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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for the given year is not complete until April of the following year. Annual Reports data is a snapshot of agency reported information for that year and hence might look different from the live data in the Awards Information charts.

  1. Novel Process for Production of Fatty Acids from Lignocellulosic Biomass

    SBC: Technology Holding, LLC            Topic: 88

    Environmental Benefits: The proposed technology relates to Climate change and sustainable energy. Fatty acids are currently produced from palm oil, 80% of which comes from Malaysia and Indonesia. Both these countries have finite land available and often times rainforests are destroyed to make way for palm plantations. This activity puts tremendous strain on ecological balance. Moreover, a signific ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Agriculture
  2. Enhancing Biosynthesis of Biofuels from Cellulosic Biomass

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 88

    There continues to be a need for production of biofuels from agricultural sources. Butanol is a more attractive fuel than ethanol because it leads to better gas mileage, it achieves higher blends with gasoline than bioethanol, it has greater compatibility with existing fuel infrastructure, it is less volatile, it is more amenable to transport via pipeline due to low water absorption, there is no n ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Agriculture
  3. Ko's Journey: Empires

    SBC: MidSchool Math, LLC            Topic: N/A

    This project team is developing a prototype of a web-based pre-algebra math game for middle school students for use on tablet and personal computer platforms. The game, called Empires, will be story-based, strategic, and will enable peer-to-peer interactions. The games will be integrated within classroom practice. Pilot research in Phase I will seek to demonstrate that the gaming prototype functio ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Education
  4. Thin Diamond for Time-of-Flight Detectors

    SBC: APPLIED DIAMOND, INC.            Topic: 35b

    Detectors and radiation monitors for future high energy and nuclear physics experiments must be able to withstand radiation environments several orders of magnitude harsher than those of any current device. At present, most radiation detectors are based on silicon technology, however, the practical radiation hardness limit of silicon falls far short of requirements in future high ener ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Energy
  5. Power Efficient Supercomputing

    SBC: Cognitive Electronics Llc            Topic: 35d

    Datacenters house server farms that perform many different jobs ranging from search engines to supercomputing. In aggregate these computer systems already consume enormous power, and their energy requirements are increasing both in absolute terms and in proportion to the total capacity of the United States electrical grid. With higher power consumption has come greater difficulty in keeping these ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Energy
  6. Novel Membrane Systems for Olefin/Paraffin Separation

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 18a

    Ethylene and propylene are the primary feedstocks for the manufacture of polyethylene and polypropylene, respectively. These olefins represent a major component of the polymer manufacturing cost. Consequently, there is significant economic benefit in minimizing losses of unreacted olefin from the process. Some olefin loss is a result of the need to remove paraffin from the polymerization reactor ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Energy
  7. Diamond Refractive Focusing Optics

    SBC: Delaware Diamond Knives, Inc            Topic: 16a

    Synchrotron-based science has had a great scientific impact and will continue to have great impact going forward. In spite of the large investment in the 3rd generation light sources, most beam lines do not preserve the sources phase profile or brightness all the way to the sample. For these high brightness light sources, errors are almost completely due to distortion in the front-end optics cau ...

    SBIR Phase I 2012 Department of Energy
  8. Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Cathode Enhancement Through a Vacuum-Assisted Infiltration Technique

    SBC: Materials and Systems Research, Inc.            Topic: 21c

    SOFC technology promises to provide an efficient method by which electricity can be generated from coal-derived syngas, biofuels, and natural gas, while increasing energy security and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The large capital costs attributed to the cathode low performance and long-term stability issues are a current limitation of SOFC technologies that must be addressed before commerci ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Energy
  9. Polarized 3He Circulating Technologies for Neutron Analyzers

    SBC: XEMED, LLC            Topic: 18b

    The United States and several other countries are investing in new neutron scattering facilities as well as upgrading existing ones due to their promise for fundamental and applied research that can catalyze advances in energy, telecommunications, manufacturing, plastics, transportation, biotechnology, and health. The performance of one new type of instrument, the wide-angle polarized neutron spec ...

    SBIR Phase II 2012 Department of Energy
  10. Ultra-High Temperature Thermal Barrier Coatings

    SBC: HiFunda LLC            Topic: 19d

    The US Department of Energy has a stated goal to increase the energy efficiency of turbines, and one well recognized method of achieving this is through the use of ceramic thermal barrier coatings (TBCs). However, state of the art zirconia-based TBCs have a temperature limit of about 1200oC, and new TBC materials that can operate at elevated temperatures of 1300oC and above are needed to continue ...

    STTR Phase I 2012 Department of Energy

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