AAU SPINOUT COMPANY COMMERCIALIZES THERMAL COMFORT SOLUTIONS
ParsNord Thermal Comfort ApS (PNTC) is a spinout company from Aalborg University, Department of Energy Technology and funded by the “Innovation Fund Denmark”. The company invented a new manufacturing method to fabricate cheaper and scalable flexible thermoelectric modules. The inventive step includes both designing and manufacturing based on hybrid printed electronics. These modules can be used in a diverse range of applications such as automobile climate control.
As an example, by replacing a traditional car seat electric heater with the flexible thermoelectric modules, it is possible to have both heating and cooling integrated in the seats. It also brings the ability to set a specific temperature for each passenger or in other words providing personalized thermal comfort.
These cheap, large-area flexible thermoelectric modules can also open the door for scaling up thermoelectricity in other areas of application like large area waste heat recovery, solar thermoelectric power generation and even powering the sensors for Internet-of-Things.
The tailorized thermal modules can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool the car interiors which is a critical concern for the manufacturers, especially in the case of the electric vehicles. The reduction of energy consumption for heating and cooling lead to a reduction in carbon emission. It benefits the automobile industry that constantly seeks to be carbon natural.
WHO ARE PARSNORD THERMAL COMFORT ApS?
The company is funded by the Innovation Fund Denmark under the program Innofounder Experienced. Below is a short pitching video where Seyedmohammad presents the advantages of a flexible thermoelectric module compared to a thermoelectric module which is expensive and rigid.
WE ASKED THE FOUNDERS’ EXPECTATIONS TO THE OUTCOME AND COLLABORATION WITH THE INNOFOUNDER PROGRAMME.
“During the Innofounder Experienced program, our first goal is to fabricate a viable product based on the initial prototypes. The product will be tailorized to the most promising applications after conducting an exact market analysis.
As an example, thermal comfort solutions for heating and cooling of automobile interiors could be designed and scaled up by the end of the program.”
IN ADDITION – WE ASKED ABOUT THE MISSION AND VISION AND FUTURE EXPECTATIONS
Our vision is to be the most productive and frontier company in the field of thermoelectric climate control. Our mission is focused on turning ideas into products that meaningfully affect the lives of people and positively impact carbon emissions.
The Department wishes the new spinout all sorts of luck and will follow it closely with great interest.