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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. Next-Generation, LED-based, Adjustable Spectrum, Pulsed Solar Simulator

    SBC: Spire Corporation            Topic: 02a

    Solar simulators are needed for measuring the performance of solar cells and solar panels. These instruments currently use filtered high-intensity xenon lamps with poor spectral control, high voltage transients that can adversely affect electronic control circuits, lamp aging and a lack of easily-implemented size scaling. What is needed is a more reliable, low-voltage solid-state, spectrum-adjus ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  2. Photoluminescense for Solar Cell Crack Detection

    SBC: Spire Corporation            Topic: 02b

    In the manufacturing process for photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, a significant percentage of crystalline silicon wafers and solar cells contain microcracks that are difficult or impossible to detect with the human eye or currently available machine vision systems. These microcracks can propagate through the cells, resulting in power loss and cell breakage, due to mechanical and thermal stres ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  3. Components for Heating and Fueling of Fusion Plasmas

    SBC: DIVERSIFIED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: 67b

    Next generation fusion facilities will require many megawatts of RF power from dozens of gyrotrons. Conventional DC power systems, built from WWII era components, have provided the typical approach to powering high-power RF vacuum devices for the last 50 years. Typically, they suffer from reliability and availability problems, and are often only 50 70% efficient. Scaling these conventional RF pow ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  4. Marx Modulator Optimization for Advanced Accelerators

    SBC: DIVERSIFIED TECHNOLOGIES, INC.            Topic: 65d

    The next generation of particle accelerators will require large numbers of RF cavities, producing field gradients undreamt of a dozen years ago. The next frontier is high energy, short pulse modulators, continuing the technical thrust begun under recent colliders and numerous X-Band accelerator designs. Modulators to drive the klystrons for these new accelerators must meet aggressive requirements ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  5. High Strength Silver Sheath for Bi2212/Ag Conductor

    SBC: Supercon, Inc.            Topic: 62a

    This proposal describes an innovative high strength silver alloy for making Bi2212/Ag round wire conductor. To generate magnetic fields greater than 20 T, a new high field superconductor such as Bi2212 is needed. However, Bi2212 is brittle ceramic that can be easily damaged, and its critical current is very strain sensitive. The Bi2212 compound is contained in a silver matrix that is chemically co ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  6. Efficient manufacture of extreme surface area Microchannel plate devices functionalized by atomic layer deposition thin films

    SBC: Arradiance LLC            Topic: 61a

    The work proposed in this SBIR proposal is is synergistic with the, DOE funded, basic R & amp;D effort of a consortium of national laboratories, universities, and industry, led by Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago for the development of new, large area, photodetector devices. This project proposes to address the commercialization gap that exists between the proofofprinciple ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  7. Integrated System for Management of Cable Aging in Support of Long Life Operation of Nuclear Power Plants

    SBC: Analysis And Measurement Services Corporation            Topic: 55a

    As the existing fleet of US nuclear power plants pass midlife, the aging condition of safety related systems, structures, and components (SSCs) becomes increasingly important. Electrical cables, including those used for instrumentation and control, are vital for safety related systems and problems related to these cables are often difficult to diagnose. The health of these cables and the reliabil ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  8. Prognostic Methods for Predicting Remaining Useful Life of Nuclear Plant Equipment and Components

    SBC: Analysis And Measurement Services Corporation            Topic: 55a

    Although nuclear power plants have provided a reliable source of power for the U.S. over the last four decades, unexpected equipment failures have resulted in losses of power production and millions of dollars of revenue, which may have been avoided if the warning signs of impending failures had been recognized. Likewise, utilities have spent millions of dollars and lost countless days of power pr ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  9. Development of an Active, Man-Portable, Cooling System with Dehumidification Capabilities for Personal Protective Clothing/Equipment

    SBC: MAINSTREAM ENGINEERING CORPORATION            Topic: 48b

    The U.S. Department of Energy is currently seeking technologies that can decrease the weight and thermal insulation associated with personal protective clothing/equipment (PPC/PPE). The call for this technology has stemmed from the poor working conditions associated with workers in contaminated areas of nuclear facilities and the need to mitigate the effects of heat stress. Because the primary obj ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy
  10. Growth of Large Diameter High-Purity Germanium Crystals for Nuclear Physics Research

    SBC: Phds Co.            Topic: 46b

    DOE Nuclear Physics user facilities require larger high-resolution gamma-ray detector systems to provide higher sensitivity measurements. Large diameter germanium crystals are being grown, evaluated, and iteratively improved in the laboratory. Large-diameter crystals will be made into large segmented planar detectors to demonstrate the viability of the crystals and the advanced detection capabilit ...

    SBIR Phase II 2011 Department of Energy

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