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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. A Photoelectrocatalytic Device for Removing Ammonia from Water

    SBC: AQUAMOST, LLC            Topic: N/A

    Recirculating systems are expected to play a key role in the expansion of US aquaculture production. Recirculating systems allow year-around production of aquatic organisms under controlled conditions, require very little water and land, have minimal effluent discharge, and can be set up almost anywhere, including in cities close to major markets. These systems can also be operated in a biosecure ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 Department of Agriculture
  2. SONOGRAPHIC ANALYSIS FOR RAPID DETECTION OF VARROA MITES AND OTHER PATHOLOGIES WITHOUT OPENING THE BEEHIVE

    SBC: BEE ALERT TECHNOLOGY, INC.            Topic: N/A

    This project is aimed at helping protect crop productivity by providing a means of rapidly assessing the health of bee colonies used for pollination. We propose research leading to the design of a hand-held device that could scan a honey bee colony, and quickly indicate the condition of that colony. The increase in efficiency of examining colonies for pollination, for honey production, for queen r ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 Department of Agriculture
  3. A novel process for converting wood chips into improved composite boards, chemicals and fuels

    SBC: BIOPULPING INTERNATIONAL, INC.            Topic: N/A

    "We have developed a new pretreatment (patent pending) with red pine for medium density fiberboard (MDF) production, which compared to controls was more resistant to water infiltration in 24 hour swelling and water adsorption tests. Structural integrity after water exposure is an important property of MDF and other wood-based composites. Enhanced water resistance was obtained concurrent with carbo ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 Department of Agriculture
  4. An Innovative Cost-Effective Active Warning System for Improved Safety at Rural Railroad Crossings

    SBC: Central Signal LLC            Topic: N/A

    More than 60% of U.S. highway-railroad crossing accident fatalities occur at passive rural railroad crossings. Federal and State highway authorities are searching for effective, safe and low-cost active signal devices for these crossings. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) estimates that it would cost more than $14 billion to upgrade all passive grade crossings with conventional active rail ...

    SBIR Phase II 2007 Department of Agriculture
  5. An Integrated Membrane-based Process Train for Reducing Costs of Ethanol Production

    SBC: Ceramem Corporation            Topic: N/A

    Production of ethanol derived from starch crops and biomass is forecast to grow considerably in the next decade. There exist opportunities for significant reductions in ethanol production costs and associated energy usage via employment of innovative process operations. Many of these processes involve membranes, which provide cost savings due primarily to reduced energy consumption. Recently, new ...

    SBIR Phase II 2007 Department of Agriculture
  6. Fouling-Resistant Inorganic MF Membrane for Improved Food and Beverage Processing

    SBC: Ceramem Corporation            Topic: N/A

    "Honey bee pollination is estimated to contribute over $14 billion annually to agricultural production. Honey bee pollination services in the larger ecosystem are also of vital importance. However, apiculture in the United States is threatened, especially by infestations of exotic parasitic mites. Varroa destructor, in particular, is lethal to many colonies, decimating both feral and managed honey ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 Department of Agriculture
  7. Enhanced Performance of Agriculture Based Biodegradable Hydraulic Fluids

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: N/A

    Farm equipment and other industries use biodegradable hydraulic fluids (BHF), esters based on agricultural raw materials, that provide rapid decomposition and reduced environmental problems associated with spills. Hydrolytic stability is major problem, since BHFs react with dissolved water creating alcohols and acids accelerating degradation. This program introduces a membrane system to remove wat ...

    SBIR Phase II 2007 Department of Agriculture
  8. Enhanced Processing of Natural Foods

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: N/A

    The development of new technology that can facilitate natural food and flavor biochemistry reactions has potential to have fundamental and tremendous impact on food science and nutrition and other high value products. Reactor time and temperature are an extraordinarily expensive aspect of food and flavor development. Enabling technology that can improve product yield, improve separation, decrease ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 Department of Agriculture
  9. Commercially Viable Out-of-Season Spawning Technologies to Improve Yellow Perch Fingerling Production

    SBC: Coolwater Aquaculture, LLC            Topic: N/A

    An important aquaculture industry is developing in the Great Lakes region for yellow perch (Perca flavescens). The primary problem constraining the expansion of this industry is the high cost of fingerlings, which represents more than 35% of total operating costs for growout producers. Yellow perch normally spawn only once each year and fingerling ponds are only used for 6-8 weeks in the spring to ...

    SBIR Phase II 2007 Department of Agriculture
  10. Indirect Estimation of Soil Water Retention Curve Using Soil Imaging Penetrometer (SIP)

    SBC: Soil and Topography Information            Topic: N/A

    Various methods have been developed and tested to estimate soil water retention curves (WRC) indirectly. These methods do not always provide reliable results. Their accuracy typically depends on the datasets these methods are derived from or the assumptions they use to characterize the soil pore structure. We propose obtaining the soil pore structure information necessary to estimate soil WRC dire ...

    SBIR Phase I 2007 Department of Agriculture

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