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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY19 is not expected to be complete until April, 2020.

  1. Next-Generation, LED-based, Adjustable Spectrum, Pulsed Solar Simulator

    SBC: Spire Corporation            Topic: 02a

    Solar simulators are needed for measuring the performance of solar cells and solar panels. These instruments currently use filtered high-intensity xenon lamps with poor spectral control, high voltage transients that can adversely affect electronic control circuits, lamp aging and a lack of easily-implemented size scaling. What is needed is a more reliable, low-voltage solid-state, spectrum-adjus ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  2. Photoluminescense for Solar Cell Crack Detection

    SBC: Spire Corporation            Topic: 02b

    In the manufacturing process for photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, a significant percentage of crystalline silicon wafers and solar cells contain microcracks that are difficult or impossible to detect with the human eye or currently available machine vision systems. These microcracks can propagate through the cells, resulting in power loss and cell breakage, due to mechanical and thermal stres ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  3. Components for Heating and Fueling of Fusion Plasmas

    SBC: DIVERSIFIED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: 67b

    Next generation fusion facilities will require many megawatts of RF power from dozens of gyrotrons. Conventional DC power systems, built from WWII era components, have provided the typical approach to powering high-power RF vacuum devices for the last 50 years. Typically, they suffer from reliability and availability problems, and are often only 50 70% efficient. Scaling these conventional RF pow ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  4. Marx Modulator Optimization for Advanced Accelerators

    SBC: DIVERSIFIED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: 65d

    The next generation of particle accelerators will require large numbers of RF cavities, producing field gradients undreamt of a dozen years ago. The next frontier is high energy, short pulse modulators, continuing the technical thrust begun under recent colliders and numerous X-Band accelerator designs. Modulators to drive the klystrons for these new accelerators must meet aggressive requirements ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  5. High Strength Silver Sheath for Bi2212/Ag Conductor

    SBC: Supercon, Inc.            Topic: 62a

    This proposal describes an innovative high strength silver alloy for making Bi2212/Ag round wire conductor. To generate magnetic fields greater than 20 T, a new high field superconductor such as Bi2212 is needed. However, Bi2212 is brittle ceramic that can be easily damaged, and its critical current is very strain sensitive. The Bi2212 compound is contained in a silver matrix that is chemically co ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  6. Efficient manufacture of extreme surface area Microchannel plate devices functionalized by atomic layer deposition thin films

    SBC: Arradiance LLC            Topic: 61a

    The work proposed in this SBIR proposal is is synergistic with the, DOE funded, basic R & amp;D effort of a consortium of national laboratories, universities, and industry, led by Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago for the development of new, large area, photodetector devices. This project proposes to address the commercialization gap that exists between the proofofprinciple ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  7. Manufacturing of Large and Highly Transparent Aerogel Tiles with Refraction Indices up to 1.1 for Cherenkov Detectors

    SBC: ASPEN AEROGELS, INC.            Topic: 46d

    Aerogels with low refractive index and high light transmittance are highly desirable for Cherenkov detectors in high-energy particle physics. However, the quality, cost, and scale of the manufactured aerogels have been a challenge for this field. Over the past 10 years, Aspen Aerogels has gained considerable expertise fabricating highly hydrophobic transparent aerogels. On the proposed effort, Asp ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  8. Novel Concept in PET Imaging

    SBC: Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.            Topic: 34b

    Positron Emission Tomography (PET) offers high sensitivity to a range of biological processes through the use of targeted radiolabeled probes. PET imaging can provide diagnosis for symptoms of diseases such as Alzheimers disease, head trauma, cancer, and stroke. In recent years, there has been considerable interest in non-invasive plant imaging using short-lived radio tracers, such as 18F and 11C. ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  9. High Sensitivity SO2 Monitor using Quantum Cascade Laser IR Absorption

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: 32d

    SO2 is an important ubiquitous aerosol precursor with anthropogenic, biogenic and geogenic sources. The sulfate aerosol produced from atmospheric oxidation of SO2 has a negative radiative forcing component that is highly uncertain due to its direct and indirect effects. Due to its potency as a remote clean atmosphere aerosol precursor and its capability to modify cloud properties, SO2 is a short ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  10. Dual Quantum Cascade Laser System For Simultaneous Measurements of 13CH4 and CH3D Methan Isotopolgues

    SBC: Aerodyne Research, Inc.            Topic: 30b

    Methane is the second most important atmospheric greenhouse gas after CO2 yet its global sources and sinks are still inadequately characterized. Monitoring the isotopic composition of atmospheric methane is one of the most promising approaches to closing the methane budget. Detailed process studies of isotopic fractionation associated with methane sinks and sources are also crucial. For both p ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy

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