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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until June, 2020.

  1. Production of Uranium from Seawater Using a Novel Polymer Adsorbent- Process Development and Cost Analysis

    SBC: LCW Supercritical Technologies Corporation            Topic: 32i

    Seawater contains about 3 parts per billion of uranium. With a total ocean volume of approximately 1.3109 km3, there is at least 4.5 billion tons of uranium in seawater which is about 1000 times the amount of uranium known to exist in terrestrial ores. Mining uranium from seawater is economically feasibility if an efficient, reusable and low-cost adsorbent could be developed. In the past year, ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  2. Using a Plasma Fuel Reformer to Extend Combustion Lean Limits

    SBC: INENTEC, INC.            Topic: 22c

    There is a clear and unmet need for technologies to improve power generation flexibility to enable cost effective and reliable high renewable energy fractions in modern grids. Specifically, gas turbine generator turndown ratio may be improved by extending combustion lean flammability limits. This project will deliver a prototype plasma reformer system integrated with gas turbine combustors to allo ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  3. Enhanced Electronic Interconnects using ZTACH ACA:No Pressure, Low-Temperature, Self-Assembly Material Process

    SBC: Sunray Scientific LLC            Topic: 27e

    Upcoming HEP projects require physical and electrical bonds between opposite points of thin parallel circuit faces which areless than 50 microns in pitch, but current methods, such as bump-soldering and anisotropic conductive adhesives (ACA) and films (ACF) cannot reach these resolution limits and furthermore require heat and pressure that damage delicate circuitry. SunRay ZTACH™ is an anisotrop ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  4. Solid-State Klystron Driver for Lower Hybrid Current Drive

    SBC: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 21b

    Launching radio frequency (RF) waves from the high-field side (HFS) of a tokamak has the potential to be an efficient off-axis current drive method while reducing the plasma-material interaction issues of the antenna. Researchers at the Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have proposed to reuse existing equipment at MIT, including CPI klystron ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  5. A Cuk Converter for Validation Platform Experiments

    SBC: Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 21d

    The ability to robustly generate increased pulsed power levels at low cost is a challenge for the fusion energy community. Many applications supported by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fusion Energy Science (FES) program would benefit from a commercially available low-cost, robust, high current/voltage pulsed solid-state power supplies including pulsed magnetics, feedback and control systems f ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  6. Electrochromic Auto-Darkening Windows for Buildings for Energy Conservation Based on Unique Conducting Polymers and Already Demonstrated in Sunglasses

    SBC: Ashwin-Ushas Corporation            Topic: 09a

    Residential/commercial buildings account for >40% of US energy demand 70% of electricity use, costing >$430 billion/year. If auto-darkening windows were available for building windows in warmer US regions, energy for cooling could be greatly reduced without effect on visibility. Now in ongoing and prior work, this firm has developed novel, auto-darkening electrochromic sunglasses based on unique, ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  7. Hypertunnel- a MR/VR Remote Collaboration System

    SBC: FactualVR, Inc.            Topic: 05a

    An important challenge electric utilities will face in the foreseeable future is a workforce that is rapidly retiring and the resulting loss of institutional knowledge. This will also create a vulnerability in the electric grid, especially during widespread power outages where recovery efforts rely on a team of well-trained and experienced personnel. Disasters like Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico h ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  8. Picosecond Resolution Analog Readout Board (DRS4FEM)

    SBC: BK Technology, LLC            Topic: 27n

    Extremely good timing resolution is becoming more and more important in both high energy collider detectors and for commercial industry applications such as LIDAR for self-driving cars. The needs have grown such that resolutions at the 1 ps level are desired, since better resolutions leads to better performance. Unfortunately, the electronics capable of 1 ps resolution, and the ability to send a s ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  9. Crack Mitigation for Dry Storage Canisters

    SBC: CREARE LLC            Topic: 31a

    Welded stainless steel canisters that contain spent nuclear fuel (SNF) at near-marine sites have been found with salts on their outer surface that can produce an aggressive chemical environment that could lead to pitting, stress corrosion cracking (SCC), and potential release of radioactive materials. Welds that are most susceptible to SCC are difficult to reach because they are located inside the ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  10. A High Performance Dry Gas Seal for High Temperature and Pressure Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles

    SBC: MECHANICAL SOLUTIONS, INCORPORATED            Topic: 30f

    As new commercial applications arise for supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power generation, and higher efficiencies are achieved through higher turbine inlet pressures and temperatures, the need to advance technologies on the component level becomes essential. Power cycles using sCO2 as the working fluid are gaining increasing interest as reductions in CO2 emissions from power plants are sought ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
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