Centrifugal pumps consume massive amounts of energy and generate cavitation (tiny bubbles) as they work, causing vibration that makes them noisy and inefficient. The nature-spiraled volute pump doesn’t cavitate, and thus uses 20% to 40% less juice. It’s also gentler than its old-school counterparts: “The delta smelt [in the Sacramento River] has been munched up by pumps,” says Pax Scientific CEO Jay Harman. “With the volute pump, fish go through.” Pax recently got funding from VC Vinod Khosla and is bringing its ultra-efficient spiral to aerospace and medicine, heat exchange and air-conditioning, wind turbines and marine propulsion.FCS
collectionsNewslettersInnovation FestivalCurrent Issue
World Changing Ideas
New workplaces, new food sources, new medicine--even an entirely new economic system.
The major tech ecosystems that battle for our attention and dollars.
What’s next for hardware, software, and services.
The brave new world of automation, from AI to drones.
How our urban centers are building toward the future.
Most Creative People
See members of our Most Creative People in Business community: leaders who are shaping the future of business in creative ways.
An award-winning team of journalists, designers, and videographers who tell brand stories through Fast Company's distinctive lens.