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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. Hybrid Membrane Distillation Process for Enhanced Integrated Ethanol Production

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 19

    The conversion of corn and other biomass to fuel grade ethanol not only would reduce U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources but also would be a major industrial application for agricultural products. However, the process of drying the ethanol to fuel grade consumes significant amounts of energy, incurring costs that continue to increase as cost of natural gas increases. This project will deve ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 Department of Energy
  2. Hybrid Anti-Fouling Membrane System for Natural Gas Separation

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 19

    The need for natural gas continues to grow, and recent increases in petroleum prices have been paralleled by large increases in the price of natural gas. However, natural gas at the source often has high concentrations of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, which must be removed. Although existing commercial polymeric membranes (e.g. cellulose acetate and polysulfone) do a good job of sweetenin ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 Department of Energy
  3. Stabilizing Hydraulic Fluid by Removing Water

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 21

    In the electrical power, steel production, and aluminum production industries, flame retardant, phosphate-ester hydraulic fluids are used to minimize fires. Although these fluids accomplish the fire-minimization task, they are unstable, which causes performance to suffer with attendant losses in productivity. This project will develop novel, chemically-resistant high-flux membranes that can remo ...

    STTR Phase I 2006 Department of Energy
  4. Enhanced Distillation via Membranes for Elimination of Trapped Water

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 21

    Distillation is a major chemical unit operation and consumer of significant energy. Often, water or another intermediate boiling component can become trapped within the distillation column and accumulate. This causes various operating difficulties such as flooding, slugging, cycling, instability, and an off-spec product. This project will develop a chemically resistant, non-porous water-venting ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Energy
  5. Novel Platform for Enhanced Membrane Reactors for Homogeneous Catalysis

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 23

    Catalysis plays a substantial role in the synthesis of the most U.S. commodity chemicals, with huge implications for energy usage. Membrane reactors have been proposed for a number of these syntheses. However, to be competitive with conventional technologies, membrane reactors must demonstrate better selectivity, permeability, and/or stability. This project will develop a novel platform with ke ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Energy
  6. Drying Pipeline Fuel Grade Ethanol

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 33

    The use of ethanol as a fuel would impact U.S. reliance on foreign oil. However, among the economic obstacles to it widespread use are the costs of shipping fuel-grade ethanol by truck. Shipping ethanol by pipeline would be significantly less expensive, but, unfortunately, pipeline ethanol is hydroscopic, which causes too much water to be present in the fuel. This project will develop a simple, ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Energy
  7. Software Framework for Intergrative Archival and Maintenance of Large Scale Data

    SBC: CyberConnect EZ, LLC            Topic: 46

    The preservation of experimental data gathered by the nuclear physics community is being compromised by the dramatic increase in the rate of data generation. Physicists need to be able to easily archive the data, along with its experimental context and their current analysis procedures, in order to prepare for future breakthroughs in analysis technology and/or potential changes of the group perfo ...

    STTR Phase I 2006 Department of Energy
  8. Novel Low Cost Processes for Production of Crystalline Silicon Wafers for Photovoltaic Industry

    SBC: GT Equipment Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 28

    ¿Clean energy¿ is attracting more and more interest, which in turn exerts cost pressure on photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers for more efficient solar panel production. This project will develop a cost-effective technology to produce PV-grade silicon wafers. In Phase I, a non-oxide-based reuseable crucible was developed for the production of high purity, low oxygen content crystalline silicon ing ...

    SBIR Phase II 2006 Department of Energy
  9. Novel Surface Modification Method for Ultrasupercritical Coal-Fired Boilers

    SBC: INFRAMAT CORP            Topic: 16

    To increase efficiencies, ultrasupercritical (USC) coal-fired boilers are being developed to operate with steam temperatures up to 760oC and steam pressures up to 37.9MPa. However, the increasing temperatures and corrosive environment cause more severe oxidation and corrosion in USC boiler components. New surface modification technology is needed to solve the corrosion problem. Therefore, this ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Energy
  10. Novel Microbial Hydrogen Production from Biomass Containing Waste Water

    SBC: Ion Power, Inc.            Topic: 12

    The treatment of waste water consumes a significant amount of energy, in order to reduce the organic matter to levels safe for environmental discharge. This project will develop a novel microbial-based approach to convert the organic matter in waste water into a valuable commodity, namely hydrogen. This approach would simultaneously clean the waste water and produce a fuel that can be sold to he ...

    SBIR Phase I 2006 Department of Energy
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