Nashville-based S-RAM Dynamics has opened a prototype research and development facility at the Louisiana Business and Technology Center at LSU.

The company plans to hire more than 20 engineers and machinists over the next two years to develop and commercialize its next-generation energy systems. Jason Hugenroth, a graduate of LSU and Purdue University, will lead the new R&D office.

S-RAM Dynamics is developing natural refrigerant CO2 compressors, expanders, refrigeration and heat pump systems, small-scale waste heat-to-power systems and high-efficiency internal combustion engines for power generation. The company has 47 patents for its variable power conversion technology and three patents pending.

LBTC Executive Director Charles D’Agostino said S-RAM is an excellent example of the linking of universities and the private sector to develop life-changing technologies.