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  1. Processing Mixed Salts and CO2 Utilization

    SBC: Luna Innovations Incorporated            Topic: 15e

    There are abundant, valuable mineral resources available in mixed sea salts, bitterns, and brines. These mineral resources are generally not being exploited because the separating products from these salt mixtures is challenging and cost prohibitive. In some cases, these mixed salt systems are not considered as waste because they have simply been stockpiled and are awaiting a practical processing ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  2. Development of Accident-Tolerant Control Rods & Guide Tubes for PWR Fuel Assemblies


    In a loss of coolant accident, the fuel rod cladding can overheat and burst open exposing the nuclear fuel within. It can also react chemically with the residual steam present in the core to release hydrogen, forming a potentially explosive mixture that can challenge containment integrity. Accident-tolerant fuel attempts to prevent these effects by replacing the zirconium-alloy fuel rod cladding w ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  3. Remote Repair of Sealed Containers or Dry Storage Casks Containing Used Nuclear Fuel


    Currently there are three types of storage systems used to store dry spent fuel: unshielded canisters in vertically-oriented shielded overpacks or silos, unshielded canisters horizontally oriented in concrete modules, and shielded casks. Different types of damage are possible for all three systems. The health and safety of the public will be best protected if the containment and shielding surround ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  4. Additive Manufacturing of SMR Holddown Springs and Upper Nozzle Interfaces


    Cost and time associated with material waste, quality control, inspection, and manufacturing of nuclear fuel assembly components can be detrimental to nuclear plant design and development. Specifically, holddown springs are prime component examples that inherently carry these issues due to their complex geometries and attachment points. The design engineer must always weigh the manufacturing pract ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  5. Fiber-Optic Sensor for Simultaneous Measurement of Temperature and Pressure

    SBC: Luna Innovations Incorporated            Topic: 29a

    Continued use of nuclear power is critical to meeting carbon emission goals and ensuring national security. Nuclear power production will rely on both current generation (LWR and PWR) as well as next generation designs including very-high-temperature, molten-salt, supercritical- water-cooled, gas-cooled, sodium-cooled, and/or lead-cooled reactors. The development and deployment of these high tempe ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  6. Automotive-qualified SiC DMOSFETs with integrated Schottky Rectifiers

    SBC: GENESIC SEMICONDUCTOR INC.            Topic: 14b

    Reducing the size, weight, and increasing the efficiency of automotive traction power inverters requires the development of novel high-voltage, high current silicon carbide high-speed transistors and rectifiers, since the existing silicon technology is severely limited in terms of operating temperature, frequency and energy efficiency. However, the non-optimized device and manufacturing technology ...

    SBIR Phase II 2018 Department of Energy
  7. Low-Cost, Plug-and-Play Data Diodes for Solar Equipment Cybersecurity

    SBC: Fend Incorporated            Topic: 12b

    Solar energy operators need real­time situational awareness and the insight of advanced analytics to compete in the energy marketplace. These benefits require increased connectivity, but the threat of distributed cyberattack on control systems is exacerbated by the limited number of vendors supplying millions of solar devices. Firewalls and software­based security are inherently vulnerable to at ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  8. Silicon Carbide Multilayer Piping for 900 C supercritical sCO2 Brayton Cycle Use

    SBC: Ceramic Tubular Products            Topic: 30f

    In Topic 30.f. DOE requests small business proposals to develop advanced components for energy conversion systems that support supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) Brayton power cycle systems. Such power cycles offer increased conversion efficiency, over 50%, as compared to current systems, and are therefore of interest for advanced high temperature nuclear power plants, as well as for Generation 3 ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  9. Detection of Micron-Scale Flaws Through Nonlinear Wave-Mixing

    SBC: Luna Innovations Incorporated            Topic: 10c

    Storage of hydrogen is challenging due to high storage pressures and potential for hydrogen embrittlement. Frequent inspections of storage vessels are required to ensure safety but available technologies are unable to detect features on the micrometer scale that can influence remaining useful life. There exists a need for a system that can resolve micrometer scale features and relate these to the ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy
  10. A New Pulsed Plasma Technology for Making Micron and Sub-micron Metallic Powders

    SBC: HyperJet Fusion Corporation            Topic: 22b

    Existing methods of producing micron powders for additive manufacturing (3D printing) make use of continuous flow of gas or plasma jets to atomize a metallic melt stream. These methods suffer from producing powders with a broad distribution of powder sizes resulting in low yields for small sizes and thus high cost, because of their fundamental limitations on the velocity shear and ram pressure of ...

    SBIR Phase I 2018 Department of Energy

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