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  1. Self Cleaning Process Control Sensor for Thin Film Solar Cell Manufcaturing

    SBC: Colnatec, LLC            Topic: 02b

    Thin film solar cells are one of the most promising and cost effective means of generating electricity from sunlight. However, their manufacture requires the use of precision film thickness process control sensors in order to produce high efficiency and economically viable cells. Current film thickness sensors are not reliable enough to meet these demands, failing after continuous use in a matter ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  2. A Low Cost Continuous Process to Produce Magnet Alloys

    SBC: ATS-MER, LLC            Topic: 06b

    The current processes to produce Nd-Fe-B alloy powders for producing high magnetic strength permanent magnets for application in electric traction motors for use in electric vehicles requires a significant number of steps resulting in high cost as well as 96.8% supply of Nd-Fe-B which is controlled by China. To meet the cost goals for traction motors to expand the availability of electric vehicle ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  3. Improved Hydrogen Purification

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 10c

    Industrial hydrogen production relies primarily on natural gas and hydrocarbon feedstocks to drive the various reaction chemistries that lead to hydrogen generation. Carbon dioxide, the ultimate co-product when such feedstocks and processes are employed, necessarily becomes a major contaminant of the generated hydrogen. Thus, carbon dioxide isolation and removal is an important process step in th ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  4. Novel Membranes for Olefin/Paraffin Separation

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 10d

    Ethylene and propylene are major chemical industry raw materials and consume a great deal of energy related to their production. It is estimated that 230 trillion BTU/yr are consumed in olefin/paraffin separations. Significant energy consumption is employed when cryogenically separating ethane from ethylene and propane from propylene. These cryogenic separations are difficult and are both capital ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  5. Development of Filament-Based Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy for the Standoff Detection of Radiological Materials

    SBC: Physics, Materials, and Applied Mathematics Research L.L.C.            Topic: 49a

    There is a growing need for sensors to detect radiological materials either for nuclear inspection or in the event of a nuclear attack. Thus, these sensors should have the capability of rapidly measuring key isotopic contents and ratios of actinides as well as other elemental composition of various impurities in condensed samples up to 250 meters with a spatial resolution of 1 mm. To ensure the sa ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  6. A Technology to Mitigate Syngas Cooler Fouling

    SBC: Reaction Engineering International            Topic: 25c

    Coal gasification plants have exhibited sub-par performance and plant economics due to poor reliability and availability. A major contributor to the poor performance has been fouling of the syngas cooler located downstream of the gasifier. The fouling is due to vaporized ash from the coal gasification process depositing on the fireside surface of the tubes in the fire tube heat exchanger used for ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  7. Low-Cost, High-Performance Hybrid Membranes for Redox Flow Batteries

    SBC: AMSEN TECHNOLOGIES LLC            Topic: 20a

    The ion exchange membrane is the key component in redox flow batteries (RFBs) as it critically determines the RFB performance and its economic viability. The membrane should possess the following properties to ensure high energy efficiency and long cycle life of RFBs: high proton conductivity, low permeability of active redox species, and high chemical stability. In addition, low cost and high du ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  8. Development of an Ultra Low Expansion Transmission Electron Microscopy in Situ Heating Holder

    SBC: Hummingbird Precision Machine Co.            Topic: 17a

    The primary experimental method used to determine the local internal structure of materials is that of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). If one also subjects the sample to an excursion in temperature during imaging at high resolution, one can watch the material processes involved in structural transformations. This allows direct and dynamic determination of the effects of materials processin ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  9. Harsh Fluorochemical Separations


    60311 There are economic and environmental justifications for replacing conventional distillation processes with simpler membrane separations in certain applications. However, at present, there are no commercial membranes able to withstand the aggressive conditions associated with important industrial chemicals, including hydrogen fluoride, hydrogen chloride, and ozone. Prototype, chemic ...

    SBIR Phase II 2001 Department of Energy
  10. Membranes for Reverse Organic-Air Separations


    60395 Emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from gasoline refueling facilities continue to be an energy, safety, and environmental issue. In such applications, it is desired to vent the air in the system and keep the VOC behind. This project will develop a reverse separation membrane (RSM) system that allows for rapid venting of air while retaining the gasoline in underground storag ...

    SBIR Phase II 2001 Department of Energy
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