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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. Co-Generation of Low-Energy, CO2-Free Hydrogen and Ordinary Portland Cement from Ca-Rich Rocks

    SBC: Finke, Cody            Topic: G

    We are building a technology that produces low cost hydrogen while releasing low or no carbon dioxide emissions. Key to our affordable hydrogen is the co-generation of valuable co-products like: Sulfuric Acid or Cement. Our processes are lower emission, lower energy and lower cost than conventional production method. We validated a proof-of-concept in our lab in May 2019 and our objective is to de ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  2. SeaSTAR: Selective Thalassic Ambulatory Retriever (STAR)

    SBC: Other Lab Inc.            Topic: G

    Growth, electrification, and increased installation of renewable energy is driving significant increases in worldwide demand for metals like manganese, nickel, copper, and cobalt. This increase in commodity prices and projected demand has driven interest in exploring new sources of minerals such as deep sea mining. The abyssal plain contains locations of concentrated deposits of polymetallic nodul ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  3. Rechargeable carbon-oxygen battery: A new class of ultra low-cost, lightweight energy storage technology

    SBC: Noon Energy Inc.            Topic: G

    Noon Energy has developed a new class of battery technology that will cost-effectively turn intermittent solar and wind electricity into on-demand power. It uses ultra-low-cost storage media and can match the energy efficiency of lithium-ion technology. It stores energy by splitting CO2 into solid carbon and oxygen in a flow battery configuration, utilizing abundant materials and simple reaction c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  4. Space Division Multiplexing with Multi-Core Fiber for Energy Efficient Integrated Photonic Networking Technologies

    SBC: ULTRA-LOW LOSS TECHNOLOGIES LLC            Topic: G

    The trend for short-reach optical fiber communications, those used for data centers and HPC, has been to use simple and power-efficient approaches to scale bandwidth. Approaches include parallel single mode (ex. more fibers), multi-level modulation coupled with direct detection (ex. four-level pulse amplitude modulation or PAM-4), and wide channel spacing (i.e. coarse WDM or CWDM). Bandwidth and c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  5. Plasma Guns for Magnetized Fuel Targets for PJMIF

    SBC: HyperJet Fusion Corporation            Topic: G

    This project develops a potentially faster and cheaper approach to fusion energy that would result in reduced energy emissions. In plasma jet driven magneto-inertial fusion (PJMIF), an array of discrete supersonic plasma jets is used to form a spherically imploding plasma liner, which then compresses a magnetized plasma target to fusion conditions. With funding from ARPA-E’s ALPHA program and fr ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  6. Low Cost Feed Flexible Plastics Reuse (LCFFPR)

    SBC: Altex Technologies Corporation            Topic: K

    The growing challenge of plastic waste accumulation in the US, and throughout the world, requires an immediate and innovative solution. A solution that would help to mitigate the ever growing plastic waste problem, while utilizing the abundant latent energy in plastic waste to produce liquid fuel, would not only help the US with its plastics reuse capability, but would add to the $5 Billion oil ma ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  7. SOFCs for FLIGHT

    SBC: Precision Combustion, Inc.            Topic: 1

    PCI’s is proposing an advanced energy storage and power generator design for meeting aggressive specific-power and specific-energy targets required for all-electric propulsion of narrow-body commercial aircraft. Key drivers are an exceptionally power-dense solid oxide fuel cell operating with energy-dense carbon neutral liquid fuels and a hybridized system architecture that maximizes component e ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  8. DroN2O: A Drone-Based System for Measuring Nitrous Oxide Emissions from Agricultural Fields

    SBC: Michigan Aerospace Corporation            Topic: 1

    Michigan Aerospace Corporation proposes to develop an inexpensive system to sense nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from agricultural fields using laser-based sensors mounted on drones. These sensors include an optical absorption cell, a wind sensor, and a camera for plant health and ground assessment. The measurements from these sensors will be combined and processed with artificial-intelligence-enab ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of EnergyARPA-E
  9. Long-term Patterns of Life from Sporadic Observations

    SBC: Novateur Research Solutions, LLC            Topic: NGA192005

    This SBIR Phase-I project will develop novel approaches for unsupervised life-long learning architecture to extract long-term patterns of life from sporadic observations. The proposed architecture models longterm dependencies, learns associations between features from sensory observations and the contexts in which these features occur, identifies sudden changes in the patterns for anomaly detecti ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseNational Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  10. GLANCE: Graph Learned Anomalies in Changing Environments

    SBC: Expedition Technology, Inc.            Topic: NGA192005

    While Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) activity analysis has considerably advanced for continuous tracking—particular through adoption of improved machine learning (ML) methods, less research has been applied to using similar quality image sequences over sporadic intervals to characterize site activity. While pure still-image remote sensing collection can characterize basic change detection usin ...

    SBIR Phase I 2020 Department of DefenseNational Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
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