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  1. Catalytic production of hydrocarbons from biomass

    SBC: VISOLIS, INC            Topic: 88

    Conversion of biomass into useful fungible chemicals and fuels is a long standing challenge. A key requirement of such processes is high efficiency of conversion for economic viability. Biomass derived sugars are highly oxygenated and need processing to remove to be converted into useful hydrocarbons.We propose an integrated bio-thermochemical platform for production of a hydrocarbon which can be ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  2. New Ammonium-free Water Formulation for Fire Retardants for the Management of Wildland Fires

    SBC: Nano Terra, Inc.            Topic: 81

    Wildland fires cost billions of dollars a year in the US, threatening homes, lives, and valuable natural resources. Large amounts of chemical additives, including those in water enhancers, foam fire suppressants, and long-term retardants are used in battling wildland fires to slow the spread of the fire and enable firefighters to work safely on the ground. Millions of gallons of water and hundreds ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture

    SBC: Cryoocyte, Inc.            Topic: 87

    Culturing fish today is organized around two key steps: multiplication of fish in the hatcheries and the increase of fish biomass in grow-out production. This transition is more-or-less linear: immediately after spawning eggs get fertilized, develop and hatch, they are grown to the fry/fingerling/smolt stage, and get transferred to grow-out production. This cycle starts with the spawning event, wh ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  4. Nutrient Removal System

    SBC: REACTIVE INNOVATIONS, LLC            Topic: 84

    In this Phase I SBIR program, Reactive Innovations, LLC (RIL) will demonstrate an advanced system to recover valuable nutrients from animal manure. Since World War II, the availability of relatively cheap mineral fertilizers has been a major factor spurring specialization of production agriculture, in which crop (cereal) production has been increasingly separated from livestock production. One imp ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  5. Compact Hyperspectral Imager for Crop Water Stress Detection on UAV

    SBC: Bodkin Design & Engineering, LLC            Topic: 84

    As drought persists in certain areas of the western U.S., precision farming techniques are being developed to control irrigation as well as pesticide and fertilizer application in order to ensure crop health and conserve resources by preventing over-application. Water stress as well as disease and nutrient stresses of crops can be estimated by measuring optical spectral reflectance off canopies. R ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  6. Solar-Efficient Greenhouse with Electricity and Heat Generation

    SBC: Physical Sciences Inc.            Topic: 813

    Controlled environment agriculture (CEA) has been used intensively worldwide to produce high quality products. One important issue associated with CEA is that temperature control of the greenhouse is often difficult to achieve, requiring large amount of fuel and/or electric power. Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI), in collaboration with the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, The Uni ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  7. Effective Antimicrobial Treatment to Prevent Carcass Contamination

    SBC: Giner, Inc.            Topic: 85

    Many different disease-causing microbes, or pathogens, can contaminate foods and lead to foodborne illnesses. Every year, as many as one in six Americans experiences a foodborne illness, meaning they get sick by consuming contaminated foods or beverages. Pathogen decontamination of meat carcasses to control meat contamination at the start of the meat processing is one of the methods to eliminate d ...

    SBIR Phase I 2015 Department of Agriculture
  8. Advanced erosion modeling and computational science for precision conservation planning

    SBC: AGREN INC            Topic: 84

    Central Iowa-based small business, Agren, Inc., has collaborated with the USDA-ARS Sedimentation Laboratory and the University of Tennessee since 2007 to develop two soil loss modeling tools currently referred to as the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation- Raster (RUSLER) and the Ephemeral Gully Erosion Estimator (EphGEE). Each tool combines remotely-sensed, high-resolution digital elevation mode ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Agriculture
  9. Bio-inspired fog nets for sustainable water resources in arid near coastal regions

    SBC: NBD NANOTECHNOLOGIES INC.            Topic: 84

    Fog harvesting from fog nets has been intensively investigated to utilize untapped fresh water resources. Atmospheric water like fog constitutes approximately 0.04% of the earth's fresh water. If fog is harnessed appropriately, it has a huge potential to alleviate fresh water shortages due to depleting watershed and groundwater resources NBD Nanotechnologies, Inc. is proposing a research progr ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Agriculture
  10. Development of Non-toxic, Bio-Based Antifouling Treatments for the Aquaculture Industry

    SBC: E PAINT COMPANY            Topic: 87

    This research effort seeks to develop a non-toxic and biobased solution to the biofouling problem through the development of novel soy-based polymers that release biofouling when exposed to visible light.Biofouling, the unwanted growth of biological organisms on underwater surfaces, has long been recognized as a major problem for commercial aquaculture. Biofouling dramatically increases labor cost ...

    SBIR Phase II 2015 Department of Agriculture

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