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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. DroN2O: A Drone-Based System for Measuring Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Agricultural Fields

    SBC: Michigan Aerospace Corporation            Topic: 1

    Michigan Aerospace Corporation proposes to develop an inexpensive system to sense nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from agricultural fields using laser-based sensors mounted on drones. These sensors include an optical absorption cell, a wind sensor, and a camera for plant health and ground assessment. The measurements from these sensors will be combined and processed with artificial-intelligence-enab ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  2. SOFCs for FLIGHT

    SBC: Precision Combustion, Inc.            Topic: 1

    PCI’s is proposing an advanced energy storage and power generator design for meeting aggressive specific-power and specific-energy targets required for all-electric propulsion of narrow-body commercial aircraft. Key drivers are an exceptionally power-dense solid oxide fuel cell operating with energy-dense carbon neutral liquid fuels and a hybridized system architecture that maximizes component e ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  3. Upcycling Ocean-based Plastics for Sustainable Feedstock Supply Chain

    SBC: RiKarbon, Inc.            Topic: 07b

    Plastics are ubiquitous in modern life. Global production of plastics (polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyethylene (PE), polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS), polyvinylchloride (PVC), and others) has reached about 400 million tons annually. Total plastics production has increased by 36% in the past decade and is estimated to grow to 700 million tons in 2030. The National Center for Ecological A ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  4. Capture of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

    SBC: Precision Combustion, Inc.            Topic: 20b

    Our approach for Direct Air Capture (DAC) builds on PCI’s success with flue gas capture which demonstrated 75% energy savings compared to operation with methylethanolamine (MEA)-based systems. In Phase I of the project we will optimize and modify our current nanomaterial composites to make them suitable for conditions typical of DAC – 400 ppmv CO2, variable humidity and temperature. Through a ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  5. Hybrid Diamond Detector for Nuclear Reactor Monitoring

    SBC: Applied Diamond, Inc.            Topic: 37a

    Safe operation of nuclear reactors is key for successful use of nuclear energy and prevention of potential accidents. Multiple physical processes for reactor save operations are coupled together, including heat generation, heat transfer, and radiation level. Monitoring of temperature and neutron flux inside the reactor provides critical operational and safety information. Reactor monitoring requir ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  6. Fabrication and Testing of Advanced Fuels for Lead and Sodium Cooled Fast Reactors

    SBC: Niowave, Inc.            Topic: 37b

    To meet future energy requirements, the Generation IV International Forum charted the direction of nuclear reactor development by identifying key reactor systems for development. These new reactor systems are meant to optimize safety, efficiency, sustainability, and proliferation resistance for economically viable nuclear energy. Sodium (Na) cooled and lead (Pb) cooled reactors (LFR and SFR respec ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  7. Conversion of CO2 into Synthetic Graphite

    SBC: Seerstone Development LLC            Topic: 22b

    Carbon Dioxide (CO2) can be utilized as a source for producing synthetic graphite. Our method converts CO2 into solid carbon. These CO2-sourced solid carbon have an anisotropic property that allow them to be graphitized into synthetic graphite. Our patented thermal catalytic process uses carbon dioxide and hydrogen as the feedstocks for the reaction, producing solid carbon material, with distilled ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  8. Advanced Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Components Enabled through Additive Manufacturing

    SBC: Precision Combustion, Inc.            Topic: 24b

    Most of the current state of the art solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks are assembled using planar cells, interconnects, gaskets, and insulators in a sequence that requires high level of precision and accuracy. For such conventional assembly approaches, the relatively high manufacturing cost is a key hurdle that prevents the widespread commercialization or adoption of SOFC systems. We are proposi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  9. Context-Aware Robotic Trash Boom

    SBC: Visionary Products, Inc.            Topic: 13d

    Floating trash in rivers is a major source of pollution for larger bodies of water like oceans and lakes. Rain can wash litter into rivers and canals, where it makes its way down into sensitive ecosystems, hurting both animal life and making beaches and shore-lines unsightly. Several American cities have set goals to reduce or eliminate the waste found in their natural bodies of water. Achieving t ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  10. Novel Process for CO2 capture from natural gas fueled SOFC generators

    SBC: Precision Combustion, Inc.            Topic: 24c

    The United States has demonstrated a growing focus on renewable energy; however, fossil fueled energy sources still constitute over 80% of energy use in the United States. Fossil fuels will remain of driving importance in energy use, so identifying means to enhance clean and efficient power generating with fossil fuels remains a driving force. Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) systems offer an opportun ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
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