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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. A Web-Based Kinetics Modeling Toolbox (KMT) for Biomass Thermal Conversion Processes

    SBC: Advanced Fuel Research, Inc.            Topic: 18a

    The development of a web-based software toolbox is proposed to enable predictions of product yields and product composition in thermal biomass- conversion processes. Biomass pyrolysis is the main focus because of its commercial importance, and because it is the first step in all thermal-conversion processes (gasification, combustion, etc.). Several kinetic models will be incorporated in the softwa ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  2. Ultra-stable Anion Exchange Membrane for Solar-to-Hydrogen Generation

    SBC: Precision Combustion, Inc.            Topic: 19b

    We propose a unique design approach for enabling ultra-stable, high conductivity anion exchange membranes for solar-to-hydrogen generation applications. The innovation is targeted to address performance deficiencies in state-of-the-art membranes relating to conductivity, durability and permeability and was identified after analyzing the conduction and degradation mechanisms. The proposed design wi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  3. Improved Reactor And Catalyst For Light Alkanes To Olefins And Liquid Fuels

    SBC: Precision Combustion, Inc.            Topic: 22a

    Direct conversion of shale gas components ethane, propane, and butane to useful chemicals or transportation fuels has faced the central challenge that reaction rates and product yields high enough to be economic are accompanied by overreaction to full combustion products in either conventional or unconventional approaches. This is further strained by small processing scales associated with strande ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  4. 3D printing of High Precision Radiation Filters for next generation Cosmic Background (CMB) studies.

    SBC: Obsidian Advanced Manufacturing LLC            Topic: 31h

    The next generation of Cosmic Ray Background detectors require large area filters in the microwave part of the spectrum between 100 to 300 Gigahertz. These filters are essential to the extremely sensitive detection of the cosmic background radiation at the level of one part in a billion and will require precise fabrication of metallic structures on a polymer substrate. These filters will be placed ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  5. Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) Coatings as Superior Thermal Barriers for Engine Pistons

    SBC: IBC Materials & Technologies, LLC            Topic: 13c

    Automobiles (cars and trucks for instance) are the predominant mode of transportation in the United States. These vehicles are powered by internal combustion engines that consume fossil fuels such as gasoline. Improving the efficiency of internal combustion engines is an ongoing challenge of enormous impact to energy consumption in the world. In order to improve engine efficiency and thus fuel eco ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  6. NOVEL THERMAL BARRIER COATINGS FOR GASOLINE SPARK IGNITION ENGINES

    SBC: Solution Spray Technologies, LLC            Topic: 13c

    Currently spark ignition (SI) engines dominate the light vehicle market, and over 80 million light vehicle engines are made worldwide. However, such SI engines experience exceptionally poor efficiency at low to medium loads and speeds, and this makes it difficult to meet new fuel efficiency standards expected to be imposed in many locations around the world. Furthermore, the insufficient wall temp ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  7. Pole-based solar mounting and tracking system for use in cattle production

    SBC: FarmAfield Labs, LLC            Topic: 12e

    Rural areas in the United States have under-developed solar power capabilities relative to urban areas due to challenges matching energy demand centers with underutilized land and consequent cost challenges related to smaller installations that lack economies of scale. This project addresses these problems by proposing solar installations that operate synergistically with livestock production oper ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  8. Hybrid Model-based Approach for Remote Diagnostics and Prognostics for Wind Turbines.

    SBC: QUALTECH SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 15b

    Offshore wind turbines have the inherent drawbacks of being remotely located and subject to harsh weather conditions such as storms, snow and sleet, that subject them to operational stresses. With the growing demand for wind energy in the US, it is imperative to maximize the operational efficiencies of the wind turbines and minimize the Levelised Cost Of Energy (LCOE). Qualtech Systems, Inc. (QSI) ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  9. Thermoplastic Forming of Bulk Metallic Glass Nozzles for High-Pressure, Low-Temperature Hydrogen Fueling

    SBC: Supercool Metals LLC            Topic: 10b

    Strong environmental concerns related to an extensive use of fossil fuels lead to a more active development of vehicles that use an alternative fuel. Hydrogen is one such fuel that has the potential to be a cheaper, more efficient and a cleaner alternative to gasoline. With the predicted growth of fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen fueling stations, a reliable and cost-effective hardware for the hydr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  10. Integrated Fiber Optic Distributed Sensors for Bimodal Fault Detection and Dynamic Cable Rating

    SBC: LuxPoint Inc.            Topic: 05b

    There is significant transformation underway in electric power supply and demand that presents significant operational and resiliency challenges to today’s electric power grid.Of note is growth in renewable power sources, mainly wind and solar, which are distributed within the power grid rather than fixed as in the traditional network.The emergence of such distributed energy sources leads to alt ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy

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