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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. Engineering Analysis and Design of CO2 Geothermal Power System to Provide Dispatable Geothermal Electricity Generation and Grid-Scale Energy Storage

    SBC: TerraCOH, Inc.            Topic: 11b

    In topic 11.b, Dispatchable Geothermal Operations, DOE seeks to enable more widespread deployment of geothermal as a dispatchable energy source.TerraCOH’s CO2 Plume Geothermal (CPG™) and Earth Battery™ technologies are ideally suited to meet DOE’s needs.Conventional geothermal power technology has generally been limited to use as a baseload power source, but with increasing penetration of ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  2. High Polarization and High Peak Current Compositionally Graded AlGaAs/GaAs Superlattice Photocathodes for RF Gun Applications

    SBC: SVT ASSOCIATES, INCORPORATED            Topic: 30d

    New experiments and technologies in the science of physics employ electrons with a certain and known polarization. Sources of these electrons typically have imperfect polarization less than 80 percent and low quantum efficiencies less than 1 percent. Increasing either or both of these device properties greatly enhances the physics research being undertaken in facilities such as high energy collide ...

    STTR Phase II 2008 Department of Energy
  3. High-Efficiency and Less Expensive Nanocrystal-Based Scintillator

    SBC: MESOLIGHT, LLC            Topic: 26

    There is immediate need for a new generation of scintillation materials for nuclear physics research, high-energy radiation (x- and gamma-rays) screening/imaging, and passive detection of nuclear materials with improved quality and low production cost. Inorganic scintillators have high output efficiency, but relay on the growth of bulk crystal that is still a challenging task. Due to their relati ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of Energy
  4. Hydrogen From Refinery Wastes Via Superadiabatic Autothermal Reformation

    SBC: INNOVATIVE ENERGY SOLUTION            Topic: 23b

    Since 1990, the cost of hydrogen needed to treat one barrel of oil has increased from 10 cents to $1. This problem is being exacerbated because of stricter environmental regulations and because the crude now being processed by refiners contains less hydrogen and more sulfur. To deal with the hydrogen shortage, most large refineries have outsourced their hydrogen generating capacities to industrial ...

    SBIR Phase I 2008 Department of Energy
  5. Hydrothermal Catalysis Flow Process to Convert Brown Grease into Green Gasoline, Green Jet and Green Diesel Fuels

    SBC: SARTEC CORPORATION            Topic: 08a

    The primary challenges for creating renewable fuels are the ability to process inexpensive non-food feedstocks into biofuels that meet all quality specification, perform indistinguishably from petroleum-based fuels and are compatible with current infrastructure.Our Phase I project demonstrated the feasibility of producing biofuels from waste greases using a novel hydrothermal, continuous-flow cata ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  6. 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
  7. Quantitative In-Situ TEM Nanotribology Tester

    SBC: HYSITRON, INCORPORATED            Topic: 13

    Friction and wear are energy-robbing processes that represent a tremendous burden to the national economy, especially in this time of record oil/fuel prices. Unfortunately, the field of tribology (the science of friction, lubrication, and wear of interacting surfaces in relative motion) lags many other disciplines in terms of fundamental knowledge. What is needed is a new tool that enables tribol ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of Energy
  8. Quantitative In-Situ TEM Tensile Testing Apparatus

    SBC: HYSITRON, INCORPORATED            Topic: 13

    In situ tensile testing in the transmission electron microscope (TEM) has been a powerful tool for revealing underlying physical mechanisms at the nano or even atomic scale when materials are subjected to an applied stress. However, all commercially available in situ TEM tensile holders suffer from the absence of quantitative ability and require complex sample preparation. This project will deve ...

    SBIR Phase II 2008 Department of Energy
  9. Ruggedized Communication Technology for Enabling High-Temperature Directional Drilling

    SBC: OZARK INTEGRATED CIRCUITS, INC.            Topic: 11a

    Geothermal resources have the potential to provide a significant, carbon-free baseload power for the US. Accessing geothermal resources requires drilling operations that must operate at high temperature and are, by nature, high cost; drilling can account for up to 50% of the cost of the development for a geothermal project. When last studied, experts concluded that as much as 200,000 exojoules of ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  10. SiC-Based Solid-State Fault Current Control System for Vulnerability Reduction of Power Distribution Networks

    SBC: Arkansas Power Electronics International, Inc.            Topic: 28a

    This project will develop high-voltage, high-performance Solid-State Fault Current Controller (SSFCC) technology, needed to minimize recovery time and vulnerability of the electricity network in the event of a large-scale natural disaster. The SSFCC technology, which utilizes Silicon Carbide (SiC) gate-turn-off thyristors (GTOs), will be able to control power delivery to all types of faults very ...

    STTR Phase I 2008 Department of Energy

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