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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 April, 2020.

  1. Recycling Rare Earth Metals from Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries

    SBC: Onto Technology, LLC            Topic: C

    This Phase I Small Business Innovation Research Project develops methods of recycling rare earth alloys from used nickel metal hydride batteries. Alloys of rare earth metal, nickel and other metals provide functional hydride storage materials that are critical to the operation of nickel metal hydride batteries and their applications. The current fleet of hybrid electric vehicles relies upon nick ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Environmental Protection Agency
  2. A 10 Kilowatt, Rankine Cycle Agricultural Waste to Energy Conversion Module Utilizing Ultra Micro Turbo-Alternators

    SBC: Fluidic microControls, Inc.            Topic: H

    Current anaerobic digester systems are designed for capturing energy from waste from large heads of farm animals. GHD, Inc., a leading manufacturer of anaerobic digesters, has stated that a minimum dairy heard size for economical implementation of a biogas system as 800 cows. These require turbine or diesel generator sets of 100 Kilowatt size and larger, a limiting factor in economically scaling ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Environmental Protection Agency
  3. Low Temperature Microplasma UV Lighting Tiles for Water Purification and Sterilization

    SBC: EDEN PARK ILLUMINATION, INC.            Topic: 25a

    Eden Park Illumination, Inc. will perform research for the development and commercialization of large arrays of microcavity plasmas capable of generating light in the wavelength range of UVB and UVC in a slim and flat form factor. UV light is an efficient light source for a number of chemical processes and disinfection methods available commercially. It is known to be extremely effective for neu ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Energy
  4. Manipulation of Samples at Extreme Temperatures for Fast in-situ Synchrotron Measurements

    SBC: MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT, INC.            Topic: 09e

    Extreme temperatures and non-equilibrium materials are both central to DOEs mission of addressing grand challenges in emerging energy and advanced materials technologies. Processing and solidifying liquids and molten materials is a critical value adding step in manufacturing semiconductors, glasses, optical materials, metals and in the operation of many energy conversion and medical devices. Ac ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Energy
  5. High Power S-Band Vacuum Load

    SBC: MUONS INC            Topic: 10d

    S-Band vacuum loads at the SLAC linac are encountering operational problems, now that they have to operate under the stringent requirements of the LCLS: 50 MW peak power, 6 kW average power, and extremely-tight phase stability for the linac. Failure mechanisms have been studied which suggest an RF surface breakdown of the 200 um Kanthal layer. We propose a novel solution which incorporates mode co ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Energy
  6. Ribbon Electron Beam Profile Monitor for Bunched Beam Tomography

    SBC: MUONS INC            Topic: 34g

    Advanced beam diagnostics are essential for high performance accelerator beam production and for reliable accelerator operation. It is important to have noninvasive diagnostics which can be used continuously with intense beams of accelerated particles. Recently, an electron probe was tested to determine accelerated particle density distributions. However, the prototype apparatus used for this diag ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Energy
  7. Advanced Battery Recycling

    SBC: Onto Technology, LLC            Topic: 10a

    Advanced battery recycling has potential to significantly reduce end-of-life cost for large format batteries. Available technology melts or dissolves batteries to recover cobalt or nickel, destroying advanced materials with potential for manufacturing use. With little elemental value in electric-drive applications, recyclers require substantial fees for decommission, and do not contribute to lower ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Energy
  8. Ultra High Brightness Plasma Ion Source for SIMS Imaging of Actinides at the Theoretical Resolution Limit.

    SBC: Oregon Physics LLC            Topic: 07b

    This proposal outlines a project aimed at providing a radical improvement in ion source technology that can be applied to the mass spectrometric analysis of actinides. The state-of-the-art secondary ion mass spectrometers (SIMS), used for actinide analysis, employ the duoplasmatron ion source for creating the primary ion beam. This ion source only has sufficient brightness and a small enough energ ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Energy
  9. Computational Design of Weldable High-Cr Ferritic Steel

    SBC: QUESTEK INNOVATIONS LLC            Topic: 22c

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is actively funding research to significantly enhance the thermal efficiency of coal-fired steam boilers for power generation through the use of advanced ultra-supercritical (A-USC) steam temperatures and pressures. Since coal fired power plants are the dominant source of domestic power generation, the accelerated design, development and commercialization of eff ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Energy
  10. Computational Materials Design of Tungsten Alloys with Improved Fracture Toughness and a Lowered Ductile to Brittle Transition Temperature (DBTT)

    SBC: QUESTEK INNOVATIONS LLC            Topic: 22d

    The development of a reliable and safe fusion energy source will require advances in a number of technological areas, including high temperature materials with good mechanical properties that are also resistant to radiation embrittlement. Because tungsten has the highest melting point (3410C) and lowest vapor pressure (1.3x10-7 Pa at TMelt) of all metals, tungsten and its alloys are attractive ca ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Energy

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