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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. Quench Detection Method for Large Superconducting Magnets using Robust MEMS Acoustic Sensor Arrays

    SBC: Tanner Research, Inc.            Topic: 23c

    High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) materials have excellent mechanical and electrical properties. They are very attractive for various industrial applications such as power cables and high field, high current superconducting magnets. Magnets made with these materials could play a key role in the commercialization of fusion energy machines. However, HTS materials have very slow normal zone prop ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  2. Infinitely Recyclable Bioplastics (Topic 8, subtopic b)

    SBC: SusMer, Inc            Topic: 08b

    Plastics are indispensable materials for the modern life and global economy, but current practices in the generation and disposal of commodity plastics are largely unsustainable and causing severe worldwide plastics pollution and enormous materials' energy and value losses to the economy. In particular, plastics are a material of choice in packaging applications but they are currently designed for ...

    STTR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  3. Novel HSI Sensor

    SBC: Arete Associates            Topic: 03a

    The Remote Detection Program within the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation Research and Development (DNN R&D) is tasked with developing new technical capabilities to improve the detection, identification, and characterization of special nuclear and radiological materials. In addition to the detection of new threats, the office must also meet nuclear test treaty monitoring obligations. Due ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  4. Optimizing algae based polyurethanes for controlled biodegradation

    SBC: ALGENESIS CORPORATION            Topic: 08b

    Today approximately 7,000 million metric tons (MMt) of plastic waste has been generated, and only a few percentage of that had been recycled, with the vast majority accumulating in landfills, or worse in the natural environments like our oceans. If we continue at this same rate, there will be 96 billion tons of plastic waste accumulated on this planet by 2050; this has to change. Our goal is to de ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  5. High pressure electron gun for electron beam welding and additive manufacturing

    SBC: U.S. Electron, LLC            Topic: 33h

    Advanced manufacturing is essential for the Department of Energy’s initiatives to improve nuclear energy’s cost, safety, and efficiency. Research and eventual deployment of small modular reactors, sodium cooled reactors, and molten salt integral safe reactors requires high quality welding of high temperature metal alloys, such as Inconel 718, and new methods for metal additive manufacturing of ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  6. Cold Spray EMAT continuous monitoring system for real-time structural health monitoring

    SBC: Innerspec Technologies, Inc.            Topic: 34b

    As made evident by multiple publications by experts from the U.S. Department of Energy from 2014 through 2018, welded stainless-steel Dry Storage Canisters used for spent nuclear fuel storage are experiencing severe stress corrosion cracking, especially in the welds’ heat-affected zone. In 2016, there were 2777 Dry Storage Canisters deployed across the country, and approximately 200 more are add ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  7. 18-20 MeV Transportable High Field Superconducting Cyclotron for Security Applications

    SBC: T Antaya, LLC            Topic: 04a

    Critical security applications- the detection of WMD, strategic nuclear materials, contraband and organic/inorganic discrimination, in Seaports, Ports of Entry, air freight shipping centers, and clandestine operations, require fast, high discrimination radiation scanning systems that are compact, easily fielded, and operate low overall radiation levels. A new type of cyclotron, the compact high fi ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  8. Two-Dimensional Dispersion Interferometer

    SBC: L-Egant Solutions, LLC            Topic: 24a

    Many applications in science, engineering, biology, and technology rely on interferometry to measure precisely the density of a plasma, gas, fluid, cellular structure, etc. Optical interferometry provides the highest sensitivity and resolution of all similar methods, yet designs are limited by mechanical vibrations, design complexity, and high maintenance. A Dispersion Interferometer (DI) alleviat ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  9. Algae Photobioreactor for High-throughput, Low-cost Research and Development

    SBC: Microbio Engineering, Inc            Topic: 08c

    To advance a strong and economically viable biofuels and bioproducts industry, tools are needed for selecting and improving microalgae strains that exhibit higher productivities under conditions prevalent in the open pond environment. Conventional laboratory cultivation systems do not meet research needs, as they are either high-cost, but at low replication, or alternatively low up- front cost, at ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  10. Low CapEx Clean NH3 Synthesis for Seasonal Energy Storage and Hydrogen Fuel

    SBC: STARFIRE ENERGY INC            Topic: 12c

    Solar electricity price has dropped dramatically, making it the cheapest electricity to add to the grid in many locations. Its variable nature is now becoming a challenge to integrate into the electricity grid. Affordable, scalable, long-term energy storage is required to enable continued low-cost solar electricity deployment. Solar electricity can be used to make fuel, which provides long term en ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy

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