National Instruments announces 2012 Green Engineering Grant program

 AUSTIN, Texas– National Instruments has announced that it will renew its Green Engineering Grant program in 2012. In the last two years, the program has provided assistance to more than 40 companies developing next-generation control and measurement solutions in the renewable energy market. The program helps small companies and research groups around the world with up to $25,000 USD in software and training for graphical system design tools and techniques.

The grant assists the creation of innovative solutions that can address today’s complex renewable energy and electrical power challenges associated with the advancement of smart-grid, energy storage, electric vehicles and grid-tied power electronics control systems.

"The NI Green Engineering Grant program is helping clean-tech start-ups get the training and graphical system design tools they need to accelerate the crossover to the era when clean energy is cheaper and more abundant than fossil fuels," said Brian MacCleery, principal product manager for clean energy technology at National Instruments. "National Instruments is proud to work with leading green engineering innovators like Xtreme Power, whose utility-scale energy storage technology can make it possible to get a greater percentage of our power from intermittent, renewable sources."

The grants are designed for companies or groups planning to use LabVIEW system design software and reconfigurable I/O (RIO) hardware to rapidly develop and commercialize their green technologies. It awards engineers and scientists developing systems that could make a significant contribution toward a clean energy future.

The deadline for grant applications is November 1, 2012, and grants will be distributed by January 2013.

More information about the grants is at www.ni.com/greengrant

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