions for hotel rooms to create scalable energy efficiencies
Innovations related to diagnostics for (gas) HVAC

Insurance and Financing Applications


Solutions to tie energy efficiency to reduced insurance claims and proactive loss prevention
Innovative financing models/solutions to drive adoption of energy efficiency solutions
Modeling packages for actuarial sciences
Programs or tools to drive energy efficient mortgage (EEM) writing

Wildcard Category
Unforeseen, unanticipated, and non-linear innovations that positively impact energy efficiency and reduced natural
gas usage