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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. Highly Efficient Vacuum Smelting of Aluminum

    SBC: UHV TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: G

    The goal of this SBIR project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative aluminum smelting technology that will significantly increase the range of aluminum alloys that can be manufactured from recycling of scrap aluminum. This will result in reduction of need for primary aluminum with corresponding 95% energy and CO2 emission benefits. The proposed melting of pre-sorted aluminum alloys using UHV ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  2. Highly Efficient Vacuum Smelting of Aluminum

    SBC: UHV TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: G

    The goal of this SBIR project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative aluminum smelting technology that will significantly increase the range of aluminum alloys that can be manufactured from recycling of scrap aluminum. This will result in reduction of need for primary aluminum with corresponding 95% energy and CO2 emission benefits. The proposed melting of pre-sorted aluminum alloys using UHV ...

    SBIR Phase II 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  3. Novel Deep Learning Methods for Mini Rhizotron Measurements

    SBC: UHV TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: 26b

    The goal of this Phase I project is to improve current mini-rhizotron image-processing algorithms and solutions for analysis and production of rapid, automated assessments and quantification of in situ fine root measurement. The foundation for this effort is based on UHVs recent success in developing novel advanced machine learning algorithms which were designed to identify and segment fine roots ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  4. High Performance Permanent Photocathodes

    SBC: KYMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: 09c

    High performance, high brightness photocathodes are a critical enabling technology for ultrafast, high brightness DOE electron accelerators, such as the X-ray free electron laser FEL) at SLAC and MaRIE planned for Los Alamos National Laboratory, and for high-resolution electron microscopes at DOE material research centers. A novel approach to manufacturing nitride semiconductor materials will be d ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  5. A Novel Rapid PSA System for Modular Oxygen Production

    SBC: Susteon Inc.            Topic: 24a

    The capital cost and power requirements for current commercial oxygen separation processes are generally determined by the amount of oxygen required. For large-scale oxygen production, standard cryogenic air separation technologies offer the lowest production cost and energy requirements for oxygen. At oxygen production levels of less 500 tons/day TPD), the capital cost and energy penalty for cryo ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  6. Large-Area Visible and UV Metal-Oxide Avalanche Photodiodes for Cherenkov Detectors

    SBC: Qrona Technologies LLC            Topic: 34a

    For many decades photomultiplier tubes PMTs) have been the main technology for sensitive and low noise detection of photons in many high energy physics experiments. However, compared to solid-state photodetectors, PMTs are bulky, fragile, and need to be shielded from high magnetic fields and high pressures, which severely limit their application for future DOE projects. Hence, there is a need for ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  7. Ultra-Clean Graphene Coating for Robust Operation of High Brightness Photocathodes

    SBC: Qrona Technologies LLC            Topic: 09b

    The next generation of free electron lasers FELs) and the small-scale electrons accelerators designed to perform ultra-fast microscopy and diffraction experiment rely on the production of new electron guns with ultrahigh brightness cathodes. High-efficiency semiconductor e.g., GaN-based) photocathodes have been studied for this application, and there have been some advances in reducing the mean tr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  8. Shape Analytics for In Situ Fine Root Measurements

    SBC: Geometric Data Analytics            Topic: 26b

    The quantification of in situ fine root phenotypes is an important task in the comprehensive study of natural and agricultural environments and critical to under- standing how plants respond to various changes in those environments, especially as those changes relate to energy and environmental challenges Mini-rhizotron experiments enable nondestructive imaging of in situ root systems, but their a ...

    STTR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
  9. Fabrication of High-quality NaA Zeolite Membranes with a Novel Plate & Frame Configuration for Molecular-scale Mixture Separations

    SBC: Engi-Mat Co.            Topic: 15e

    Many bioethanol plants in the U.S. have been running energy-intensive PSA processes for more than 10 years, and these systems will soon require adsorbent bed retrofitting. Energy-efficient separation technologies such as membrane methodology can play a critical role in the future of bioethanol dehydration. NaA zeolite membranes are highly effective for dehydration of bioethanol and many other orga ...

    SBIR Phase II 2020 Department of Energy
  10. High-performance visible/UV photocathodes formed on large-area microchannel plates

    SBC: Qrona Technologies LLC            Topic: 35h

    Reliable, high-sensitivity and high-resolution photon detectors, which can alleviate major limitations imposed by photomultiplier tubes (PMTs), for future high energy physics (HEP) and nuclear physics (NP) experiments, are of great interest to DOE. Other fields that could greatly benefit from these detectors include Cherenkov telescopes in astrophysics, positron emission tomography (PET) in medica ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of Energy
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