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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. Lightweight and Thermally Insulating Nanowood

    SBC: Inventwood LLC            Topic: 09a

    Current thermal insulating materials in buildings have many shortcomings, such as a lack meaningful mechanical strength as well as potential health and environmental risks.Moreover, to be effective, they require invasive retrofits which entail a highupfront cost to consumers, which has created hurdles in meeting DOE efficiency objectives.Delignified wood with aligned cellulose nanofibers (nanowood ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  2. A Self-Powered, Wireless Sensor System for Remote and Long-Term Monitoring of Internal Conditions of Spent Nuclear Fuel Dry-Storage Casks

    SBC: X-Wave Innovations, Inc.            Topic: 33a

    A major concern with nuclear energy is the safe storage of the spent nuclear fuel before final disposal.A monitoring sensor located inside a storage cask to provide direct measurements of internal conditions is of particular interest to DOE.Conventional wireless sensors have inherent limitations because the stainless steel canister shields the RF signals from wireless sensors inside the canister t ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  3. Fidelity Enhancement of Nuclear Power Plant Simulators Utilizing High Fidelity Simulation Predictions

    SBC: WESTERN SERVICES CORPORATION            Topic: 30c

    Accurate simulation of nuclear power plant behavior is necessary for both engineering and training applications. An engineering grade simulator, used for design, safety analysis and operations, is characterized by high fidelity, computational power, lack of real-time capability, and user non-interactive environment. By contrast, a training grade simulator, used for operator training and education, ...

    STTR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  4. Development of a Wind Turbine Blade Surface Coating to Reduce Damage due to Lightning

    SBC: AQUANIS, INC.            Topic: 14b

    Every year, the global wind industry loses an estimated $100M or more to damage caused by lightning.A new blade coating will reduce the damage to wind turbine blades caused by lightning by promoting the formation of ionization channels over the surface of the turbine blades, providing a safe external path for lightning energy to reach ground and preventing damaging blade punctures.The coating cons ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  5. Combinatorial Discovery of Heterogeneous Catalysts Utilizing Emission Spectroscopy and Advanced Machine Learning

    SBC: Accustrata, Inc.            Topic: 06a

    In this SBIR Phase II project, AccuStrata, Inc.will continue its work to create a high-throughput integrated laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS)/flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) system for the rapid, combinatorial discovery and optimization of heterogeneous catalysts.The proposal will build off the successes in Phase I by: • Creating an integrated LIBS/FSP system • Integrating controls for ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  6. Integrated Membrane Reactor for Enhancing Thermal & Chemical Reactors

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 06c

    With development of shale gas fracking, large amounts of methane and ethane have now become available at low cost. With this low cost ethane it is desirable to convert low cost ethane to high value ethylene. Oxidative dehydrogenation (ODH) for low cost conversion of ethane to ethylene is a potentially attractive route. ODH is an exothermic process for converting ethane to ethylene. By contrast pro ...

    STTR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  7. Application and Communication Platform for Smart Grid Automation

    SBC: Machfu Inc.            Topic: 08a

    In grid modernization efforts it is necessary to leverage the extensive investments in existing/legacy infrastructure, extending its life, while allowing for a graceful transition to new and more efficient technologies to support the continued demands on the infrastructure and security.The goal of the Phase IIB effort is to allow legacy devices in IEC 60870 and IEC 61850 frameworks to enhance the ...

    SBIR Phase II 2019 Department of Energy
  8. Radiation Hardened Engineered Substrates for Time and Space Resolution

    SBC: Cactus Materials Llc            Topic: 30b

    We propose to develop engineered substrates to improve radiation hardness and stability of pixel sensors by using wafer bonding and graded epitaxial techniques. We aim to produce a moderately doped (1E13-1E16) thin buried gain layer (~4-6 micron) using graded epitaxy on a high resistivity bonded substrate. Current state-of-the-art is a proposed sensor design of low to moderate gain (x10-50) reach ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  9. Advanced Manufacturing of Low-Cost Building Integrated Organic Photovoltaic Modules

    SBC: Nanoflex Power Corporation            Topic: 16a

    Commercial buildings consume 40% of total U.S. energy demand. Studies have shown that successfully integrating solar modules into building façades can substantially reduce the net building energy load depending on location, orientation, and time of year. Our Company brings with it 20+ years of critical intellectual property development on thin film organic solar cells, and we have subcontracted w ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
  10. IMPROVING AHU PERFORMANCE BY MINIMIZING APPROACH TEMPERATURE, REDUCING AIR MALDISTRIBUTION, AND EFFICIENTLY HANDLING SENSIBLE AND LATENT LOADS

    SBC: Optimized Thermal Systems, Inc.            Topic: 09a

    Residential air handling units (AHUs) have essentially stayed the same in size, shape, form and efficiency for the past 30+ years. While incremental improvements have been made to address safety, functionality, and energy-efficiency concerns, the overall structure has remained the same. Significant change is needed to develop a next generation design that can more readily address the increasing en ...

    SBIR Phase I 2019 Department of Energy
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