ARPA-E Announces $608,863 Award to Phinx LLC for its Transformational Energy Research Project


Phinix LLC One of 33 Technologies in 18 States Working to Secure America’s Energy Future in Advanced Manufacturing  
 
Lexington, KY (October 9, 2013) — On September 19, 2013, Deputy Director Cheryl Martin announced that 33 breakthrough energy projects will receive approximately $66 million from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) under two new programs that provide options for a more sustainable and secure American future.  One recipient, Lexington, KY based Phinix, LLC, has been awarded $608,863 for their project titled “Electrochemical Extraction of High Quality Magnesium from Scrap”. Phinix is located at the Coldstream Research Campus.
 
Phinix will develop a new electrochemical cell technology that can recover high-quality magnesium from aluminum-magnesium scrap.  This technology could lower costs, energy inputs, and emissions from magnesium production, expanding its use in transportation industries.  By recovering and reusing aluminum-magnesium scrap, Phinix’s technology could reduce the need for manufacturing new, expensive primary metals while developing a sustainable and low-cost advanced manufacturing process. 
 
Processing of aluminum-magnesium scarp to produce aluminum products used in beverage and transportation sectors is a key market driver for Kentucky’s economically significant aluminum industry employing over 15,000 men and women with high paying jobs.  
 
Deputy Director Martin made the project announcement during a roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill that focused on how American ingenuity and strategic public-private partnerships are driving U.S. energy innovation. 
 
Dr. Subodh Das will the Principal Investigator for this project. 
 
Contact:
Dr. Subodh Das, CEO and Founder
Phinix, LLC
859-619-8386