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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. Highly Efficient Vacuum Smelting of Aluminum

    SBC: UHV TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: G

    The goal of this SBIR project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative aluminum smelting technology that will significantly increase the range of aluminum alloys that can be manufactured from recycling of scrap aluminum. This will result in reduction of need for primary aluminum with corresponding 95% energy and CO2 emission benefits. The proposed melting of pre-sorted aluminum alloys using UHV ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  2. Highly Efficient Vacuum Smelting of Aluminum

    SBC: UHV TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: G

    The goal of this SBIR project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative aluminum smelting technology that will significantly increase the range of aluminum alloys that can be manufactured from recycling of scrap aluminum. This will result in reduction of need for primary aluminum with corresponding 95% energy and CO2 emission benefits. The proposed melting of pre-sorted aluminum alloys using UHV ...

    SBIR Phase II 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  3. Novel Deep Learning Methods for Mini Rhizotron Measurements

    SBC: UHV TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: 26b

    The goal of this Phase I project is to improve current mini-rhizotron image-processing algorithms and solutions for analysis and production of rapid, automated assessments and quantification of in situ fine root measurement. The foundation for this effort is based on UHVs recent success in developing novel advanced machine learning algorithms which were designed to identify and segment fine roots ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  4. High Performance Permanent Photocathodes

    SBC: KYMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: 09c

    High performance, high brightness photocathodes are a critical enabling technology for ultrafast, high brightness DOE electron accelerators, such as the X-ray free electron laser FEL) at SLAC and MaRIE planned for Los Alamos National Laboratory, and for high-resolution electron microscopes at DOE material research centers. A novel approach to manufacturing nitride semiconductor materials will be d ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  5. Progressive Automation of Minirhizotron Image Processing through Advanced Contextualization and Machine Learning

    SBC: Transcend Engineering and Technology, LLC            Topic: 26b

    Minirhizotron image collection has benefited from technological advances in camera design and operation, bulk data storage, and remote camera control enabling high-volume image collection. The technology used in processing these minirhizotron images into useful data metrics has not progressed at the same pace. Individual images are often manually interpreted, and researchers are accumulating image ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  6. Soil Moisture Flux Sensor using Machine Intelligence

    SBC: Transcend Engineering and Technology, LLC            Topic: 26a

    Our proposal addresses the need expressed in subtopic 26.a to measure vertically resolved soil moisture distributions. While soil moisture content is a key state variable in subsurface hydrobiogeochemical processes, spatially resolved soil moisture flux is an equally important process variable. We propose to develop an intelligent sensor that will use machine learning to infer vertically resolved ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  7. A Novel Rapid PSA System for Modular Oxygen Production

    SBC: Susteon Inc.            Topic: 24a

    The capital cost and power requirements for current commercial oxygen separation processes are generally determined by the amount of oxygen required. For large-scale oxygen production, standard cryogenic air separation technologies offer the lowest production cost and energy requirements for oxygen. At oxygen production levels of less 500 tons/day TPD), the capital cost and energy penalty for cryo ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  8. Shape Analytics for In Situ Fine Root Measurements

    SBC: Geometric Data Analytics            Topic: 26b

    The quantification of in situ fine root phenotypes is an important task in the comprehensive study of natural and agricultural environments and critical to under- standing how plants respond to various changes in those environments, especially as those changes relate to energy and environmental challenges Mini-rhizotron experiments enable nondestructive imaging of in situ root systems, but their a ...

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  9. High-Accuracy Angle Generator for Angular Calibrations to Support Optical Metrology Laboratories and Light Source Facilities.

    SBC: VERMONT PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGIES CORP.            Topic: 12a

    Improving our current ability to measure the shape of x-ray focusing mirrors is necessary to advance our knowledge of the atomic structure of many types of materials, especially for the latest diffraction-limited light sources within the DOE. X-ray studies at DOE national laboratories of the atomic structure of new materials, biological molecules, etc. are limited by the quality of the x-ray spot ...

    SBIR Phase II 2020 Department of Energy
  10. Fabrication of High-quality NaA Zeolite Membranes with a Novel Plate & Frame Configuration for Molecular-scale Mixture Separations

    SBC: Engi-Mat Co.            Topic: 15e

    Many bioethanol plants in the U.S. have been running energy-intensive PSA processes for more than 10 years, and these systems will soon require adsorbent bed retrofitting. Energy-efficient separation technologies such as membrane methodology can play a critical role in the future of bioethanol dehydration. NaA zeolite membranes are highly effective for dehydration of bioethanol and many other orga ...

    SBIR Phase II 2020 Department of Energy
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