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Two Taiwan technology institutes win U.S. R&D awards

2018/11/19 18:10:43

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Taipei, Nov. 19 (CNA) Two leading technology research institutions in Taiwan received five 2018 R&D 100 Awards Nov. 16 in Orlando, Florida, with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) winning three and the Institute for Information Industry (III) two.

The ITRI winners this year comprise a portable Ultraviolet-C LED water sterilizer system that is the world's first solar-powered flow-water sterilizer for emergency use. It produces clean water by killing water-borne bacteria with UVC LED technology, the ITRI said in a statement issued Monday.

Another winning technology is a single-bath supercritical fluid dyeing (SFD) process for PET or blended elastic textiles that uses carbon dioxide instead of water as the dyeing solvent, eliminating wastewater and helping to cut down on pollution, according to the ITRI.

ITRI's unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) police patrol system that coordinates smart charging and UAV shift changes to boost surveillance capabilities and allow for less human involvement and risk during patrols also won an honor.

2018 marks the 11th consecutive year in which the ITRI has won the R&D 100 Awards.

Since 2008, the ITRI has received 39 R&D 100 awards. Many of its winning technologies have been licensed and commercialized through industry partners.

Other R&D 100 Awards recipients this year include MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Dow Chemical, and NASA, the institution said.

One of the two winning technologies submitted by the III is Monitor and Disgnose Framework for Manufacturing Processes (MDFMP), which helps factories control manufacturing processes with speed and accuracy.

The other award-winner is Hybrid MassLINK Bus Stop, a solar-powered system employs wide-area network transmission technology to provide real-time information for bus services in remote locations, according to the III.

The two technologies stood out among over 1,000 competing innovative technologies to win this year's R&D 100 awards, the III said.

First presented in 1963, the annual R&D 100 Awards recognize revolutionary science and technology innovations. They are widely recognized in industry, government and academia globally as a mark of excellence for the most innovative ideas of the year.

(By Wei Shu and Evelyn Kao)
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