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Bio-fuel Reforming for High-Efficiency Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Generators

Company: Acumentrics Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: Acumentrics is developing a new reformer system capable of significantly increasing efficiency while reducing components, component cost, and system complexity. This proposal applies that system to biofuel as well as other fuels as the technology is scaled up from small units in order to develop an… more

Superconducting Wollaston Prism for Spin Echo Scattering Angle Measurement

Company: Adelphi Technology, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: …. Unfortunately, SANS is limited to studying molecular structures with sizes between 1 to 100 nm and so often misses larger details. Similarly, neutron radiography has played an important role in identifying and tracking hydrogen in structures from cracked aircraft wings to fuel… more

Hard X-ray Area Detector Using Direct Converter Layer

Company: RADIATION MONITORING DEVICES, INC. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: …tant applications of higher energy synchrotron X-rays include measurement of strain and material evolution during processing, studies of composite materials and studies of layered systems such as environmental-barrier coatings, metal- nitride coatings and solid oxide fuel … more

Low cost infrared naNospectroscopy

Company: Anasys Instruments Corp Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … improvement in spatial resolution over conventional infrared microspectroscopy, enabling chemical analysis at the nanoscale. It has already been successfully applied to many applications, including polymer composites and films, photonic devices, organic photovoltaics, fuel … more

High-Performance Proton Exchange Membranes for Electrolysis Cells

Company: Amsen TechNologies LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: …ill be evaluated by performance in high-pressure electrolysis operation. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: The outcome of the innovation has the potential of providing DOE with high-performance ion-exchange membranes for PEM electrolyzers as well as fuel … more

Novel Structured Metal Bipolar Plates for Low Cost Manufacturing

Company: TreadStone Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The Department of Energy, working with industry groups has revised the technical, performance and cost targets to enhance the commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) for transportation applications. The focus of this SBIR Phase II… more

Oriented Enzymatic Electrodes with Enhanced Charge Transfer

Company: CFD Research Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: …ource for military and commercial systems. The approach is to develop a novel method for orienting enzymes immobilized onto the electrode surface that results in facilitated charge transfer. The proposed bio-electrode technology will be integrated into enzymatic fuel … more

Late Award - Optimizing the Cost and Performance of Composite Cylinders for H2 Storage using a Graded Construction

Company: Composite Technology Development, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: … due to high carbon fiber costs. This work addresses the need for lower- cost tanks by utilizing recently-developed, low-cost fibers and graded composite designs. The Phase I/Phase II project seeks to reduce the cost of hydrogen storage vessels for fuel … more

Ionomer Dispersion Impact on Advanced Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer Performance and Durability

Company: Giner, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The ionomer dispersion technology invented at LANL has demonstrated great potential to significantly improve the lifetime of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells via accelerated stress tests. However, more validation and improvements are needed to make… more

Lightweight Hydrogen/Oxygen Thermal Generators for Fuel Cell Power

Company: Giner, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: … an efficient, power-dense fuel cell. Excess heat from a rocket motor will be routed to solid precursor storage modules through the insulation matrix. At elevated temperature the precursors will efficiently and rapidly release hydrogen and oxygen gases to the fuel … more

Flexible Barrier Coatings for Harsh Environments

Company: GVD Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: There is a need to reduce the cost and improve the reliability of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and their supporting infrastructure to enable FCEV competitiveness. Many reliability problems stem from plastic and elastomer seals employed in… more

Development of Cost-Effective YSZ Coating Methods for SOFC Interconnects

Company: MO-SCI Corp. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) require robust seals that can prevent intermixing of air and fuel, remain inert in reducing and oxidizing environments while in contact with SOFC materials, and maintain their effectiveness through repeated thermal cycles.… more

Open-Source Visualization and Analysis Platform for 3D Reconstructions of Materials by Transmission Electron Microscopy

Company: KITWARE Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Three-dimensional characterization of materials at the nano- and meso-scale has become possible with transmission and scanning transmission electron microscopes. Its importance has extended to a wide class of nanomaterialssuch as hydrogen fuel cells, solar… more

A Flexible Power Management System Architecture for Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

Company: Lynntech, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: … energy state when the UUV is in setup and static modes, is necessary. The proposed current effort will expand and leverage the results achieved through the prior Phase STTR project by utilizing Lynntech"s experience in designing and integrating compact, hybrid fuel … more

Innovative DMFC Power Supply for NDI Hand Tools

Company: Mainstream Engineering Corporation Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … metals, are detrimental to the environment and can be difficult and costly to dispose of. The Air Force is seeking a new power supply for applicable NDI equipment that reduces the environmental and budgetary impact from their battery use and disposal. Direct methanol fuel … more

Ultra-High Power Density Metal Supported SOFC Stack for High Efficiency Propulsion and Power Systems

Company: Materials & Electrochemical Research (ME Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: This Phase I SBIR OSD project proposes the development and testing of a porous metal anode-supported intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (PMS-IT-SOFC) that exhibits high electrochemical efficiency, high degree of fuel utilization (reformed JP-8,… more

Ultra-High Power Density Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack for High Efficiency Propulsion and Power Systems

Company: NexTech Materials, Ltd. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: In this proposed SBIR project, NexTech Materials will design, develop, and validate a high power density and sulfur tolerant solid oxide fuel cell stack for operation on military logistic fuels, leveraging its established sulfur tolerant stack technology… more

Tailored Core-Shell Cathode Powders for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathodes

Company: NexTech Materials, Ltd. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: Fuel cells are environmentally clean, quiet, and highly efficient devices for generating electricity and heat from natural gas, biomass, and other fuels. Of the various fuel cell types, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), which operate at high temperatures, are… more

Sulfur Tolerant Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Stack

Company: NexTech Materials, Ltd. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: This SBIR project is aimed at the design, development and demonstration of a power dense

New Approaches to Improved PEM Electrolyzer Ion Exchange Membranes

Company: Tetramer Technologies, L.L.C. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: … system components and the cost of electricity for the electrolyzer unit operation. Tetramer Technologies, L.L.C., has developed a new membrane molecular architecture, which has demonstrated equivalent or better performance to the current Nafion materials under automotive fuel… more

Freeze Casting of Tubular Sulfur Tolerant Materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

Company: Technology Assessment & Transfer, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / STTR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: This STTR project seeks to overcome the performance limitations of experimental sulfur tolerant SOFC materials by combining two elements of efficient SOFC design: 1) micro-tubular arrays (OD<1 cm); and 2) freeze cast anodes providing high levels of aligned porosity that maximizes anode surface… more

In-Line Quality and Process Control in Solar and Fuel Cell Manufacturing

Company: Ultrasonic Technologies, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: The program will develop a new quality and process control methodology and tool prototype for real-time inspection of crystalline silicon solar and ceramic solid oxide fuel cells. The Activation Station will be used in-line to reduce cost, save energy and… more

Flame-Assisted Flash Sintering for Ceramic-Coated Heat Exchangers

Company: nGimat, LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 2
Abstract: … samples will be delivered. BENEFIT: The anticipated benefits/commercial applications of the Phase II R & D are low-cost, high-performance ceramic coatings in high-temperature applications such as heat exchangers, thermal barrier coatings, and solid-oxide fuel … more

Dimensional Evaluation of Aircraft Fuel Cells

Company: X-wave Innovations, Inc. Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOD / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: ABSTRACT: Aircraft fuel cells are flexible rubber-coated fabric enclosures for the containment of fuel within aircraft cavities. The overall envelope dimensions and locations of interface fittings and attachment elements such as lacing ferrules and hanger… more

YSZ Coated Ferritic Stainless Steel

Company: InnoSense LLC Agency/Program/Year/Phase: DOE / SBIR / 2014 / 1
Abstract: The Department of Energy (DOE) desires technologies that will extend the nations energy reserves with efficient, less costly, environmentally responsible electric energy and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Integrated into the nations power grid system, Solid Oxide fuel … more