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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. Oxygen Separation Membrane For Oxy-Fuel, Coal-Fired Power Plants

    SBC: Luna Innovations Incorporated            Topic: 22b

    A more efficient, scalable and cost-effective technology is needed to separate oxygen from air for advanced coal-fired power plants based gasification and oxy-fuel combustion. Oxygen-fired systems generate power more efficiently than conventional plants and only water and low concentration contaminants are required to be removed from the flue gas to produce carbon dioxide suitable for transport. C ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  2. High-Accuracy Angle Generator for Angular Calibration

    SBC: Raytum Photonics LLC            Topic: 12a

    Characterization and metrology (measurement) of super polished x-ray mirrors are extremely critical for the next generation x-ray free electron laser light sources. Currently, DOE light source facilities such as Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) in the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) solely rely on foreign resources to do the characterization and measurement based on the technology deve ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  3. A Graphene Enhanced SiC- SiC Ceramic Composite Bonding Solution for Generation IV

    SBC: MC Technologies LLC            Topic: 20b

    Ceramic matrix SiC-SiC composites are currently the leading candidate for Generation IV nuclear reactor fuel cladding and other structural components, due to their excellent thermal and chemical stability under extreme conditions. However, robustly joining SiC structures when exposed to such harsh operating conditions still presents a major roadblock. A novel bonding joint compound leveraging grap ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  4. Segmented and Blocky Proton Conducting Membranes for Solar Fuels Generator Applications

    SBC: Nanosonic Inc.            Topic: 19b

    The Department of Energy’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences has identified a need for new proton conducting membranes for solar fuel generator applications. Specifically, development of block copolymers with good proton conductivity at ambient temperatures and low gas diffusion and ionic transports are needed. There are currently no commercially available proton conducting membranes which possess ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  5. Advanced Computation Methods towards High-Resolution Fiber Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensing

    SBC: Luna Innovations Incorporated            Topic: 21a

    Commercial-scale geothermal reservoirs are thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface, so scientists rely on indirect measurements to reconstruct 3D subsurface reservoir maps from seismic vibrations, electromagnetic waves, or gravity measurements. Geothermal operators typically use electromagnetic or gravity surveys, but seismic surveys are preferable because they enable higher-resolution 3D su ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  6. Precise and Ultra-stable Laser Polarization Control for Polarized Electron Beam Generation

    SBC: Raytum Photonics LLC            Topic: 29e

    Parity-violating scattering of helicity-flipping polarized electron beam has developed over the past decades into a key tool to study both the structure of electroweak interaction and the structure of nucleons. It has been used in the success of many nuclear physics programs such as HAPPEX in Jefferson Lab’s Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF). The helicity-flipping polarized e ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  7. High Power Fiber Laser System for Polarization of 3He Gas

    SBC: Raytum Photonics LLC            Topic: 12a

    Polarizing high intensity 3He gas is an extremely important task since polarized 3He is an effective neutron target or filter/analyzer for a broad nuclear physics programs such as some conducted in Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) in Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) and Jefferson Lab's Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator facility (CEBAF). There is increasing demand for fast production of polarized 3H ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  8. Boron Nitride NaNotube Vibration Damping for SRF Structures

    SBC: BNNT, LLC            Topic: 17e

    Our Phase I SBIR results show that BNNT provides viscoelastic vibration damping at 2 K and 4 K. Consequently, BNNT can be utilized to significantly enhance the performance of Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) structures used for particle accelerators. SRF structures typically operate close to absolute zero temperature and are sensitive to microphonics that create length oscillations in the acc ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  9. High Temperature (750 to 800 C) Silicon Carbide Receiver Assembly for High Efficiency Gen3 Molten Salt Concentrating Solar Power

    SBC: Ceramic Tubular Products            Topic: 12f

    In 2011, the US Department of Energy (DOE) launched the SunShot Initiative with the goal of making solar electricity cost-competitive with conventional power generation by 2020. Since 2011, research funded by the DOE has resulted in substantial progress toward meeting the aggressive SunShot performance and cost targets, but significant technical hurdles remain. In particular, the Gen3 CSP Roadmap ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  10. Segmented and Blocky Hydrocarbon Ion Pair Membranes for Fuel Cells

    SBC: Nanosonic Inc.            Topic: 10a

    The DOE has identified a need for thin and durable proton conducting membranes that offer enhanced energy efficiency to power zero emission vehicles. Specifically, a cost effective hydrocarbon-based alternative to expensive commercial perfluorosulfonic acid ionomers are sought. Current hydrocarbon membranes do not meet the performance or durability needed in the conditions for transportation fuel ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy

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