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SAVANT: Sequential Advancement of Technology for Deep Borehole Disposal

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: ARPA-E
Contract: DE-AR0001797
Agency Tracking Number: 2785-1553
Amount: $286,589.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: C
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0002785
Solicitation Year: 2022
Award Year: 2023
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2023-09-22
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2025-09-21
Small Business Information
2001 Addison St., Suite 300
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Unavailable
Principal Investigator
 Ethan  Bates
 (415) 915-6505
Business Contact
 Rodney Baltzer
Phone: (415) 915-6505
Research Institution

This project supports the ARPA-E Mission Area of “improving management, clean-up and disposal of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel”. A series of tests and demonstrations for deep borehole disposal canisters at the Deep Borehole Demonstration Center in Cameron, Texas - coupled with development of a US supply chain and global tech-to-market partnerships - will mature the canister to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6. The canister designs tested will provide a safe disposal option for all high-heat generating wastes currently in storage around the world and also – if the aspirations of the existing ARPA-E ‘ONWARDS’ project to develop a universal canister system are successful – for a wide range (and potentially all) of the spent fuels from the major US advanced nuclear reactors currently in development. By maturing canister technology to TRL 6, the project resolves one of the principal maturity gaps in deep borehole disposal as a total system. It thus supports deep borehole disposal in moving from the Conceptual Design stage to the Licensing Design stage, and will catalyze an international, public-private-partnership to demonstrate the whole system on an end-to-end basis.

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