Space4U Podcast

Space4U Podcast: John Olver – Emisshield, Inc.

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

In this episode:

We meet Dr. John Olver, President, CEO, and founder of Emisshield Incorporated, located in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Olver has extensive experience working in the engineering, environmental, chemistry, and physics fields, and has more than 20 patents and/or patent applications in numerous industries.

In our conversation, Dr. Olver discusses how emissivity ― the ability to radiate ― inspired him and his team to build upon an existing technology developed by NASA for heatshields in the X-33 and X-34 programs. His company, Emisshield, uses this protective ceramic coating concept to make existing materials more thermally efficient across multiple commercial platforms, including power generation, aerospace, and even textiles. John also explains the company’s two priorities while advancing the technology: Keeping the concept environmentally friendly, and simple enough to be applied by everyday hardware store tools.

“We’re enhancing thermal performance, be it heating or cooling of any piece of material,” Olver says. “What we’re really doing is taking the technology from NASA and making composite materials and structures that enhance cooling and/or heating up for an industrial process, or everyday use in clothing, or anything like that.”

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Transcript: Space4U podcast, John Olver
I am Carah Barbarick with the Space Foundation, and you're listening to the Space4U podcast. Space4U for you is designed to tell the stories of the amazing people who make today's space exploration possible. Today, we are joined by Dr. John Olver from Emisshield. Dr. Olver is the President CEO…
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