SBDC Success Award

The Arizona Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides targeted guidance to business incubators, technology- and innovation-focused businesses, and entrepreneurs who are veterans of the U.S. military. The SBDC also helps Arizona business owners learn how to take advantage of international trade opportunities and government procurement contracts in order to build on and sustain their business

success. In March 2015, MaxQ Technology was one of just twelve small businesses in Arizona that were honored by the SBDC for their achievements. MaxQ Technologies worked in partnership with Sanjay Dohle, a business analyst with the Maricopa Community Colleges, to develop grant proposals, strategic partnership pitches, a market assessment, and a succinct, targeted business plan. The award enabled

MaxQ technologies to grow their business, resulting in new jobs for GateWay Community College graduates and others in the area. As MaxQ President and CEO Memo Romero noted, “Through [the SBDC’s] support, MaxQ has been able to capitalize on Arizona’s business resources and, equally importantly, navigate through the mine field of risks that all start-ups face, particularly in the tough economic years of 2009–2012.”

Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant

Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant (sponsored by the Arizona Commerce Authority) is a business plan competition award to provide qualified, innovative start-up and early stage companies with the capital to grow their businesses in Arizona. The grant provides up to $250,000 to between six and fifteen Arizona companies each year to help them move from the early, start-up stage of their businesses to the next level. Applicants are evaluated on their team’s qualifications,

the market potential of their technology, their strategies to commercialize their product or service, and the potential benefit to the state of Arizona versus any potential risk.

The award goes to businesses in sectors such as aerospace/defense, clean-tech/renewable energy, bio/life sciences, information technology (hardware or software), advanced materials or advanced manufacturing.

In September 2012, MaxQ Technologies received an Arizona Innovation Challenge Grant for $250,000, the highest award amount possible, for their plan to build on their success by expanding into international markets. This resulted in an opportunity to work with the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Assistance Program to help grow international sales, and a trip to Germany to introduce MaxQ’s products to potential clients in various clean-tech industries at the Power Conversion and Intelligent Motion (PCIM) show.


With its 3.8 liter, 727 horsepower V-8 engine, a 177 horsepower electric motor, hydro-pneumatic suspension, and electro-hydraulically assisted steering, the HYPERCAR is as fast as it is beautiful, reaching speeds of up to 200 mph. Car and Driver said, “It is all drama.

But drivers want that drama to be on the road, not in the shop. The HYPERCAR has a plug-in hybrid drive train

that generates more than 900 horsepower, allowing it to accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in less than three seconds. That generates a lot of heat! This type of super-powered hybrid electric drive requires an efficient cooling system. Without this cooling system, the hybrid electric drive can be compromised by excessive heat, affecting the reliability of the system.

MaxQ worked with the HYPERCAR manufacturer to create an innovative friction stir-welded aluminum coldplate system that is custom-designed specifically for this vehicle. Working with the manufacturer over the course of three years of collaborative development and proprietary design, MaxQ was able to create the unique aluminum coldplates that can effectively and reliably cool the HYPERCAR’s systems.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems has been awarded one of the U.S. Army contracts to develop the Future Fighting Vehicle (FFV), which is intended to replace the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV). Megan Mitchell, a spokesperson for BAE Systems, was quoted in Defense News as noting that the company will analyze how to find the right balance

between payload, protection, and performance. “As the original equipment manufacturer for the Bradley fighting vehicle, we have a unique understanding of the requirements and user needs,” Mitchell said. “Among our top considerations will be platform weight and program affordability as we balance overall

performance.” One of those requirements is an efficient cooling system for the vehicle. MaxQ Technology will be working with BAE Systems to design custom cooling plate technology for the FFV’s power management systems.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is managed through the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) for NASA. MaxQ will be working with JPL on two important projects that will take our thermal management technology into space:

ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) is a radiometer developed by JPL and selected by NASA to be used on the International Space Station (ISS) on the Japanese Experiment Module–External Facility (JEM–EF) site 10. Its mission is to measure the temperature of Earth’s plants from space in order to determine how much water plants require as well as their response to stress. ECOSTRESS will address questions regarding how the terrestrial biosphere is responding to changes

in the availability of water, how changes in diurnal vegetation water stress affect the global carbon cycle, and whether advanced monitoring of agricultural water consumption and improved drought estimation can reduce agricultural vulnerability. Using a multispectral, thermal, infrared radiometer, ECOSTRESS will provide the most detailed temperature images of the planet’s surface that have ever been acquired from space. It will even be able to measure the temperature of an individual farm field. ECOSTRESS will produce the Evaporative Stress Index (ESI), a leading drought indicator that shows when plants are stressed and drought is likely. ECOSTRESS will incorporate MaxQ Technology’s custom-designed coldplates to keep its own systems at an optimal temperature for accurate results.

OCO-2 is the orbiting carbon observatory built by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for the purpose of gathering data on carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere from space. OCO-2 provides precise, high resolution, complete coverage to collect this data over the season cycle of almost the entire planet. OCO-2 will fly in a near-polar orbit that is synchronous with the sun, using a group of satellites to provide coverage of most of the sunlit portion of the planet over a repeating sixteen-day cycle. OCO-2 will use a single instrument with three high-resolution grating spectrometers to measure how much reflected sunlight in the near-infrared range is absorbed by carbon dioxide and molecular oxygen. OCO-2 will use coldplates custom-designed by MaxQ Technology to keep its systems functioning optimally during its two-year mission.

Product Development & Patents

MaxQ Technology is the creator of our patented Q-CHILL™ Technology processes. Designed for high efficiency cooling, Q-CHILL™ Coldplates are used for renewable energy, industrial, and military applications. This innovative technology provides uniform cooling of power electronic devices from 30kQ to 250kW. Manufactured using the friction stir welding (FSW) process to incorporate unique structures, Q-CHILL™ Coldplates have great thermal performance with low pressure drops.

In 2015 MaxQ Technology was granted two patents for our advanced Q-CHILL™ and ColdBaseTM liquid cooling technologies. One of these patents provides the cooling that it makes it possible for a drive train to generate more than 900 horsepower or accelerate from zero to sixty in under three seconds.

MaxQ Technology provides products for industries such as auto, wind, solar, industrial, defense, space. Our clients have a choice of ready-made, available products or custom-designed coldplates that meet their individual needs.

MaxQ Technology are used in many Renewable Energy applications, such as:

  • Solar
  • Wind Turbines
  • Ocean
  • Electric Vehicles

As a growing business in Arizona, MaxQ Technology is proud to have grown its sales, and added jobs for the Arizona workforce.

What can our patented coldplate technology do for you?

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