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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 June, 2020.

  1. Enhanced Membranes For Sweetening Of Manure Based Biogas

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 88

    Each year over 1 billion tons of animal manure is produced in US and it can be a pollution source if not handled properly. "Anaerobic digestion" is an energy efficient way to dispose manure. Through this process manure is converted to biogas and digestate. The manure digestate can be used as fertilizer. Biogas is a mixture of ~60% CH4, ~40% CO2 and trace amounts of contaminant gasses such as H2S. ...

    SBIR Phase II 2017 Department of Agriculture
  2. Enhanced Membranes for Dewatering of Black Liquor

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 81

    Compact Membrane Systems (CMS) proposes to employ membrane systems for pressure-driven separation of water from black liquor to replace the first two stages of existing multiple-effect evaporators. This is a promising approach to considerably reduce the steam energy required for concentration. Membrane materials must withstand high temperature, high salinity and high pH conditions. Fouling of the ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  3. Testing feasibility and scalability of a new engineered design of an aerated static pile composting system.

    SBC: Compost Plant, L3C, The            Topic: 86

    Food waste is a significant and complex problem for the United States. Americans generate over 250 million (short) tons of trash a year, and organic materials such as paper and paperboard, yard trimmings, and food waste continue to make up a large component of the waste stream. These organic materials collectively account for a significant portion of U.S. methane emissions, as organic waste produc ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  4. Transparent Wood Composites for Energy Efficiency Applications

    SBC: Inventwood LLC            Topic: 81

    Energy used for lighting and thermal comfort contributes to more than 50% of the total energy consumption in residential and commercial buildings. Consequently, conserving air conditioning and lighting usage especially during daytime can yield substantial savings. Effective and consistent sunlight harvesting can substantially reduce electrical usage while promoting natural and comfortable indoor l ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  5. Broadcast Seeder Implement for Seeding Cover Crops in Standing Cash Crops

    SBC: Mechanized Design            Topic: 813

    The current issue this research addresses is the lack of an affordable method for small and midsize farms to plant cover crops into standing cash crops. Cover crops are crops planted either into standing cash crops (such as corn or soybeans) or in between cash crop seasons that are planted for reasons other than harvesting for grain. Using cover crops can help reduce the amount of irrigation and c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  6. Non-Thermal Pasteurization of Tree Nuts to Reduce Microbes and Mycotoxins

    SBC: NanoGuard Technologies, LLC            Topic: 85

    Non-thermal pasteurization using High Voltage Atmospheric Cold Plasma (HVACP) is expected to reduce mycotoxins and microorganisms on tree nuts resulting in reduced incidences of food-borne illness. Non?thermal pasteurization of food products using HVACP is a novel platform technology which addresses several NIFA National Challenge Areas. These include: 1) Global food security and hunger by increas ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  7. Development of RNA interference-based product for Red Imported Fire Ant (Solenopsis invicta Buren) control.

    SBC: APSE, Inc.            Topic: 82

    Fire ants cause about $7 billion dollars of damage in the United States annually. Fire ants infest some 367 million acres in the United States and their range expands every year. Since the geographical range offire ant infestationis limited by temperature and rainfall, the rising global temperatureisforecasted to lead tosignificant range expansion.Fire ants cause damage to electrical equipment, de ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  8. INCREASING GRAPE DIVERSITY IN THE U.S. WINE INDUSTRY

    SBC: Vox Vineyards, Inc.            Topic: 812

    Vox Vineyards, Inc., located in the Loess Hills of Platte County, Missouri grows approximately40 different grape varieties. Nearly all of these varieties were originally discovered as wild specimens in the United States, or were bred from native North American grapes during the last half of the 19th Century. Rarely grown on a commercial scale, they represent the unique genetic heritage of the Midw ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  9. Low-Cost, Low-Power Sensors For Detection Of Gases For Farming And Agricultural Activities

    SBC: N5 Sensors, Inc.            Topic: 84

    Farming and livestock activities affect air quality through emissions of gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, ammonia etc. which have both short term hazards for individuals nearby and long term hazards for the environment in the form of global warming. In order to set guidelines to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a means for quantitatively determining site-emission of green-house gases (GHGs) ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
  10. Stackable farming for economically and environmentally sustainable urban food production

    SBC: Vecna Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 812

    More than ever before, we have the tools to measure and identify historical trends. With this information, we can predict the future of food security, and the outlook is dire. The data suggests that traditional methods of farming are wearing on the ecosystem, the U.S. economy, and our health. Armed with a forward-looking mindset and technological advances, we will be able to develop healthier, mor ...

    SBIR Phase I 2017 Department of Agriculture
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